The Style Files: Beth Webb

Beth Webb is a renowned interior designer and tastemaker based in Atlanta, Georgia. Recognized for her tailored interiors and sensual approach to design, Beth believes in incorporating classic proportions and iconic design details in the inspiring, light-filled spaces she creates for her clients from coast to coast. Beth began her career in design as an art dealer upon graduating with a Master’s degree from Sotheby’s in London. In the years since establishing her eponymous design firm, Beth’s work has appeared in the pages of Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Milieu, and Luxe among other publications. In 2015, Beth was awarded the Southeast Designer of the Year award and she was inducted to Luxe’s Gold List in 2017. I am super excited to share more with you about my friend Beth because her first book, An Eye for Beauty is being released today! Enjoy!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Beth Webb: I always say one cannot live well without being centered, content, and connected to your home. Balance and a sense of well-being is as central to my design as line, form, texture, and color. Homes need to be restorative sanctuaries, easy to live in and rich with detail. Rooms are meant to be felt as much as seen. I think my interiors would be best described as clean, edited, and timeless with a restrained use of color, an abundance of texture, and washed with light. Classic interiors with enduring and essential furnishing choices like a classic wardrobe should be elegant and comfortable I believe we all long to be nourished by our homes– inspired and restored– with lasting beauty and genuine happiness always being the end goal. The truest gift of interior design is the opportunity it affords us to create meaningful, thoughtful, entirely personal spaces for my clients.


PC: Has living in Atlanta influenced your aesthetic in any way?

BW: Growing up in the South of course has a profound influence on your aesthetic sensibilities. Southerners have a profound love of their land and houses. Tradition and the idea of just what home means is passed down from generation to generation and lifestyle is as important as interiors in that gracious living is what we are all about. Entertaining is extremely important and entertaining at home even more so. I regularly get calls from my clients to come “fluff” the house prior to some big party as we always try to put our best for forward. It’s a bit of a competitive sport!

PC: What does your home say about you?

BW: In my own spaces, my priority is always to create order, beauty, and peace. A place where I’m able to breathe deeply and rest my mind. I crave order out of chaos and in our work as designers, days can often be quite chaotic and rather messy, so that quiet, edited space becomes a necessity and a respite. Comfort is the keyword. That, coupled with an elegant simplicity. A welcoming house is always of the utmost importance. Both homes are always a work in progress and totally different. In the low country, we live in a modern glass house on the marsh and in Atlanta, a Georgia flat, giving me a yin and yang  of design opportunities.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

BW: There are so many things I turn to these days– museums, books, magazines, Instagram, and Pinterest, but most of all it has been and always will be travel. I live for it, truth be told, and it’s always the impetus for the next chapter. I return reinvigorated and ready for what’s next.

{A Photo of The Lowell that Beth  Shared on her Instagram during a Recent Trip to New York}

PC: Who are your style icons?

BW: Babe Paley for her faultless fashion sense and inherent good taste. Grace Kelly for her poised elegance and Audrey Hepburn for her style, her work, and her essence.

{Babe Paley, Photographed for Vogue in 1946}

PC: What traits do you most admire in a person?

BW: Authenticity, integrity, straightforwardness, and passion

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

BW: An exquisite hotel, room service, and ironed sheets.

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

BW: Charlotte Moss– brains, beauty, and style. She embodies all that I admire in a woman. She is formidable and forever curious, that, along with being incredibly kind and generous.

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

BW: I’ve been traveling so much the last few years that just being home is the new definition of luxury. I got married last December and we have a beautiful house in South Carolina at Bray’s Island Plantation which is nothing short of idyllic. I love to cook and entertain when I have the time and to me, there is nothing more relaxing or restorative than a weekend there with family and friends.

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

BW: It’s going to be a whirlwind of a Fall with my first book with Rizzoli, An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses coming out today! I’m looking forward to the book tour with great anticipation and although I’ve been told the schedule is intimidating, it is also invigorating to travel the country and meet so many fresh faces as well as see some old friends. The book tour is listed on our website, so I hope to see everyone there. We have several things in the works on the product front and as always, many new projects all over the country from Sea Island to San Francisco. All I can say is thank God for Delta!

{Beth’s Beautiful Book– Order your copy here}

GO-TO OUTFIT: I don’t have many clothes, surprisingly, but I do believe in buying good pieces and love a “uniform”. Anything Loro Piana or The Row. The more architectural, the better, and it goes without saying, with a great hat.

STYLE MANTRA: The “KISS” principle– Keep It Simple Stupid. It’s always harder to do than it would seem.

SCENT: Dominique Ropion Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle

PIECE OF JEWELRY: Cuffs are my go-to and the horn cuff with rough cut diamonds by S. Carter Designs is my latest everyday accessory. That, along with my Cartier Ballon Bleu watch from my husband.

COLOR I NEVER TIRE OF: Black

FLOWER: The palest of pink peonies and Lily of the Valley

INDISPENSABLE DESIGN ELEMENT: A little something with patina in every room– that and texture, texture, texture.

ERA FOR DESIGN: 1920’s American Architecture

DREAM PROJECT: I’ve always fantasized about doing a boutique hotel in St. Barths with a client who gives you carte blanche.

FABRIC/ TEXTILE: I’ve never met a cashmere I didn’t like–thank you, Loro Piana! Sandra Jordan alpacas are sublime and C & C Milano linens and Holland & Sherry wools are indispensable. We use them in virtually every project.

HOSTESS GIFT: Being from the South, no cocktail party is complete without a cheese straw. Callie’s Cheese Crisps are perfection. And is there anything better than getting a bouquet of fresh cut flowers?

MEAL: A home-cooked one during the winter months. I make Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese. It’s an all-day event, but oh-s0-worth-it!

DRINK: An ice cold vodka martini– up and a teensy bit dirty

WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A LONG DAY AT WORK: Scrolling through Instagram drink in hand. It’s like traveling with all my friends. 

WEEKEND DESTINATION: St. Barths for a very long weekend

HOTEL: The Beaumont in London, The Lowell in New York, and the Sunset Tower in L.A. where everyone knows your name.

CITY: Paris always is and always will be a great idea!

MUSEUM: The Frick

ARTIST: John Singer Sargent

SONG THAT PUTS ME IN A GREAT MOOD: “I’m Alright” by Madeleine Peyroux 

ACTOR/ACTRESS: George Clooney and Audrey Hepburn 

 PRIZED POSSESSION: My Costa Rican rescue dog, Catalina. She owns me!

RISK WORTH TAKING: Falling in love. I am a hopeless romantic!

GREATEST EXTRAVAGANCE: Luxury travel. You only live once, so do it well! Things are just things but experiences are priceless.

GO-TO COLOR PALETTE: Black and white, camel and white, taupe and white, blue and white, white on white– I see a theme.

RULE TO BREAK: I don’t follow rules well…

MOVIE SET DESIGN: High Society

I CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY: Pink Wine Lunches

{Photography Courtesy of Beth Webb}

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