Last weekend, the city of Birmingham hosted its annual Antiques and Garden Show. Known for its wealth of vendors displaying their gorgeous antiques and garden delights, the show took a bit of a new twist in its concept this year.  Regionally and nationally known designers, architects and garden designers were asked to serve as “tastemakers” and curate different themed areas.  There was also a silent auction on multiple pieces of artwork at the show, running the course of the weekend. With an added bonus of Bobby McAlpine serving as guest lecturer to a sold out crowd, you know this was one event not to be missed.   While we couldn’t be there to see in person, Birmingham designer Caroline Sain captured some of her favorite spots from the show and we are delighted to be showcasing a few of her takeaways to you today.

Curated Space: The Artisan Garden by David and Holley Camp with Helen Harmon

You can never go wrong with big lanterns, a water feature and boxwoods. The antique doors were beautiful!

(Curated Space: A Year in Provence. Featuring Ruth Gay of Chateau Domingue.)

Beautiful art at the Silent Auction

Anything in mass can make a very impact full impression
( John Dennison Fine Art)

Chinese Key Silver

My favorite rug of the show. I love that it is modern in design because of the geometric pattern but worn in age.

From curated space: Texture in Time. Featuring Alex and Jeannie Krumdieck, Lori Fine, Adrienne Retief and Erin Graves

Stacked firewood gets me every time.

(From curated space: Fireside Chat. Featuring Dana Wolter and Jeff Dungan)

Interesting pitcher and carving board

(Curated Space: Weeks to the Ivory Coast. Featuring Iris Thorpe)

Interesting application of striped fabric upholstered with stripes horizontally. Great trim!

 (From curated space: Welcome Home. Featuring Bobby McAlpine, Jane Schwab and Cindy Smith (circa interiors))

The combo of the cobalt blue vase and the red berries was beautiful!

(From curated space: A Well Traveled Life. Featuring Andrew Brown. I have had the pleasure of working with him as well at Philip Sides Interior Design)

 Overall my favorite space even though I am a little biased. I enjoyed being able to work for Betsy and still admire her style and business sense 10 years later….

(From curated space: A Well-Edited Home. Featuring Paul Bates and Jeremy Cockern with Betsy Brown)

Thank you, Caroline! Make sure to pencil in this event for next year! We know we’ll be there to see it! To learn more about the Show that took place last weekend, go to:


To learn more about Caroline Sain and CS Interiors, read her other articles she’s written for Interior Canvas HERE and HERE.  


Caroline Sain


(All images courtesy of Caroline Sain)

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