Earlier this week, I attended a design panel at the Houston Design Center with Phoebe Howard and Timothy Whealon who are promoting their new books, Mrs. Howard Room by Room and In Pursuit of Beauty, respectively. It was a treat to see them and especially, to hear Phoebe be so candid about her success in the industry. She attributes much of what she has accomplished to luck! While that may be true, there is certainly a great deal of talent and business savvy there as well. As a female entrepreneur and interior designer, it is very inspiring to see someone as accomplished as Phoebe Howard carve out their own path to success. Her trajectory has not been a traditional one. Instead of following a well-worn path, she blazed her own trail. I can certainly appreciate that as my own path has been quite unique as well!
I haven’t had a chance to read Phoebe’s new book yet, but I have flipped through all of the beautiful pages and was reminded of how much I love her work. It is tailored, elegant, and timeless. Some of her projects lean more traditional while others are a bit more modern, but they are all filled with thoughtful details.
One of my very favorite rooms designed by Phoebe is this gorgeous bedroom she designed for a showhouse in Atlanta years ago. The canopy bed alone is filled with stunning details, from the custom scalloped side to the beautifully pleated “ceiling”. I think it was wise to keep the palette neutral in order for all of the special details to really stand out. The room features some lovely antiques as well along with a sprinkling of gilded elements. I appreciate the classic symmetry used for all of the art. The last photo below features one of my favorite vignettes– timeless, pretty, and chic!
I am heading to High Point today. If you happen to be at Market, please do say hello and be sure to stop by our panel discussion on Saturday. I hope to see you there! If not, be sure to follow along on Instagram @LaDolceVitaBlog!