When renowned interior designer Charlotte Moss agreed to take time out of her busy day to talk with HGTV.com about her new book, we were thrilled. Ms. Moss has enjoyed a celebrated career; most recently she was honored with Elle Decor’s Vision Award and named a top 20 design icon by Traditional Home. Charlotte Moss Decorates is an entertaining and insightful read. Packed with more than 200 photographs of sublime interiors, coordinating scrapbooks for each space, as well as an abundant offering of Ms. Moss’ “Why Not?” decorating maxims, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted and inspired after finishing the book. It’s a resource to turn to again and again. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did our time talking with Ms. Moss, who exudes great warmth, humor and Southern charm. (And now we know what podcasts she downloads on her iPad to get in the zone!)
Photographer Pieter Estersohn
AM: The gorgeous interiors featured in your new book, Charlotte Moss Decorates, are Kips Bay and other show house rooms. Why?
CM: When I sat down, I thought, “What are the messages in my head that I want to communicate? What can they learn from me?” The only time a designer is really on equal standing to someone decorating on their own is in a show house, because it’s blank and up to you. When you have a client, they are giving opinions. A show house is all about me. I’m just like someone at home staring at four blanks walls and asking where do I start?” That is the question I get wherever I go—”where do you start?” Everyone wants to know, do I start with the rug? You don’t start with a damn thing! It’s not about things. It’s about ambiance. You want a place where you walk in and say, “I want to be there!”
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Have you ever visited a friend’s home and felt embraced by the spirit of the house? Designer Chris Madden explains how to create this important and often elusive design element in her latest book, the first to document her own homes.
AM: You’ve done something quite magical with your book. Not only have you illuminated how you bring forth the soul of a house, your book itself resonates with those ephemeral feelings of home. It truly is a warm and intimate journey through your New York and Vermont homes. Why did you want to write The Soul of a House?
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In 2003, Bryan Batt and his partner opened Hazelnut on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Hazelnut offers a variety of home decor goods like fabrics, dinnerware and pottery. Batt, also known for playing Sterling Cooper’s art director, Sal Romano, on AMC’s Mad Men, joined us for a quick interview.
What’s your store’s style?
Hazelnut’s style is a fresh, eclectic mix blending the classic and modern together. I love to hear the customers’ compliments on the feel and ambiance as well as the products offered in Hazelnut. I never tire of hearing it.
What do you personally design in your store?
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Troy Beasley is the principal designer for Beasley and Henley Interior Design. The company works with architects, builders and private clients from every corner of the country to create beautifully personalized interiors. Troy’s travels through Greece, Italy and Asia have influenced his tastes in architectural detail, artistic crafts and textile art.
1. Which designers influenced you?
I can’t site a specific designer or even a group of designers. I look at so many different people! I am influenced by anyone who is creative and artistic. It’s not just designers, but also artists, writers, fabric designers, architects…there’s a long list of captivating creative thinkers. I soak it all up.
2. What’s your favorite design style?
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This week we take a trip to the east coast to chat with designer Andreas Charalambous. Andreas is the principal designer at Forma Design, who’s work has won several awards this year from the American Institute of Architects and Mid-Atlantic International Interior Design Association. You definitely don’t want to miss his artwork over at andreascharalambous.com. Andreas also has several spaces on Designers’ Portfolio.
This week we’re kicking off Designer Dish, a new series here on Design Happens that lets us get to know some of our favorite designers a little better. Our inaugural designer is Lori Dennis, Founder and Principal Designer of Dennis Design Group. You can see Lori’s work over at Desingers’ Portfolio as well as on her own website.