It’s the ultimate holiday season starter: A casual, cocktails-and-lunch gathering at one of our city’s most historic landmarks, filled with exquisite gifts and beautifully-staged rooms. It’s the latest intriguing undertaking by interior designer Lee Robinson who’s hosting this bash at the Pendennis Club and donating proceeds to support the Pendennis Historical Foundation.
The party—like any encounter with the effervescent instigator— promises to be a productive whirlwind of fun and informative activity. Robinson has invited friend and colleague Mary McDonald, star of Million Dollar Decorator and Property Envy, to bring star power, styling advice and her in-demand furnishings. “Mary is basically bringing in a huge truckload of her furniture and she’s going to stage the rooms in the club,” says Robinson who is, of course, contributing plenty of his own ideas and items from lines like India Hicks, Chaddock, Osborne & Little of London, Stuart Mercer menswear and Carl Meyer’s womenswear. “There will smaller items like candles and accessories and gorgeous throw pillows and smaller furnishings and beautiful cashmere scarves,” he says. “The idea is to have everything you need at the very moment that everyone starts thinking about the holidays.”
Guests can take a break from shopping to have lunch in the second floor dining room and take in a talk by McDonald (on the first day) or a floral arranging seminar by Jana Dowds (on the second). “And I’ll be walking around and I’m sure sharing advice too,” says Lee. “This is my way to bring national talent and cutting-edge products to Louisville during a time of year when everyone spends more time at home with their families.”
If you go:
The Holiday Shopping Event at the Pendennis Club takes place on Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 12, from 2 p.m. .to 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 for two day admission and are available at the door or at LeeWRobinson.com.