Veere Grenney is one of my favorite designers. His work is always elegant, polished, and timeless. There are countless rooms he has designed that rank among my all-time favorites. Grenney has been at the forefront of the International interior design industry for over 30 years. He trained under Mary Fox Linton, and later was a director at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler prior to launching his own company in central London seventeen years ago. Veere Grenney has been named to just about every list of “Top Designers” there is, including House and Garden‘s “The Directory of 100 Leading Interior Designers” for the last 7 years, Veranda magazine’s ‘Magic Maker’s’ in 2013, along with Architectural Digest‘s coveted AD100 list. His first book, Veere Grenney: A Point of View on Decorating was released today and is filled with many familiar favorites along with some new ones. Enjoy!
Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?
Veere Grenney: Classical, elegant, contemporary, always with an element of surprise
PC: How has living in London (your city) influenced your aesthetic?
VG: London is one of the melting pots of the world when it comes to design. Living here, you are exposed to almost every possibility of design. One’s style is usually the result of continuous editing.
PC: What does your home say about you?
VG: My homes are all original, elegant, supremely comfortable, and appropriate for where they are
PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?
VG: The world around me
PC: Who are your personal style icons?
VG: Billy Baldwin, David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster
PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?
PC: What is your guilty pleasure?
VG: Property porn
PC: Who/what has been your greatest professional influence?
VG: Billy Baldwin
PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?
VG: The life I lead between London, the English countryside, and Morocco with visits to my family in New Zealand. And of course, New York at least 5 times a year.
PC: What can we look forward to next from you?
VG: My new book, Veere Grenney: A Point of View on Decorating, and a new fabric collection with Schumacher in the spring
Go-To Outfit: Richard James suit
Style Mantra: More beauty, less cool
Scent: Safari by Ralph Lauren
Piece of Jewelry: Cartier watch
Color I Never Tire Of: Plumbago blue
Indispensable Design Element: Down cushions
Era for Design: 1950’s
Dream Project: A large house on Southampton beach, Long Island
Meal: Roast chicken
Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Walking the dog
3 Things I Love About My City: Hyde Park, The Royal Academy, The Royal Opera House
Weekend Destination: Suffolk
Hotel: The Mark, New York
City: New York
Museum: The V&A
Artist: Roger Hilton
Actor/Actress: Annette Benning, Cary Grant
Prized Possession: Rio, my dog
Risk Worth Taking: Swimming in salt water
Greatest Extravagance: Traveling first class
Go-To Color Palette: Brown and blue
Rule to Break: Pink and yellow
Movie Set Design: Any shot in London
I can never have too many… dogs