Anastasia's Picks
By Karen Parr-Moody

Anastasia Campbell took a break from practicing law to spend more time with her children, but that down-to-earth move was gilded with glamour. And anyone who visits her GasLamp Too booth, Anastasia's Picks, will understand.

This shifting of careers allowed Campbell to pursue a home décor business through GasLamp Too, festooning Booth T-193 with the trappings of what she calls “Southern Glamour.” Within the deep rose walls one finds brass lamps, gilt wall art, vividly colored tabletop items and antiques refinished in modern fabrics.

"I love the traditional and comfortable elements of Southern décor," Campbell says. "But I also like the glamour you see in New York and Palm Beach. When you mix these two elements of design, the result is an elegant, yet comfortable, combination that can be used in most any setting or design theme."

Anastasia's Picks is a delicious blend of classic and contemporary, a style she arrived at through the influence of her mother and father; the couple has long enjoyed scooping up treasures at garage sales, estate sales and auctions.

"They have an appreciation for art and have always had beautiful paintings hanging in our home," Campbell says.

Campbell appreciates the style of the late Albert Hadley, who was from Springfield, Tenn., and designed for clients with the top-drawer names of Rockefeller, Astor and Whitney. Campbell borrows his trick of grouping similar figures together on coffee tables or side tables. The photo of the two female busts, above right, is an example of this trick (black marble bust, $75; beige toned bust, $55; Booth T-193, GasLamp Too).

"I love female figures," she says of the duo. "Especially faces that capture the feminine mystique."

The vignette of Grecian figures in the photo, above left, is another example of grouping similar items (male marble figure, $25; female figures at right at left, $10 each; middle female figure no longer available).

"I love groupings or collections of similar items, such as paintings or sculptures or glass pieces," Campbell says. "I think a collection adds interest and depth. Many times I go to estate sales and the individual or family has a collection. I think it is interesting to examine the thought and effort put behind a collection."

With the chic gold bench in the photo, right, Campbell revels in a design style alternately called Palm Beach style, Palm Springs style or Hollywood Regency (bench, $80). Its pioneering designers were Dorothy Draper and Billy Haines, and today the style is experiencing a revival championed by designers Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler.

In her first week at GasLamp Too, Campbell sold one gold bench upholstered with white fur. Then her dad upholstered took this one in geometric, lime green fabric.

"I think it epitomizes my concept of taking an older item and resurrecting it with modern features," she says. "I am really drawn to bright colors, modern designs, patterns, leather and fur."

Like many dealers who operate booths at GasLamp, Campbell likes the popular Mid-Century Modern look, which she finds to be refined, nostalgic and comfortable. She thinks the lamp in the photo, left, captures all of these components with its elegant cranes ($40).

"I love animals," she says. "And if they are gold, even better. This lamp originally came with a cream lamp shade, and I updated it with a black one. I love a little black in every room.

Campbell thinks of her antique booth as her first painting and considers herself to be an antique "picker" right now. But with more practice, she hopes to evolve from a picker to a designer.

"I have a vision of what I want my 'painting' to look like, but I am not quite there yet," she says. "I have learned so much about design and antiquing, but I realize I have much more to learn. Like law, antiquing is something that must be studied, and I am still working on that degree."

And GasLamp Too is proving a wonderful place for her to continue her education.

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