When Old Is New
The Bedford Historical Society Antiques Show is revving up to be a major event, with top designer Jeffrey Bilhuber and his host Martha Stewart
On October 13, the Bedford Historical Society will host its Antiques & Design Show at Historical Hall in Bedford Village. Guests will have a chance to browse a wide variety of beautiful antiques, as well as participate in a raffle. Jeffrey Bilhuber, the renowned interior designer, will speak to guests at a cocktail reception on Saturday, October 13, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., sharing his insights with a slideshow presentation followed by a Q&A session. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served under the tent. Martha Stewart will introduce Bilhuber’s presentation and autographed copies of Bilhuber’s books, published by Rizzoli, will be available for purchase. The goal is for all proceeds from the reception to go directly to the Historical Society’s educational and building-preservation funds.
Jeffrey Bilhuber’s design style reflects how we live today. He has a unique American perspective along with a confirmed understanding of modern sensibilities. Bilhuber, recognized for his spin on classic design, captures that sensibility in his latest book, The Way Home: Reflections on American Beauty. Bilhuber has a lively and fresh perspective on traditional design. He is all about the
atmosphere and the experience and not overly fixated on individual items or pieces of art. His October 13 talk will incorporate this theme as it relates to Bedford. “It is the atmosphere and not the object that inspires us. I will talk about how the entire village and community present themselves,” he says, “not just town hall or a particular house, for example.”
Guests will find an inspired selection of mid-century, industrial and vintage furniture, lighting and objects; traditional antiques; fine art paintings; photography; antique rugs and jewelry for purchase, with dealers from New York; Greenwich; Hudson, New York; and Pound Ridge. “The reception will take place under a fabulous blue starry tent on the Village Green, and will have a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ theme, channeling the vibe of the storied Parisian institution Deyrolle—think Charles Darwin meets Miss Havisham,” says Historical Society board member Stacy Albanese. “Lavish hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails will be served.”
The Bedford Historical Society, founded in 1916, is a non-profit, educational organization committed to preserving the historic town of Bedford and the Village Green. The society owns and maintains ten historic properties; preserves collections of artifacts, documents and photographs; and educates students about early life in historic Bedford. Serving more than 17,000 residents in Bedford and Katonah, as well as many visitors to the area, the society celebrates our town’s history and architecture through community events and programs. In addition, it collaborates with the town and other local groups to preserve Bedford’s historic landscapes.
Hours for the show are Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday October 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.