If you’ve been in the design world of social media this past week, you know that the 2017 Southern Style Now Showhouse opened in Savannah, Ga. last week alongside the Kickoff Gala and Southern Style Now Festival. Fireside Antiques had the pleasure of attending, and we are here to share our favorite takeaways from the weekend.
The Southern Style Now Festival is a series of special events, keynote speaker panels and an unbelievable showcase home featuring prominent Southern designers and sponsored by Traditional Home. The historic 1850’s Greek Revival home features plaster moldings, heart of pine floors and marble fireplaces. Needless to say, we think it is the perfect space for the many beautiful antiques used in the designs!
The 23 designers featured throughout the home create a space that truly celebrates the look of “New Southern” style. Steeped in history with modern and relevant accents, the spaces were sophisticated, artful and personal. We were thrilled to see the use of robust, bold color with brilliant backdrops of pattern and jewel tones. We also loved the use of warm, wooden antiques throughout the home. While we recognize the current “white out” trend of cool, clean spaces, we are lovers of wood, color, warmth and age. The showhouse harmoniously blended this history and modernity. Many of the rooms featured a beautiful antique mirror, the likes of which can be found in our current inventory online. Lively art, both antique and modern, was prominently displayed throughout the home; and we were thrilled to learn of the collaboration with Savannah College of Art and Design (our very own Laura’s alma mater) to feature current students’ work in the home.
We will be reminiscing on our walk and study through the showhouse for the rest of the year. If you are in Savannah before December 7, be sure to stop by!
A favorite room was the Morning Room by Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas of Cloth and Kind Designs. The dramatic, swoop curtain panel has a Victorian, vintage nod; but it is made with a very modern, relevant fabric. The room featured an eclectic mix of art with both high and low-end framing. The vintage settee in Bastideaux fabric further portrays the juxtaposition of vintage lines with modern textile.
Texas-based Meredith Ellis Design created our all-time favorite Home Office off of the Master Bedroom. The use of wooden antique furniture makes this space timeless and classic; and the furniture was accentuated by a custom-stained wood floor, created by her sister-in-law designer Storey Ellis Robins. Similar wooden antique desks can be found on our website. The walls are covered with a thoughtfully curated collection of vintage prints and art.
We love a mix of modern with old here at Fireside Antiques, and there is no simpler way to combine these two styles than with a statement antique mirror. In the Powder Room, Betsy Berry of B. Berry Interiors pulls the attention of the eye from floor to ceiling with a custom painted floor, a contemporary console sink and a beautiful gilt mirror above.
Our favorite use of a statement mirror was in this dream kitchen designed by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Lisa Mende Design. Upholding form and function is a necessity in life; and this kitchen balances both with practical shelving, bountiful storage and beautiful artifacts on every possible surface. The hand-carved, reproduction mirror sits at center stage. We, too, have unique, one-of-a-kind mirrors in stock that will elevate even the most practical spaces of your home.
Sally King Benedict is an Atlanta-based artist and the designer of the showhouse hallway and upstairs landing. You can read about her creative collaborations on her website, but we are most excited about her upcoming collaboration with Studio Four NYC textile designer, who created this amazing wallpaper from Benedict’s own art. The designs will be available in January 2018. Although the wallpaper serves as artistic design in itself, Benedict accentuated the space with a gallery wall of her own work and others.
From both the designer and entrepreneur perspectives, we found the key note speakers to be incredibly relevant and entertaining. Stand-out favorites included designer Richard Keith Langham and acclaimed author Julia Reed. Richard eloquently spoke about the experience of curating a home to tell one’s personal story. Julia had us all in tears with laughter as she shared personal stories behind the contents in her new cookbook, which we proudly have in store at Fireside Antiques! (A perfect Christmas gift for your friends, in our opinion.)
In addition to the showhouse tours, the design panels and the opening night gala reception, we topped off our time in Savannah with an evening at The Alley Cat Lounge and a quick meal at Zunzis. A significant part of an afternoon was spent at Alex Raskin Antiques. Alex Raskin’s showroom is a time capsule of an antique store and a must-stop for any furniture lover and romantic. The furniture stacked upon furniture… we loved it!
If you have any questions about the antiques you have seen throughout the Southern Style Now home, please let us know! We would love to have you put together a similar look for your home, just in time for the holidays. You can reach us anytime at our showroom or online at www.firesideantiques.com.