Thursday, August 17, 2017  

Designing Women
June 11th, 2010—Christchurch School  

For one day, June 11, 2010, the campus and several buildings at Christchurch School will be transformed by an exhibition which will include demonstrations, lectures and exhibits that appeal to all ladies who love fashion, their homes, flowers, gardening and good food. Around the theme, This Day is for You, members of the Garden Club of Middle Peninsula will present the second Designing Women exhibition, an all day event, unique to the area. The campus of Christchurch School is situated on the banks overlooking the Rappahannock River near Saluda in Middlesex County.

Beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. the day will include a gourmet lunch and fashion show followed by a lecture by Suzanne Tucker, a well-known interior designer from San Francisco. There will be other lectures and demon­strations on fashion, cosmetics, self-improvement, gardening, and flower arranging, both in the home and in the church.

Suzanne Tucker of Tucker and Marks of San Francisco is recognized for her sophisticated, classic, elegant and inviting style characterized as “European in look but West Coast in scale.” She has been published in numerous books and in national and international magazines. In 2009, Rooms to Remember; The Classic Interiors of Suzanne Tucker was published and will be available for purchase during the event.

The book includes pictures of settings in private homes featuring sensual textiles and a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings. Together, they create timeless rooms of beauty and comfort in varied locations, some of which are a Napa Valley retreat, a villa in the Georgian style, and two city apartments, one traditional and the other contemporary.

Reviewers of her book call it classy and smart. Pictures are full page. She has introduced each house with nicely sized text. It is a book to inspire or to use as a lovely coffee table book. Suzanne Tucker will speak a 2 p.m. in Marston Hall.

During the day, there will be various demonstrations to pique the interest of all home lovers and fashion aficionadas. Notably, there will be a demonstration of flower arranging to complement various rooms in the home. A few designs will be coordinated around some of the styles described by Suzanne Tucker. Another demonstration, conducted by ladies who have studied with the National Cathedral Altar Guild, will offer ideas for arrangements in the church.

Also there will be demonstrations of faux painting in the home. Comple­menting the fashion show, there will a workshop focused on how to accessorize an outfit. Exploring some essential facets of housekeeping, a member of the staff of Historic Wilton House in Richmond will offer suggestions for preserving linens, silver and furniture. Beauty consultants will demonstrate hair styles and make-up techniques.

Two other lectures will focus on women’s health and the use of special tools in gardening. There will be opportunities to purchase many items related to the home, fashion and garden.

The luncheon venue will be the setting of four tablescapes designed by the Garden Club ladies from the four counties, Essex, King William, King and Queen and Middlesex. Table arrangements at the luncheon will reflect the talents of the GCMP members.

This event will help to fund projects of GCMP. The projects include Nature Camp Scholarships, Teachers on the Bay, conservation, preservation, beautification of public spaces, Puller Park in Saluda and restoration of old St. John’s Church in King William.

Tickets for the entire event are $50 and are available from any GCMP member. Call Carolyn Wake in Middlesex or email her at ccwake@verizon.net for other information or for tickets at 804-776-9541. Also email Cora Sue Spruill in Essex at josephspruill@verizon.net.

Again, the ladies of the GCMP will welcome everyone to Designing Women with beautiful flower arrangements, good food and many demonstrations to make This Day is for You an enjoyable and memorable one.

By Ruby Lee Norris—contributing writer
Photos by The Monacelli Press © 2009