Posts Tagged ‘Antiques at The Gardens’

Wait. There’s More Upstairs?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Absolutely! Antiques at The Gardens extends upstairs to the Ireland and East Rooms. There, even more exhibitors are showcasing their collections. Below, take a glimpse at more of what this year’s show has to offer:

The Men’s Committee party for tonight’s Sterne Agee First Look is setting up over Blount Plaza:

Here are a few more from downstairs:

Antiques at The Gardens is Almost Here!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Above, Kinsey Marable finishes setting up his booth at Antiques at The Gardens. Recently featured in the Birmingham News, Kinsey has designed a library for Oprah Winfrey, among many others. His booth is just inside the Garden Center’s front doors at the bottom of the stairwell.

Kinsey is just one of dozens of exhibitors that have taken over the Garden Center. We’re honored to have a diverse collection for sale this weekend – from Joseph M. Hayes Antiques in Columbus, OH, specializing in fine 18th and 19th-century English and continental furnishings, to Dana Kelly Oriental Rugs from Lexington Kentucky. Village Antiques at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina to Edward Streckler and Patricia Cobb Antiques from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

See a complete list of the exhibitors on hand here.

The show will first open to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. Purchase your tickets here for just $10. We’re eager to see you!

Photos from Thursday morning preperation:

Maine Antique Digest Shares Reasons for Antique Collecting

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011


1.   Save money. Really live better.

      Antiques are often reasonably priced and can be found in any price range.

2.   Buying local does not just apply to tomatoes and kohlrabi.

      When you buy an antique, you are supporting a small, locally owned business.

3.   George Washington did not sit in your La-Z-Boy.

      Antiques are tangible pieces of history.

4.   There is no such thing as a McBlanket Chest.

      Antiques are unique and offer nearly endless variety.

5.   100% post-consumer content.

      Antiques are the most environmentally responsible choic for home decorating.

6.   There are enough ten-year-old Futons on Craig’s List.

      Antiques retain significant resale value.

7.   No allen wrench required.

      Antiques offer solid, quality construction, and durability.

8.   Industrial cable spools and pilfered Milk crates do not constitute a living room suite.

      Antiques are stylish, and can accommodate anyone’s decorating tastes.

9.   Forty cents per hour was a fair wage in 1940, not 2010.

      Antiques are socially responsible—none are made in sweatshops.

10.   If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!

        Antiques can be a source of ancestral or regional pride.

 Courtesy of The Young Collectors at Maine Antique Digest.


Learn more about Antiques at The Gardens here.

Purchase First Look Tickets here.

Purchase Red Diamond Lecture Series tickets, featuring Charlotte Moss, here.

Purchase General Admission tickets to the event here.

Read our conversation with renowned interior designer and philanthropist, Charlotte Moss, here.

Charlotte Moss Speaks

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

She now calls New York home, but Charlotte Moss’ roots are buried in Richmond, Virginia. The interior design icon packed for Wall Street at 27, fostering a successful business career before launching her own firm eight years later. Susan and Michael Bloomberg were among her first clients. Today, she has been recognized as one of Elle Decor’s A-List designers and has been given the opportunity to design her own line of furniture for Century, a collection that will arrive in the Spring.

In a telephone conversation, Moss shared her elegant ideas and passion for style, and she shared concepts from her most recent print release Charlotte Moss Decorates.

Blake Ells for Birmingham Botanical Gardens: Does an elegant design always require a big budget?

Charlotte Moss: Heavens no. Because style doesn’t require a big budget. Anybody can have a check book. Some people with a checkbook don’t know how to use it. Pauline de Rothschild’s room in Albany has just two or three pieces. It’s not about volume or money. It’s about being selective. It’s about editing. It’s about knowing when to stop.

BBG: My living room needs a makeover. I can’t afford to take care of everything at once. Where do I begin to make the room more inviting?

CM: Good seating is the key. There’s no way you can have a room like that without an invitation for someone to be there – and a good mix of it. I don’t even think you start with a rug. That’s bogus. Great – so you blew your budget on a rug, now where do I sit? Even a loveseat and two chairs – then I would move to a great mirror or painting.

BBG: What antique pieces are easiest to incorporate into a modern design?

CM: It could be as simple as an antique globe or a pedestal. I don’t think there is one type of piece, you just have to love what it is. The key is being great.

BBG: What can we expect from your new line of furniture with Century?

CM: You’re going to see some classic pieces, and some classic things with a twist – painted furniture.

BBG: What do you hope people will learn from your most recent release, Charlotte Moss Decorates?

CM: That there are no bloody rules. And that’s why I put the chapter in there call “Why Not?” They will learn to question things and ask themselves, “Why not?”

BBG: What distinguishes Southern style from other regions?

CM: The South is all about hospitality. Southern style is gracious style. People love their homes and they welcome you into them. Quite readily. There’s an ease to Southern living that distinguishes it from the rest of the country. I know so many Southerners that are francophiles. We’re not as chauvinistic as we once wer in our own communities. It’s not the country club pink and green that it once was.

Click here to learn more about Antiques at The Gardens.

Click here to purchase tickets to the Red Diamond Lecture Series with featured speaker, Charlotte Moss, on Friday October 7 at 10:30 in the Linn Henley Lecture Hall.