MESDA Design Seminar
May 5, 2018
Old Salem Visitor Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
To register, call 336.721.7369 or visit

Three legendary American designers will come together at MESDA’s annual Design Seminar to provide inspiration and share ideas about what’s chic is Southern design. Join P. Allen Smith, Gil Schafer, and James Carter for A Place to Call Home, a day-long exploration of interior, architectural, garden, and landscape design in today’s South. Contact the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) for information about programming, a catered lunch, and a Speaker’s Cocktail Reception (with patron ticket).

NYC architect Gil Schafer will present at the MESDA Design Seminar with P. Allen Smith and James Carter.

The Properly Dressed Window: Curtain Design Over Time
May 15 & 16, 2018
Winterthur Conference, Winterthur Museum, Del.
To register, call 800.448.3883 or visit

Join designers, visiting scholars, enthusiasts, and Winterthur staff for a two-day program of lectures, workshops, and tours about curtain history and design. Speakers include Barbara Eberlein of Eberlein Design Consultants, NYC designers Ralph Harvard and Thomas Jayne, along with scholars Annabel Westman, Arlene Palmer Schwind, Gail Caskey Winkler, Natalie Larson, and Linda Eaton, Winterthur’s director of collections and senior curator of textiles.

Interior designer, Thomas Jayne will speak at The Mount about the influence Edith Wharton and her book, The Decoration of Houses, has had on interior design in general and his own work.

Thomas Jayne Speaks at The Mount
June 28, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
The Mount, Lenox, MA
For information visit

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, will host decorator and decorative arts historian 
Thomas Jayne, founder of Jayne Design, Inc., for a public lecture on his recent book, Classical Principals for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses and how Wharton’s influence has shaped his own work and the world of interior design.

This Highlight was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of Antiques & Fine Art magazine, a fully digitized version of which is available at AFA is affiliated with Incollect.