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Local luminary Brian Patrick Flynn enlightens us with his top spots as he gears up for an early-2017 lighting launch with Crystorama.

At his own Atlanta-based company, Flynnside Out Productions, Flynn serves as executive producer, set designer, writer, prop stylist and interior designer.

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“What I love most about shopping at City Issue (325 Elizabeth St. NE) is chatting with the store’s owner, Jennifer—who is a walking encyclopedia of vintage design—and the fact that every other week there is a brand-new, one-of-a-kind Danish modern piece meticulously restored to its former glory.”

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Sally King Benedict’s paintings are superfun and playful, but since her lines are so classic, there’s a timelessness to her work as well.”

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Victory Sandwich Bar (913 Bernina Ave. NE) is my favorite place to eat and hang out, followed by Yeah! Burger (1168 Howell Mill Road), where I usually get the chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and bacon jam, and wash it down with a salted caramel shake.”

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“Clay McLaurin’s fabrics at Bungalow Classic (1197 Howell Mill Road NW) are rooted in traditionalism, but his fresh palettes and textural weaves make them up-to-date transitional, and they work beautifully in modern applications.”

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Top tastemaker Bryan Patrick Flynn might hang his many hats at a fabulously restored cabin in the North Georgia mountains, but to Atlantans, he is still a local celebrity. First spotted on TBS’ Movie & a Makeover—Flynn has since graduated to HGTV, where his many roles include outfitting the brand’s “Dream Home” four years in a row. Playful, livable rooms with unexpected hues are his hallmark, and stellar lighting selections always get their shining moment. But Flynn hasn’t always been able to find exactly the fixtures he has in mind. So, he decided to create them himself. Working with Westbury, N.Y.-based Crystorama, Flynn developed a line of midcentury-modern globe pendants and streamlined lanterns set to debut this spring. Comprising approximately a dozen styles—including coordinating sconces and select options specially re-engineered for outdoor use—his collection is refreshingly devoid of extra adornments but still features bold materials like nickel, acrylic, brass, bronze and walnut. Powder-coat colors range from ballet-slipper pink to rich forest green, and most ring up under $1,000 apiece. So what’s next up this maestro’s sleeve? “I’m going international in 2017. I see a ton of Scandinavian influence on the horizon,” he says. The unstoppable BPF, indeed!