Art by Design Series I
Last weekend, I had the honor and pleasure to present a unique and elevated Turn Your Room into A Wardrobe Tour and Talk at Art by Design. As you all know, Art by Design is a 3 day event series featuring the design artistry of 13 of Memphis’ top interior design teams, benefiting Arts Memphis. Demonstrating an astonishing array of talent, style, furnishings and art, the designers are collectively working to raise funds for over 60 arts organizations and individual artists in our city. I walked guests through 13 interior design vignettes curated with styled looks from Memphis local fashion and jewelry designers as well as some of the most fashionable retailers. Here is Series I, as I have so many images and video, talk about super inspired.
EXCEED KITCHEN AND BATH
The Exceed team approached this project using one of their favorite clients and her unique filter of the world to tackle the challenge of a southern loft bedroom. The stage is set from the textural mixed-media accent wall. White Stackstone, reclaimed wood, and white glass work together to create the installation. Spotlighting the center is a deep, lipstick-red, European floating cabinet with signature steel door. This design vignette was beyond easy to pair with a look. I just channeled myself with this Line & Dot dress from Sugar Plum Consignment and jaw dropping statement necklace from Brave Design avaiable at Spruce. I immediately referenced quartz and the Cambria headboard.
Natural tones reflected in the custom reclaimed wood mirror and bench contrast the bold, chic French Quarter Damask wallpaper and lively vintage chair. Fine art and old southern roots come together in the unique black and white photograph of a classic downtown Memphis carriage horse. The ambience of the room is created with signature lighting and the modern chic accent pieces. All of these elements are anchored by Industrial nightstands and the custom king bed, created using Cambria’s Clareanne quartz. Silar Christopher, Director of Design and the Exceed Team did a phenomenal job on the vignette.
Selena Martin McAdams, Nashville-area native and 2002 graduate of The University of Memphis Interior Design program, Selena decided to place her roots in Memphis after graduation and focus on residential design. A love for being in the heart of the city, and a desire to work closely with the client, drives her daily work. Following her time as a buyer for a local European antiques and gift shop – while she also worked as a freelance interior designer – Selena decided to open her own retail space in 2007 that would serve as a resource for the city.
She continues to work daily with her clients to help them create spaces that best suit their needs and wants. Selena's personal style is an eclectic mix of old and new, maintaining clean lines and function as a primary focus. While her work is right here in Memphis, Selena reaches beyond to Chicago, London, Nashville, and, of course, the Florida coast.
Spruce's design vignette felt electric and was self described as eclectic. I felt like a kid in an interior design playground. I loved the pops of color balancing the neutral antique coach and cool shapes in the wallpaper. I paired this look with a fund metallic blue dress from Crazy Beautiful and a black and white necklace from Brave Design found at Spruce. I kept imagining this girl was playing her vintage records on her turntables heading out to a music festival.
A native Memphian with a hospitable approach to Interior Design, Becca Gaines’ passion for interiors stems from her love for people and the places that tell their stories. Becca is a licensed Interior Designer with over 10 years of experience creating atmospheres of sanctuary and celebration. Her aesthetic is known for pushing the limits of interior style, respecting tradition but never bound by it.
As I walked into this design vignette, as I did with all of them, I created a character or woman in my mind and who she is or her lifestyle. This woman was indeed a chic fashion designer from New York who ran into a rich ranchman from Montana and fell in love. She packed her bags and moved for love. She wakes up everyday and says "Well if I have to be here, I'll look fabulous every single day. This beautiful blush leather top and tweed ruffle pencil skirt by Casey Beck, Memphis Fashion Week Emerging Designer winner, was perfect with the blush leather pillows.
I'll share the other design vignettes over the weekend and Monday. Can't wait to share more from Ami Austin, Vignettes, Ann Parker and More.