Antiques and Garden Show
Each January after the last of the holiday sparkle is packed away and the winter doldrums attempt to settle in I take a look at my calendar and realize that my annual pilgrimage to the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is right around the corner. This is, without a doubt, by favorite shopping trip of the year and if you love scouting out gorgeous antiques, fun accessories and beautiful garden decor then this is the place to be in early February.
The anticipation of the show puts a skip in my step that even Mother Nature’s chill can’t squash. I’ve attended this show for most of the last 15 years and have so many wonderful memories (purchases!) from my travels. As a native Tennessean with family in Nashville, the Antiques and Garden Show always feels a little like “coming home”. I’m such a regular that even the vendors feel like family to me. This event not only features cream of the crop antique and garden dealers with all of their amazing finds, it highlights remarkable leaders in the design industry as panelists, lecturers, and advisors.
The Design Celebs
Bunny Williams, this year’s honorary cochair, led a lecture and book signing with Brian J. McCarthy: Parish Hadley: Tree of Life, and special guest David Kleinberg. Additional lecturers included Shane Connolly and Louis Benech. Panelists Susanna Rheinstein, Mark D. Sikes, Brian Murphy and Windsor Smith shared the stage with moderator Stacey Bewkes. And the featured speaker was Gwyneth Paltrow (she was lovely!).
What we found
Here are a few photos from our weekend in Nashville. As always, it didn’t disappoint – the sights and smells are intoxicating. The vendors at this show strike the perfect balance and mix of fresh and aged. It’s all about the heady scent of a bowl of hyacinths sitting on top of an old crusty painted console in front of the beautiful patina of a gilded mirror. These pics are of some of the goodies that we didn’t buy (sniff, sniff). In our next post, I will share photos of our finds that made it into the suitcase (and that warranted getting one of those pesky inspection notices from the TSA).
Until next time!