My “whole house purge” (as my friend Bliss called it) has been put on hold.
First, I left last Thursday for Lexington to attend the Bluegrass Trust Antique & Garden Show at the KY Horse Park. Then my daughter came home with us from UK for spring break (woo hoo, glad she’s home for a week). And, I’ve had company for the past two days.
The show was awesome as usual. I only took photos with my Iphone so forgive the bad photography.
There are many booths from great antique dealers all over the country, but this year I focused on the wonderful designer displays and garden booths as well.
The booth below was designed by Lexington designer Kimbrel/Birkman Interiors.
I love the juxtaposition of this photographic art with the classic style room. There’s no mistaking you’re in the Bluegrass state with Lexington being know as the horse capital of the world!
And these end tables made from antique Louis Vuitton trunks are to-die-for! I would loved to have brought the pair home with me.
This room vignette was created by Matthew Carter, another great Lexington designer. I love the subtle pattern in the sisal rug.
He has a wonderful way of mixing old and new and I was crazy about these “X” benches. I love the bold graphic on the upholstery against the antique burled chest.
Jennifer Schnabel, also a Lexington designer, created this scrumptious little vignette.
This chair is so sophisticated and glamorous with it’s wide ribbon detail.
I’m not sure of the type of finish, but the chest was texturized all over almost like a painted grasscloth.
There were lots of antiques and garden items, too. One of my favorite dealers had a great pair of French fauteils. The leopard pillows looked great on them. He also had a rare set of French Cavalier King Charles Spaniel garden statues but they were a bit pricey at $895.
I purchased several of these English red leather cricket balls for bowl filler.
I found a sheep painting that tempted me, but I’m waiting to find one in France. I want one with more pastoral green.
I have one of these English marmalade jars. This one had been made into a lamp.
Just in time for Easter, were these vintage English ceramic bunnies.
All the garden booths put me in the mood for spring, plus we had 70 degree weather this past weekend.
Terrariums seem to be very popular now.
One of the most interesting booths was the artisan from Moss Studios who transforms just about anything into lamps, bookends, and various other things. The look is definitely industrial.
He uses old rulers, gages, golf clubs, movie reels, you name it to make really cool stuff.
I especially liked the old silver trays made into mirrors.
An antique show wouldn’t be complete in Kentucky without at least one sugar chest. This one is a fine example and was in a display from the Speed Art Museum in Louisville showcasing early KY furniture and art.
I didn’t purchase much this time. I’m saving my money for shopping in France. In addition to the cricket balls, I picked up a sterling bud vase and a beautiful basket of live purple hyacinths for my dining table for Easter.
Don’t forget about the early bird discount of $200 off the Blogger’s Brocanting Tour September 19-25 in France. The discount ends this Friday and you know you want to go.