I had the most amazing weekend in Music City attending the Nashville Antiques and Garden show. It was the best weekend I have spent in a while with amazing friends, the most beautiful antiques and incredible food and drink. I have wanted to attend the show for a few years and the timing never worked out. I made sure to add it to the calendar early this year and schedule everything else around it, I was determined to go. It was worth every single second as this may be the best antique show I have ever attended. The garden section was incredible and each garden was unique and creative. There is just something about spring flowers and the smell of hyacinth in the air as I walked around that spoke to my flower loving heart. The weather may have been freezing outside but the gardens inside made it feel like a warm day in April.
As I walked the floor I became instantly aware that I had completely underestimated the show. I knew it was going to be amazing, but the level of incredible antiques completely blew me away. This is a gathering of the best of the best. Some of the vendors had traveled from England for the weekend and their booths were like nothing I had ever seen before. It was eye candy for three solid hours ...
See what I mean? It was so hard to walk away from so many things!!
Thursday evening I attended the Preview Party which was packed full of fabulous people and even more incredible shopping. I spotted so many more things that I fell madly in love with during the party. It was almost as if the entire evening was laid out with all of my favorite things. Staffordshire pups, paintings, china, more Staffordshire, Opaline glass and the most adorable Italian spaghetti hair pup which I could not walk away from. He instantly became mine.
The most exciting part of the evening was celebrating a Best In Show win for my friend Troy Rhone who designed one of the gardens. The garden he created was spectacular and the magnolias that framed the space took my breath away.
This is a shot of his incredible Mediterranean garden that won the eye of the judges. The details were fabulous and the garden deserves its own post which will air next week. I took so many shots of the space to try and capture not only the details but also the feel of the space. Well done Troy!
Friday began with more antiques and more shopping! There were lectures but I did not sign up to attend any of them not wanting to miss out on any of the booths. I had planned to meet up with a few people and was so excited to spend the whole day shopping and meeting friends.
The day did not disappoint ... more eye candy and me doing all I could to keep from buying every single thing I spotted. I wanted to take home every single pup I encountered, and I promise you I could have filled my car to the brim. Oh, and yes the Bloody Mary was incredible as well!
Friday night was my favorite party and one I had been looking forward to for a while ... The Bourbon Party. As you know I love bourbon and I was super excited to sip bourbon with incredible music and the fantastic antiques in the background. It was a magical combination for me!
I had the best time ... the bourbon selection was top notch!!
Saturday I was back at the show for the Design Panel lecture. Robert Leleux moderated a panel chattring with Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner about how travel and social media has transformed their eye and influenced their designs. I thought it was incredible and fabulously entertaining. Carrier and Company is new to me (how did I miss this one?) and Mary and Nathan are always fun to be with. They are witty and funny and so down to earth not to mention beyond talented.
After the talk I took one more walk around the antiques floor to make sure I did not miss out on anything I wanted to purchase. I am telling you it was hard to leave so many incredible things behind. If it was up to me I would have driven home with a car full of Staffordshire and oil paintings. Every single one of them I saw was better than the last one. It was truly almost over the top with all of the incredible choices.
I told you, the show was incredible ... fabulous antiques, incredible speakers and parties. Pair that with dear friends and quality time, what more would you want in a weekend?
Mark your calendar for next year. This is a must see event and I promise you I will be in attendance every single year!
Happy Tuesday ...