The Style Files: Brian Paquette

Brian Paquette is a talented young, interior designer based in Seattle. Since founding his eponymous design firm in 2009, Brian has gone on to start a showroom, Brian Paquette at Home, which serves as an extension of his signature style. Brian’s residential work all along the West Coast has been heavily influenced by his extensive travels across the globe and draws upon “historical forms, natural environments, high art, and handicrafts”. His work has been recognized by various publications including Architectural Digest, Luxe, and Dwell. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Brian as much as I have!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Brian Paquette: Layered, Referential, Storied and Comfortable above all else

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

BP: Living in Seattle has added a great deal of juxtaposition to my upbringing in Newport, Rhode Island. Nature is first here, you can’t ignore the grey during the winter (and fall and spring) months so we embrace it and blend the indoor with the outdoor favoring surface texture over bold color. The amount of mid-century references out here and all up and down the West Coast has been a big influence on our work as well, discovering newness all the time.

PC: What does your home say about you?

BP: I am currently putting the “finishing” touches on my new home in a new chapter in my life. I am carrying a lot of good memories with me and planting pieces from favorite designers throughout to create a very comfortable and fun home to relax and recharge. 

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

BP: I am an avid book reader, gallery goer and nature explorer. I have, in the past few months turned off social media as I felt I was too overexposed to everything going on and I wanted to create in a bubble for a good while and see where it leads me. Inspiration in real life touches all of the senses and I like that. 

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

BP: So many…Billy Baldwin for the formal aspects of this industry, Thomas O’Brien, Nate Berkus, Markham Roberts, Stephen Sills, Pamela Shamshiri, Jamie Bush, Joe Lucas, Grant Gibson, Joseph Dirand, DISC Interiors, Kelly Wearstler, Celerie Kemble, Steven Gambrel…it goes on and on…I really am a fan girl to so many. 

{Thomas O’Brien’s Iconic New York Apartment}

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

BP: Humility and Vulnerability

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

BP: Taylor Swift…but honestly I feel less and less guilty about it. 

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

BP: I think the creation of fine art and the artists themselves. I find myself translating so much of what I see in galleries and books into some home version. I am envious of the space to create, a blank canvas and how art can be so arresting. 

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

BP: Being away with friends on the Oregon Coast with friends and my dog, being cooked for and sand between my feet. 

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

BP: We have recently launched a collection of furniture with Lawson Fenning which I am beyond proud of as it represents years of work with dear friends. We have projects up and down the west coast and now in NYC as well. I look forward to adding more beauty to our new shop in Seattle including fine art and more custom pieces of furniture…it’s a great little lab for us to experiment with new ideas on a retail level. 

Go To Outfit: Dark khaki pants, denim button down and Vans

Style Mantra: Be bold and mighty forces will guide you.

Scent: Hinoki- Comme des Garcons

Piece of Jewelry: Braun Watch

Color I Never Tire of: Blue

Flower: Pink Peonies 

Indispensable Design Element: Ceramic

Era for Design: France 1920s

Dream Project: A boutique hotel in Seattle with all my friends

Fabric/ Textile: Glant, Zak+Fox, Kerry Joyce

Hostess Gift: A candle that reminds me of the host

Meal: Pizza at Via Tribunali

Drink: Soda + Bitters, I don’t actually drink! 

Way to Unwind: Long walk with my dog George

What I Love Most About My City: The nature, the music and the ease

Weekend Destination: San Juan Islands or Palm Springs

Hotel: Gramercy Park Hotel

Museum: The Barnes Collection

City: Copenhagen or Tokyo

Artist: Gerard Richter, Uta Barth, Donald Judd

Actor/Actress: Diane Keaton

Song that Always Puts Me in a Good Mood: Death Cab for Cutie “Doors unlocked and open”

Prized Possession: A small walnut box from Morocco that hold two rocks from Aphrodite’s beach in Cyprus

Risk Worth Taking: Love

Greatest Extravagance: Travel

Go-To Color Palette: Nature

Rule to Break: Wearing black and navy together

Movie Set Design: Anything by Tom Ford

I can never have too many… sets of good sheets

The Style Files: Mary McGee

I have admired the work of designer, Mary McGee for almost as long as I have written this blog. She has a wonderful way of creating beautiful, glamorous environments that maintain a sense of effortless ease and has a great talent for mixing antiques with modern pieces. Mary has an innate ability to juxtapose the most refined pieces with relaxed, unexpected elements for a look that is entirely her own. Born in Tennessee, Mary’s upbringing fostered an appreciation for classic, traditional design and a love of color in her work. In addition to designing chic interiors from coast to coast which have graced the pages of House Beautiful, Vogue, and Metropolitan Home, Mary is launching a unique collection of textiles later this fall. Mary McGee x Africa is the culmination of Mary’s love of exotic, high-quality textiles which will be executed in rich, unexpected color palettes for a completely unique look, all through a socially-conscious, sustainable practice. I hope that you will enjoy this in-depth look at Mary’s elegant, polished interiors as well as getting to know more about this talented designer.

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Mary McGee: My design aesthetic can be described as classic and feminine, balanced by the casual elegance of modern inspired elements. I like to create spaces that are eclectic with unexpected juxtapositions, like pairing contemporary art with historical periods of furniture.

PC: How has splitting your time from coast to coast influenced your aesthetic?

MM: I go back and forth between L.A., Boston, and Tennessee. I was exposed to so much beauty growing up in the South– historical homes, gorgeous antiques, and relatives that had impeccable taste. I would have to say that I always borrow design ideas from my Tennessee roots to give all my projects a taste of Southern style and charm.

PC: What does your home say about you?

MM: I am a classicist who loves timelessness despite the modern twist I put on  many projects.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

MM: My family, Deeda Blair, and design legends such as Billy Baldwin, Henri Samuel, and David Hicks. My clients are also a source of inspiration.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

MM: I don’t really have a style icon, but I would say my mother, grandmother, and Catherine Deneuve.

{Mary’s Beautiful Grandmother and Mother}

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

MM: Humility. It is so rare these days.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

MM: Krispy Kreme

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

MM: My grandmother, Talulah. She was an intellectual southern woman who had beautiful style. She had such flair and good taste. She always arranged the most spectacular flowers from her garden, hosted great dinner parties, was a fantastic cook, and loved decorating. However, more than anything, she valued a good education and was concerned about the achievements of her grandchildren. She wanted us to be current and well-versed in global affairs, politics, and business. To have a sense of style and art was just the icing on the cake. Deeda Blair has also been a great source of inspiration. She has been so supportive and encouraging of my career right from the beginning. For many years, Deeda made me scrapbooks and we would sit in her living room in Georgetown and go over fabrics and design ideas.

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

MM: I think living a meaningful life is as good as it gets. Life is not about being rich, popular, or highly educated. Those are superficial things. For me, life is about being REAL, being HUMBLE, and touching the lives of others.

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

MM: In late November, simultaneously, I will introduce my brand’s first-ever fabric collection and its charitable initiative born out of the desire to do more than just send beautiful interiors out into the world. The initiative connects Africa’s most marginalized, but talented artisans to the design industry’s top talents, bringing the rarest of skills to the world of high-end decoration. The textiles are a continuation of my refined and glamorous design aesthetic, mixing exotic patterns with alluring colors and intriguing graphics. I believe that art, in any form, is a powerful platform for positive global change. I’m really going to be moving the needle in the world of high-end decoration, transforming the way we produce products and decorate into an environmentally and socially conscious vision.

Go To Outfit: A knee-length camel or black skirt paired with a white Anne Fontaine blouse or a black t-shirt style cashmere sweater

Style Mantra: Classic is always in good taste.

Scent: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Piece of Jewelry: Emerald Chandelier Earrings

Color I Never Tire of: Celadon Green

Flower: White Peonies and Sweet Peas

Indispensable Design Element: Beautiful Vases

Era for Design: I love 18th century French furnishings paired with modern elements of today.

Dream Project: I’m decorating Hogarcito, the historic home built by Marjorie Merriweather Post in Palm Beach. I think it is pretty dreamy.

Fabric/ Textile: Anything from my new collection

Hostess Gift:A bouquet of fresh cut flowers

Meal: Grato in Palm Beach

Drink: Diet Coke 

Way to Unwind: 45 minutes on the elliptical

What I Love Most About My City: In Los Angeles, I love the design resources. In Boston, I love the charm of Back Bay. In Tennessee, I love the land and the Southern way of life.

Weekend Destination: Sea Island, Georgia

Hotel: Hotel de la Tremoille in Paris. Best kept secret in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

Museum: National Gallery of Art

City: Washington, D.C.– I think it is the most beautiful city in America. It is where I went to college.

Artist: Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko

Actor/Actress: Robert Redford– not for his celebrity but for his commitment to the environment and land conservation.

Risk Worth Taking: Starting your own venture

Greatest Extravagance: Vacations and free time

Go-To Color Palette: I love all colors, but I think cream, black, and lavender together are so chic.

Rule to Break: In decorating there are no rules. If you need rules to follow, you lack real creativity.

Movie Set Design: The Sound of Music

I can never have too many… coffee table books

{Photography Courtesy of Mary McGee}

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}

The Style Files: Wendy Labrum

Chicago-based interior designer Wendy Labrum considers herself a true Francophile, so naturally, both her clients’s homes and her own home are infused with her signature, Parisian-influenced style. Wendy’s aesthetic is a wonderful juxtaposition of masculine and feminine, traditional and modern, all executed through soft, classic color palettes . Each space Wendy designs is undeniably glamorous, yet a sense of comfort and practicality is ever-present. After living abroad in Europe for two years, learning as much as she could about art, architecture, and fashion, Wendy returned home to establish her eponymous design firm in 2007. In the years since, Wendy has completed numerous projects in Chicago as well as across the country. Her projects have also appeared in Luxe, Interiors, and Rue magazines, as well as online on My Domaine and ELLE DECOR. I feel that Wendy and I are kindred spirits of sorts because we share a very similar design aesthetic and gravitate to many of the same things, so it was a treat to finally meet her in person at Legends of La Cienega in Los Angeles back in May. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know Wendy as much as I have!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Wendy Labrum: I always say I’m part Parisian/part Prep – French design is in everything I do, but I can’t escape the preppy influences of my upbringing. I always strive to create a curated mix of periods, styles and textures – every yin needs a yang.

PC: Has living in Chicago influenced your style in any way?

WL: Chicago is a town with a great sense of understated style, in fashion, in art, and in architecture. Things that are overly flashy feel inauthentic here. It also possesses a certain practicality – call it Midwestern sensibility – that is inherent in all of my designs as well as my everyday life.

PC: What does your home say about you?

WL: My home is a collection of my favorite things and colors. When we bought the house we did a substantial renovation that brought the home to life – it felt like a banal blank box beforehand. By adding architectural interest and detail, it created a backdrop for my collection of antique and contemporary pieces. My home also says that I have three young children.  

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

WL: My first love was fashion and its still a big part of what drives my design. I also find inspiration in books, art, shelter magazines, Instagram—everything! I rely heavily on travel to give me fresh perspective—it’s hard to reframe your mind when you’re walking the same path everyday.

{A Pretty Moment Wendy Shared on her Instagram account @wendylabruminteriors}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

WL: Elsie de Wolf, Albert Hadley and Jacques Grange

{Albert Hadley’s influence is evident in the chic room Wendy designed for this year’s Lake Forest Showhouse.}

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

WL: Selflessness. It’s so easy in our busy lives to get wrapped up in your own stuff and forget about the world around you. My parents are the most generous people I know—they never really talked overtly about it, but they taught us the principle through their actions.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

WL: I have too many and most come in edible form. I’m a foodie at heart even though I can barely boil water. A doughnut (or three) possesses magical powers to make any day better.

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

WL: At the risk of sounding gooey, I have to say my clients. They inspire me, challenge me, and are an integral part of my personal evolution.

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

WL: Having the time to spend with the ones you love. It doesn’t matter where you are if you’re laughing with loved ones.

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

WL: We’re working on several exciting projects in Chicago—both new construction and historic renovation. Out of town we’re working on a gorgeous San Francisco pad for longtime clients, a south Florida house and a mountain retreat in process that is a passion project for me.

 

Go To Outfit: Jeans and a Balmain blazer

Style Mantra: Wear what you love

Scent: Tocca Giulietta

Piece of Jewelry: I’m a jewelry minimalist for day. My staples are my engagement and wedding rings, an Elsa Peretti diamond necklace, Cartier man’s watch and Cartier bracelets—all gifts from my husband.

Color I Never Tire of: Lavender—it can be sweet or edgy.

Flower: Peonies, classic for a reason.

Indispensable Design Element: Antiques—they add interest and flavor.

Era for Design: 1940’s France

Dream Project: A giant pre-war Paris apartment with all the original plaster mouldings OR one of the great old American estates from the first part of the 20th century.

Fabric/ Textile: Mohair and silk – preferably in the same room

Hostess Gift: A pie from Bang-Bang Pie Shop in Chicago’s Logan Square

Meal: A heaping plate of fresh pasta pomodoro

Drink: Diet Coke (After several unsuccessful attempts to kick it, I’ve now embraced it!)

Way to Unwind: An hour-long run every morning. It pairs well with my doughnut routine.

 

3 Things I Love About My City: We have some of the best museums, restaurants and weather in the country. Okay okay, I’m kidding about the weather.

Weekend Destination: We head to Park City as often as possible. I’m never happier than when I’m in the mountains. We also try to sprinkle a bit of Miami in whenever we can for napping in the sun.

Hotel: The Ritz in Paris

Museum: Musee D’Orsay

City: Paris!

Artist: Cy Twombly and Elliot Puckette

Actor/Actress: Jessica Chastain – she’s badass

Risk Worth Taking: Having a child

Greatest Extravagance: Frequent travel with my children—we splurge for convenience

Go-To Color Palette: Ivory and Grey—punctuated by rust, lavender or rose

Rule to Break: Don’t paint a small space a dark color—I think small spaces look best when painted glossy dark colors!

Movie Set Design: Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

I can never have too many… Fancy shoes!

 

The Style Files: Randy and Courtney Tilinski

{Photography by Chris Little}

I have admired the style of Atlanta shop owners and designers, Randy and Courtney Tilinksi since before I even knew them personally. Years ago, on my first visit to Atlanta, I made sure to stop by their beautiful store, Bungalow Classic in the Howell Mill district in midtown Atlanta and instantly loved the classic, fresh aesthetic. Fast forward a few years, and we have become friends as we have had the opportunity to spend time together in High Point a couple of times each year. Not only are Randy and Courtney incredibly talented, they are also amongst the kindest, most genuine people I have the pleasure of knowing in our industry. They have a wonderful sense of style which has recently expanded beyond their fabulous shop and into a furniture collection with Highland House which will be in its third season come October market. I love seeing great things happen for nice people. Enjoy!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Courtney Tilinski: Classic meets modern in the way I live and the way I dress. Never overly formal, definitely leaning more casual in either.

Randy Tilinski: Classic meets surfer. Maybe the professor from Gilligan’s Island?? Wish it was more John Robbie in To Catch a Thief, maybe one day.

PC: Has living in Atlanta influenced your style?

CT: Having grown up in the South has definitely made me have a classic side to whatever I do. However – my mother who is from Charleston loves modern tossed into traditional. I think that is where I got my love of mixing styles from.

RT: Atlanta is a beautiful city with great architecture. It is a traditional city, which challenges my more modern nature. I think this has helped us create our look, which is a soft modern based on classical form.

PC: What does your home say about you?

CT: That it is a work in progress and I have a serious love of books, magazines and modern art (that is not yet hung). This house is much more traditional than our last so we are taking our time and keeping it true to the architecture.

RT: It is definitely a direct reflection of Courtney and I. It is effortless, casual but sophisticated and always evolving. It also says I was probably a Librarian in a former life and we have the need to own every design/architecture book available.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

CT: TRAVEL!! It is a big beautiful world out there with lots to see and do. I think I love planning the trip just as much as actually taking it. At the top of the list is Japan – but it may be a bit before we get there.

RT: Books and Travel. Usually travel is the spark. From travel there is that desire to dig deeper and study the places we have been and things we have seen. I also love to watch documentaries.

{Courtney and Randy’s Instagram accounts are among my favorites. Courtney shared this shot of Villa Rufolo in Italy from their recent trip. Follow them both @mrs.bugalow and @mr.bungalow.}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

CT: Pauline de Rothshield, Bunny Mellon, Deeda Blair and Marella Agnelli. Style for days.

RT: Alain Delon, Cary Grant, and Hubert Givenchy. Delon in the St. Tropez years. I love all of his old photos with Bardot, Fonda, Romy Schneider and of course his wife Nathalie Delon.

{Alain Delon with Brigitte Bardot}

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

CT: A solid work ethic and I always admire good manners!

RT: Kindness.

{A Recent Bungalow Classic Ad in Milieu}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

CT: Theo dark chocolate w/ salted almond bar. There is always one somewhere on my desk or in my purse. Fortunately Randy prefers the milk chocolate version.

RT: Late night bowl of granola with chopped walnuts, almonds, raisins and buffalo milk yogurt.

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

RT: Experience and exposure. I have been fortunate to be exposed to some great people. Growing up with two Uncles who were professional surfers they showed me how to live an authentic life and to find my own beat. They also showed me how to evolve and make a life out of my passions. After their pro careers they have gone on to opening a shop and they shape surfboards for some of the best surfers in the world. Through watching them shape and finish boards I learned how important details are in design and product design. It was definitely form and function.

 

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

CT: Sand, sun, surf and as many meals outside as possible!

RT: Sun, water, a beautiful setting, good food and good company.

{Living La Dolce Vita in Italy | Photo via @mr.bungalow on Instagram}

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

CT: Our 3rd release for Highland House Furniture will be this Fall at the October Highpoint show. We will be in our new space/building which has been really fun planning!

RT: This Fall we are adding several new patterns to our fabric collaboration with Clay McLaurin. We just finished them and they are so good.

{A Vignette featuring the Furniture Collection Randy and Courtney designed for Highland House}

{Courtney’s Favorite Things}

Go-To Outfit:  It is so hot in Atlanta right now – I usually have on a very classic shirt dress and some sort of tasseled or studded fun sandal.

Style Mantra: Better to be overdressed than underdressed

Scent: Santa Maria Novella – Latte per il Corpo Body Milk – the perfect mix of rose and gardenia and not too over powering. Since it is a lotion it travels well.

Piece of Jewelry: I always have something from Vaubel Designs on.

Flower: Rose 

Indispensable Design Element: Antiques. They add soul to a room which all brand new furniture just can’t do.

Dream Project: This is going to sound left field but I would love to do a modern house with a sea view. Something along the lines of Eileen Gray’s E-1027 villa in the south of France would be amazing.

Hostess Gift: I love giving books –Current faves are How They Decorated by P. Gaye Tapp or The Garden of Peter Marino 

Meal: Spaghetti w/ garlic, olive oil and sea salt. So simple and so perfectly satisfying.

Drink: Patron Silver shaken with lime

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: dinner in bed & a documentary with my fur babies.

Weekend Destination: Washington, DC – I have never been so we are planning a weekend trip there soon!

Hotel: The Mark in NYC. I love the design and the location is perfect. If I am having breakfast there I am a happy camper.

City: Always Paris. There are endless things to do and I love that you walk most everywhere.

Museum: Maight Fondation in Saint Paul de Vence, France 

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: My favorite summer song right now is “Feel it Still” by Portugal The Man

Actor: Cary Grant. Sometimes when there is absolutely nothing on tv I will just watch one of his movies.

Risk Worth Taking: Do something that someone else isn’t doing.

Greatest Extravagance: Travel. We did not travel for quite a while. We are now making up for lost time.

Go-To Color Palette: Camel and Cream plus any color or print that you like.

Rule to Break: I definitely don’t follow rules but I do like to keep dark rooms dark and small rooms small.

I can never have too many… Rattan anything!

{Randy’s Favorite Things}

Go-To Outfit: White shirt/navy pants/zespa white sneakers or Light blue shirt/white jeans/rivieras espadrilles… I’m a summer (Gemini)

Style Mantra: Do You

Scent: Acqua Di Parma lotion

Piece of Jewelry: Timex with ribbon band

Flower: Ranunculus, beautiful flower and fun name to boot

Indispensable Design Element: Off white upholstery and antiques

Fabric/Textile: China Seas, Kediri Batik

Meal: Hotel Breakfast at Le Sirenuse

Drink: Italian Macchiato with two shots of espresso

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Yoga and a bath

Weekend Destination: Surfside (Miami)

Hotel: Le Sirenuse

City: Paris

Museum: The Musee Picasso in Antibes

Artist: Pablo Picasso

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: ELO, “Mr Blue Sky”

Actor: Cary Grant

Risk Worth Taking: Adopt a pet

Greatest Extravagance: Travel

Go-To Color Palette: Cream loves Camel

I can never have too many… Sneakers