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Birmingham, Alabama “Antiques in the Garden”

 

Well I have been remiss, mainly due to the overwhelming amount of spam. However I have simply decided to ignore and return to writing, especially since a delightful email from Australia about Samson fakes of the 19th and early 2oth centuries. So now I will play a bit of “catch up”.

One of the most innovative charity antiques shows takes place annually on the first weekend of October in The Birmingham Botanical Gardens–a combination of antiques dealers and noted designers and architects creating a variety of opportunities both concrete (buy stuff now!!!) and ephemeral (ideas to re-imagine your home based on intriguing displays–often featured later in Veranda magazine).

These photos share views of our booth at the show, a group of young tastemakers being talked to by a Taste Maker (their name for the design booths), and a couple of detailed photos of an architect designed room and a graceful room elegantly blending antiques with modern concepts.

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Watching that enormous wooden facade be built was fascinating–a true test of the patience of all concerned, but wonderful when completed.

My chief criticism of the show has been too many local dealers and designers, but the attendance from local folks has been great since the new program of balancing designer spaces with antiques spaces began.  I am happy to report that next year will see more dealers from out of state replacing local dealers, but continuing to have brilliant designer vignettes.  It should be truly exciting next year–the first weekend of October as always!  We will have links from our website once concrete details are announced!  Always check our Events section of the website for what is happening throughout the country!

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