If you think you are hearing the sound of engines revving and gears spinning faster, you are right, as the fall design season is gaining momentum with the opening of the Arbor International Antiques and Interior Design Show on Thursday! We’ll be holding court in our usual spot so come by and see what our luxurious version of bedding down is all about in Tent F at 1503 Highway 237 in Round Top (that’s Texas, ya’ll)!
The Luxury of Bedding Down
at Round Top
We’re holding some exciting events along with our usual Daily Sleep Seminars during which we help those who attend understand the power of sleep. We’ll be exploring all things slumber from September 15th through October 1st from noon until 4 p.m. each day, and if you’ve never experienced the true potency of the pillows and other down products in our European Sleep System, you must stop by and see what all the fuss is about. The images I’m using to illustrate this post were from our tent in the spring so you can see we have plenty of room for all of you who are craving a good night’s sleep and we promise you won’t want to get out of bed!
Arbor Antiques is hosting several events featuring Toma Clark Haines, aka The Antiques Diva, that include champagne tours and mixers. The Antiques Diva Champagne Tours get underway on September 23rd at 11 a.m., on September 24th at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and on September 25th at 11 a.m. During these excursions around the fairgrounds, Toma will talk about the major antique periods and styles to give attendees the insider scoop on how to identify key characteristics of items she sees. You can RSVP via email if you haven’t done so already: firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Mixer on September 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m.—a meet and greet with Toma—wine, hors d’oeuvres and crudités will be served at the Stardust Martini Bar. As the September 24th Mixer gets underway at 6 p.m., Toma will be joined by Leslie Sinclair and Eve Michaels; Pam Williams with Discoveries; and the coordinators of the Designer Dream Spree, Julie Dodson and Ike Isenhour—an event that will feature panelists discussing “Exceptional Discoveries” at 3 p.m. on September 26th at The Compound. Barry Darr Dixon, Kevin Isbell, Mary Douglas Drysdale and Michelle Nussbaumer will dish about what they view as exceptional discoveries that afternoon and proceeds benefit local animal shelters.
Monograms and Antique Linens
Back in our stand, I will be signing the beautiful new book Monograms and Antique Linens, which has just been published by Hoffman Media. Stop by on September 25th, 26th or 27th anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a copy—you’ll be so glad you did, as this collection of beautiful linens, hand-sewn clothing, and fine monogram work was curated by Hoffman Media’s editor-in-chief Phyllis DePiano. The splendid book is filled with beautiful photography and elegant prose, the kicking-off point a quote from one of my favorite books—Alexandra Stoddard’s Living a Beautiful Life: “The attractive way you set the table can also set the tone for a meal, and gently yet powerfully convey affection, warmth, and caring.”
This entire book accomplishes what Stoddard advises, as the editor’s affection for beauty radiates from each of the chapters, which explore subjects like the history of monograms, including royal examples; the proper use of monograms; and the contemporary uses of them. Our products are beautifully presented in the chapter “Of Rest and Restoration,” which Melissa Lester wrote and Stephanie Welbourne photographed, using her unerring eye to capture the winsome styling by Kathleen Cook and Missie Neville Crawford.
I’m seriously proud to be featured in the historically astute book that exudes romance with every page-turn. How is this for a fabulous compliment, which is the lead-in to our chapter? “In a journey that reads more like a novel than a business plan, Pandora de Balthazár has followed her heart from a bucolic childhood in the Deep South, across oceans to distant palaces, and back home to discover her true purpose.” Illustrating the wonderfully written story about my love of linens are some of our most stunning textiles.
The Antiques Diva Becomes
Our Brand Ambassador!
And speaking of such, we have some stunning news: while in Round Top, The Antiques Diva will be curating The Diva Bed, which we will unveil at High Point Market during Breakfast in Bed with The Antiques Diva on October 22nd at 10:30 a.m. During this event we will welcome Toma as our official Brand Ambassador. Champagne and light bites will be served as The Diva Bed is unveiled, the masterpiece curated from our vast store of antique linens. We’ll put the Diva to bed so she can experience our ergonomic European Sleep System. Now we know you wouldn’t want to miss that!
I hope to see you at one or both of the venues as we will have our antiques and monogrammed bedding encasing our amazing Hungarian goose down products. In case you are new to our brand, we honestly know you’ll be blown away by our couture bedding, which also includes fine Italian sheeting and shams, decorative pillows, hand-loomed bespoke bedding, heirloom linens, museum-quality textiles, and primitive and vintage linens. We’ll also have our lavender spa products, fine laces, custom headboards, spa products and nightwear on hand.
I’ll be featuring Phyllis DePiano in more depth here on the blog soon in order to share what makes this woman so remarkable. You can get a taste of her verve by reading her blog “The Ribbon in My Journal,” though I feel I must share an important caveat: it’s quite addictive! And we’ll be dishing more about all the fun we’ll have with our new Brand Ambassador, Toma Clark Haines, in the weeks to come!
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