Two Vendors Of Nashville’s Upcoming Antiques & Garden Show Share Some Insights
While we aren’t out of the winter slump quite yet, the 27th Annual Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville plans to bring about the freshness we need. Feb. 3-5 will be packed with high-caliber speakers, inspirational designs and plenty of expertly curated antiques. This year’s event, themed “Cultivated Style,” features interior-design celebrity Nate Berkus as a keynote speaker and book signer, as well as multiple design and garden talks, cocktail parties and over 150 vendors from antique dealers to artists to horticulturists.
The show is the largest of its kind in the country, pulling in more than 15,000 attendees each year, and benefits two main entities: Cheekwood and Economic Club of Nashville (ECON). Cheekwood is a gorgeous, 55-acre botanical garden and art museum rich with historic overtones and located in Nashville, while ECON supports various other charities in the city that focus on economic, social and political issues. This includes its own program, which provides children lacking resources with the opportunity to experience Nashville’s plentiful cultural institutions.
Olivier Fleury, owner of Olivier Fleury, Inc., and Stacey Krantz, owner of InBloom Jewelry, are both vendors at the show this year. While neither are first-time sellers at the event, they both represent the all-encompassing dedication each vendor brings to the show.
Fleury, based in Winter Park, Fl., has been a direct importer of 18th- and 19th-century French antiques for over 30 years—but what makes his collection special is more than his accumulation of French contacts. With a scrupulous eye, he personally picks each piece and then restores it in house. “It always brings me pleasure when I am able to find an old antique and restore it as the craftsman who made it originally,” he says. Vendors with a careful eye and steadfast passion for workmanship are what attendees can expect to find at the Nashville event, which Fleury can’t wait to explore again. “Nashville customers have good, educated taste in European flavors,” he adds.
By contrast, Krantz is inspired by fusing nature’s designs into delicate metal jewelry for InBloom. “This show is a great fit for me because my work combines floral and plant themes with traditional techniques that can primarily be found today in antique jewelry,” she said. “I am fascinated by design history and incorporate elements of many different eras of jewelry-making.” Krantz prides herself on her artistry unaided by computers, which some jewelry-makers rely on nowadays. Every part of her process is done by hand, making InBloom’s pieces a proper complement to the upcoming event’s Cultivated Style theme.
“I am super excited about the theme of the show this year because it fits my business and my life in so many ways,” she says. “Cultivated to me means nurtured, honored, respected and cared for; that speaks deeply to the heart and energy I put into my work each day for my clients.”
The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville runs Feb 3-5 at Music City Center. For more information, including the full list of vendors, schedule, and to buy tickets, visit the show’s website.