Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ed Sullivan, to be featured in the Design Showcase

I talked to Ed last weekend while he was on the road. He was leaving a show in Atlanta were he reported he had done well. I guess so! He sold a pair of wingback chairs with contrasting piping, a contemporary Elmwood coffee table, a Japanese Imari bowl and a pair of lamps …all to the same customer. Nice!
One of the things that makes Ed, and his partner Holt’s, booth distinctive is their technique for “rehabbing” antique, framed furniture with contemporary fabrics like wool and silk. As Ed says,“ it gives the furniture a cleaner, more streamline look”. He finds his customers like the solid construction, the weight and the comfort of antique upholstered pieces. It’s a very “green“ way of decorating which he feels is important.
A few days after or conversation, I received the following note from Ed in which he summarized his perspective on his business:
“The market today is welcoming a mix in home furnishings where opposites attract. Rough hewn wood with gilded wood which gives the interior a collected feel. Soft furnishings are textured and clean in shape. Accents and lighting are large and over scaled in proportions for impact. Comfort is achieved through a relaxed feel with the mix that we offer in our displays and as we gather our offerings for the upcoming shows.”
Ed will be featured in the Design Showcase this February 2nd-4th, at the Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques show. This is an element of the show which is uniquely dedicated to serving as a design resource. Experiencing quality antique furniture, lighting and accessories in room settings with inspired vignettes always helps our patrons visualize how easily they can incorporate antiques into their homes and lifestyles. Oh! FYI, Ed doesn’t sell online. You’ll have to come to the Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques show to see him.

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