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Althorp:  The Story of an English House

Keynote Lecture: Friday, February 2, 11:00 a.m.

For over 500 years, 19 generations of the Spencer family have resided at Althorp. Join us as Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, discusses the story of Althorp and the family whose driving passions have included art and priceless antiquities, culminating in one of the finest collections in the world. Hear how Earl Spencer navigates the blend of rich family history and the demands of running a modern estate visited by thousands. 

Charles, 9th Earl Spencer

Charles, Viscount Althorp, became the Ninth Earl Spencer in 1992. He is a peer, an author, a print journalist, broadcaster, and the younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales. His Eulogy at the Princess of Wales’ funeral has often been cited as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th Century. A Godson of Her Majesty the Queen, he was also one of her Pages of Honour in the 1970’s. 

Earl Spencer is the owner of Althorp, his family’s ancestral seat in Northamptonshire, which contains one of Europe’s finest private collections of paintings, furniture and ceramics assembled by 19 generations of the family over more than five centuries.

Earl Spencer has also served as a reporter for NBC’s “Today Show” and is the author of six books, most recently, To Catch A King.


Your Home Is Your Story: Refining Your Sense of Place

Design Panel Lecture: Friday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.

Someone once said that “every great design begins with an even better story.” Join our very accomplished moderator, Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence, as she sits down with celebrated talent and good friends Timothy Corrigan, Richard Keith Langham, Susanna Salk and Beth Webb to discuss how they draw from past experiences and instinct to create a “Sense of Place” in the homes they design.  The discussion is guaranteed to bring inspiration to areas of life both inside and outside the walls of the place you call home and help refine and embrace your own sense of place.

Timothy Corrigan is considered one of the leading interior designers in the world. His firm has an international presence with projects in Europe, the Middle East and across the United States. His best-selling book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé, chronicles the restoration of his landmark chateau in France.

Richard Keith Langham has been a force in the decorating world for over 30 years with honors from Elle Décor’s A-List and Architectural Digest’s AD 100 four years in a row. His keen eye has served clients from the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Hilary Swank. His first book About Decorating will be released this October.

Susanna Salk is a designer, stylist, stager, as well as the author of many best-selling design books, including her recent book, At Home With Dogs and Their Designers: Sharing a Stylish Life. In addition to her celebrated penmanship, Susanna hosts a monthly “At Home With” video series on the popular interior design blog, Quintessence.

Beth Webb‘s design philosophy is known for incorporating classic proportions and iconic design details into uplifting light filled space. Her work is often featured in MILIEU, Luxe Interiors + Design and Veranda, just to name a few. Her first book, An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses,(Rizzoli), gives her design audience insight into her intuitive design process, celebrating interiors that “speak to the senses.”

Stacey Bewkes (moderator) is a well-respected voice for original content in the world of design and lifestyle. From art and architecture, interiors and design, fashion and jewelry to books, wine, travel and more, Stacey presents stories of style and substance in well-researched and beautifully photographed pieces.




The Alchemy of Floral Design: Pairing the Unexpected

Master Floral Design Lecture & Demonstration: Saturday, February 3, 11:00 a.m.

Step into the world of Lewis Miller and observe the talent and artistry that has made him into one of the most sought after floral designers of our time. His “Flowers for the People” project, creating random pop-up floral installations in unexpected locales throughout Manhattan, has met with tremendous enthusiasm on social media and are his “gift” to the city that embraces him.  Learn how his signature use of juxtaposition, dark with light, rough with refined, chaos with definition, has led to his wild success in creating a stunning body of work on his own terms.


Lewis Miller

Lewis Miller owns one of the premiere floral design houses in New York City with high profile clients such as Mayor Bloomberg, Bulgari and Carolina Herrera, just to name a few. His first book, Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangement, received praise from New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. When not producing major events in NYC such as the highly-coveted Central Park Zoo Gala, he is traveling the world mentoring others on his exclusive look.

The Art of Collaboration: An Architect and Interior Decorator in Conversation

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

Join award winning architect Gil Schafer and celebrated English interior designer Rita Konig for a look behind the scenes at what makes for a successful collaboration between an architect and decorator—and ultimately a successful, stylish house. Both Schafer and Konig are known for their personal approaches to design, and in this conversation, they will share their invaluable tips on everything from creating an initial vision for a project to the often-overlooked details that bring a unique sense of history and place to any room.

Gil Schafer III is one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary classical architecture with accolades including Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and Veranda’s “Art of Design Award.” His work has been featured in numerous national and international publications including Elle Décor and The New York Times. Gil is also the author of bestselling book The Great American House and the newly released A Place to Call Home.

Rita Konig is a talented interior designer with a presence in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Alongside her client work, Rita has recently launched “Rita Says”; an online interiors destination designed to make decorating easier for those who want to do it themselves. Rita also shares her expertise in a regular column for British House and Garden.

2018 Show Dates & Times

February 2-4, 2018
Friday & Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
Preview: February 1

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