MESDA Design Seminar: A Place to Call Home



May 4-5, 2018Winston-Salem, NC

P. Allen Smith

Gil Schafer

James Carter

Three legendary American designers will come together to provide inspiration and share ideas about what’s chic in Southern design. Join P. Allen Smith, Gil Schafer, and James Carter for a day-long exploration of interior, architectural, garden, and landscape design in the today’s South. In addition, A Place to Call Home will feature a young scholar, Katherine Hughes, presenting new research on the interior of the great house Piedmont located in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

Tom Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and author of The Charleston Interior, will moderate the program.


All sessions, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the

James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium
Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC

Friday, May 4, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Speakers Reception- Private Cocktail Buffet & Libations with the Speakers for Patron and Sponsor Level Ticket Holders

Saturday, May 5, 2018

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Seminar Check-In

10:00 a.m. – Welcome – April Strader Bullin, Director of Museum Programs, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA)

                     Program Introduction – Thomas Savage, Director Museum Affairs, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur, Delaware

10:30 a.m. – Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style, and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living – Gil Shafer, G. P. Schafer Architect , New York, New York

11:15 a.m. – BREAK

11:45 a.m. – Moss Mountain Farm: A Laboratory for Creativity and Conservation – Allen Smith, P. Allen Smith Garden Home, Little Rock, Arkansas

12:30 p.m. – LUNCH

1:30 p.m. – Piedmont’s Portraits: Patrician Image-Making in the Lower Shenandoah Valley – Katherine Hughes, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern in Historic Interiors, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia

2:00 p.m. – Creating the New “Old Home”- James F. Carter, James F. Carter, Architect, Birmingham, Alabama

3:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

 The presentation schedule is subject to change without notice.


CLICK HERE to register

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.

Inclement Weather

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums and Gardens. When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well. Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued. For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved in cancelling hotel reservations.

Conference Hotels

Kimpton Cardinal Hotel
401 North Main Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Group Code: F2I / Group Name: MESDA Design Seminar
To Book Online: The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel – MESDA DESIGN SEMINAR GUESTROOMS

The Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center
420 High Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Group Code: 26T3UH

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Winston-Salem Downtown
125 South Main Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
To Book Online: Fairfield Inn – MESDA MAY GUESTROOMS
Group Code: MES