Last week, The HighBoy took Atlanta.
First, The Weekly our blog-journal that tells the stories of design and antiques for the 21st century, won the “Best New Design Blog” award from Esteem Media’s Design Bloggers Conference. We sure do like our new spot in the Design Bloggers’ Hall of Fame.
But we didn’t stop there. As a nod to the city’s legendary Southern hospitality, we hosted our second event in The Future of Antiques series. This time, we shone the spotlight on regional style and invited southern-born antiques and design mavens Jennifer Boles, Kerry Howard, and John Lyle to join us in a panel discussion at The Gables Antiques, one of our favorite Atlanta shops.
Olga Granda-Scott, founder of The HighBoy, moderated the panel in which Jennifer, Kerry, and John shared personal anecdotes of their experiences of living and designing with antiques.
The panelists had no shortage of good ideas to share, born of their experiences in their respective fields: Jennifer is the founder of the Peak of Chic—one of the design world’s favorite blogs and author of “In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z;” Kerry is a high-end residential interior designer, star of Bravo’s “Top Design” and HGTV’s “Design Wars,” and President of the ASID Georgia chapter; and John is an interior and furniture designer, whose handmade sculpture pieces are created from hand-cast bronze, steel, wood, shagreen, and parchment, and coveted for their chic silhouettes and impeccable craftsmanship.
The group dove into one of the hottest topics in the world of fine art and antiques: value. What’s the value of good design? What’s the value of a beautiful chair or painting or armoire? It’s often subjective, as Kerry illustrated when he talked about how meaningful it is to work with clients who inherit heirlooms and want him to update simply by placing them in new contexts. And unlike other investments, antiques aren’t temporary investment vehicles, Olga pointed out: We have to consider their greater value in the context of a person’s quality of life. How do you quantify the joy of gathering friends around a beautiful 18th-century Italian farm table? Social media makes this choice so much easier and more inspiring than ever before, as we use Pinterest, blogs, Instagram, and other social media tools to find both inspiration and validation, giving all design-lovers confidence in our purchasing decisions.
The event was filled with familiar and new faces of the antique and design community: Bethanne Matari and Cecil Adams from Currey & Co., designers Cheryl Luckett, Denise McGaha, and Leslie Moore, bloggers Kevin O’Gara from Thou Swell and Molly Moon from Hey There Sunshine, among others, and of course The HighBoy’s own Atlanta dealers Brian and Tammie Wilson of French Bleu Antiques, Melissa Estock of Paragon Antiques, and Suzanne Cox and her team from The Gables Antiques.
The Future of Antiques: Southern Style comes on the heels of the inaugural The Future of Antiques event, which took place in New York City and featured antiques experts Judith Miller, Toma Clark Haines, and Olga Granda-Scott, moderated by Doris Athineos of Traditional Home. The HighBoy continues to sponsor important industry panels around the country including upcoming events in New Orleans and Houston. Stay connected and get invited to these events by subscribing to our Email Newsletters and visiting our Events Page.
Photography by: Jo Arellanes