Lecture Info

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GilSchafer-thumbGil Schafer, Honorary Chair

Award-winning architect Gil Schafer is consistently recognized as a leading practitioner of contemporary classical architecture. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and a winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award.” Author of the bestselling book The Great American House, Gil’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Digest, ELLE DECOR, Veranda, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Join us Thursday, February 2, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Preview Party as we celebrate Gil and his years of service and contribution to the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville. button-learnmore button-purchasetickets



Every Home Tells A Story

Keynote Speaker Nate Berkus with Moderator Tori Mellott

Friday, February 3, 11:00 a.m.

Book signing following lecture.

Renowned interior designer Nate Berkus believes that our homes should tell our stories about who we are, where we’ve been, what we love most - all collected and assembled in one place. In this moderated talk, Nate will share his personal design philosophy about why the things we choose to bring into our homes matter, and how we can all live more beautifully. Nate will also share his favorite discoveries from the Show and how he would use these finds in a space. Nate will be joined by fellow style-maker and discussion moderator Tori Mellott, Traditional Home’s Senior Design and Markets Editor.

Nate Berkus is now one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers, ever since his 2002 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, VOGUE, InStyle, O Magazine, People and ELLE DECOR which included him in their A-List of the world’s top designers. He has two New York Times bestselling books: Home Rules (2005) and The Things That Matter (2012). And audiences will see him in a new TLC show launching in 2017.

Tori Mellott began her own style-blazing career at House Beautiful and ELLE DECOR before launching Conde Nast’s domino as decorating editor. She served as Creative Deputy for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and joined Nate Berkus for the first year of The Nate Show. After projects for Teen Vogue, The Editor at Large, and VERANDA, Tori joined Traditional Home in 2011 as Senior Design and Markets Editor.

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Creating Patina Farm

Brooke & Steve Giannetti 

Friday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.

Book signing following lecture. Brooke & Steve Giannetti will share the special journey they’ve traveled together working on spectacular projects as husband and wife – she the interior designer and he the architect. One of the Giannettis’ most notable collaborations was the creation of their idyllic European-inspired Patina Farm in Ojai, California – the subject of their best-selling book of the same name, Patina Farm. Featuring a meticulous selection of antique materials and architectural elements, Patina Farm realizes their vision of making the beauty of their magnificent natural surroundings part of the interior living experience and vice versa. Thoughtful landscape design, carefully crafted outbuildings, and the charming presence of miniature goats, donkeys and hens complete the picture. button-learnmore button-purchasetickets

The Dream Team

Design Panel Lecture

Saturday, February 4, 11:00 a.m.

Book signings to follow lecture.

Robert Leleux, Moderator


Mary McDonald


Jesse Carrier & Mara Miller


Nathan Turner

Four of the top designers in the US today will engage the entertaining wit of author and design panel moderator, Robert Leleux. Robert will guide Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner and Jesse Carrier & Mara Miller through a spirited discussion of these style-makers’ sources of inspiration – where they travel for ideas, the influence of other designers, eras that color their designs and global style hot spots on the rise today. The team will also discuss the role traditional and social media play in their cultivated styles, lives and careers.

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tara-thumbEvents of a Lifetime

Tara Guérard

Saturday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.

Book signing to follow lecture.

Tara Guérard will inspire us with the extraordinary creativity of her wedding and event design expertise sharing a few of her special tips for creating the one-of-a-kind event environments that have become her signature. The special personal touches and attention to the smallest details have given Tara a reputation for delighting hosts and guests alike, leaving all who attend her soirées spellbound. Sit back and soak up Tara’s unique alchemy of antique elements, flowers and rich fabrics. Listen as Tara describes how to use the beauty of natural surroundings and a little old-fashioned set-design magic to create unforgettable environments for special occasions.

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February 3-5, 2017
Friday & Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Preview: February 2 6:30 - 9pm

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