Flower Magazine

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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CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Sleek stone countertops, natural wood floors, and dimensional subway tile lend depth to a neutral Nashville kitchen. • An oversize antique clock anchors the living room of a Nashville home. • Gilded accents, a tufted banquette, and cabinets with smoky mirrored panels create a luxe, boutique-inspired ambience in a master closet in Nashville. OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM: Flowering vines grow across a wall of Gothic arches in an Alys Beach, Florida, courtyard. • Rough-hewn beams tone down the formality of a living room on Lake Martin in Alabama. I don't force that on my clients. I just introduce them to those things they might not have considered. I obviously want them to be comfortable in their own homes, but I also want them to take risks and think outside the box. The scope of your work is very diverse. Your book, Tracery: The Art of Southern Design, walks readers through 19 houses you designed across the South—many of which are second homes. Do you take a different approach when designing a getaway versus a primary residence? Absolutely. At a vacation home, "house rules" don't always apply. For instance, you might not think twice about sitting on the sofa in a wet bathing suit, but you'd NEVER do that back home. Design decisions must be practical. You need to consider how sunscreen can wreak havoc on fabrics and how sand can get stuck in a rug. You need to choose materials that will not only support but encourage the carefree mentality you want to have while you're there. How do you approach the design from an aesthetic perspective? Do you look to the location for inspiration? I take cues from the surroundings but steer clear of anything kitschy. For example, you're at a mountain lodge; you don't need a sign on the door that says welcome to the mountains. Forgo acorn or grizzly bear motifs, and think of subtle ways to capture the spirit of the surroundings. An oversized armchair upholstered in plaid evokes the warmth of a flannel shirt you'd wear on a hike. A floor-to-ceiling stacked-stone fireplace echoes the majestic profile of the mountainside. A rich stain on wood floors or furnishings looks seamless against a backdrop of mature trees. J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 | 27 For more information, see Sources, page 84

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