We are so excited that the 2013 Antiques & Garden Show here in Nashville will be kicking off this weekend!  Starting Thursday evening (Feb. 7, 2013) with the Benefactors Reception and Preview Party, and then opening to the general public Friday-Sunday, this is one visual spectacle you do not want to miss!  A brilliant combination of floral creativity combined with abounding antiques from across the country, makes this show truly one of a kind.

(Picture taken from a previous year at the Antiques & Garden Show in Nashville)

This year’s theme, “Be Inspired,” is a tribute to the late Albert Hadley and from the all-star lineup of guest experts and lecturers (Gil Schafer, Thomas Hamel, David Kleinberg and Brian J. McCarthy to name a few!), we know inspiration will be flowing!

We are particularly THRILLED (extreme understatement!!) that the lovely and talented Bunny Williams will be serving as Honorary Chairman of  the show this year!

A fixture in the world of interior design, Bunny’s effortless style and timeless aesthetic keeps her at the top of our list.  Here are some of our favorite rooms she has touched with her magical wand:

(Bathroom image from Point of View)

(Bedroom image from Point of View)

(Living room image from Bunny’s house in the Dominican Republic-as seen in Point of View)

( Interior shot of Bunny’s home in Falls Village, CT- as seen in An Affair with a House)

In addition to her lovely rooms, Bunny, herself, has a lovliness about her that makes you want to invite her over for tea and chat by the fire.  While we haven’t had tea with her yet, we did get to ask her about her experience with Albert Hadley, as he was a mentor to her when she worked at his design firm, Parish Hadley Assoc.,  in New York City for over twenty years.  Here is what she had to say:

“As a young woman I moved to New York and began working for an antiques shop, Stair & Company, where I first learned to train my eye—how to identify periods, what to call things. Albert Hadley and Mrs. Parish were customers of the shop. I eventually went to ask them for a job and ended up staying for 22 years. I owe so much to both of them. With Albert, it was always about scale, scale, scale. He was a master of proportion”.    

Albert Hadley

We know Bunny will have a lot to share on Friday morning when she speaks as a guest lecturer. We can’t wait to hear her words of wisdom!

But whether you come to hear Bunny, the many other amazing and talented speakers, see a favorite antique dealer…or fifty, or witness (and smell!) the floral delights…we hope you will head downtown and support this wonderful event.

See you there!

*Special thanks to Bunny Williams and Blitzer&Co. for their contributions to this post!

(Image credits: 1-antiqueandgardenshow.com; 2-nashvillearts.com; 3-(Bunny Williams headshot) Tria Giovan; 4-  Fritz von der Schulenburg; 5-Tim Clinch; 6- Fritz von der Schulenburg; 7-published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 8-ArchitecturalDigest.com)

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