Music City Center | February 3–5
by Donna Glassford
Experiencing the Antiques & Garden Show is a quick cure for the ennui brought on by the long and dark days of January. From February 3 to 5 people will flock to downtown Nashville to be seduced by an explosion of floral color and the earthy fragrances of spring or to be enticed by unusual goods and wares for home or garden adornment. Over 150 vendors from all over the country and Europe offer visitors an exotic bazaar of antiques, rugs, object d’art, and horticultural products. And there is the opportunity to learn from the domestic doyennes of interior and garden design who will share their knowledge and expertise on living: smart and chic.
According to the 2017 A&G chairs Linda Graham and Mary Smith, this year’s theme is Cultivated Living, and they are wildly exited about all of this year’s speakers, in particular keynote Nate Berkus, a renowned celebrity interior designer who has been been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, VOGUE, InStyle, O Magazine, People and ELLE DECOR. He has authored two New York Times bestselling books: Home Rules (2005) and The Things That Matter (2012). Other speakers on the roster are Brooke and Steve Giannetti, Mary McDonald, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, and Nathan Turner.
Following the Cultivated Living theme, longtime friend and supporter of A&G, award-winning architect Gil Schafer is being recognized as this year’s Honorary Chair. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and a winner of Veranda’s Art of Design Award. Schafer authored the bestselling book The Great American House, and his work has been featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Digest, ELLE DECOR, and Veranda. Schafer is renowned for his work with historical and contemporary classical homes and gardens.
Interesting to note, both Schafer and Berkus share the same “cultivated living” philosophy as Bryant Flemming, who designed the Cheekwood estate in the late 1920s. Flemming was one of our country’s first landscape architects and was co-founder and chair of Cornell University’s first department of Landscape Art.
Bryant Flemming escorted the Cheeks throughout England in search of great architectural remnants that were salvaged from dismantled English estate homes. These architectural elements were integrated into the Cheek estate.
Perhaps Nate Berkus is channeling the spirit of Bryant Flemming in his statement “Your home should tell the story of who you are. What you love most, collected and assembled in one place,” Berkus continues. “Whether it’s a family heirloom or a piece you found on your travels. Everywhere your eye goes in your home, it should land on something that resonates.”
Now in its 27th year, the Antiques & Garden Show is an income-producing and awareness-raising event that benefits the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the many charity organizations supported by the ECON Club of Nashville.