Calendar of Events

Jan 17, 2015


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Ronda Rice Carman: Personal Reflections On Stylish Living

Ronda Rice Carman, noted author and award-winning blogger of "All The Best" will speak on traditional influences that inspire today's trends. Using examples from her book, DESIGNERS AT HOME, she will explain how her own line of fabrics, woven in Scotland using traditional mills, is appealing to a new generation. Originally from Houston, Texas, Carman attended the University of Houston where she met and married her husband Christopher, a university professor. In 2005 Carman and her family moved to Glasgow, Scotland, and in 2007 she founded "All the Best" Blog.

Location
Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 3, 2015


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Decorative Arts Trust Presents Master Classes

Beginning with the first class on February 3 and running each week through March 10, Decorative Arts Trust will sponsor six Master Classes. These will be held in private homes of collectors and will be limited to no more than 15 participants who are members of the Trust. Registrations must be made in advance and will cost $25 per session with no refunds. February 3: English Furniture from the 1600s, Bob Brown and Richard Tanner. February 10: American Silver, Lucy and Tom Lee. February 17: French Furniture, Mary Helen and Ron McCloy. February 24: American Furniture, Tina McWhorter and Stanton Thomas. March 3: Oriental Porcelain, Lucy and Tom Lee. March 10: English Porcelain and Cut Glass, Tom Fortner.

Location
To be announced

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 20, 2015


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Special Event for Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Lynda Shea will welcome Sponsors, Donors and Associate-Level members to her design studio, French Country Imports, to welcome Barry Dixon to Memphis and Decorative Arts Trust. Dixon, who will speak to DAT the following day, is a multi-talented interior designer with Memphis roots. Shea will demonstrate one of those talents with a display of his exclusive-to-the-trade designer fabrics. Please note: Invitations to this event will be mailed to all those eligible to attend around the first of February and RSVPs will be required.

Location
6225 Poplar Pike, Memphis

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 21, 2015


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Barry Dixon: International Designer

Memphis-born interior designer and author, Barry Dixon's projects cover the gamut from a Manhattan loft choreographed for entertaining to an Arts and Crafts cottage in a woodland glade. Practicing from his home, Elway Hall, a 1907 Edwardian estate in Fauquier County in the Virginia countryside near Washington, D. C., Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends warm and hospitable Southern design with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, South Caledonia and South Africa. With a portfolio of projects spanning the nations and the globe, Dixon is one of the world's most south-after designers.

Location
Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

Mar 18, 2015


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A Classic Revisited: Art Deco

Sponsors, Donors and Associate-level members will experience a return to a home that has been requested again and again. Nancy and Charles Kistler will open their home in Hedgemoor that is authentically Art Deco to the most minute detail. Mr. Kistler, an authority on the subject, will discuss this important period and the design of the home. He will illustrate his remarks with the pieces they have carefully collected.

Location
Hedgemoor

Contact
Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Mar 28, 2015


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Florence de Dampierre: The Best of Four

Florence de Dampierre, the interior designer and prolific author who changed the conversation of classic design with the publication of THE BEST OF PAINTED FURNITURE and THE DECORATOR, has continued her influence with the publications of FRENCH CHIC and WALLS. Her presentation will include images and insights from multiple projects including examples for each of her important books. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location
Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 11, 2015


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Spring Neighborhood Tour: Gardens Way

A neighborhood tour featuring four homes in Gardens Way will be a special event for Patrons and other Upper-Level members who do so much to support the work of Decorative Arts Trust. In case of rain, the tour will take place the following day, April 12.

Location
Gardens Way

Contact
Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Apr 23, 2015


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Spring Trip to Washington, D.C.

The trip to Washington, D. C. is planned during cherry blossom time and will feature a visit to Hillwood, the magnificent home and garden of Marjorie Merriwether Post, for lunch and tours. The itinerary will also include a curator-led tour of Mount Vernon and other special events. Note: This tour is sold out. Regency Travel of Memphis is handling all arrangements and is happy to add names to the waiting list.

Location
Washington, D. C.

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

May 2, 2015


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Simplicity: Lecture by Interior Designer Nancy Braithwaite

Celebrated designer Nancy Braithwaite, author of the new book SIMPLICITY, believes that a designer must not merely look—but actually “see” in an educated, principled, and disciplined way. In this talk, Nancy walks step-by-step through her design process, giving attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the fundamental design elements that inform all of her work: architecture, composition, proportion and scale, color, pattern, texture, and craftsmanship. Illustrating her message with photos of gorgeous homes decorated in an array of country, classic and contemporary styles, Nancy will discuss how she achieves her simplicity and will explain why simplicity, when done properly, is actually quite complex. Born and raised in Chicago, Braithwaite launched her career as an industrial designer after receiving her design degree from Michigan State University. Braithwaite’s work has graced the pages of numerous national shelter magazines, books, and newspapers, including Veranda, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Town & Country, and The New York Times.

Location
Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

May 2015


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Annual Meeting

Decorative Arts Trust's Annual Meeting will be held at the home of Katherine and John Hull Dobbs, Jr. on Gwynn Road. Details will be announced at a later date.

Location
Gwynne Road

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

September 2015


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Membership Meeting

The September Membership Meeting is a chance to reconnect with friends after the summer break and learn about the program line-up scheduled for the following year. This meeting will welcome back existing members and new members who have joined prior to the meeting but have not yet had an opportunity to meet the membership as a whole.

Location
To be announced

Contact
Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

October 2015


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Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Celebration

This month marks the official celebration of Decorative Arts Trust's thirty-fifth anniversary of support for Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Begun with a dozen devoted collectors of decorative arts, DAT has grown to more than 300 hundred members and remains the fastest growing arts organization in Memphis. A variety of events will be held during the month including a special exhibit of the many items that have been donated to the Museum either by direct gifts from the Trust or by individuals associated with DAT membership. Details will be announced at a later date.

Location
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

Nov 7, 2015


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Maureen Footer: George Stanley and the Creation of American Chic

The late interior designer George Stanley was far ahead of his time with his introduction of elements that appear cutting edge today. Maureen Footer, author of GEORGE STANLEY AND THE CREATION OF AMERICAN CHIC, will discuss the influences that resonate through both traditional and contemporary design. The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Location
Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact
Gail George, 901-753-4060

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