Mark and Rhonda "Yaya" Palmer are the creative team behind Grands Designs. They are lifelong Athens natives who work from their studio on a 1930s era farm just north of town

Mark first learned woodworking as a child alongside his father. More than forty years later, Mark continues to use these traditional methods to craft premium butcher blocks, charcuterie boards, hand carved spoons, furniture and more. 

Yaya has rediscovered her joy of painting, and her whimsical additions to their magnets and ornaments bring a fun folk art style that is all her own. She also puts the finishing touches on everything Grands Designs makes and is the smiling face that customers love. 

In keeping with their vision of beauty and sustainability, they work exclusively with hardwoods sourced from the Piedmont and Appalachian regions of Georgia and the Carolinas. 

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