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Whether blogging or creating winsomely layered interiors, textile fiend Tami Ramsay’s work bears a common thread.

Empire State South is my go-to restaurant in Atlanta. This goes along the lines of loving local, since it’s a Hugh Acheson concept designed by Lisa Ellis—two of Athens’ best. ESS is so well designed, but in the most understated way; there is nothing about it that’s highfalutin or fancy. Beyond simply putting pretty things in a room, Lisa’s ability to evoke mood with hues and materials is a marked skill.”

999 Peachtree St. NE, 404.541.1105,

“I’m a huge fan of Hable Construction, a textile company partly owned by Susan Hable Smith. They’ve collaborated with Garnet Hill, Capel Rugs and Hickory Chair. I adore the Serge ottoman from Hickory Chair covered in Hable’s Marble Skinny Dip, which is sold at one of my favorite Atlanta boutiques, Bungalow Classic. Two of these would be gorgeous under their reclaimed elm console.”

Bungalow Classic, 1197 Howell Mill Road, 404.351.9120,;;

“Atlantan Sally King Benedict’s art is truly an extension of who she is. I’m such an admirer of her person and her character, and that just makes me love her work all the more. I’m obsessed with her face paintings.”

“Imaginary Friend,” 24-by-24-inch painting on linen, $1,800,

“I routinely buy cuff links for my husband from Gogo Ferguson. She lives in such an authentic way on Cumberland Island, her family’s home of seven generations. Gogo’s line of jewelry is made by casting bones of rattlesnakes, raccoons and fish in silver and gold.”

Alligator Scute cuff links in 14K gold, $2,725 for the pair, High Museum of Art gift shop, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, 404.733.4814,;

“I recently used some of [emerging Atlanta textile artisan] Clay McLaurin’s fabric to upholster a pair of benches in my own home. Two of my favorites from his studio are the Brush pattern and his latest, Weeping Willow.”

Ainsworth-Noah & Associates, ADAC, 800.669.3512,;

From her home base in Athens, Ga., tastemaker Tami Ramsay is the local correspondent and co-creative force behind Cloth & Kind, the design firm and blog her talented cohort, Condé Nast veteran Krista Nye Schwartz, founded in 2010. Though Schwartz remains headquartered 600 miles away in affluent Ann Arbor, Mich., technology allows the pair to tackle countless tasks and connect with clients while steadily stacking up national acclaim. With Cloth & Kind infiltrating the Atlanta market, we called on Ramsay—a textile enthusiast with a taste for the exquisite, and a collector who combs Atlanta for unique pieces with heaps of personality and modern lines certain to stand the test of time—for her stylish finds.