A well-dressed crowd gathered ‘for libations and tasty bites’ last Saturday in the historic and newly-renovated blue and white building on Millerton’s Main Street for a launch party for Christopher Todd Antiques and Interiors. We were greeted by blue and white delft tiles in the window, a motif which Christopher Todd Page, owner of the antiques show room, enjoys collecting both for his store, himself and his interior design clients. Touches of blue and white ornamentation continued as a leitmotif throughout the display.
Christopher Todd Page is the third generation of his family in the antiques and home furnishings business. He told us that he grew up in the ‘industry’ in Greensboro, North Carolina. He apprenticed in the ‘haute couture’ of both design and fashion at the famed North Carolina High Point Market showrooms. He worked under the tutelage of his grandmother whose design firm, co-founded by his great grandfather, furnished and decorated many of the homes of Mountain Brook outside of Birmingham, Alabama, at a time when the city was booming with the iron and steel industries.
Page is a graduate of The New York School of Interior Design and now resides in the Litchfield Hills of Northwestern Connecticut ‘with his two insufferable dogs’. He told us that he came to Millerton because he likes the friendly atmosphere and the vibrant antique scene along Main Street. “Some people don’t care to trek all the way over to Hudson, and everyone has to pass through Millerton to get where they are going. Millerton is unpretentious and lets people be who they are.”
The furniture and accoutrements featured in Page’s Millerton store reflect an eclectic taste with Asian, American artisan and Southern leanings. We were struck by brass gongs from the Phillipines, a 19th century Italian chest from Le March Province, and colorful papier maché deer heads from Indonesia. The lovely blue green walls transmuted the bright colors and provided a suitable back drop for his elegant lamps. A wooden door frame with interesting molding accompanied framed mirrored windows.
Christine Mortimer Biddle (www.biddleandbellidora.com/), the aunt of Wassaic Project Director Eve Biddle, had invited us to attend. She is highly regarded for her representation of top-tier New York social, philanthropic and arts clients.