Aug 22, 2018

~ lgas 2018

So excited for the 2018 Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show! 

I truly believe the homes of Omaha, Nebraska get prettier each September thanks to the Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show. Even when I promise myself I don't need one more thing, there always seems to be something I can add to a room to make it a little better. And sometimes, a lot better! There is always inspiration to be found during the weekend of the Show.

New dealers are welcomed each year, joining a collection of favorite dealers from years past. The speakers are always a highlight, and in recent years, educational talks have been added to the weekend. The Antique and Design Academy talks this year include Cynthia Nouri from Sasha Nicholas and Rebecca Vizard, aka B.Viz, of Once Upon a Pillow.

Our Luncheon Speakers are Miles Redd on Friday, Steven Stolman on Saturday, and Matt Stamp on Sunday.

Miles Redd opened his own design firm in 1988 after working with Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, which had to be about as inspiring as it gets. Although Redd studied at some of New York's best design schools, they further exposed him to the arts of antiques dealership, shopping, and timeless decorating. 

Now, of course, he is a regular in top shelf publications, and I'm so excited to hear him in person! He inspired a post I did on my love of lacquer a few years ago. (here)

A book signing will follow his lecture...

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Steven Stolman first came into my life years ago when I shopped in one of his eponymous shops in Florida. I bought darling skirts and pants made from favorite designer fabrics. I was obsessed. Apparently, so were a lot of other fans. His unique designs cut from decorative fabrics have been described as a cult favorite among the smart set. 

Stolman also served as President of Scalamandre, the renowned textiles house. He spearheaded an extraordinary brand expansion strategy that included distinctive collections of china and crystal, deluxe bedding, lighting, upholstered furniture, decorative accessories and paper goods that continue to sell worldwide. 

Several books penned by Mr. Stolmam...

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Very excited about Matt Stamp on Sunday! 
If you've never been to the Sunday event, this is the year to go! Matt Stamp is a Master Sommelier and co-founder of Compline, a new wine bar, restaurant, and wine merchant in the heart of downtown Napa. Matt worked as a sommelier in some of the top restaurants in wine country, including French Laundry and the Farmhouse Inn.  He began his career right here in Omaha at V. Mertz Restaurant, his family's fine-dining institution.

Matt has served as Education Director for the Guild of Sommeliers,   serves as Vice Chair on the Court of Master Sommeliers' Board of Directors, is a contributor to Decanter Magazine, and was selected as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40" wine professionals. 

The luncheon will include a wine and food pairing panel, followed by a delicious lunch featuring a filet and shrimp from Omaha Steaks! What a wonderful opportunity to toast the Show's 15th anniversary!

Get inspired at the Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show! A unique and special shopping experience, exclusive educational opportunities, and entertaining lecture luncheons all in one place! 

~ September 20 -23, 2018 ~

Visit the following websites to find out more about the speakers and special guests:

Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show

Miles Redd

Steven Stolman

Sasha Nicholas

Rebecca Vizard

Here's an old post inspired by the Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show featuring a few things from the Show!

Here's a post featuring the Dealer Dinner Party I hosted a few years ago. I loved doing this party!

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Aug 15, 2018

~ nynow and ny sil

One of my cute friends emailed me after reading my last post and said it took her an hour to figure out what SIL was. LOL. I was cracking up. Sister-in-law. My last post featured a dinner party at the home of my Omaha sister-in-law. 

Thought I better clear that up before presenting another SIL's living situation in NYC! 
This apartment could not be cuter!

We were headed out the door to walk to dinner, and I made everyone wait while I ran back in and took a few photos with my iPhone. 

Coco and Watson
Coco is the mean one on top. Watson is the nice one at the bottom.
 Coco only likes her family, not including Watson.

Please know this: There is an adorable Kate Spade lamp coming soon to light up the other side of the bed shown below. IT IS ADORABLE! I was almost not allowed to take photos because of this missing item. 

If you will, visualize the Kate Spade Dickinson Floor Lamp in the corner of the bedroom above! This lamp represents my NYC SIL's personality perfectly. Elegant, flirty, feminine, and fun!
If you want this lamp too, I can order it for you! 

The apartment sits right on the High Line which is a 1.45 mile long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail. It was created on a former NYC Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan.

We walked the High Line to Morimoto for sushi...

This was a very fancy appetizer of Tuna Tartare...

The purpose of the trip to NYC was to attend NYNOW and find new things for the shop...

Loved this company - A workshop of weavers from Italy.
These can be napkins or kitchen towels in any color.

Both sides are beautiful!

Also found lots of resources for napkins. The picot edge is still my favorite!

If you are interested in ordering napkins with or without a monogram, I can order for you! I need about a week at my desk to upload all the options to my shop, and a week at my desk is not happening anytime soon! But always, feel free to email me with questions and we can discuss specifics. I can do any color and have lots of monogram options!

These pitchers were maybe my favorite thing from the whole weekend. They came in several gorgeous colors. They were so heavy! I was a tad concerned about lifting one of them filled with actual water. I think I just want one in my bar, maybe with flowers :)

Same vendor had a display of these huge servers ~ really gorgeous.

I posted a few of these pieces on instagram and had a lot of feedback... They are pretty expensive, you guys. If you are interested, please message me and I can get you the details. They are custom orders, so you choose white or black background, white or black frame. Lead time is about 8-10 weeks.

In love with the multitude of color options for this candelabra!

All in all, it was a very successful few days. Loved seeing my NYC SIL! And loved getting away with my hubby. He literally guides me through the maze that is NYNOW. He says without him, I am like a pinball jumping from vendor to vendor. I get very excited and walk aimlessly to the next pretty thing. Even with his keen sense of direction and pilotage, we walked over 5 miles. It can be overwhelming, but I'll say, we are getting pretty good at it!

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