The Inspiration Continues. . .

Did you ever have a fabulous dinner at a restaurant, and just want to go home and try to recreate the meal yourself? Or, have you ever seen a gorgeous centerpiece at an event, and raced home to do see you could make your dinner table just as special? And, after hearing Vern Yip speak at Design Cincinnati in 2016, did you head home dreaming of how you’d redecorate? 

We did!

That’s why we’re so excited to present Design Cincinnati Workshops. Sign up for a DIY/Lifestyle Workshop following our luncheon and lecture with Eddie Ross, and you’ll not only be inspired but also equipped to entertain and decorate with style!

Get out your calendars now and save the dates! These workshops are only available for Design Cincinnati 2017 attendees. Registration only takes place at our 10/13 event! We’ve helped create some events that you won’t want to miss! What’s more, 10% of all workshops will benefit the Association of Volunteers in support of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. (And some very generous souls are donating all of their proceeds—and then some—back to the AOV.) See below for details. And check back as we continue to finalize even more amazing workshops. Just for you!


Brunch Basics with Turner Farm

January 6, 11 am-2 pm

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Have fun while learning fundamental protein cookery skills with eggs, as well as cooking a variety of grains for breakfast and brunch.  This course will discuss healthy, easy and creative alternatives for traditional brunch staples.  It will also address best practices for hosting a successful brunch at home.  The class will gather together at the end to enjoy the variety of dishes produced during the class.  We may even make a mocktail or two!

  • Cost:  $100 per person
  • Location:  Turner Farm Teaching Kitchen, 7400 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH45243
  • Number attendees:  16


Dining Artfully with Shannon Carter

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November 9, 2017, 12 pm

Enjoy an elegant luncheon in Shannon Carter’s lovely home, incorporating family recipes and creative ideas from her book, Living Artfully. Engage in fun conversations about entertaining with treasured heirlooms and whimsical twists. 

  • Cost:  $75 per person (All proceeds donated to The Association of Volunteers)
  • Location:  The home of Shannon Carter
  • Number of attendees:  7


Making Fresh Pasta with Daveed’s Culinary Kitchen


November 1, 2016, 6pm

Making fresh pasta at home is much easier than you might think and just as delicious as you imagine.  In this class, you’ll learn to mix homemade pasta dough, then roll and cut it.  Chef David will show you how to prepare some delicious sauces.  On the menu is paparedelle with secret red gravy, fettuccini with pesto, spaghetti with caciopepe and, for dessert, white chocolate clusters.  Each student experiences a taste of every dish.  Two glasses of wine and gratuity included.

  • Cost:  $65 per person
  • Location:  Daveed’s Culinary Kitchen, 7896 Camargo Road, Madeira, OH
  • Number of attendees:  Minimum 10, maximum 16


Tablescapes with Villa Sanctuary- From Simple to Sublime!

Friday, October 27, 6 pm and Saturday, October 28, 12 pm

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Get ready for entertaining this holiday season with a workshop in the art of tablescaping.  This workshop will explore setting the stage for every occasion by creating beautiful table settings.  Participants will receive an in-store discount on table décor and linens.



  • Cost:  $30 per person (All proceeds donated to The Association of Volunteers). Villa Sanctuary will donate 20% of all sales of linens and table décor at the event to Design Cincinnati.
  • Location:  Villa Sanctuary, 32 Main Street, Milford, OH
  • Number of Attendees:  8


Candle Making with Manitou Candle

Date:  February 7, 2018, 6 p.m.


Come join us for a fun filled candle making class! Unplug from everyday life and foster original interaction through inspiration. Learn the art of making scented soy candles while spending time with old and new friends. Our experienced candle makers will guide you through the entire process of candle making. Each student will make two 11 ounce candles. Class time is typically 1.5 hours.

  • Cost:  $50
  • Location:  Manitou Candle Company, 4015 Eastern Avenue, Cincinnati
  • Number of Attendees:  12


Beginning Calligraphy with The Hive Studio

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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Join us as we learn the basics of pointed pen calligraphy, instructed by calligrapher, Lindsey Buck of The Hive Studio. Students will learn the anatomy of the nib, dipping ink and scribing the alphabet, experimenting with different ink colors, practicing upstrokes & downstrokes, and practicing your own alphabet writing style. Each student will receive The Hive Studio Beginner Calligraphy Kit, a beautifully crafted starter kit to use in class and take home. Your kits will include 1 nib, 1 wooden nib holder, ink well and black ink, notepad, alphabet sheet, practice papers and a resources sheet in a nice, wooden tray box made here in the USA

Cost:  $85

Location:  The Gifted Shop, 3443 Edwards Road, Hyde Park

Number of Attendees:  12


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Elegant Living & Generational Design

Date:  May 26, 2018, 11 am

A presentation and discussion about transitioning family furnishings through life's phases. Whether you are downsizing to allow more time for travel, updating a newly "empty nest," or investing in quality pieces for the first time, this workshop will provide practical lessons in integrating, updating, and honoring your furnishings, both inherited and existing.  Workshop will take place at Jenna Bowen’s beautiful 1300 acre farm in the rolling hills of the Bluegrass.  Includes light brunch.

  • Cost:  TBD
  • Location:  Owenton, Kentucky (about 1 hour south of Cincinnati)
  • Number of attendees:  30

But wait! There’s more! Stay tuned for more details on amazing workshops we have planned with Robin Wood Flowers, Gia and the Blooms and Patti Johnson Interiors. 

A Modern Mix of Old and New

We're thrilled to be planning our second year of Design Cincinnati: A Legacy of Antiques, A New Era of Style. As we continue to honor our 50-year heritage as the area's premier antiques and art show, all while exploring new trends in home decor, design and entertaining, we were on the search for a speaker who could speak to our unique perspective. Enter Eddie Ross: decorator, designer, trained chef, and collector with a larger than life personality. Stay tuned for more information on our 2017 event, featuring Eddie's book, Modern Mix. 


 Design Cincinnati 2017 will feature Eddie Ross and his book,   Modern Mix.

Design Cincinnati 2017 will feature Eddie Ross and his book,  Modern Mix.

Antiques: An Old Way to Be Green

There are so many ways to think about being environmentally conscious. In fact, we like to think of antiquing as one of the nicest ways of recycling. Incorporating antiques into your home decor is a beautiful way to love your home and your earth. We love it when style and the environment can go hand in hand.

That's why we were so happy to give each and every Design Cincinnati attendee a sample of Plaine Products shampoo in your swag bags. Plaine Products is the very first body products company dedicated to the elimination of single use plastics. All Plaine Products come in stainless steel containers that can be sent back to the manufacturer and refilled again and again. You may think that one tiny, little plastic shampoo bottle won't make a difference, but did you know that less than 10% of plastics are actually reclaimed and recycled? The rest go straight to the landfill. Just think about how many products in plastic bottles that you use during the day--it's actually quite staggering.


We're so proud to be working with Plaine Products. The company's founders are dedicated, intelligent--and they are from Cincinnati, too. We hope you love their products and we hope you'll sign up for their subscription service once they launch--you can follow their progress on social media. Plaine Products will be making a donation to Design Cincinnati for every attendee who agrees to try their shampoo and body wash subscription service. So you'll be helping Mother Earth, and you'll be helping our fundraising efforts on behalf of Cincinnati Children's. Two admirable causes with one sustainable bottle.

There's something about a candle that makes a room seem finished. We knew we had to include a candle in our pop-up market at Design Cincinnati Presented by ClearArc Capital. And when we met Janelle West from West End Naturals, we knew her candles were it.

We know that you'll just love her signature French pear scent. The vessels she uses are just so special--mercury glass and hobnail glassware, wine bottles, and the sweetest little votives. You'll want one for every room.

Did you know that you can customize a candle? If not, you're really going to want to meet Janelle on Thursday. She'll create a candle for you in just about any container. Do you have an old vase that is begging to be repurposed? What about a ginger jar that needs new life? Or some milk glass that could use a little sparkle? Janelle can take it and make it into something really special for your home. 

Don't just take our word for it. Take a look at the gorgeous images below. And be sure to meet Janelle in our pop up market. 


Partners in a Vision

When working with a designer like Vern Yip, it's hard not to be inspired. Inspired, however, might be too tame a word. It's been a wild ride, filled with pagodas, fabric swatches, foo dogs, tassels, lanterns, paint, and papers. The more we see of Vern's designs, the more ideas we have. 


We're so lucky to have All Occasions as our partner in planning this event. Tables and chairs. Place settings. Linens. When you're planning an interior design and home decor event, not just anything will do. It all has to be just right. Spot on. These are not decisions we could make in an instant. And we've found that we need things that seem a little out of the ordinary. 


All Occasions is always up on the latest trends. They have an amazing list of resources and are happy to share. We feel like we are in event planning heaven when we meet with them. It's hard sometimes not to think about events we'll be hosting in the future.

When we close our eyes now, we see tablecloth swatches in vibrant hues of fuchsias, oranges, reds, greens and blues. We've about seen it all, in part because All Occasions has it all. Just wait, you'll see.

To learn more about All Occasions, please visit

Not All Fun and Games

If you've ever been involved in planning a large-scale event, you know that as much as you love it, as much as you can't wait for the big day, it is not all fun and games. In fact, event planning can be a logistical challenge, an exercise in patience, and lots of long days filled with long lists of tasks. 

Although event planning is not all fun and games, that doesn't mean that they can't be filled with both fun and games. And Design Cincinnati Presented by ClearArc Capital will be filled with both, in part, thanks to our friends at Krombholz Jewelers. 

Your day at Design Cincinnati will start off with shopping and special treats (you'll be reading more about those later!), followed by a lecture by Vern Yip, book signing and a luncheon, catered by Funkys. But before the shopping begins again, we hope you'll join us for our "Heads or Tails" game. 

For $10, you'll receive a game entry and a few minutes playing a game that will the whole group standing up on their feet (and back down in their seats), all having a great time. We'll give you more details when you check in on 10/13. The only thing you need to know right now is that your $10 donation could lead to a $1,000 gift certificate from Krombholz Jewelers. Have you ever been to their store? Have you ever browed through their Facebook page. You might want to take a look now and dream about how you might spend your $1,000 at Krombholz.

We'll say no more and let these pictures convince you.


Learn more about Krombholz at Krombholz Jewelers - Jewelry Store, Cincinnati, OH or visit them at 9399 Shelley Lane in Montgomery.

 Krombholz is now accepting gently worn jewelry on consignment.

Krombholz is now accepting gently worn jewelry on consignment.

 Whether you’re imagining a custom design or an antique-inspired bridal set, Krombholz Jeweler's goal is to help make your experience fun and… engaging. They offer custom one-of-a-kind designs as well as an inspired collection that you won't find at the mall.

Whether you’re imagining a custom design or an antique-inspired bridal set, Krombholz Jeweler's goal is to help make your experience fun and… engaging. They offer custom one-of-a-kind designs as well as an inspired collection that you won't find at the mall.

 Krombholz Jewelers has established a 70 year reputation for designing and creating jewelry that has been coveted for generations and shipped all over the world. Their staff includes award winning designers, experienced jewelers and sales associaties. They are all waiting to assist you personally

Krombholz Jewelers has established a 70 year reputation for designing and creating jewelry that has been coveted for generations and shipped all over the world. Their staff includes award winning designers, experienced jewelers and sales associaties. They are all waiting to assist you personally

You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!

Just kidding. 

We wish we could tell you that every attendee would drive away in their brand new Range Rover. 

We wish we could tell you that every attendee would be entered into a raffle to win a brand new Jaguar.


We wish we could tell you that we would be picking each of you up and driving you to Design Cincinnati Presented by ClearArc Capital in a luxurious vehicle from Jaguar/Land Rover Cincinnati.


But a girl can dream, can't she?

It is not too hard to imagine a gift so amazing because we know how they are at Jaguar/Land Rover Cincinnati. Thanks to their sponsorship, we're planning an event that's more amazing than ever. So many special touches and so many details are thanks to the generosity of this car dealer.

We want you to live a part of our dream, too. Make sure you admire the car that they will have on display at Design Cincinnati. Maybe sit behind the wheel. Make an appointment for a test drive. And then you can dream, too.

Jaguar/Land Rover Cincinnati is located at 9115 Blue Ash Road. Read more about them at

8 Incredible Chinoiserie Pieces Sold by EBTH

We're thrilled to have our sponsors EBTH join us this week as a guest blogger! Read on to learn more about this great company that grew out of the Cincinnati antiques market--something near and dear to our hearts!

The Chinoiserie movement started in Europe in the 17th Century, growing out of a fascination with Chinese artistic traditions in design, architecture and the decorative arts.  As trade with China developed during the 18th Century, Chinoiserie pieces became even more popular, as they mixed well with the Rococo design style that was already flourishing across Europe.  For nearly 400 years, the Chinoiserie movement has played a major role in Western interior design and has produced some of the most sought after pieces for antiques collectors across the world.

Everything But The House (EBTH) decided to celebrate this year’s Design Cincinnati theme by digging into our vaults and highlighting a few of the most interesting Chinoiserie pieces that have passed through our auctions since 2008:

1.Janssen Upright Piano With Chinoiserie Design (Winning Bid: $3,655)

This unique upright piano, though manufactured in 1950, features classic Chinoiserie details that turn a basic musical instrument into a piece that can easily act as the design inspiration for any room.The black lacquered finish, gold painted trim and beautifully designed images of Asian figures, butterflies and Chinese landscapes transform this modern piece with the hallmarks of Chinoiserie decor.

2.Antique Chinoiserie Secrétaire (Winning Bid: $1,850)

One of the most popular pieces from the Chinoiserie design movement is the classic secrétaire writing desk.A number of these intricately detailed desks have been featured in our online auctions, but this particular model stands out as one of the best examples of traditional chinoiserie design.Though the black lacquered finish and gilt detailing immediately grab your attention, the most striking and delightfully surprising feature is the bright red interior.

3.1880 Gilt Bronze Ormolu Porcelain Foo Dogs Mantel Clock (Winning Bid: $1,051)

Chinese Guardian Lions, or “Foo Dogs,” are a common motif in Chinoiserie decor.The first appearance of these familiar lion figures dates back to the Han Dynasty in 206 BC.Amazingly, the guardian lion remains a popular element of Chinese art, architecture and decor.This ornate 130-year-old mantel clock, sold on EBTH last year, is a magnificent example of the lasting decor pieces that grew out of the 19th Century Chinoiserie revival.

4.Hand-Painted Chinoiserie Wooden Room Divider (Winning Bid: $2,375)

One of the staples of Chinoiserie decor is the Asian room divider screen.These screens, traditionally hand painted with intricately detailed scenes of Chinese landscapes, buildings and people, offer both an eye-catching work of art and a functional piece of furniture.This 8-panel screen auctioned earlier this year offers a look at the craftsmanship inherent in a true Chinoiserie piece.

5.Ornate Carved Resin Chinoiserie Sculpture (Winning Bid: $675)

Some of the most beautiful works we’ve seen come out of the Chinoiserie movement are the sculptural pieces.One piece that immediately came to mind was this carved resin sculpture, which features many of the most common points of inspiration for Chinoiserie artisans - Chinese architecture, wildlife and cultural iconography. The sheer detail of this piece is a marvel to behold.

6.Hand-Painted Gracie Watercolor Wallpaper Panels (Winning Bid: $1,850)

One of the most interesting trends that grew out of the European Chinoiserie movement in the 1700s was the increased popularity of wallpaper.European aristocrats began decorating their homes with beautiful hand-painted wallpaper panels from Chinese artists.These same motifs remain popular in wallpaper design today, but nothing can match the level of skill and patience necessary to create wallpaper by hand.These watercolor painted panels were auctioned by EBTH earlier this year, and are an astonishing example of the artistry of Chinoiserie designers.

7.Antique Russian Chinoiserie Silver Decanter (Winning Bid: $410)

Though popularized across Western Europe, the Chinoiserie movement also made its way into Russia, where palaces were regularly designed using Chinese elements.The influence of Chinoiserie design is evident in Russian decorative arts from the 19th Century.Made in 1882, this antique silver decanter stands as a memorable piece.

8.19th Century Chinoiserie Papier Mâché Writing Desk (Winning Bid: $1,050)

The beauty of this piece is that it’s a perfect marriage of 19th Century European design and Chinoiserie inspiration.Chinese design elements are incorporated into a French papier mâché writing desk with a hand-painted European village scene embellished with inlaid abalone and mother-of-pearl accents.




Everything But The House grew out of the Cincinnati antiques market, where seasoned vintage sellers, Jacquie Denny and Brian Graves, kept crossing paths and trading notes about people, the pieces they collect over a lifetime, and the stories those items tell. Formed in 2008, sells furniture, jewelry, art, coins, cars, collectibles and more in 27 cities and counting. With over 300 sales a month, EBTH is still guided by Jacquie and Brian’s belief that there’s a one-of-a-kind piece waiting inside of every house.No matter what your taste or decor style, you’re sure to find truly unique pieces at Everything But The House.