The Antiques & Garden Show Celebrates the Beauty of Home

The Antiques & Garden Show Preview Party kicked off the three-day gauntlet of shopping and lectures with what was most certainly a record-breaking crowd. It was impossible to take a few steps and not run into someone you knew. In fact, the crowd was so large, it took a bit of work to track down co-chairs Ashley Smith and Julia Spickard to tell them just how fabulous everything looked.

Ashley and Julia were tapped to be the 2021 chairs, and they had chosen the theme “Home Is Where Your Story Begins” in early 2020. Little did they know that home would soon take on a whole new meaning for all of us or that the 2021 event would not take place. The extra year gave them the chance to deliver one of the prettiest shows in recent memory.

The garden designers conjured up glorious settings. Cheekwood’s entry garden, overseen by Peter Grimaldi, its vice president of gardens and facilities, was inspired by garden follies and fabric tents. Gracie Studio’s timeless wallpaper graced every aspect of this year’s show, but nowhere was it more breathtaking than the four arches of hand-painted wallpaper panels that soared over lush plantings of all-white flowers.

Elsewhere, Kentucky-based landscape designer Joseph Hillenmeyer created an inviting heritage garden with a Hartley Botanic greenhouse and water feature surrounded by daffodils. Anne Daigh and Wade Rick of Daigh Rick Landscape Architects designed a whimsical wonderland with a charming cottage and willow tunnel that, intended or not, became a major photo op for the crowd.

The night was full of reconnecting with friends and favorite dealers and forging relationships with new vendors and the next generation of supporters. There was so much inspiration at every turn — stunning furniture, rugs, art and gardens — that, whether you bought anything or not, everyone was sure to have something for the next chapter in their home’s story.