I had the opportunity to interview the designer of the 2015 Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, VA, Bunny Williams. If you missed how that came about and the first part of the interview, you can check it out HERE on the Miss Mustard Seed blog.
photo via Bunny Williams
Do you ever get stuck on a space? If so, how do you get your creative juices flowing again?
Inspiration is around you everywhere! Sometimes I fall in love with a new fabric, or I see a piece of art that inspires me for a new color palette.
You talked about growing up in Charlottesville and how that influenced your design style. Has anything or anyone else influenced you?
Of course, Mrs. Parish and Albert Hadley. Albert was a master of proportion. It was always about scale, scale, scale. Mrs. Parish had this innate gift for making things cozy and comfortable, a real sense of how people use rooms and how to make them gracious. Both of these principles are very present in the Idea House.
photo via Southern Living
What is your favorite room or “design moment” in this Idea House?
I love the Living Room of the house because of the scale of the room. The architects chose to incorporate a double height space. I’ve designed it so it’s not traditional but not super modern. My favorite spaces are always ones that you can’t tell when they were decorated. The walls are rather neutral with color and pattern brought in with cushions and throws. The color palette of the room doesn’t compete with the view.
Watch Bunny Williams’ offer up her formula for a well-decorated home.