Cathedral Antiques Show and Tour of Homes Kicks Off Tomorrow

This year's event benefits Crossroads Community Ministries and features items for sale, lectures, lunches, teas and a gala kick off party.

Photo by: Emily J. Followill The theme for this year's tour of homes is “first places” in which rooms were designed with young professionals in mind.

The 43rd annual Cathedral Antiques Show kicks off tomorrow January 26 and ends on February 2. The weeklong event is hosted by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip with the proceeds going to those in need. This year’s beneficiary is the Crossroads Community Ministries, an organization that helps some 4,000 homeless individuals and families in the Metro Atlanta area. 

“In addition to raising money for Crossroads, our goal is to bring focus on the issues of Atlanta’s homeless and the support needed to become self-sufficient,” said Marion Williams, co-chair of the event. “The fact that the number of homeless children continues to grow makes this outreach project even more important and truly brings out our passion for this purpose.”

Photo by: CatMax Photography Candlesticks such as these are for sale at the 43rd Annual Cathedral Antiques show at the Cathedral of St. Phillip in Atlanta. 

According to Williams, 14% of Atlanta’s homeless are children, a 350% increase since 2008. 

The event features local and national exhibitors offering a splendid collection of 18th, 19th and early 20th century antiques. Browse the collection of rugs, art, furniture, porcelain, silver, estate jewelry, and other collectibles. There are also lectures on design and antiques as well as floral designers from around the world, lunch and afternoon tea and a fancy cocktail party on Wednesday night, January 29. 

Photo by: CatMax Photography The nine unique interiors of Inspiration Avenue will be complemented by arrangements of nine leading floral designers, and spaces throughout the show will feature the work of five Atlanta flower guilds.

“Inspiration Avenue” showcases the work of nine of Atlanta’s leading interior and floral designers charged with creating rooms for historical figures such as Jackie Onassis, Winston Churchill, and Coco Chanel as their fictional clients. Interior designers include James Farmer, Kathryn Greeley, and Barbara Heath while floral designers include Boxwoods, James Hurley and Faith Flowers.

There are also tours of seven of lovely Atlanta homes. This year’s theme for the homes is “first places” with young professionals in mind. 

The Crossroads Renewal Project comprises several different programs including a 90-day program designed to help able-bodied homeless start over; Angels Over Atlanta helps with physical and/or mental disabilities and addictions; Clyde’s Kitchen provides a hot, nutritious meal six days a week. They also provide access to safe and affordable housing. 

"Being named as the beneficiary of this incredible outreach program of the Cathedral of St. Philip is an honor,” said Wayne Vason, board chairman of Crossroads. “Metro Atlanta continues to need more focus and financial aid for our homeless. Support from the Show will provide us with funding so that the people we serve can regain self-sufficiency and dignity.”

Photo by: Emily J. Followill Whatever your style, whatever your budget, the 2014 Inspiration Avenue is the perfect place to find decorating ideas for every room in your home.

The Cathedral of St. Philip is located on the south edge of Buckhead at 2744 Peachtree Road. You can purchase tickets and find out more details on the parties, lectures and tours at the events web site

It has raised over $4 million for Atlanta-area non-profits since its inception in 1969 and corporate sponsors include Harry Norman Realtors, Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s, Marcia Weber Landscape, Arrow Exterminators and Mira Napa Winery.  

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