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INSPIRATION | October 18, 2022 | By Saxon Henry
Excitement During High Point Market
As we noted last week, we have so much excitement during High Point Market, we split the events into two posts, last week’s featuring an array of happenings. If you missed the overview, you can find it here; we also include a recap below. This week, we feature three exciting book signings, one of which celebrates Kathryn Greeley and her new book The Collected Cottage. The author has our faux bois Woodland Bench sitting in a lovely corner of her garden at Chestnut Cottage, shown in the image above.
Excitement During High Point Market Abounds!
The Kantha Collection of pillows will be sprinkled throughout the High Point showroom during fall Market.
Before we present her book and the two others we are showcasing this Market, we have some news to share. Filling the High Point showroom with color and texture will be an array of pillows for sale that are covered in vintage textiles. The array of patterns and fabrics—from floral embroideries to linen damasks and recycled yarn runners to linen toile—will tick the box on every design style. Pillows in the Kantha Collection, shown above, have a particularly precious history.
Textiles that will eventually cover our new vintage pillow offerings being discussed in the India workroom where they are made.
To make baby blankets they could not afford to buy, poor women in the rural areas of west Bengal in India patched together the softest parts of their old cotton saris and stabilized the vintage fabrics by hand with over-running stitches. Over time, these women would repair the quilts by adding patches, which bring character to each pillow that includes them. The image above shows the talented professionals in one of the workrooms where the pillows are made discussing how to make these pillows even more special with added trims, tassels, embroidery, shells, and beadwork. The fine workmanship they bring to each bespoke piece is a hallmark of that country’s handicrafts that we value greatly.
A Triad of Vivacious Books
The triad of book signings we will host in the showroom include More is More is More by Carl Dellatore on Saturday, October 22, from 3 to 5 p.m.; Vibrant Interiors by Andrea Monath Schumacher on Sunday, October 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.; and The Collected Cottage by Kathryn Greeley on Monday, October 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. Books will be for sale, of course, and we will celebrate the authors with libations and hearty nibbles. If you haven’t been to market in a while, we’re still located in the IHFC building on Main Street in showroom M110.
Carl Dellatore will be on hand to sign his new book.
Carl Dellatore brings his maximalist point of view to the pages of More is More is More, recently published by Rizzoli. In his own inimitable way, Dellatore celebrates the best of lavish maximalist interiors by Bunny Williams, Marjorie Skouras, and Sasha Bikoff, each of whom have collections with us; as well as a number of other tastemakers in our industry. His five chapters explore color, pattern, surfaces, elements, and layering. If you love vibrant color and rooms awash in motifs from all eras of history, this book will be a visual feast for the senses. He begins his introduction with a question, “What defines maximalism?” This lush book is his answer.
The subtitle of Vibrant Interiors by Andrea Monath Schumacher pretty much says it all about the theme of the book and the talent of its author: “Living Large at Home.” Published by Gibbs Smith, it is filled with tailored perfection and features the best of Schumacher’s designs. She takes us on a tour of inviting and imaginative homes that showcase her creativity as she developed energetic, exuberant, personality-filled spaces with a well-balanced juxtaposition of complexity and simplicity.
Andrea Monath Schumacher, photographed by Roger Davies, will be signing her new book.
In her introduction, she shares with readers: “This book is a glimpse into my world as a designer and a small vignette of my personal experience with amazing humans that make up the world of design. I’d like to think my talent and creativity are backed by my education, but my true knowledge of design comes from a long and ongoing love of the world around me.” She credits her father’s career for her global view, which allowed her to be immersed in cultures from Nigeria to the U.S. and many other points in between. She goes on to say, “I am a firm believer that great design lies in the details.” Her book is living proof that this is true.
In The Collected Cottage, Kathryn Greeley admits, “For six years, I worked like a woman possessed to create the cottage of my dreams. This ‘empty canvas’ was the perfect motivation for me to cultivate my collecting desires. My mother often referred to my collecting as an addiction, but I prefer to call it my passion.” This intensity of emotion pulses from the pages of the book that features Chestnut Cottage, her enchanting home located in the North Carolina mountains. We are so thrilled to have our products included in the beautiful indoor and outdoor rooms she created, each of which contributes to a dreamy atmosphere. Among these is our Woodland Arm Chairs shown on the cover.
Stop by and meet author Kathryn Greeley, who will be signing her new book.
About her path as a collector, Greeley goes on to say that blue and white turned into English chintz; then English and Irish antiques followed. Her years of hunting and gathering slowly molded the personality of the cozy cottage. “In 1993, Wells Greeley and I were married at Chestnut Cottage with family and a few friends in attendance.” An expansion followed to make room for a larger family, which meant more trips abroad to find special elements to fill the new spaces. “Anything that you love is always a good choice,” Greeley adds. It is obvious from the words and photography in this book, published by Greenleaf Press, that she put this philosophy to work in the most charming way.
Dates for Other Events
One of the bonsai plants in our showroom that Brownlee will be discussing during his tour, noted below. Image by Beth Tilley Green.
Here’s a recap of the other events we featured on the blog last week. The tour of the bonsai plants in our showroom with our President Brownlee Currey will take place on Friday, October 21, at 3 p.m. Our “English Tea with Homes & Gardens Magazine” will take place on Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m. On Sunday, October 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., we will host the “Paris Portfolio Pop–Up with Teresa ‘Gigi’ Davis.” Each of these three events will take place in our showroom. At The Point, which is just around the corner from us on Commerce Avenue, we will sponsor the panel discussion “Luxury, A New Point of View” on Sunday, October 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served prior to the event, and we will have a tour of and refreshments in the showroom afterwards. We hope to see you one and all!