Photography by Maya Tuttle
I would say fresh traditional best describes my personal design style. I love mixing color, lots of pattern and textures to create warm and inviting yet still polished spaces. I am heavily influenced by both English and southern design elements.
Making sure that one element doesn’t overwhelm or fight the other is important. Decide where you’d like your focus to be. In a kitchen it could be the backsplash, the floor tile or the cabinet color/design. Deciding where you’d like the eye to draw first is important and then make sure the surrounding elements support and complement your focal point in a seamless way.
I love to use color in places where you would naturally expect to see white, like ceilings, trim and kitchen and bath cabinetry.Incorporating color in unexpected places really helps bring a personality to a space in ways that whites simply don’t!
Committing to color on cabinetry or tile can be a very intimidating decision as they are really longer-term investments and my clients often worry that they will tire of it in a few years. The best advice I can give to help reduce the anxiety and take the leap is to stick with a palette they are already comfortable with or is that already incorporated throughout other parts of the home vs trying to go bold with something completely new. Repeating these colors in the kitchen and baths will help create continuity and flow so the color choice may not feel as scary!
My client had very contemporary taste and yet purchased a 100 year old colonial! I knew we needed to make some dramatic choices in the kitchen to better reflect her style. My goal in this room was to use a bold tile and a saturated cabinet color then help ground the space with some more traditional finish choices. The Kelly Wearstler tile was the launch point for the entire design, I love its bold lines and the classic black and white palette. Pairing the high contrast Liaison by Kelly Wearstler tile from Ann Sacks with the richness and depth of the timeless Farrow & Ball Hague Blue (one of my all time favorite colors) was a no brainer. I then incorporated unlacquered brass finishes that will age beautifully with time just as the house itself has.
I know it seems like a crazy decision! My design business had seen very rapid growth over the last several years and in late 2019 I decided it was time to move my studio out of my home and into a commercial location. It had always been a dream of mine to open a retail shop and this seemed like the perfect time to do both together. My retail space is in the front of my building and my design studio is in the back. I never dreamed I’d be opening the retail shop in the middle of a pandemic but by the time it hit the wheels were already in motion and the space was under construction, so we just went full steam ahead! By having both businesses together I am able to provide the community with access to custom furniture and unique decorative accessories as well as full scale design services.
August 19, 2022
November 11, 2022
Designer, Author and Star of Netflix's Dream Home Makeover, Shea McGee walks us through how she designs a kitchen that will stand the test of time—and how you can do the same.
October 14, 2022
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October 12, 2022
We spoke with Keith Arnold, Vice President of Renowned Interior Design Firm Suzanne Kasler on how he artfully turned his petite powder room into a ‘jewelry box’ of a statement space using Farrow & Ball paint and Ann Sacks tile.