Designer Barbi Rushing’s countryside estate just outside of Little Rock is filled with beautiful antiques. From the moment you walk through the front door, you’ll realize every piece is not only beautiful, but meaningful as well. The home was built to encompass a set of antique French trumeau doors that lead into the dining room. The bronze doré chandelier hanging over the table belonged to Barbi’s grandmother. And, the center tablecloth was made specifically for luncheons her mother hosted. Along with the family pieces handed down over the years, Barbi effortlessly mixes in pieces she has found using her own artful eye. “I have always loved antiques and beautiful pieces, and I believe all pretty things go together,” says Rushing. Read the whole story online here or find a copy of the April issue on newsstands.
On Saturday, At Home had the delightful privilege of spending the day antiquing with designer/author Kathryn Greeley, visiting Arkansas from North Carolina to celebrate her new book, “The Collected Tabletop.” Along with Tobi Fairley, and other design enthusiasts including Dinah Sullivan of Cobblestone & Vine, we visited Morris Antiques in Keo, stopped for lunch at Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets, shopped some more at I-40 Antiques in Morrilton, and then headed to Cobblestone & Vine for Kathryn’s book signing.
And guess what? Kathryn signed a copy of her book for one lucky At Home reader! To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll choose a winner at random at noon on Monday, January 30. Bonne chance!
PS- Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at our antiquing trip with Kathryn.
Our first stop was Morris Antiques in Keo, where Kathryn delighted the crowd with a presentation on setting the table (her specialty!). She arrived early to pull together tabletop options, mixing items from Morris with colorful fabrics for a fresh appeal no matter what your age.
Kathryn, an avid collector of flow blue china, suggested pairing it with this fabric. Great combo, no?
We all really loved this vignette. The amethyst color on the glasses and china, which Kathryn pulled from the Morris showrooms, paired with the green in the fabrics caught everyone’s eye and brings the antique china into 2012.
After Morris, Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets was on the itinerary. Everyone, including Kathryn, Tobi and Tobi’s lovely mom, Beverly Wells, shared desserts.
The tin ceiling is original to the historic building, which was formerly a soda fountain and drug store.
But the star of the show was the coconut pie! It was selected as one of the top pies in the South by Southern Living magazine…
Of course, we had to try the others too. We don’t discriminate when it comes to dessert. Not pictured is the caramel pie, which had us all in fits it was so good.
The apple and chocolate pies were de-lic-ious. (On a side note, Charlotte’s is the first restaurant we’ve ever been to that served dessert first!)
After Charlotte’s, we hit the road for I-40 Antiques, where Kathryn spotted a great pair of chairs and worked her magic with some fabric suggestions. She loved this pattern from Tobi Fairley Home, and suggested painting the wood white for an easy update.
Kathryn adored this basket, and quickly discovered it can double as a hat! She’s a trend setter, if we ever saw one.
Back at Cobblestone & Vine, Kathryn signed books for her admirers, and launched her line of stationery produced by San Lori Designs.
Thanks for tagging along! Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a signed copy of Kathryn’s book. Plus, read more about Kathryn on her web site… she’s as gracious as they come. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and promise you will too.