Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network.
How would you describe your decorating style? I really don’t have one style. I have styles that I lean toward and respect, but I find if I love something, a particular design or element, I always find a way to incorporate it. I have always been called eclectic because of this, but it’s really just because I love so many designs. The designs from ancient Egypt to the cutting edge designs for today, many facets of each are inspiring to me. As I have grown older, I have found that I am becoming more modern minimalist … contemporary if you will. I grew up with amazing mid-century design, so I will always have a love of that time and design.
What is your go-to paint color? My staff would roll their eyes and groan, but Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise. It is a fantastic white with a touch of yellow (which you can’t really see) except it allows all artwork to work in that space, warms the white, and helps allow blending from room to room!
What should your clients splurge on? Flowers!!! For parties, if possible, rental glasses, napkins, flatware, etc., because at the end of the evening life gets simple quick.
What is the best career advice you have ever received? When I opened my store, I asked a friend of my mother’s who had a beautiful and very well known store where I grew up what her advice was, and it has always stuck with me … “Buy what you love, honey. One day you might get stuck with it.” She was amazing, stylish, confident and “real”… my favorite type of woman!
What is your dream project? To design a modern contemporary home with sliding glass walls in the middle of nowhere so that nature is the focus, and the trees and landscape become the art.
All photos courtesy of Muffie Faith.