Four of my favourite in­te­rior de­sign­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - MARY CAROL GARRITY

I’m a sponge, soak­ing up the ideas and in­spi­ra­tion of all the tal­ented in­te­rior de­sign­ers I come across.

Many are our cus­tomers, who share about their homes and how they have made them into havens. And there’s my de­sign staff; they con­stantly blow me away with their good eye and in­stincts. And, the de­sign­ers who have achieved na­tional promi­nence, trans­form­ing their own homes or oth­ers. Here are the four that I love the most.

In­dia Hicks

In­dia, the daugh­ter of famed de­signer David Hicks, comes from Bri­tish roy­alty. She is the god­daugh­ter of the Prince of Wales and was a flower girl in his sto­ry­book wed­ding to Princess Diana.

But there is noth­ing for­mal and stuffy about In­dia’s style. She and her fam­ily live on a small is­land in the Ba­hamas, where she has de­signed sev­eral homes. In ad­di­tion to her work in in­te­rior de­sign, she is an au­thor, model, en­tre­pre­neur and TV per­son­al­ity.

It’s easy to trans­late In­dia’s re­laxed, ef­fort­less look to fit your home and your life.

Charles Fau­drée

Here’s what I re­mem­ber most about Charles Fau­drée: his pierc­ing blue eyes. When he came to our home dé­cor store to sign his de­sign books a few years ago, I was over the moon. Sadly, can­cer took Charles too soon. But we are blessed to have his books to serve as con­stant in­spi­ra­tion. And for me, they are.

Charles was an Ok­la­homa based de­signer with a deep af­fec­tion for all things French. His love of French coun­try style came out in most of his de­signs, and his work was fea­tured in all the big mag­a­zines.

From Charles I learned the art of lay­er­ing. His in­te­rior de­signs told the story of a room, one piece of fur­ni­ture, fab­ric and ac­cent at a time.

We re­ally en­joy work­ing with cus­tomers to solve their de­sign chal­lenges and make the spa­ces in their homes work for them. One of the tricks I learned from Charles has be­come one of our go-to de­sign so­lu­tions: place a desk per­pen­dic­u­lar to a wall, in­stead of fac­ing the wall. It’s a great way to fit a desk into a tight room and make a big state­ment all at once.

Wil­liam McClure

I stum­bled across Wil­liam’s work on Pin­ter­est and be­came an in­stant fan. I’m cap­ti­vated by how he gives old-school tra­di­tional de­sign and a more mod­ern vibe.

One qual­ity that grabs me over and again is his use of scale, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to art­work. As an artist him­self, he has an eye for what pieces will make a room tran­scen­dent, and ex­actly where to hang art for max­i­mum im­pact.

You can see Wil­liam’s South­ern roots come out in his ca­sual yet so­phis­ti­cated de­signs. I par­tic­u­larly like how he mixes tex­tures and pat­tern, the el­e­gant and the ev­ery­day.

I adore the painted floors in Wil­liam’s home, and how he ef­fort­lessly tosses to­gether the re­fined and the nat­u­ral. Your eyes linger over each spot in the rooms he de­signs, be­ing cap­ti­vated by the lit­tle sur­prises he has added through­out to de­light the ob­ser­vant guest.

Wil­liam’s work is be­gin­ning to be fea­tured in de­sign pub­li­ca­tions, and he’s gain­ing no­to­ri­ety. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing more from this tal­ented young de­signer.

Miles Redd

Colour. That’s the word that pops into my mind when I think about the de­signs of Miles Redd. I love how he sat­u­rates a room in colour, cov­er­ing the mould­ing, ceil­ing, walls — ev­ery­thing — to make a state­ment that blows your doors off. He is the king of the lac­quered wall.

Fear­less is an­other word that de­scribes Miles’s work. He’s not afraid to plunge in, us­ing large pat­terns, un­apolo­getic hues and play­ful el­e­ments of sur­prise to cre­ate rooms that are both glam­orous and invit­ing.

Based out of New York, Miles con­tin­ues to make Elle Decor’s Alist of in­te­rior de­sign­ers for his fresh, unique style. And his work can be found in all the top dec­o­rat­ing mag­a­zines, from Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­gest to House Beau­ti­ful.

Can’t wait to see what this de­sign star comes up with next.

HANDOUT, TNS

Above: Wil­liam McClure gives old-school de­sign a more mod­ern vibe. Right: Miles Redd sat­u­rates a room in colour to make a state­ment that blows your doors off.

HANDOUT, TNS

There is noth­ing for­mal and stuffy about In­dia Hicks’ style, far left. At right: Charles Fau­dree’s love of French coun­try style came out in most of his de­signs.

MARY CAROL GARRITY, TNS

HANDOUT, TNS

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