Point of View

Interior design professional’s source of inspiration

Point Of View: Barry Dixon

on the merit of complex layering

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 Photo courtesy Erica George Dines

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“We think that in the best instances, the aesthetic layers of a room are sentences in the story of the people who live there.  
We’re all about complex layering to capture the soul of the client, and injecting it into their home.”

Barry Dixon

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Point Of View: Denise McGaha

on the importance of creating fluid design

CJ Dellatore Denise McGaha

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“I believe a room should evolve and continually change.  Never staid.  Never stifled. 
Accessories should rotate.  Pillows should be updated.  A constantly-morphing design will result.  Fluidity in a room creates such energy – and I give my clients full permission to collect, add, subtract, and rearrange.
At this point in my career, my clients come to the table with knowledge, a high taste level, and are often well-traveled.  This makes my job as their designer exciting, and we create rooms that feel alive and desirable.”

Denise McGaha

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Point Of View: Gail Shields-Miller

on engaging clients as collaborators

CJ Dellatore Gail Shields

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“Great interior design is original, and not repetitive from client to client.  Each job opens a new door for practicing your craft.  It is also a passionate business that involves a level of personal satisfaction with one’s performance that is only truly satisfied when a client appreciates your talents and expertise.
The most successful design jobs occur when the client and you become soul mates, together seeking an eclectic and original space infused with personalized touches that change a house into a fabulous home.”

Gail Shields-Miller

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Point Of View: Raji RM

on creating magically dramatic interiors

CJ Dellatore RajiRM

 Photo courtesy Rikki Snyder

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“At this point in my career, design is seriously happening for me only when there is real pizazz – and even a bit of drool-worthy drama in a room.  
Not the ‘gimmicky’ type of drama, but the true and livable sort that envelops you and fits like a glove.  The kind that is beyond just comfortable, functional and just plain pretty – the kind that is also magical!”

Raji Radhakrishnan of Raji RM Interiors

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Point Of View: White Webb

on the importance of bespoke furnishings

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Photo courtesy Art Gray

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“For us, successful design maximizes the usability of a space, and enables it to exude the homeowner’s personality.  Inevitably, this feat requires intensive detective work and some degree of custom-tailoring.  
With an embrace of bespoke elements, the creative process becomes so much more rewarding, the bond between client and home deepens immeasurably, and beauty and comfort reign.”

Matthew White and Frank Webb

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Point Of View: John Douglas Eason

on traditional principles in contemporary design

CJ Dellatore John Eason

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“The best rooms happen when I feel butterflies in my stomach from the challenge of entering new territory.
While I design rooms grounded in traditional principles of scale, balance, and color, the beauty and the excitement come from a fresh vision I cultivate with each client and space.”

John Douglas Eason

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Point Of View: Alexa Hampton

on creating rooms that reflect ownership, and personal taste

CJ Dellatore Alexa Hampton

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“I believe every room should have contrast in color and scale, it should have pleasing proportions, it should meaningfully contend with color – understanding that color can change the character of a space, and that it all should be balanced.  
Most of all, however, one’s interiors should be personal. They should reflect ownership and personal taste.”

Alexa Hampton

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Point Of View: James Rixner

on the importance of careful editing

James Rixner Interiors

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“I approach my designs with a painterly eye: color, texture and light are the among the most important elements in a well-executed room.
I like a carefully edited approach to the final selection of furniture, fabrics and fixtures – as well as a rationally designed, comfortably functional floor plan.  As Diana Vreeland famously said….”Elegance is Refusal”.”

James Rixner

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