Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Educational & Social Events This Fall

Educational Events
All events take place at The Antique & Design Center

Friday, October 16
The Antiques Diva Happy Hour Tour of The Antique & Design Center

The early bird gets the worm at the ADC with Toma Clark Haines, owner of Europe's largest antiques touring and buying service company, as she takes you on a tour of the major antique periods and styles to identify their key characteristics utilizing modern day metaphors and featuring inventory found at the Antique and Design Center in High Point.  No passport required.   Focusing on the antique trends in Europe- The Antiques Diva(R) is taking antiques out of the past and bringing them into the future of design. Visit www.hpadc.com for details.

Saturday, October 17
"East Coast to West Coast Design via High Point Market with Jeanne Chung, Jennifer Mehditash, Paloma Contreras and Robin Baron"
Hosted by Luisana Designs, MS M 68 ADC

From NY to LA, America's top Designers, Bloggers, & Editors discuss their latest projects, inspiration & what's hot in their part of the world today.
-Jeanne Chung is an interior designer based in Pasadena, California and the founder/editor of  www.CozyStylishChic.com design blog. She's known for her classic yet fresh and modern design aesthetic.
-Jennifer Mehditash is a bi-coastal interior designer based in Newport Beach, California & Larchmont, NY who's style blends traditional with contemporary.  She blogs at www.Dec-a-Porter.com and is an editor at California Home + Design Magazine
-Paloma Contreras of www.LaDolceVitablog.com is an interior decorator, & award winning blogger based in Houston, Texas, with a modern take on traditional style.
-Robin Baron, is the interior designer and lifestyle expert behind  www.SimplifyingFabulous.com Blog, and is the President-Elect of ASID NY Metro Chapter.

Saturday, Oct 17
"The Narrative of Wallpaper" with Melissa Mittag of Fromental
Hosted by 20th Century by HKFA, MS G 34 ADC
Melissa Mittag is the Managing Director for North America for Fromental, a global luxury brand specializing in scenic wall coverings and fabrics.  With over fifteen years of experience in luxury textiles, Melissa has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most successful and talented Designers of our day.  The Narrative of Wallpaper will offer a brief overview of the history of wallpaper and focus on the use of antique and reproduction papers in today's interiors.

Sunday, Oct 18
"Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating" discussion and book signing by Lauren Liess
Hosted by The Barn On Sweetwood, MS G 22 ADC

Lauren Liess, an interior designer and founder of the popular blog Pure Style Home, fuses her love of design and the great outdoors into all her work. In Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, her first book, Lauren invites readers to bring nature inside by mixing the textures of natural elements such as wood and stone with eclectic groupings of modern and quirky vintage pieces. Readers will be inspired by the unique style of these rooms, which include lovely framed botanical prints and Liess’s own textile patterns inspired by wildflowers and weeds. A book signing will follow Lauren's talk.

Sunday, Oct 18
"Turning Relationships and Resources into Dollars" with Victoria Sanchez
Hosted by Nancy Price Home, MS G 35 ADC

You’ve heard a million times you can’t run a business by yourself.  It takes a team. 
But who’s your team?  Learn why your relationships with your vendors and
resources should be a part of your team and how they can be an invaluable asset to your business. Victoria is a highly sought after interior designer, retailer and college professor based in Alexandria VA.

Monday, October 19
Timeless, Elegant & Tailored Tour of the Antique & Design Center with Rivers Spencer
Join Rivers Spencer of Rivers Spencer Interiors as she guides you through the Antique and Design Center here at High Point Market. Rivers will be leading a group through how she finds amazing treasures which she not only uses in her design but also in her store on Magazine Street in New Orleans Louisiana. This will be a can't miss tour as she shares her secrets of choosing everything from antique mirrors to Louis XIV chests. Rivers looks forward to seeing you for this timeless, elegant and tailored tour. Visit www.hpadc.com for more details.

Monday, October 19
Cari Cucksey partners with Laura Ashley for a fun and informative re-upholstery demo.
Hosted by 20th Century by HKFA, MS G 34 ADC

Find out what really happens when you send a piece off for recovering.  Cari Cucksey is an Antiques Matchmaker who gives dusty relics a new lease on life. Energetic, entrepreneurial and fun, she’s the host of the network television hit show Cash & Cari, she runs RePurpose Estate Services, operates the RePurpose Shop, and refurbishes just about anything she can get her hands on. From antique furniture and vintage toys to retro electronics and classic luxury cars, she's always on the lookout for obscure treasures as she combs through basements, attics and garages. 

Monday, October 19
"Design Trends – Looking A Year Ahead" A discussion with Bill Indursky of Design Life Network and Gary Inman of Baskervill"
Hosted by The Scout Guide MS-M Above Boiler Room Bar

Bill Indursky is an award winning designer, architect, and one of the country's leading trend experts. He is founder of the Design Life Network (DLN), a site that promotes inspiring design from all eras on-line and on TV.
Gary Inman, a former High Point Market Style Spotter, is an award-winning designer of fashion, furniture, fine homes and luxury hotels. He is V.P. of Hospitality with Baskervill, named an Interior Design Top 20 Hospitality Giant for more than a decade, and one of America's most enduring firms.  Baskervill's luxurious and trend forward designs set the highest standards coast to coast.

Tuesday, October 20
Tour of The Antique & Design Center with World Traveling Design Duo, 31 Westgate

World travelers Colin Blanchard and Kenneth McRobbie of 31 Westgate take you on a tour of the Antique and Design Center. Colin and Kenneth travel through Europe, the Americas and Asia searching for the pieces that take an interior to the next level of design. This taste-making duo will share that same international shopping know-how they learned from Paris flea markets and Mexico street fairs that has made both of their design locations in Halifax, Canada must see's for design enthusiasts.

Social Events

"Antique & Design Center  Celebrates 5 Years at High Point Market with Milieu Magazine"
Saturday, October 17th
Location: Antique & Design Center - Market Square Ground and Mezzanine
You're Invited to a special affair at The Antique & Design Center as we celebrate our First Five Years at High Point Market! There will be delicious food and drinks along with some unexpected entertaining surprises, and of course... fabulous antiques shopping! Co-hosted by Milieu Magazine.

"Adele Sypesteyn Interactive Art Show"
Saturday, October 17th
Location: Nancy Price Showroom – Antique & Design Center MS-G 35
Join us for an interactive art  show featuring the work of renowned artist Adele Sypesteyn.  Visit with the artist and enjoy cocktails and crudités and watch as Adele creates her latest work of art.

“Sip and Scout with The Scout Guide at The Antique & Design Center Refresh & Recharge Lounge”
Sunday, October 18
Location: The Scout Guide Refresh & Recharge Station at The Antique & Design Center -Mezzanine level above the Boiler Room Bar
Please come and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, pick up Guides to your favorite cities, and mingle with The Scout Guide Co-founders and Editors. The Scout Guide is a network of 50+ city guides that highlights excellent artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, and independent businesses in print and online. Through beautiful print publications and inspiring and informative online editorial, The Scout Guide showcases experts in categories including architecture, design, home furnishings, and more.

Antique & Design Center Happy Hour
Daily 4-7pm
Whiskey Tastings compliments of Troy & Sons Distillers in the Boiler Room Bar and complimentary Hors D'oeuvres & Live Music throughout the Antique & Design Center on Ground & Mezzanine of Historic Market Square, including everything from Bluegrass to Latin Jazz to French Favorites on Accordion to accompany your Happy Hour shopping. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Antique & Design Travels - Alhambra Antiques

As we gear up for Fall, it's a great time to reflect on our Antique & Design Travels over the warmer months.  This summer I traveled to Miami for an all too short weekend getaway.  If you love Miami, it's a great time to go because it's not crowded, you feel like your in Europe or South America, with languages other than English spoken everywhere, and the hotel rates are at an all time low.  I love Miami but we'll save that for another post. 

 While there, I made my way over to Coral Gables to visit with one of our Antique & Design Center exhibitors, Ignacio Granda of Alhambra Antiques.   Walking into this shop is like stepping into a treasure trove of beautiful objects.  It's filled with lovely antique lighting, accessories, garden pieces, furniture, fine art and religious art.  Following are a few pics from my visit.  You can see more over on our Instagram feed

As stated on Alhambra's website...  "We're not a big company (but we have big ideas).
When we began, our ideas centered around our passion for great style, distinction, and authenticity. Our search for objects that fit these criteria drove us all over the world. Through the years (twenty-two and counting) our offerings have broadened, and the pieces that “fit” have taken on different shapes and forms. But everything we offered then, and everything we offer now, is hand selected, piece by piece. And our dedication to that idea will never waiver.
Today we offer an ever-expanding, yet curated, collection of beautiful furniture, unusual objects and revolving exhibitions. Our hope is that you like what you see and that you appreciate each items' “story,” whether long or short. We also hope that you'll stop in and visit us, whether in person or online, for a bit of inspiration, if nothing more."
Alhambra Antiques imports a variety of Italian Murano Glass antique chandeliers.They  find antique lighting and antique chandeliers in a variety of styles from Murano and Venice, including manufacturers such as Seguso, Toso, Venini, Capellin and Barovier. Each of our antique chandeliers is carefully cleaned and rewired for U.S. standards.


You can visit Alhambra in Coral Gables 2850 Salzedo Street. Monday-Saturday, Noon-6pm and at The Antique & Design Center during High Point Market in space MS-G 14 ADC.  In addition to their shop, between markets you can also shop their latest acquisitions at The HighBoy! (which happens to be founded by Ignacio's daughter & son-in-law, Olga & Douglas Scott.)  Be sure to check it out, as several other fabulous ADC dealers sell there as well, such as Arcanum, Caroline Faison, Craig Ringstad & Don Fields, Nancy Price, French Bleu, Lola & Bess and Fletcher Copenhaver Fine Art.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Serendipity - The Cup

Serendipity- The Cup
by Karen Luisana

It’s sitting on a bookcase in our home- Doesn’t really go with anything we have in there, but for this piece- It doesn’t matter. It’s part of a miraculous story in my life.

In fact, so many of the beautiful things in our homes evoke feelings of nostalgia, memories of our childhoods, things that tie us to others and make us smile every time we walk through our personal spaces. Antiques do this for me.

Jerry was one of my closest friends in the 1980’s. He was a talented designer and he taught me so much about antiques and interior design. When we realized that he had contracted AIDS, we were all horrified, for in those early days this meant a certain death sentence for him.

He continued to work in spite of having some pretty bad days. He persevered for a long time, mind over matter you know, until he was forced to bed for his last months- just too weak to move a round any more.

We were traveling to France on a buying trip for a container load, one of my great loves in this wonderful world of antiquing…There’s nothing better than the treasure hunt is there?! Before leaving, I went by to see Jerry, thinking that it might be our last time to see each other. I asked him if there was anything that I could do for him and to my surprise, he sat up and asked for a piece of paper and pencil. On it, he drew a picture of a cup with an insignia of an N and an A entwined. Then came the story of Nicholas and Alexander at their coronation in Russia. Apparently, Jerry was an avid lover of Russian history and the famous “Cup of Tears” had been something he had had a chance to buy once in his lifetime- passed on it because of the high cost, and had always regretted not buying it. He also never saw another one, but in a museum. I stuffed the paper in my pocket,, gave him a big hug and said good bye.

While in France that week, I had shown my buying buddies the drawing and our eyes were peeled when any enamelware came across our paths, but of course, nothing came up.

This was in January and a very cold one indeed. We had been there for two thirds of the trip when it actually snowed so hard that we couldn’t go out in it in the truck. Ah, an opportunity for an adventure, we said, so off to the train station to get out at random stops- Snoopervisory trips we called them!

As we debarked from the train, I saw a distant sign saying “Antiquities Ruske” or Russian Antiques….I asked my friends if they wouldn’t mind humoring me on this quest for Jerry and they all said, of course. “Lets go.”  Once against the window, there did seem to be an enamel cup of blue and white, but no insignia. We rang the door bell and waited for a while, but there did finally appear a tiny old fellow wearing a beret with his wife on his elbow. I quickly described what we were looking for and he immediately turned to the window and said, yes, of course, C’est la- la meme--allor! NOOOO- On the back side of the cup was the famous insignia of the Russian King and Queen’s coronation!  I couldn’t believe it. I was week in the knees and started to cry uncontrollably. For those who know me well, when exhausted and emotionally spent, something beautiful will usually get some tears going. Can’t help myself. 

This was before cell phones and I didn’t know if Jerry was still alive- The cup had a price tag of $550.00 on it in Francs (He had told me that we he could pay $300.00), so I had to go back to the flat that night and call his partner before spending so much on it. The shop keeper promised to hold it for us for a day so we went home and called .

Well, our Jerry was still hanging on by a thread, so we rushed back on the train the next day and rang the same doorbell. It took a while for them to open, but they did. The wife turned to her husband and said in French- I told you soooo. Apparently, a gentleman had come in right after we were there the day before and wanted to buy the cup… His wife wouldn’t let him sell it- “She was crying”, she said- “I know she’ll be back!”  Rob and I paid the difference and we grabbed the cup!

A couple days later back in the USA, we rushed to Jerry’s bedside with the cup in hand.. He hadn’t spoken or opened his eyes in two days. I put the cup on his chest and placed his hands around it and said- “Jerry- Your angel brought me to it---It’s a miracle!” He proceeded to open his eyes and said in a very small voice- “It’s a miracle- thank you!” Jerry didn’t speak again. He went back into his dream world and died the next day.

I will never believe that this was a random happening. This was part of a plan to help my friend as he was dying. He was smiling- and what’s better than that?!
This was meant to be and I was meant to be there in France at that moment in time. Serendipity or miracle or something much more? I wonder.

Karen Lu

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You're Invited!

Please join us Thursday, October 15 - Thursday, October 22 as we celebrate 5 years at High Point Market!  We have lots of wonderful events planned to go along with your antiques and vintage shopping.  Check them out here and be sure not to miss our Anniversary Party, co-hosted with Milieu Magazine on Saturday, October 17th from 5-8pm!

Throughout the week, be sure to stop by The Scout Guide Refresh & Recharge Lounge on mezzanine directly above the Boiler Room Bar, for a spot to rest your weary feet, refresh with some snacks and recharge your technology devices!  They will also be hosting a special "Sip & Scout" Happy Hour event in their space on Sunday afternoon, October 18th. You won't want to miss it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Summer!

We love our summer ad in Milieu Magazine!  Pick up your copy today and we can't wait to see you in October at High Point Market!  
Special thanks to our fabulous exhibitors that participated in the ad.  Punch Jones, Don Fields & Craig Ringstad Antiques, D R Grissom Estate & Fine Jewelry, Sandy Luther Antiques & Architecturals, McDonough Fine Art and DelRay & Associates.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Antique & Design Center -Spring 15 High Point Market

The Antique & Design Center of High Point was filled with beauty once again this Spring at High Point Market.  New York designer, Alan Tanksley was overheard saying that what he saw this market was "The Return of Pretty" as he was being interviewed at the ADC, and we agree.  We saw lots of strong patterns and bold colors as well as soft pastels and warm golds and brasses but the overall theme was beauty, be it bold or soft.  Green was a big color, as it should be for Spring and lots of black and white as well.  More photos to come!
Craig Ringstad & Don Fields Antiques
Tuesdays On The Boulevard
McDonough Fine Art
Marshall Clements Antiques
Alhambra Antiques
Nancy Price Home
Art & Antique Hunter Mitra Kilburn
Vintage Persian Rugs by Jubin Tavakol
Carol Pollard
Talented Interior Designer Stephanie Jarvis drew a huge crowd as she spoke about Creating Interiors with Soul by Using Antiques & Vintage.  The Lecture Series was once again a huge hit!
Rue Auber, Brenner Valdez, MacBain Fine Art and Alhambra Antiques
M. Fowler Antiques
Alhambra Antiques
Punch Jones
Carol Pollard
Parham & Co.
DR Grissom Collection
Punch Jones
Sandy Luther Antiques & Architecturals