Inspiring Style in the Magic City

Classic antiques meet bold new style as the 11th annual Antiques at The Gardens returns to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens this October. Don’t miss four days filled with events designed to fuel inspiration and creativity—from presentations and panel discussions to workshops and curated retail spaces. Some of the country’s most renowned designers, architects, and tastemakers will collaborate to divulge tips and tricks of the trade, and dealers from across the U.S. will offer their wares and expertise.

“As the show enters its second decade, we are thrilled to bring such great talent to Antiques at The Gardens, ” says Ragan Cain. “It was an honor to be asked to co-chair with Cathy Luckie. We hope that guests will come and support this event, as well as the Birmingham Botanical Gardens—a beautiful backdrop for our community and our state.” 

Antiques at The Gardens will kick off with a preview event on October 6th at 7 p.m. The next three days will be filled with lectures, presentations, book signings, and plenty of shopping. No matter your design background, Antiques at The Gardens is sure to polish your current style and inspire new ideas.

Lecture Series Speaker

Jeffrey Bilhuber This New York-based interior designer refers to his perspective on design as “uniquely American, ” combining traditional settings with patterns and textures that reflect modern comfort and style. 

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Michael Grim Floral designer Michael Grim, owner of The Bridgehampton Florist, will explain how he utilizes his greatest inspiration—color—to exceed client expectations.


Suzanne Pollak Suzanne Pollak is founder of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, a class and lecture platform designed to foster meaningful connections to how and where one lives. NOTE: Tickets will sell out fast for this event. Only 40 guests ages 40 and under will be able to attend.

Taste in Spades

Eddie Ross


Antiques at the Gardens’ Taste in Spades returns in 2016 with four special guests: 

Eddie Ross The East Coast editor of Better Homes & Gardens, Eddie Ross is recognized for his inventive, out-of-the-box approach to high-style decorating and entertaining on a budget. Eddie’s philosophy is to reimagine the possibilities in secondhand finds and give new life to existing pieces.

Gen & Ben Sohr Gen and Ben Sohr are the founders of Pencil & Paper Co., a creative team that guides home renovations, helps launch brands, and offers design wisdom on everything from dream homes to commercial developments. Their style takes Southern chic to a new level, combining monochrome minimalism with prismatic patterns.

Mark D. Sikes Interior designer Mark D. Sikes creates timeless interiors that embody an indoor/outdoor lifestyle by mixing American and European, traditional and modern, and new and old sensibilities.

Meet the Tastemakers

If it’s great design advice you are seeking, then Antiques at the Gardens is the place to find it. Some of Birmingham’s and Atlanta’s best designers, architects, and style makers will display their work and share insider tips throughout the weekend event. 

Jeffrey Dungan Architects with Grant Trick and Beth Webb Jeffrey Dungan Architects offers a group of design professionals with a passion for making lives better through the spaces they design. By collaborating with talented artisans and interior designers, the group merges architecture and structure with interiors to create thoughtful and cohesive experiences.

Cantley and Company Cyndy Craig Cantley of Cantley & Company, Inc., infuses sophistication and character into kitchens and baths across the country. Her designs are driven by her love of bespoke English cabinetry. 

Margaret Kirkland


Margaret Kirkland Interiors Margaret Kirkland designs rooms that incorporate each home’s innate character and her client’s spirit and lifestyle. She is inspired by architecture, scale, and natural light and often incorporates a client’s favorite objects, colors, or works of art.

Pam Evans Antiques & Interiors Pam Evans curates her namesake Antiques & Interiors shop in a gallery space at Architectural Heritage in Birmingham’s Pepper Place Market. Armed with an antique-hunter’s spirit and an eye for modern detail, Pam knows that personal touches are what make projects succeed. 404.643.9455

Patina Melanie Pounds is the design mastermind behind Patina—a boutique design studio and shop that exclusively features Verellen furnishings. Melanie’s style emphasizes balancing upscale modern with Old World traditional pieces found in the Verellen collection, as well as adding unique touches for each client. 205.802.9802

Todd Dorlon Todd Dorlon of TMD Landscape Designs deftly weaves together a designer’s knowledge with a client’s personal style and the style of the home. In addition to traditional landscape and hardscape design, Todd designs custom garden elements such as water features, shutters, and gates.

For more on Antiques at the Gardens and a complete schedule of events, visit

Text by Molly C. Lipski

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