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A Very Grand Opening

Updated: May 29, 2020

I've known Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill for many years now, and I was so proud and excited for them to expand their namesake gallery, Mitchell Hill, to a larger space on upper King in Charleston. Long known as the Chase Furniture Building, Michael and Tyler revived this art-deco wonder into a 12-thousand square foot space that will serve as a multi-line retail showroom while continuing to act as a an art gallery. One of my favorite features of the circa 1940s building is the huge iconic round windows on the second floor that offer a major throwback to a period of Art Deco glamour.

The new showroom offers major eye candy, and the space is nothing short of breathtaking. When the guys asked me to help with their grand opening events, I jumped at the chance to create something special that is worthy of such a spectacular space. Two days before the space opened to the public, we hosted a 40-person seated dinner for local designers and influencers.


Farrow & Ball's new Colour by Nature paint collection was our starting point of inspiration. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum the collection boasts deep earthy and vivid hues found in nature. We decided to create a nature wonderland to really showcase the colors on the tablescapes and fitting for an intimate evening for Michael and Tyler's guests.

We filled the tables full of floral towers designed by Petaloso and accented with butterfly placemats from Hester & Cook, magnetic butterflies, birds, and hedgehogs for our guests. We used ivory and gold china and vintage crystal from our good friends at Replacements Ltd, and the pieces were the perfect look in keeping with our sophisticated theme for the evening.

Easy DIY Placecards:

(Above) To create the placecards we cut the tops off of Hester & Cook placecards and glued them to different paint swatches from the new Farrow & Ball collection. Each place setting had a different color paint swatch.

Looking for more inspiring tablescape ideas? Check out these posts:

Holiday Tablescape with Red & Green


Floral towers created by Petaloso

Placecards (see DIY above)

(Above) Guests were treated to a magical evening with libations from Scout & Cellar and Cathead Vodka.

If you haven't stopped by the new location, you are in for a real treat. Beautiful furniture, artwork, and accessories are available to shop and inspire you to create a beautiful home. Mitchell Hill brings a total design experience back to upper King.



Images by Kim Graham photography. Some of the content above is sponsored; however, opinions are my own.


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