This year’s Antiques at the Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomes celebrity headliners in the world of design and horticulture. The four-day event also includes some of Birmingham’s best designers, architects, and style makers who will display their work in room vignettes and share insider tips. The weekend kicks off on October 1st with the Tastebuds event, targeted to guests under the age of 40. Margot Shaw, editor of Flower Magazine, and Tara Guerard, a Charleston-based event planner, will share ideas to help define your personal style. That evening, Gala in the Garden will offer a black-tie preview event sponsored by Stifel.
Featured in the Lecture Series are interior designer and author Bunny Williams, celebrated sculptor-turned-florist Emily Thompson, designer Richard Keith Langham, and Jane Scott Hodges, creator of the hand-crafted Leotine Linens line. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear and meet Atlanta-based entertainer Danielle Rollins at a book signing for “Soiree: Entertaining with Style.” Southern Living Editor-at-Large James Farmer will be signing copies of his new title, “A Time to Celebrate.”
James Farmer and Danielle Rollins
Meet the Tastemakers
If it’s great design advice you are seeking, then Antiques at the Garden is the place to find it. Some of Birmingham’s best designers, architects, and style makers will display their work and share insider tips throughout the weekend event.
Father Nature Landscapes
Brothers Andrew and Daniel McCurry are partners in Father Nature Landscapes, a design/build and consulting firm that seeks to increase quality of life through well-designed outdoor living.
Shaun Smith Home
Shaun Smith prides himself on a style that is more collected than decorated. He owns Shaun Smith Home, a full-service design firm, lifestyle brand, and shopping destination located on historic Magazine Street in New Orleans. The shop offers an ever-changing inventory of styles, antiques, vintage finds, and rare curiosities.
This boutique art gallery features works from various local artists. Family-owned by artist Meredith Keith, her sister Laura Vogtle, and their mother Kathryn Keith, Gallery 1930 is located in a revamped gas station in English Village. Gallery representatives Laura Vogtle, Amanda Morrissette, and Sara Claire Ballard will offer a brilliant collection of original art that will be included in daily silent auctions.
Fran Keenan Design
Fran believes that, “a good house teaches you how to live. It can add ease and inspiration to daily life.” She began her design career in fashion at Polo Ralph Lauren, where her love of textiles, pattern, color, and the mix of old and new began to take shape. Working under Anthony Baratta and Bill Diamond of Diamond Baratta Design, Fran shifted from fashion to interiors. In 2002, Fran and husband Matt returned to their Southern roots in Birmingham, where she helped launch Cottage Living magazine and served as decorating editor. Fran’s work is characterized by an artful mix inspired by fashion, history, art, lifestyle, and most importantly, a diverse group of clients.
Summer Classics offers high-quality, luxury outdoor furniture made of materials such as resin wicker, cast aluminum, wrought aluminum, teak, and wrought iron. The Birmingham-based business also produces beautiful cushions from an exclusive line of outdoor fabrics. By combining traditional craftsmanship with the innovative use of diverse materials, Summer Classics creates long-lasting furniture that can be enjoyed for generations.
Cantley & Company
Cyndy Craig Cantley, CKD, of Cantley and Company, Inc. offers a fresh take on traditional design by creating spaces infused with sophistication and character. Her design style is driven by her love of bespoke English cabinetry. In addition to projects in Birmingham, Cyndy and her team have designed kitchens across the South and New England. Cantley & Company has been published in numerous publications including Southern Living, Bon Appétit, and Birmingham Home and Garden.
Heather Chadduck Interiors and David Hillegas Photography
Heather is an interior decorator, textile designer, and the style director for Southern Living. David is a fine art photographer who shoots still-life compositions and vibrant travel photos. Together, the couple scours the globe seeking subjects for his photography and inspiration for her fabric line.
This design partnership combines the talents of Hannon Kirk and Doug Davis. Hannon received her degree in event planning at The University of Alabama but later found her calling in design. Doug earned a degree in interior design from Samford University and worked in the commercial architectural industry before moving into residential interiors. Hannon and Their work has been published in several publications including House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and Birmingham Home & Garden.
For more on Antiques at the Gardens and a complete schedule of events, visit bbgardens.org