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JAN-FEB 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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26 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 FRESH STYLE I design big Sears box. Inside, I painted some of the walls and lined others with wallpaper made from scraps of fabric from my grandmother's sewing kit. And, of course, I filled the rooms with the furniture I had clipped from magazines or I made from matchboxes, toothpicks, and other odds and ends. I guess no one was surprised when you decided to study interior architecture at Auburn. What was your first job out of college? After graduating, I moved to Atlanta and worked in commercial design for several years. It was a like whole different world. In what way? Living in a big city as opposed to your tiny hometown? Or working in commercial design as opposed to residential? Both. Living in Atlanta was an eye-opening experience personally and professionally, but I was referring more to the difference between the commercial design I did then and the residential design I do now. As a commercial designer, I worked on office buildings and shopping com- plexes that were hundreds of thousands of square feet and dealt with codes and restrictions and much bigger budgets. Why did you make the switch? My husband and I were ready for a change of pace, so we decided to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle at the beach in Seagrove, Florida. There wasn't much of a need for commercial designers there, so I embarked on residential design and started my own firm, Tracery. Now I find myself sitting around a breakfast table with a couple and their kids versus a conference table with 20 lawyers. How would you define your style, and how do you inject it into your clients' homes in a way that still makes each project distinctive? My style marries vivid color and bold pattern with clean-lined furnishings and fuss-free finishes.

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