Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Autumn Decorating at the Library

The Greenville Public Library is thrilled to have Katie Gabbard from The Ivy League shop in downtown Greenville to give a class called “Decorating with Autumn Flair” on Thursday October 1st at 6:30. As always we will meet in the upstairs room and enjoy refreshments!

Katie says “Ever wonder how to get that "fresh from the magazine" look for your home? Decorating is all about mixing tried and true elements with pops of unexpected details. With Autumn peeking around the corner, it's the ideal time to discover how to envision, gather, and layer details to achieve interesting, nature-inspired "exhibits" within your abode! We'll spend the evening discussing and illustrating gorgeous decorating ideas displays that you can create for your own space.”

Some fun facts from Katie: “I founded the shop in 2007 on the first day of Spring. I first studied fine art before finding my entrepreneurial spirit and love for botanical art. I think that my earlier focus on art has really affected the style and design of my work. Be-
cause of the style and atmosphere within the shop, we have recently been able to explore various interior design projects. We hope to create interiors that embrace "pride of place"!

“My favorite element in the shop currently: the baby grand piano that we use to display our handmade jewelry. It's a huge (and heavy) piece but, amazingly, shoppers often don't notice it immediately. It's large but really subtle.

“We travel extensively for our wedding work. We have worked with brides in Cincinnati, Kentucky, Columbus, Dayton, and everywhere in between! We are elated that our reputation continues to spread.

“We grow a lot of our own flowers. My parents have a farm outside of Arcanum and we plant dahlias, foliage, and sunflowers for the shop. It's really beautiful. Favorite flower: Celosia. It's velvety and the colors can't be topped.

“Our website is ivyleagueflorist.com. Because of my love for displays and merchandising (I'm obsessed), I recently launched a side project called The Display Case. It's a blog devoted to display ideas for artists, shops, and designers. It can be found at thedisplaycaseblog.com.” Thank you, Katie! See everyone at the class!

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