In addition to music (yes that is a line from The Sound of Music) and family, much of my life is visual. So here are some photos I took this year–hope you enjoy them. In just a week we will load for The Vero Beach Museum of Art Show and return to unload a new shipment from England and France–so what better time than now to remember the past year.
Nelson, Christmas 2012 at grandma's
Alexander's Christmas Past--2012 at grandma's
The glory of North Carolina from Grandfather Mountain
Elizabeth ready for opening night, Vero Beach Museum of Art, 2013
Oops--it slid! Uncle Erik with Nelson and Alexander and Elizabeth presenting her masterpiece: Erik and Alexander in a joint birthday celebration
Topiary magic in the Nashville Antiques and Garden Show
The epitome of George I walnut bureau bookcases
Thomasville, Georgia hospitality--we stayed in dear clients' guest house
Chang at work--half snoozing in the Villa entrance room
Serenity in the Asiantiques booth, Alexandria, March, 2013
Spring finally arrives in the Duke Gardens in mid-March--at least the jonquils arrived in February!
A sweet Edwardian Sutherland table came home to Whitehall after 50 years in a Mebane, NC home--and now has a new home in Florida
May 2 brought Paul's 65th birthday celebration at Kipos, a new West Franklin Street Greek restaurant in The Courtyard
Spring Market was a great success: part of our huge booth at The Antique and Design Center of High Point
26 Abraham Derby roses by David Austin line the Whitehall parking lot producing a heady fragrance in memory of our dear employee of 50 years, Frances Farrington
Our new condo nears completion in mid-June
We ran the floors from the front door 30 feet toward the glass walls–this view covers most of the 30 feet lateral into the study making a large “L”. Always run flooring so that you carry the eye to create a greater sense of size, rather than chopping up the desired view.
A "Moral Monday" sea of protestors in Raleigh--this year NC traded a 50% tax cut for the wealthy for reducing education funding to 47th in America. Bless our great teachers who soldier on.
The thrill of entering a lovely retirement home and finding a period breakfront from the late 18th century! I was waxing it again today at the shop!
Moving day was June 27th--this is July 1st and off to England July 4th to buy for the shop
Looking for nifty sporting items in southeast England
And finding 1960's G-Plan furniture for Paul's new Studio Design Gallery at The Courtyard (a three block walk to work each day) and already a huge success!
Nelson and Dad join us in London and then off to Paris!
View from the hotel room
Grandpa as Napoleonic Soldier--yes the sword is period
An Exciting Durham estate--I had worked with the parents for 25 years--yielded a rare Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggin chrome backed swivel, rocking club chair--and so much more!
Paul’s Modernism gallery included in his new Studio allows us to help with a broad range of fine items from the late 17th century to the 1970′s between Whitehall and Studio Design Gallery–and the stores are only a mile apart!
And then it was July 19th and time for my 65th birthday–60 friends and family gathered atop our new building to celebrate.
My son Erik and older grandson Nelson David (Elizabeth's son)
The best little guests!
And also celebrating over 23 years with Paul, my guide through life.
And then 6 days of both teaching and learning during the annual Whitehall Summer Antiques Seminar
Then the new shipment arrived followed by a wonderful fundraiser at the Villa benefitting The Chamber orchestra of the Triangle and finally of to three fall shows and the Fall High Point Market (all featured in prior blogs).
A December sunset from my hotel for the Jacksonville Antiques Show--my 36th straight year!
Exploring a collection to sell this winter!
And finally the beauty of Christmas again! Another year of exploration, learning, teaching and enjoying all that life has to offer with family and friends. Happy New Year! Live it with love and gusto.