(photo by Laurey Glenn)
To say that the glamorous, graphic aesthetic of the pieces stopped me dead in my tracks that day is a GIANT understatement (just take a closer look at some of the items in the collection below and you'll see why):
—Her zebra console. "I have no idea where my obsession with zebras began but I fell in love with this commode and had to have it! The gilded greek key mirror I found at a Paris flea market. The ikat bowl holds all my personal mail, invitations, baby announcements, Christmas cards, and birthday cards and is by Nate Berkus for HSN. The antique maharajas on their elephants are from a New York flea market."
—Her vintage bar cart and cocktail table. "I love—scratch that—I am OBSESSED with barware and glassware, china, flatware and anything for entertaining! I never have enough storage for my collection. One day I imagine I will have a butler’s pantry larger than my kitchen! I love to set up a beautiful bar to show of all of these wonderful pieces and of course love my Chinese Red Lacquered Lamshop Cocktail table. I am pretty sure it’s one of the first pieces we ever produced!"
—Her bedside table tableau. "It’s vintage and I had my dear friend Jay paint it in faux black/gray/white tortoise. I always wanted a pair of mercury Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, so I finally bought myself an imperfect pair at one of his 'Seconds' sales which is fine by me as I often prefer imperfect! The tiny zebra is from Palm Beach. There's also a photo of me and my grandmother Mary and a zebra tray from my brother where my rings sleep at night. And always books, books, and more books."
—Her Steve Penley piece. "Without even knowing it, I started collecting Southern art," she says. "I’m friends with Steve Penley and I love his works on paper, which are somewhat rare, since he uses paint for most of his work. I love this piece because it’s of College Street in Athens, Georgia, where I went to school, and where I met and became friends with Steve. And I love this arrow wallpaper. I saw it in an ad for something and looked all over the internet until I could source it."
—Her Rob Matre piece. "This is called 'Georgia Peanuts' by Rob Matre, a Southern photographer. My grandfather was a peanut farmer, so this reminds me of my roots."
—Her origami paper planes by Nate Moore, from Little Rock, Arkansas. "I saw his work in Atlanta and through Emily Amy Gallery commissioned two of these for myself. He made them by using my favorite wallpapers."
—Her malachite collection. "I have also started collecting malachite. Real, faux, boxes, ashtrays, china—you name it. If I see it, I typically grab it! I simply love the coloration of it."