The Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Speaker Series featuring renowned designers is always a favorite aspect of the Theta Charity Antiques Show. View the Show Schedule page for time information and to purchase tickets!
Ashley Woodson Bailey
A self-taught photographer, Ashley’s signature “florography” art prints launched in 2014. Her eponymous brand naturally expanded to include wallpaper, fabrics, and limited-edition products as her desire to live among the flowers grew. Her inaugural collection “Dark” was inspired by the transition of the flower from blossom to fading stem and the deep desire to preserve this metamorphosis as a frozen moment in time.
Each of Ashley’s patterns begins with inspiration from fresh flowers. She forages, visits her floral market and partners with floral farmers to hand-select an array of blooms before studying and arranging them in her signature, wildly organic style. She captures their beauty from multiple angles over the course of several days before selecting and editing her favorite shots. As inspiration strikes, she transforms the final image into patterns, prints and limited-edition products.
She creates her “forever flowers” in the Atlanta, GA where she resides with her husband, Brad, three children, and her furry sidekicks, George and Rose. When she is not in the Southeast, you can find her frequently daydreaming about her next trip to her beloved Texas and Australia.
James Farmer is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling garden book, A Time to Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook; Dinner on the Grounds; A Time to Celebrate and A Place to Call Home. A Place to Call Home is his most recent publication and it is also his first interior design book featuring eleven homes from Sea Island to Atlanta to St. Louis.
Southern born and bred, James is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; cook; author and lifestyle expert. In addition, Farmer’s work has been published in various magazines including Southern Living, Traditional Home, Southern Home, Southern Lady, Country Living, Flower and more. He is also a frequent guest on television and radio. Farmer’s natural Southern grace and warm personality light up any room. A skilled and entertaining speaker, Farmer is truly a fresh voice for his generation. Whether he is teaching how to plan the perfect summer picnic, using everyday items to create exquisite tabletops, creating gorgeous flower arrangements and wreaths, or making his grandmother’s skillet peach pie, Farmer masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant garden living. James enjoys signing his books as well as meeting and visiting with his audience after his lectures.
Inspired by architecture, art, fashion, and travel, Suzanne Kasler designs spaces and products that are luminous, distinctive, and timeless. Suzanne’s designs always reference the past but move towards the future with an edited and discerning eye on the present. Mixing the high and the low, traditional and contemporary, the new and the old — creating signature interiors and products that convey a sophisticated simplicity. Her designs inspire everyone to live a more beautiful, stylish, and authentic life.
Suzanne’s work has been published in major design magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda. She has been named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List. Her award-winning interiors have been captured in two books with Rizzoli, Inspired Interiors and Timeless Style, and her third book with Rizzoli will be published in the Fall of 2018.
In addition to designing timeless interiors for her clients, Suzanne has produced signature lines for Ballard Designs, Hickory Chair, La Cornue, Lee Jofa, and Visual Comfort.
Miles Redd embarked on his interior design with luminary antiques dealer John Rosselli and decorator Bunny Williams. In 1998 he opened his own design firm in New York City.
He is known for his unique aesthetic vision which is characterized by a mélange of high and low, a strong sense of color, and a traditional approach with modern gestures. Redd finds inspiration in a wide array of venues. His trademark approach to design has brought to life rooms infused with boldness, wit, fantasy, and sophistication. In 2012, Redd published The Big Book of Chic. As reviewed by Vogue Living, “Captivated by chic from an early age, Redd has assembled a personal medley of images—a white-gloved hand poised to pluck a caviar toast, a 1940s princess in a froth of tulle and a Roman bust wearing a coolie hat — people, artists and places that inspire him. To those rich pickings, the decorator adds shots of his “party-ready” interiors and quotes of a life less ordinary.”
Miles served as the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home from 2003 to 2013. His work has been featured in Vogue, W, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Veranda, and Architectural Digest. Miles was most recently honored as one of Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” where he has been since 2012. Miles launched a line of fabrics and wallcoverings with Schumacher in 2015 and a line of carpets with Patterson, Flynn, and Martin in 2016.
Style icon and lifestyle maven Carolyne Roehm has been part of American design culture for over four decades. With a career spanning the fashion, gardening, entertaining, publishing and decorative arts worlds, Carolyne’s energy in seeking out the next challenge knows no bounds.
Finding a mentor in Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne worked alongside the couture great for 10 years before launching her own fashion house in 1985. A discerning eye and passion for beauty lead her into the world of flowers, where her books are often referred to as the best in their field. Subsequent entertaining and interiors titles cemented her position as one of America’s lifestyle experts.
A former President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, with appearances in both the Who’s Who of Women in America and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, honored by Manolo Blahnik with a shoe “ the Carolyne” in her name, in a fitting tribute design legend Bill Blass labeled Carolyne, “The ultimate tastemaker.”
Regardless of the medium, Carolyne’s unerring eye and innate sense of style has turned out timeless products including clothes, jewelry, shoes, swimwear, fragrance, candles, table linens, home accessories and luggage.
Now the author of twelve books, Roehm’s mission is to teach others how to capture and create beauty in their lives, in both the everyday and out of the ordinary. According to Oprah Winfrey, “She’s a diva, she’s the master, she’s my mentor.”
She currently is working on her thirteenth book A Passion for Design & Style, designs a small collection of embroidered garments in conjunction with Charmajesty Linens, works as an artist in the medium of watercolor, lectures throughout the country, maintains gardens in Sharon, CT and Charleston, SC. And is the mother of eight dogs.
Books by Carolyne Roehm: At Home in the Garden, A Passion for Interiors, A Passion for Blue & White, A Passion for Parties, Presentations, At Home with Carolyne Roehm, Summer Notebook, Fall Notebook, Winter Notebook, Spring Notebook, A Passion for Flowers and Flowers.