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A Designer Year

Designer Elizabeth Ingram wins back-to-back design awards at ADAC, launches a design studio and new furniture line, and begins life as Alton Brown’s in-house taste tester.

Elizabeth Ingram

Elizabeth Ingram sits inside Buckhead’s Superica restaurant, for which she designed the “bright and funky” interior.  

 

Interior designer Elizabeth Ingram kicked off 2018 with her second consecutive ADAC Designer of the Year award. She also launched a furniture line, opened her own design studio and got engaged to Food Network star Alton Brown. It’s hard to say which of these is the most significant in her life. First, she admits, “I was just beyond stunned to win the ADAC Designer of the Year award again.” Ingram also pulled off an unprecedented achievement at ADAC—winning consecutive awards in the same category. (The 2018 accolade is for her sumptuous conception of Golden Eagle in historic Reynoldstown.)

Ingram not only spends her time creating interiors, she’s also spent her 25 years in the business fine-tuning her unique furniture creations—designs that incorporate walnut, brass and concrete into texturally rich expressions of case goods, upholstery and lighting. Ingram’s custom work (during her tenure at BOBO Intriguing Objects) even caught the eye of the Restoration Hardware team who picked up several of her designs for their stores. And, it was Ingram’s compelling designs that led Alton Brown to her door—seeking someone to design his historic Marietta loft. Brown was already an admirer of her work at Ford Fry’s many restaurants, especially Marcel; Ingram, however, had no idea who he was. “I had to Google him,” she confesses. Regardless, adds Brown, “we worked so well together, we ended up engaged.”

The powerhouse admits that life with a lot of new beginnings has been an adjustment, but that hasn’t stopped her from doing what she does best: creating bespoke, artful spaces. “My whole life has been very intuitive; I don’t have a plan. I have Forrest Gump-ed my way into this, and I live my life going from experience to experience,” she says. “But this has been a wowzer of a year—if anyone had asked me where I would be even just five years ago, I could never have predicted this.”