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The Crowd: Decorating the world of society

February 14, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Visiting designers from San Francisco Ed Hardy and Kay Evans, and Newport’s Richard Bertea.
Visiting designers from San Francisco Ed Hardy and Kay… (Daily Pilot )

If you are looking for a group of local residents who represent the heart of the Newport-Mesa community perhaps better than any other small organization, look no further than the Decorative Arts Society.

On Monday evening, the organization, comprised of both couples and single members, all with a passion for every imaginable aspect of the decorative art form, gathered at the romantically bohemian residential compound of Mary Ann and David Kerr on Lido Isle for a catered reception welcoming East Coast antiques and architectural curator as well as author Brandy Culp.

The lovely Ms. Culp jetted in from South Carolina for the reception to meet and greet the local crowd, including Decorative Arts Society devotees Sandra and Donald Ayres, Hyla and Richard Bertea, Maralou and Jerry Harrington, Ann and Bill Dennis, Mary Anna and Arthur Jeppe, the charming Margaret Larkin, respected Newport Beach-based designer John Benecke and, in from San Francisco for the affair, the charming Kay Evans, formerly of Newport Beach and also one of the previous chairs of the society, joining her close friend, well-known San Francisco antiques dealer Ed Hardy. Both Evans and Hardy are now design consultants for the firm Restoration Hardware.

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The festive Monday night crowd came to mingle with Culp, the invited guest of honor and speaker, who entertained society patrons on Tuesday at a sold-out lecture focusing on her work in historic Charleston.

The catering staff of Fork, Knife + Spoon, led by the very talented culinary wizard Christopher Roman, absolutely delighted the crowd with an amazing selection of passed hors d'oeuvres as well as artistically overflowing tables of delicacies strategically placed within the two-house Kerr compound on Lido filled to capacity with wonderful collectibles reflecting the eclectic taste of Mary Ann and David Kerr.

The warm and inviting atmosphere of the Kerr residence featured a massive collection of blue and white Canton china, 18th- and 19th-century American antiques and, on this special occasion, a showing of David Kerr's lovingly collected assortment of antique tribal rugs from Eastern Europe.

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