If you could have a second home anywhere, where would you live? I luckily do. Provincetown Massachusetts.
What are three words to describe your style? Individual, Irreverent, Bold
Tell us about your childhood bedroom? There were so many versions – hard to pick one. I constantly changed the look. Everything from classic Virginia horse country prep to groovy rainbow sheets with geometric carpet - I was definitely a trendsetter in my neighborhood.
What’s the first investment piece you ever bought for your house? A very large vintage Fornasetti dining table. If the house were burning I’d find a way to carry it out!
In the history of design, if you could hire any designer other than yourself, who would it be? Andrea Palladio
No room is complete without a couple of dogs and the occasional cat.
People think of me as hyper social, but I am really a homebody.
Things you omit from:
A flower arrangement Grasses, cattails, & pussywillows – not sure why but I tend to like things that look like they belong beside a pond to stay there.
An hors d’oeuvre platter Liver paté – hate it.
A bar cabinet - The cabinet. I prefer to see my booze out on a big tray.
A song for:
Dinner at home Nancy Wilson’s What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Working at your desk Rihanna’s B*tch better have my money
Going for a run Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty
Biggest Vice? Houses. I tend to collect them. It’s a problem.
If you were on an Ambien high and internet shopping, what would you buy? A 1963 Jaguar XKE Convertible – my dream car.
Do your clothes reflect your design sensibility, if so, how? Yes. I dress up every day. Clothes make the man. I compose an outfit like I compose a room.
Who is your star crush? Beyoncé always and forever.
What is the thing you would never do on a project, but don’t detest when you see others do it? All white rooms. They can be calming and serene - and let furnishings/collections shine – but I just can’t bring myself do it!
If there were a fire, and you could only keep one design book, what would it be? A House is Not a Home – Bruce Weber
For posterity, what would you like your work to be known for? Fearless creativity.
A Few Favorites
Movie: What’s Up Doc?
Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Scent: Musc Ravageur Frederic Malle
The fabric you always come back to: Antique Velvets
Dream project: Windsor Castle
Meal: A dozen oysters, a margarita up and roast chicken for two at Zuni Café San Francisco
Drink: A glass of Montrachet or the aforementioned margarita
Hotel: Hotel Costes Paris
Travel Destination: Provincetown
Artist: Current obsession is the work of Helen Frankenthaler after viewing a recent retrospective of her work.
Thing to collect obsessively: Napkin rings with proper names engraved.
Era in the history of design: Early 20th Century.
Museum: National Portrait Gallery London
Paint Color that always looks great: Setting Plaster Farrow and Ball
Favorite person to follow on Instagram: Terra_Naut
Dogs, Cats, or No Pets? Lots of both