The south is known for its antique and vintage items. Everyone has a mom or grandma with an immaculate china collection or a gallery of gold framed ornate mirrors. We all love them but Laurel Robinson of Vision Expressions has made it her life’s passion. Based out of Atlanta, Laurel is your go to lady for all things antique and vintage. She owns a vintage rental and styling company that can handle any dinner, wedding or event you can throw at her and she will do it all with a smile. Start off your weekend with something vintage charm and learn more about Laurel, her business and love of southern vintage charm!
What You Provide:
Styling and design services along with vintage rentals
Where are you based?
Why did you decide to start a business?
To share my passion for design with people who have a vision of what they like and want, but are just not sure how to put it all together. That’s where Vision Expressions comes in!
What is your favorite client story?
Partnering with Petite Cakes USA to design, style and furnish their booth for Your Wedding Experience Atlanta presented by David Tutera. The owner was an absolute pleasure to work with, and it was fun to create a quaint, cafe styled booth to showcase her delicious bundt cakes!
How would you describe your style?
Classic, elegant, timeless
What are some of your favorite venues to decorate?
Vintage, bespoke and industrial chic venues. There’s something about these venues that if you were to remove all the decor, all the glitz and glam, you would still find a beauty about them that stands alone. I liken these venues to a beautiful, pure, natural face that needs little to no makeup to enhance its beauty. The makeup is simply a compliment to the beauty that’s already present.
What is your creative process?
It varies from client to client, but it first starts with a conversation to grasp what they envision; then I view the space to draw out all the little details (colors, angles, shapes, scale); and from there, the creative process of marrying their vision with mine begins….
Where do you get some of your pieces?
Private sellers, thrift stores….
What are some of your favorite vintage pieces? Why?
I should say that this mommy has no favorite amongst her children. Lol! But, I will tell which ones tend to be on their best behavior: Lola and Nina, Priscilla, Sylvia, Savannah, Penelope, Anna, Cindy, The Gretel Twins, Cinderella, Ivana and my china to name a few…
What is your favorite era of furniture?
Late 1800’s to about the 1940’s. Furniture had such an elegance and quality of craftsmanship during that period.
What is your website?
Who are some of your business idols?
My business role models are David Tutera, Revelry Event Design, Oprah Winfrey, Sundrop Vintage and Paisley and Jade to name a few.
What is your favorite thing about being southern?
Being able to sit outside on my porch during the months of October – and even November – and enjoying a good cup of mint or lemon ginger tea. Coming from the Northeast where the temps can be frigid that time of year, I count my blessings living in the South.
What is your favorite southern dish?
Baked macaroni and cheese.
What is the most important thing you have done to build your business?
Making my vintage furniture and accessories available to the general public. There are so many people out there who have a love for timeless beauties as much as I do.
What are your favorite southern brands?
Chic Fil-A and Little Debbie (although I don’t eat much of it) to name a few.
What are some of the most interesting events you have provided rentals for?
To date, The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta and Your Wedding Experience.
What is your favorite item or piece of clothing to wear/use while doing business?