Lightening up with white

By Karen Parr-Moody

 

Chuck Guthrie is an interior designer who truly believes in lightening and brightening, which is perfect for the burgeoning spring season. His booth at GasLamp Too, LC&Co., is filled with finds that are every shade of white.  

Guthrie has more than 20 years of experience in design work, including work in home interior and in commercial retail. He opened an antique shop with multiple dealers 18 years ago on the historic Towne Square in Collierville, Tennessee, near Memphis. 

“This was back in the old days before the Internet,” Guthrie says. “God blessed us with bringing in $1.7 million the second year.”

 He later sold the store, which remains open today. He went from there into the retail home décor and design field professionally until about two years ago.

“I’ve done entire homes, room makeovers, Christmas décor and other holiday decorating and tablescapes for parties and weddings,” Guthrie says. “My partner, Larry Tyger, back some twenty years ago organized antique shows across the nation for dealers and was well known in the business.”  

After being in Nashville for a year or so, last June the two got back into the business a bit with our booth at GasLamp Too.

But it was from designing his own home with Tyger that Guthrie discovered the color white could be an all-encompassing shade.

“As we designed our new home, we chose to be very eclectic yet go with a theme in the great room and dining room that was all-white and shades of white,” Guthrie says. “At some point, we got so accustomed to shopping for white and enjoyed the look that we decided not to stop.”

That is apparent in his LC&Co. booth (T-275), which is a mélange of white tones from and at Guthrie and Tyger’s booth, it also happens to be extremely affordable.

The photo, above left, shows one of LC&Co.’s many white finds. This kneeling figure was created in the vein of the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, which are among the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century ($24.95). They were found in the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, who began work on his mausoleum in 246 BC, before he became the first Emperor of all China. More than 7,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons have been unearthed from Huang’s tomb.

Of decorating with such a warrior, Guthrie says, “The ceramic kneeling soldier in white is one of a pair that would bring a classic look to any home or office in a bookcase or on a mantle.”

At the right is a hand-carved woodsman that tops a shelf ($21.95).

“It has a European look and is most unique,” Guthrie says.

With his slightly distressed finish, this woodsman would fit into a home that has other styles of furniture, creating an oasis of calm in a busy home.

Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, you can enhance the natural beauty of a porch or sunroom with one of these seashell planter baskets (photo, left; $49.95). This beautiful hanging plant basket is made of hundreds of shells of various different species.

“The vintage shell hanging piece is really popular again in décor,” Guthrie says. “Use it for a plant hanger or to hold candles for a beautiful touch to any room or patio.”

There is a flea market aesthetic to this darling squirrel (photo, right; $45), which would be perfectly home in a well-tended garden.

“This garden squirrel has weathered perfectly over many years, leaving it white and one-of-a-kind,” said Guthrie.

Anyone who has been to "Restoration Hardware" lately knows that the look is gorgeous, and if you’ll notice, there are many creamy white colors in the mix. The LC&Co. booth goes a step further, with its all-white theme. It brings to mind thoughts of a June wedding, an all-white outfit for Steeplechase, or even the sandy, white beaches of some faraway shore. And who wouldn’t want to bring some of that into their home?

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