Posts Tagged ‘Antiques at The Gardens’

2015 Junior Guild Gala Pre-Party

Monday, October 5th, 2015

2015 Junior Guild Gala Pre-Party

On Thursday, October 1, attendees celebrated the Junior Guild Gala Pre-Party at gallery 1930 in English Village before making their way to Gala in The Gardens, part of the annual Antiques at The Gardens event at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Wine and champagne for the event were provided by Pinnacle Imports and appetizers were provided by Mariee Ami.

Mackin and George Thompson

Louise and Billy Pritchard

Ashley and Turner Inscoe and Elizabeth Read

Barbara Blackburn and Patrick Mulligan

Lexi Holdbrooks and Bob Blackburn

Marguerite Gray and Mason Morris

Ellen and Stephen Faust

Tyler and Brooke Wahl, Katie Hicks, Jacob Dorsett and Jimmy Laughlin

Jeff and Eleanor Tobert, Mackin Thompson, Jessica McKinney

Elizabeth Poindexter, Marshall Wood, Melissa Wood

Courtney Larson and Emily Wood Bowron

The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. offers special menu for Antiques at The Gardens

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The Gardens Cafe by Kathy G. offers special menu for Antiques at The Gardens

Kathy G will host a special lunch prior to the lecture on Thursday, October 3. For $15 you get your choice of Honey Mustard Chicken Salad with a salad, Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche with a salad, or a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich on Focaccia. Included in the lunch is: the entree, tea, cookie, coffee, bread and butter. Please reserve your spot with Kathy G at 205.871.1000. 

We hope to see you at The Gardens Cafe!

Meet the Tastemakers: Kitty White – “The Art of Paint”

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Kitty White – “The Art of Paint”

Discovering and connecting the theories of ancient techniques in art through modern design has been Kitty White’s vision throughout her career. Kitty’s work has spanned many art and design fields from various forms of painting techniques to textiles and jewelry and interiors. After graduating from the University of Alabama in Apparel Design, Kitty spent time in San Francisco and New York City, where she began her studies with painted finished, gliding, color theory and learning the ancient craft of verse eglomise. Upon returning to Alabama, Kitty took a job with local designer Richard Tubb, she began to apply her skills with painted finishes to many of her projects. The demand for her skilland her passion for painting led Kitty to open her own studio at Pepper Place where she worked on a range of projects for commercial and residential interiors. She also began applying her painting techniques to bowls and accessories for the home, in cities across the U.S. including San Francisco-based furniture store Filamento. One of Kitty’s favorite projects was glazing the walls for Birmingham’s renowned Highland Bar and Grill. In 2004, Kitty expanded her design interests into jewelry. What started as a hobby soon became business. Kitty’s jewelry can be found at boutiques in Palm Beach, Dallas and Nashville. The unexpected mixture of semi-precious stones, beads and various metals along with an ethnic influence made Kitty’s jewelry unique and a rare find. Her jewelry is now carried exclusively by Regina Jewelry and Treasures located in Gus Meyer. Working with paint techniques and pattern on textiles and trims for the home has been Kitty’s newest interest. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two daughters. Her home, which is a palette of exploration, has been featured in Cottage Living and Birmingham Home and Garden.

Meet the Tastemakers: Troy Rhone – “Secret Garden”

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Troy Rhone – “Secret Garden”

In 1998, while still attending Auburn University, Troy Rhone began designing gardens in the Auburn, Opelika and Birmingham areas.

After earning his degree in landscape design, Troy went into business full-time. Troy started Troy Rhone Garden Design.

Hundreds of gardens have been designed, constructed and maintained without compromise. Troy and his team focus on creating enchanting and relaxing gardens and courtyards that complement the interior and exterior architecture of the house while creating intriguing outdoor rooms that are extensions of the home.

Troy and his wife, Randi, and two children reside in Birmingham with their two dogs, Coal and Romeo, and one unnamed garden cat. As Garden Editor for flower and contributing writer for other publications, Troy continues to participate in local and regional forums for landscape design and horticultural education. Much of his project work can be found featured in a variety of publications each year.

The mountains of Western North Carolina are one of Troy’s favorite places in the world to live and work during the spring, summer and fall. The cool climate, crisp air and the fragrance of hemlock draw him back each year to work on the mountain homes and estates belonging to many of his native Birmingham and Rosemary Beach customers.

Meet the Tastemakers: Floral Designers (photo by Leah Hazzard of “Living with Flowers”)

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Floral Designers (photo by Leah Hazzard of “Living with Flowers”)

Some of Birmingham’s best arrangers have been paired with this year’s Tastemakers to provide stunning arrangements for each booth)

Mountain Brook Flower Shop

Malloy Love

Lagniappe Designs

LoLo’s Flowers

Lois Owen & Kathy Miller

Flower Buds

Ray Jordan


Jon Martinez

3 Graces

Leah Hazzard

Dorothy McDaniel Flowers

Leaf & Petal

Lydia Pursell

Uncut Flowers

Michael Dyer

GG’s Flowers et al

Giner Clark

Christopher Glenn

Meet the Tastemakers: Liz Hand Woods – “Beach House”

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Liz Hand Woods – “Beach House”

The desire to design a space has always been part of Liz Woods’ being. While her friends dressed and styled their Barbie dolls and played out scenarios of their imaginary lives, Liz was decorating the dolls’ house and camper.

She began her college years studying interior design at Auburn University, but changed course midtream and graduated with a degree in marketing.

After pursuing another field following college, she found her way back to interior design through an opportunity with a Birmingham interior design firm. There, she flourished and ionce again pursued her passion, later venturing out on her own.

Liz’s primary focus is on residential spaces, and her goal is to create environments that nourish and improve one’s quality of life. She listens intently to her clients expressing their vision in a way that is deeply personal to them, yet reflects her own design aesthetic.

She worked on projects from Florida to Wyoming and has been published in Cottage Living, Southern Accents, Birmingham Home and Garden, Veranda and Portico magazines.

In addition to designing spaces, Liz travels extensively and loves to be in the kitchen pursuing another of her passions: gourmet cooking. She is married and lives with in Birmingham with her six children and two dogs.

Meet the Tastemakers: Cameron Crowe – The Jewel Box

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Cameron Crowe – The Jewel Box

This year, Cameron Crowe will curate The Jewel Box, a collection of four fine jewelers offering unique new pieces, one-of-a-kind collectibles and estate jewelry. Learn more about each.

The Diamond Dealer

At  The Diamond Dealer in Homewood, John Bromberg and Billy Bromberg have offered fine jewelry since 2003. John Bromberg is a member of the prestigious Diamond Dealers Club of New York, opening doors to terrific gemstone values for their clients. “With the Diamond Dealers, you are working face-to-face with someone you know, and who care about earning your trust,” says Billy.

For Antiques at The Gardens 2012, The Diamond Dealer presents a sampling of its collection for connisseurs of the past, present and future. The brothers specialize in designing stylish new pieces while re-imagining treasures from earlier eras. The Diamond Dealer works with clients both in their 18th Street store and by appointment. “Please enjoy our presentation at this year’s show,” says John, “and then come see us soon!”

Levy’s Fine Jewelry

Levy’s Fine Jewelry has been locally owned and operated in Birmingham since Joe Denaburg opened in the same location in 1922. Levy’s specializes in antique and estate jewelry, and has the largest collection in the Southeast as well as one of the largest in America. Ranging from antique pieces from the B.C. period through Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and 40’s and 50’s Retro period, their collection covers all time periods and tastes.

Over the years, we’ve developed working relationships with antique and estate jewelry dealers all over the US and worldwide. We also have an extensive collection of loose diamonds and gemstones, modern previously owned designer jewelry and watches and an extensive bridal jewelry selection from several top named designers.


Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry and Collectibles creatively began as an idea in April of 2007 and opened in October. The owners, David B. Hezlep and Preston W. Foy, bring to the fine jewelry business over seventy years of experience. Because of their history and experiences over the years, they have developed vital relationships worldwide with quality artisans that enable them to produce almost anything one will ever see or imagine. Whether it is fine jewelry designing or rare, one-of-a-kind collectibles, Wallace-Burke can deliver.

Their staff holds certificates of study in Colored Stones and Colored Stone Essentials and diplomas for Pearls and Diamond from the Gemological Institute of America. These credentials will help assure that you can purchase a quality product that is of a standard to be proud of.

Benchmark of Palm Beach

A family-owned business started by Ken and Sara Burns with their two sons, Michael and Jeremy Burns, Benchmark has been in the industry for over 40 years. Our focus has always been fine-quality, high-end estate jewelry. The company originated in South Florida.

Their home base is the store in Blue Ridge, Georgia, located on Main Street. They participate in antiques show and trunk shows nationwide.

Meet the Tastemakers: Karen Luce & Cathy Harvey – The Gallery

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Karen Luce & Cathy Harvey – The Gallery

Loretta Goodwin opened Loretta Goodwin Gallery in 1982 making it one of the oldest operating art galleries in the Magic City. For over 20 years the gallery has nurtured a passion for art, offering a variety of artistic styles to collectors in not only the Birmingham area, but across the country.

Art captures life sometimes only for a moment – sometimes for centuries – and has a way of imparting certainty to our humanity. It lifts our spirits, nourishes our souls and makes us cherish the sheer awesomeness of our being.

Dirk Walker became the owner in 2002 and has preserved the gallery’s goal of presenting original works of art and fine art graphics which are revered and collected for their artistic integrity.

Meet the Tastemakers: Leah Hazzard – Living with Flowers

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Leah Hazzard – Living with Flowers

What began as a pass along family tradition became a career. Leah believes that designing an event mirrors the passage of flowers: from seed, to bloom, to full blossom. An event, large or small, unfolds in much the same way. Flowers are an expected way of everyday life for Leah. Following her grandmother’s influence, flowers later became a career that was second nature. Leah’s early years were spent in the Mississippi Delta nuturing everything green, both food and flowers, gathering all that was planted, and delivering all to delighted recipients. This southern way of life became a family tradition.

Anticipation of the garden’s bounty was only half the fun. Planning the garden was also a family affair with all the grandchildren participating. Most requests were honored and room made for them to grow. Ah! Waiting for first bloom! Anticipating the visits that came along with deliveries of the bounty even more so. In Mississippi, these visits became events. They were always a community affair. Flowers made them beautiful.

Those early family traditions along with life’s many travels melded into Leah’s design approach. One of the main characteristics of her work is her innate ability to interpret her clients’ wants and desires. Leah then makes it happen by transforming space, large or small, filling it with flowers and “favorite things” making it uniquely theirs. Ultimately creating an environment that reflects her client’s vision for the occasion. The results have often been described as alchemy. Certainly they reflect the 3 Graces: Beauty, Charm and Elegance.

Leah’s eye for color, texture and compostion has been in demand for everything from a simple bouquet on the bedside table to lavish weddings and balls. Even so, helping friends prepare their homes for intimate entertaining, celebrating and creating their own family traditions (like Christmas) remains one of Leah’s favorite endeavors.

The non-profit sector of the Birmingham community has been a huge inspiration and learning experience for Leah. Through these community involvements she has been blessed with the opportunity to work, learn and play with an amazing array of talented and resourceful women dedicated to excellence in the Birmingham non-profit community. Over the years, some of these fund-raising efforts featured world-renowned floral artists, Birmingham’s own world-class “flower ladies,” premier gardeners from home and abroad and garden tours. Leah flourished, proving that one can truly “Bloom Where Planted” in Birmingham.

It is in this area that 3 Grace Design came into being. After college at the University of Tennessee, travel, marriage, children and years of being the “Decorations Chairman” in community as well as personal endeavors, the Southern family traditions instilled by her grandmother came full circle.

Leah’s work has been featured in: Birmingham Home & Garden, flower magazine, Portico, Reader’s Digest, Alabama Brides and Over the Mountain Journal.

Meet the Tastemakers: Mary Evelyn McKee – Pied-a-terre

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Mary Evelyn McKee – Pied-a-terre

Mary Evelyn McKee has design and artistry in her genes. Painting classes with her grandmother taught her how to really see, and her artist father spurred her talents. “He was so encouraging. I could put two dandelions in a bottle, and he would proclaim it gorgeous. And my mother, an accomplished pianist, taught us tempo and movement to Mozart and Bach,” she says. From her richly artistic upbringing, she studied art history, cusing on decorative arts and architecture at Hollins College.

Her approach is personal, pragmatic and artistic. “When a client is updating, I look for solutions that are timeless, elegant and comfortable. I try to create something fresh and forward-looking, and use personal collections that reflect the individual,” she says. Her style is elegant but not fussy and informed by history yet fresh and surprising. Formulaic design is not in her vocabulary. She seeks the singular piece that creates the frission necessary for dramatic but inviting rooms.

Mary Evelyn began her design enterprise in 1986. Its success led to opening her retail interiors shop offering her signature palette of sunny neutrals and her eye for great design.

Whether in New York, Paris or Birmingham, her interiors shop exhibits designs for a lofty Pied-a-terre with midcentury and contemporary decor. Antiques add frission and gravitas.

Mary Evelyn has been published in Coastal Living, Southern Accents, Elle Decor, Traditional Home and many local publications.