BRANDON BRANCH, NY Times Bestselling Author & Designer
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Decorative Arts Then and Now
Brandon Branch is a New York Times bestselling author, designer, and expert in Southern style. His design influence spans a number of platforms – interior decorating, event planning and style consulting. Brandon’s talents were showcased on HGTV’s “Celebrity Holiday Homes” as he gave Trisha Yearwood a Southern Style Christmas that she will never forget. Brandon has appeared on Extra, Good Day LA, The Today Show, and the Rachel Ray Show.
Brandon’s many design projects include interiors for celebrity clients, collaboration on a furniture line and celebrity weddings. He has also designed the sets and table settings for many television shows and specials.
Born on a Mississippi dairy farm, Brandon attended Mississippi State University where he received a degree in horticulture. He calls Savannah, GA, home. Savannah’s historic style—with its stately, romantic Southern homes, magnolia-drenched gardens and languid pace—provide a jumping-off point for his design sensibility. In designing his own home, Brandon gave a nod to the city’s history by using lavish, dramatic fabrics, but in new, fun ways. He likes to think that if Scarlett or Rhett came to dinner, they would approve!
Location: Cranmer Hall, 27 West Charlton St., at the corner of Whitaker & Charlton (31401)
CHRISTIAN SOTTILE & CHUCK CHEWNING, Internationally Acclaimed Architect & Designer
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Lunch & Learn
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Renewing a Landmark: The Armstrong Mansion
Enjoy a delicious Southern box lunch (included), as the brilliant duo of Chewning and Sottile join forces to give an exclusive preview of their impressive project for Richard Kessler — the renovation and decoration of the most magnificent private mansion in Savannah.
Chuck Chewning has over thirty years’ experience in luxury interior design, decorative arts, and architectural preservation. Today he runs his own design business, Charles H. Chewning Interiors, based in Savannah and Studio Rubelli, the interior design division of The Rubelli Group in Milan, Italy.
Chuck received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Historic Preservation of Architecture and in Interior Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
Christian Sottile, AIA, is principal of Sottile & Sottile, a Savannah-based design firm working extensively in Nationally Registered Historic Districts. His work includes civic design, architecture and master planning, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis, and community-wide engagement. Concurrently with his professional practice, Sottile is a professor of architecture and urban design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the former dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts. In this role, Sottile led the graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture, Architectural History, Preservation Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Urban Design.
Location: The DeSoto — Pulaski Room, 15 East Liberty St. (31401)
COURTLAND STEVENS, Local interior designer and popular design shop owner
Saturday, March 3, 2017
Decorative Arts Workshop: Mixing Then with Now
Courtland Smith-Stevens is the owner of Number Four Eleven, at 411 Whitaker, an outstanding monogram, luxury linen, gift, and interior design shop in the Downtown Design District of Savannah. Her beautiful signature monograms and elaborately detailed crests can be found on everything from elegant invitations to sumptuous suites of bed linens.
Known for her simple and clean style, Courtland’s talent and creativity can be found in homes throughout Savannah and the Carolinas. Courtland is an expert in the sophisticated art of mixing the traditional with the modern and fresh.
Location: Cranmer Hall, 27 West Charlton St., at the corner of Whitaker & Charlton. (31401)
Travel in style with Old Town Trolleys between private tours of The Andrew Low and Green-Meldrim museum houses and learn about the prominent architect, John Norris, who designed both noble houses. The tour will also pass by several fine examples of his work along the way. Knowledgeable docents will guide you through the splendid interiors and entertain you with little-known connections between these houses and the families who occupied them. The spectacular sanctuary of St. John’s Church will be an added attraction, as it is a glorious example of the Gothic Revival architecture of its day. Magnificent stained glass windows and priceless religious relics adorn the interior.
The Andrew Low House, 329 Abercorn Street
The Green-Meldrim House, 14 West Macon Street
St. John’s Church, Madison Square
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last tour begins at 3:30)
Note: “John Norris Architecture” Trolley tours run continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.(last tour at 3:30), between the Green-Meldrim House and the Andrew-Low House,on the hour and half hour. Pick-up/drop-off locations: at the NW corner of Bull and Harris Streets and at the front of Andrew Low House. Last tour begins at 3:30 at all locations.
Your ticket allows admission to all four tours. Allow 30 minutes per tour.