“Checkmate!” A Twist on Traditional

Theodore Alexander’s Hand Carved Gothic Library Settee features in this month’s Traditional Home magazine, upholstered in a bold green gingham with acid yellow welting. 

TA Settee in Traditional Home

Inspired by a rare early eighteenth century giltwood settee, TA’s unique Althorp Living History Settee is a study in English style.

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    Earl Spencer Tours North America in Summer 2015

    Lord Spencer prepares to board the harbor plane to an event in Victoria, Canada

    Lord Spencer prepares to board the harbor plane to an event in Victoria, Canada

    Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer, is visiting selected Theodore Alexander retailers in the United States and Canada this summer to promote the Althorp Living History Collection

    At these receptions Earl Spencer speaks to the public and press about the history and significance of his ancestral Estate, Althorp, the home of nineteen generations of the Spencer Family. He also discusses how significant furniture acquisitions by the Spencer family during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries inspired the collection and how they have personal relevance for the family today.

    Successful 2015 events have already concluded at Louis Shanks in Houston and Jordans Interiors in Vancouver and Victoria. All three were marked by superb attendance and marked consumer enthusiasm. Lord Spencer spoke eloquently of his family and the heritage of his ancestral home and signature items from Althorp Living History were signed by Lord Spencer and purchased at the events. “To watch five hundred people plus become enraptured with laughter one minute, only to be enchanted and charmed the next, by what seemed to be a boundless amount of engaging tales of Althorp and the wonderful personalities that have called it home, was incredible to be part of,” said David de Lusignan of Jordans Interiors.

    Further events are planned at Mathews Furniture in Atlanta (11th August) and The Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg in Virgina (12th August). “We are delighted to host guest of honor, Lord Charles Spencer, the ninth Earl Spencer, on this special evening for a book signing of his new novel Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I and a close look at the exceptional furniture line for Theodore Alexander based on the fine art and furniture from Althorp, the English historic family home of the Spencer family for over 500 years, “ states Nina Nash of Mathews Furniture. Of the Carolina Furniture Event, President Joe Steele  says “We at The Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg are thrilled to be a part of such an engaging event.  We’re looking forward to hearing Charles, the Ninth Earl Spencer’s passionate perspective on his family’s history and his endeavors to preserve that legacy.”

    Lord Spencer with the Louis Shanks Management Team

    Lord Spencer with the Louis Shanks Management Team

    Quinn Jordan Knox, Lord Spencer, David de Lusignan at Jordans Interiors in Vancouver

    Quinn Jordan Knox, Lord Spencer, David de Lusignan at Jordans Interiors in Vancouver

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      Earl Spencer Discusses Althorp Literary Festival and Family Heritage in Harper’s Bazaar

      A History Writ Large, by Charles Spencer 

      “Each generation of the Spencer Family has added to the fabled stories of Althorp – which the current Earl is bringing to the fore, restoring the house to its former glory as a lively salon with the celebrated literary festival” 

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      Lord Spencer with faithful friends, and the Peacock Screen

      The Peacock screen (right) is available from Althorp Living History by Theodore Alexander.

      TA is a proud sponsor of the Althorp Literary Festival. We have supported writers as diverse as ‘At Home’ author Bill Bryson and Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes. This year we’ve chosen a famed English expert on interiors, Jeremy Musson.

      Jeremy Musson will talk on the history of design, decoration and use of the English country house drawing room; his talk will be illustrated with pictures from his new book The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration, in which Althorp’s captivating South Drawing Room features.

      Jeremy Musson is a historian who specialises in the history of the English Country House, Architectural Editor of Country Life, 1998-2007 and presenter of BBC2’s The Curious House Guest in 2006-2007, he is also author of Up and Down Stairs, English Ruins, and English Country House Interiors.

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        The Brentwood Cocktail by Theodore Alexander in House Beautiful, June 2015

        Brentwood, Theodore Alexander’s hand painted faux parchment cocktail table, features in the June edition of House Beautiful Magazine.

        Taking centre stage in her most recent project, Interior Designer Mary Douglas Drysdale says of the table:

        “I think that white tables are the “it” tables of decorating today. I fell for this table the minute I saw it, and my clients LOVED it instantly, too. It really makes the room, and there is such a lively and nice dialog between the table and the panels and furniture. It connects everything without being “of” the other things!”

        Theodore Alexander's Brentwood Cocktail Table Seen here in a Project by Mary Douglas Drysdale

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          Jamie Drake’s Cambon Dining Chair Features in Kips Bay Showhouse

          Interior Designer Jamie Drake has realized the foyer for the 2015 Kips Bay Showhouse with inimitable style. The New York Times quotes that “wine dark walls are flecked with Japanese mica. The cloudlike light sculpture is by Ayala Serfaty. “This is my magical mystery tour,” Mr. Drake said, “to transport you to another planet: the Upper East Side.”

          The Cambon Dining Chair by Jamie Drake for Theodore Alexander (below, right) injects a soft, neutral feel in this dramatic entryway.

          Jamie Drake's Entryway at the Kips Bay Showhouse

          Jamie Drake’s Entryway at the Kips Bay Showhouse

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            “At Home with Earl Spencer”

            This May an English newspaper converses with Lord Spencer on family, the challenges of running a great estate and the legacy of his sister, the late Diana Princess of Wales. 

            Read the Full Article Here

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