This July the worlds of wholesale buying and selling come together when the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market arrive at the AmericasMart Atlanta.

Leading the line-up for the July 11-18 (Temporaries July 13-17) home and gift market and the July 12-15 rug market are: Greatly expanded HOME and GIFT product resources, and the GOURMET collection in Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8.

Among the business building seminars offered are:

Interiors Forecast, Fall and Winter 2013, Friday, July 13 - Jamie Thomas, trend forecaster, provides a projection of the design considerations influencing interior décor for both commercial and residential spaces for Fall and Winter 2013. Thomas keys on consumer behaviors and key drivers like color, materials, hardlines, softlines and lighting. (Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room, 1-2 p.m.)

Design with Personality, with Jillian Harris, Friday, July 13 - Join Designer Jillian Harris of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” as she discusses how design trends and experiences relate to creating an interior with personality. (Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room, 3-4 p.m.)

What to Buy in July: Gift Edition, Saturday, July 14 - Julie Kenney of The Gifting Experts presents her Top 10 Gift Lists in consumer categories featured at AmericasMart. She’ll help prepare buyers’ businesses for a profitable season. (Building 2 WestWing, Floor 6, Escalator Lobby, 11 a.m.-noon)
Chef Curtis Stone, Cook – Create – Celebrate, Saturday, July 14 - Curtis Stone, Chef and Host of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” shows how to whip up some of his favorite dishes. He emphasizes keeping the process simple. Book sale and signing will follow. (Building 2 WestWing, Floor 8, Demonstration Kitchen, 2-3 p.m.)

A full list of seminars, events, classes and demonstrations is available online at
Additionally, the ICON HONORS 2012 celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m., and the dinner and 2012 Honors Presentation begin at 7:30 p.m. Honors will be presented to home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers from across the industry as the premier event of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market celebrating global innovation.

Celebrated American comedian, television and radio personality and author Jeff Foxworthy will take the stage, and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter guitarist Kenny Loggins will step into the AmericasMart spotlight at ICON HONORS 2012 as featured musical entertainer. Purchase tickets and tables at