Third and last child born to Dr. and Mrs AK Abide. Mom, a Tennessee beauty queen has a natural eye for design and gift for entertaining.
Born in Atlanta, GA to Grant and Carol Curtis. Enter a long line of elegant, chic (and audacious) women.
First trip to NYC – a style defining moment – had haircut by Vidal Sassoon and bought a Gucci purse. When I returned to school in Mississippi, everyone wondered who was that new boy?
Only 4th grader in attendance at Like a Virgin tour. Too naïve to understand subtext, but cemented Madonna as first official style icon.
Lost Dad. (Sarah and Adele are convinced that their fathers have a hand in orchestrating their success).
Twin Peaks airs. Profound and lasting effect on personal style and taste. Started work at mom’s shop The Country French Connection. Began love of antiques and design history.
Freshman year at RISD. Planned to study painting but agree to study fashion design because mom thinks it’s more practical. Created bustier inspired by Madonna.
Family relocates to the 7th in Paris. Karl Lagerfeld is our neighbor. Interned at Mulberry. Spent every free moment at the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay, knew les puces like the back of my hand and began to dream in French.
Interned with Mary McFadden. Discovered trupunto stitching and everything Egyptian.
College: instant Art History major. Spent summer Euro-railing. Enrolled in every film and photography class available at Emory University. Studied abroad with 5 months traveling through Southeast Asia and China.
Showed eponymous Fall Line at NYC Fashion Week. Received positive reviews from WWD. Highlight: Milla Jovovich wore a pair of my green leather pants in December’s Allure.
Arrive NYC with future husband. Move into a 400 sq foot apartment on Bleecker St.
Married photographer Todd Norwood!!! a fellow Georgia native in a small ceremony at family’s home.
Married Josh Pulver – an architect I met at RISD – during the height of Cotton Season in the Mississippi Delta.
Graduated NYC’s School of Visual Arts with an MFA from the Photography and Related Media department. First Chelsea group show at White Box Gallery.
Launched AA ARts, art consulting for private clients. Bought everything from Nina Bovasso to Pablo Picasso.
Lost father to cancer. (Sarah and Adele are convinced that their fathers have a hand in orchestrating their success.)
Traveled throughout Europe visiting furniture fairs with Janice Feldman, the outdoor-tastemaker and owner of Janus et Cie and probably the most influential person I’ve worked with. Highlights: Maison et Objet and dining out with Janice and Andre Putman in Paris.
First ad campaign as a NYC fashion stylist. Worked as a stylist from 2003-2010.
Sell our NYC digs. Move to our country house for a perfect slow life.
Mom’s home in Atlanta, GA published in House Beautiful, a collaborative effort and labor of love!
Welcomed son Archer Finch!
After busy years making wonderful memories with 2 young kids, we welcome a third! Start to suspect there might be more to life than making homemade pizza dough and foraging for ramps in the back yard.
Move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the tiny no stoplight village of Athens, NY. Magical summers of bbqs, blueberry pies, and flotillas on the Hudson.
Meet Sarah. Instant friendship connected by Southern roots, love of fashion, design and all things fine. Many cups of coffee and play dates ensue.
Realize it’s time to start educating the children. Move to Rhinebeck.
Sarah and Adele show personal artwork at opening in Sarah’s carriage house.
Collaborate with Sarah to style, rebrand and nationally launch an outdoor furniture line for Amalfi Living.
Sarah’s Athens, NY home featured in Country Living.
Established representation at 12 national showrooms for Amalfi Living.
Moved to Rhinebeck. Lived in the basement for 3 months while we worked on the house!
VLY STUDIO CREATED!
Loft | Tribeca, NYC
Country Kitchen | Germantown, NY
Modern Farmhouse | Bethesda, MD
Apple Tree Farm | Bedford, NY
Contemporary Colonial | Bedford, NY
Modern Barn | Woodstock, NY