Junking philosophy: We ate a lot of barbecue ribs growing up in Memphis. A family friend would often remind us kids to “review our bones.” When I’m pickin’ I make sure that I go back through and “review” because the fabulous piece you leave behind is what haunts you. I also have a “more is more” philosophy meaning that I buy in multiples as often as possible. If I like one of something, I’m gonna LOVE 20 of them!
Design point of view: While writing this my view across the room is of a wall that features a gilt trumeau, a goat gate, a piece of architectural salvage, an antique apothecary label cabinet with a collection of glass-labeled apothecary bottles atop an old pine cabinet next to a distressed leather chair. The gypsy wagon (vardo) and sprinkler collection on the adjoining shelf adds just the right whimsy to a room featuring hand-painted screens, french barrel chairs and a lively needlepoint rug. This crazy assemblage gives this my favorite room an accumulated look that makes me feel at home. Texture is the key. Chippy paint, handmade rugs, down cushions, layers of textiles and fabulous lighting combined with original art make me happy.
Random facts: I met Elvis in a McDonald’s parking lot. I am expecting my 13th great-niece or nephew this summer. My boyfriend (when I was 18) booked the Sex Pistols to perform in a historic building in midtown Memphis. Ask me for details!