O'More College of Design, my second alma mater, is a design college located in Franklin, TN, just south of Nashville. The school sits quietly on a beautiful historic campus and maintains an excellent design program that has produced many notable designers and award-winning students. The Angelo Donghia Foundation has awarded 5 of its prestigious Donghia Scholarships to O'More students in the last 3 years alone!
This year I worked with a small group of students and faculty to orchestrate our lecture series, and we could not have been more thrilled with speakers who were so willing to share their stories and experiences with us. Our speakers included Charlie Scheips, founder of Conde Nast Archives and author of Elsie de Wolfe's Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm, architect and designer Bobby McAlpine, interior designer Garrow Kedigian, furniture designer Amy Howard, Farrow & Ball's color specialist Ann Pailthorp, Southern Living Magazine editor Jessica Thuston, ceramicist and lighting designer Christopher Spitzmiller, Laurie Smith of TLC's "Trading Spaces," and Minnette Boesel (my mother!!) preservationist extraordinaire. Needless to say, the lineup was stellar and the panels were fabulous. Events included two lecture panels, a book signing, roundtable discussions, and a keynote dinner featuring Charlie Scheips and his book on the influential Elsie de Wolfe, the society figure of the early 1920's who is credited with inventing the profession of interior decorating and interior design.
|Snapshots of the week: Our beautiful tablescape with floral arrangements donated by 2 Avid Gardeners |
and menus donated by The Stovall Collection, both from Memphis. A packed house at the
historic Franklin Theatre welcomed our panelists from all over the country.
|A closeup of our tables and flowers. Food was catered by Kristen Winston Catering.|
|A display of Amy Howard's beautiful furniture and custom paint products at the Franklin Theatre.|
|Me with our keynote speaker Charlie Scheips and co-planner Allyson at the keynote dinner |
held at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
|The last day! Our fantastic team wrapping up the final panel and roundtable session at our president's |
historic home in Franklin. Pictured: Steven, President Rebecca Stilwell, Allyson, me, and Mason.
And if all the excitement of that wasn't enough, our lecture series ended and no sooner began the Antiques & Garden Show. Whether you attended the Preview Party, the Bourbon Party, the panels, or just walked the show, there was plenty to see and much to set your design-hungry sights. Here are a few of my favorites.
|Prints of Albert Hadley's sketches were available for purchase |
and were on display in the center of the show.
|Another fabulous print from a page of Albert Hadley's sketchbook.|
|A beautiful display from Holt Isom Antique in North Carolina.|
|More from Holt Isoms Antiques: an antique settee |
with hand-painted silk pillow.
|Framed intaglios and hand-painted silk pillows.|
|A gorgeous refurbished antique dresser, Chinese lacquer screen,|
and antique lighting from King's House Antiques in Birmingham, AL.
|I just about died over this silk velvet covered banquette |
from Nashville's Garden Variety Design.
|A beautiful combination of the indoors and out from Garden Variety Design.|
|Enough blue & white to send you into a tailspin!|
|This little hide-covered French chair was another favorite of mine.|
|The entry garden designed by Cheekwood. Tres chic!|
|"The Living Room" garden designed by Phillipe Chadwick incorporated a beautiful display of |
Albert Hadley's work and cleverly blended the concepts of "antiques" and "garden" in one space.
And these are only the tip of the iceberg! There were dozens more vendors, dealers and artists to see, along with exquisite garden displays and beautiful tabletops arranged by Flower magazine. If you missed either of these fabulous events I hope this helps you decide to go next year!
Until next time,
*garden images provided by Cheekwood and Adventure in Aubreyland*