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Decorative Arts Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership group committed to improving the lives of women and children in Orange County, CA. We invest in organizations and programs that help and empower them to achieve their potential as responsible contributing members of our community.

Our members appreciate design and decoration and are interested in learning about current trends as well as historic perspective. For its members and guests, Decorative Arts Society sponsors an annual lecture series on the decorative arts featuring experts in the fields of interior design, architecture, landscape design, and other decorative arts.

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Edwards Big Newport Theatre
300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (map)

 

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25th Annual Series: 2019-2020 Presenters

Doors Open ~ Breakfast Buffet 9:00 am
Speaker Presentation: 9:45 – 11:00 am

Edwards Big Newport Theatre
300 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (map)

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019
“Restoring a Modern Masterpiece;
The Cedric Gibbons / Delores del Rio House”
MADELINE STUART
Interior Designer

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2019
“The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today”
TIMOTHY CORRIGAN
Interior Designer

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
“The Allure of the Garden”
KATHRYN HERMAN
Landscape Designer

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020
“The History of Black in Fashion”
CARMELA SPINELLI
Fashion Historian, Savannah College of Art and Design

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020
“Brilliantly Executed Parties at Home”
STEPHANIE BOOTH SHAFRAN
Author • Los Angeles Tastemaker • Hostess

 

24th Annual Series: 2018-2019 Presenters

October 9, 2018
Marshall Watson, Interior Designer
“Contemporary Classic Design: A Journey to Light, Elegance, and Harmony”
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November 13, 2018
Constance (CeCe) Haydock, 
Landscape Architect
Let Them Eat Flowers: The Gardens of Paris”
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February 12, 2019
Gil Schafer III, Architect
“Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living”
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March 12, 2019
Lea C. Lane, 
Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design Cincinnati Art Museum
“Of the People: Folk Art in America”
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April 9, 2019*
Tichenor & Thorp Architects
“Designing from the Outside In”
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*Please note the updated calendar as we welcome
Tichenor and Thorp Architects to the
2018-2019 Lecture Series.

 

*Cancelled: April 9, 2019  |  Carolyne Roehm

*LECTURE SERIES UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Carolyne Roehm has had to cancel the remainder of her book tour and will not be able to present at the Decorative Arts Society April lecture. We’re pleased to announce that Tichenor and Thorp Architects will take her place as speaker for this lecture. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

23rd Annual Series: 2017-2018 Presenters

October 10, 2017
Steve and Brooke Giannetti
Architect and Interior Designer – “Stories & Dreams: Designing a Personal Home”
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November 14, 2017
Susanna Salk
Designer and Stylist – “Decorate Fearlessly with Susanna Salk”
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photo: Joe Pugliese

February 13, 2018
Bobby McAlpine
Architect – “Poetry of Place”
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March 13, 2018
Ben Page
Architect – “Tradition in Transition – Profiles in Design”
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April 10, 2018
Brian Coleman
Author – “Porthault: The Art of Luxury Linens”
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Board of Directors 2019 – 2020