Why Do These Designers & Interiors Thoroughly Inspire Me Just Now?

Since I no longer have little ones to send back to school, we’ll call today “back to school” for designfreaks. In today’s lesson, we’ll explore a range of thoughtfully designed beautiful rooms. You’re destined to like this class. I’m an instructor who prefers collaboration and wrestling with the questions more than lecturing. (Also, I won’t rip open a Snickers and sip Diet Coke at my desk during your exam while daily enforcing a “no candy” policy. #sixthgrade #ohthathappened) Surely there are stories undergirding the designs and furnishings and individuals who commissioned these finished rooms that we simply cannot know. So we won’t be judgmental or snarky or controversial (plenty of grouchy know-it-all bloggers have that covered, doncha know). Why Do These Designers & Interiors Thoroughly Inspire?

Timeless and sophisticated bathroom design by Marie Flanigan (West Lane). #timelessdesign #luxuriousbathroom
Marie Flanigan

We’re inspired by the work of so many fine designers on the blog, and it’s interesting to see them together. Are there commonalities? How is the work inventive? What sets these creatives apart? Is it possible to learn from their sensibilities as attentive students?

Pssst. Extra credit for the students who read every bit of the commentary and watch the videos below!

Why Do These Designers & Interiors Thoroughly Inspire Me?

Pamela Pierce's Houston living room with arched windows, rustic shutters, and French limestone antique fireplace (Chateau Domingue). #rusticelegance #livingrooms #rusticFrenchinteriors
Pamela Pierce – MILIEU…in case these designers & interiors thrill you too!

Pamela Pierce

In her own home (above), it’s what isn’t in this living space that may stir you. Are you surprised to see bare floors? (Who needs to cover exquisite stone!?!) Would you maybe expect to see an earthenware lamp whispering “I’m utterly appropriate for a French country room” more than a modern minimal one? The vibe feels modern, monastic, and meditative. I never tire of the timelessly understated beauty and restraint from this designer whose magazine is one of my happy places.

Luxurious Old World green kitchen with large island and pot rack - designed by Shannon Bowers for Milieu Showhouse 2020. #oldworldstyle #shannonbowers #europeancountry #kitchendesign #potrack
Shannon Bowers – MILIEU Showhouse 2020 (photo: Laura Resen)

Shannon Bowers

I love a timeless kitchen and was awed by this Shannon Bowers design (above) for Milieu’s showhouse. While sophisticated and bespoke, it’s not showing off. Nor does it feel styled. It is more like my favorite brownies…deliciously underbaked. What story is it telling you? An earthy green (suggestive of growth, nature, health and even wealth!) plays a starring role and feels calming for me. There’s a gentle subtlety creating a spaciousness too, yes? While I don’t spy a single potted fern or vase of roses, here’s a kitchen inviting the beholder to welcome all of the lifegiving possibilities.

Beautiful classic bedroom designed by Suzanne Kasler.
Suzanne Kasler – Sophisticated Simplicity…interiors & designers to discover and enjoy!

Suzanne Kasler

She’s known as “the designer’s designer” for good reason. Elegant, serene, well-edited rooms bloom when she is involved. I’m always inspired by her color palettes and subtlety, and how I would love to call that bedroom above my own! Doesn’t it feel sumptuous yet truly livable? How quickly can I get my husband to build that arched alcove for our bed!?! I can’t wait for her next book, Edited Style to launch as I had a rather profound reaction to her last one here.

Beautiful traditional New York apartment kitchen designed by Cece Barfield Thompson in Veranda. (Photo: Thomas Loof). #traditionalkitchen #newyorkkitchen
Design: Cece Barfield Thompson; Veranda – Photo: Thomas Loof

Cece Barfield Thompson

Crazy about Cece’s little light filled kitchen! Are you? I fell in love with her New York City apartment, and maybe you will too. From the Susan Harter mural wallpapered walls in the hall to her ticking striped dining room…ooh la la. Isn’t it extra special knowing young children live in these gorgeous rooms with antiques and finery? That fabrics will eventually show wear and the interiors will serve as a backdrop for memories rather than as a static nonevolving showroom?

Brooke and Steve Giannetti

I want to live inside every photo of their designs! There’s an earthy organic elegance permeating the work, and doesn’t it appear to be informed by romance? The rooms tend to woo me, and I love collecting ideas from the materials they frequently implement. Natural European linens, Swedish antiques, unlaquered brass, white oak, and limestone. The design team will be moving from Ojai’s Patina Farm shortly to relocate in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee (Patina Home & Garden). Can you imagine spending time dreaming in a bath like this?

Giannetti Home designed Malibu bathroom with rustic elegance in Luxe Magazine.
Luxe Magazine – photography: Lisa Romerein, design: Giannetti Home, styling: Erin Taylor, produced by: Lisa Bingham Dewart

Eleanor Cummings

The designer’s own country house in Round Top, Texas, is a masterpiece. I love every room she thoughtfully created, but this living space in particular is for me, like oxygen. I can imagine working hard in a city all week and then retreating here on weekends to unplug and come back alive. Don’t we all want our shelter to do that for us? If she has a secret sauce, I suspect it’s a magical understanding of how to balance textures and courageously pare down for comfort.

Modern French farmhouse living room by Eleanor Cummings with Swedish antiques and white painted beams - Milieu. #livingroom #modernfrench #frenchfarmhouse #europeancountry #texasfarmhouse
Eleanor Cummings in MILIEU…in case you admire sophisticated work from designers & interiors.

Jill Egan

Is there anyone more skilled at creating pale sophisticated rooms that feel SEXY? Oh that we all could solve for equations the way former math instructor Jill does! So much respect for architecture, proportion, quality, and restraint. And wouldn’t you feel honored to be invited to gather around this intimate antique table?

Modern French dining room with antique farm table, Swedish apothecary chest, and crystal chandelier by Ochre. #modernfrench #diningrooms
Interior Design: Jill Egan, Architecture: Kirby Mears, Photography: Kerry Kirk

Greet Lefevre

If you have been following Greet’s blog BELGIAN PEARLS for as long as I have, then you already know. Hers is an unerring eye for beauty, quality, craftsmanship, and comfort. Sharing the fruits of Belgian design and influence through her family business, furniture collection, and inspiration blog, Greet understands timeless elegance. You can almost feel the coolness of the rugged stone and the warmth of the sunlight streaming through undressed windows:

Rustic luxe Belgian style decor with skirted sink, stone, and shelf in a pool house in Belgium - design by Greet Lefevre; photo by Claude Smekens - in Milieu Summer 2021. #belgianstyle #skirtedsink #interiordesign
Design: Greet Lefevre; Photo: Claude Smekens…in case the work of these designers & interiors inspires you too.

Sherry Hart

If you have followed her work, then you already love her as I do! She has the best eye, energy, and elegant yet livable style. Over the years, she has has shared her own home which is classic and understated with its neutral palette. I think we all appreciate how this designer graciously shares the names of paint colors and wallcoverings used in projects small and large, and we always love her choices! Have you been a fan of Design Indulgence as long as I have!?!

Classic and luxurious white kitchen designed by Sherry Hart for the Brookhaven project. #whitekitchen #kitchendesign #classickitchen #traditionalkitchen
Sherry Hart…designers & interiors from a few favorite to inspire!

April Tomlin

I have been learning so much about gorgeous design just by listening and observing closely the work April Tomlin shares in house tours on youTube. She designs highly customized spaces for her discerning clients, and while each truly feels bespoke, they always seem to include details that feel practical and even accessible. Don’t you love it when that happens? For example, this bath below is my idea of the perfect shower, and maybe we’ll be able to incorporate that arch in our own bathroom’s redesign!

Beautiful arched opening to shower with subway tile - design by April Tomlin. #customshower #custombathroomdesign
April Tomlin’s “Dressy Digs” project

Step inside one of April Tomlin’s amazing projects:

The Fox Group

They are a dream team making so many dreams come true for their lucky clients who are renovating or building. Traditional style feels so fresh when they are at the helm, and the quality is sky high! I love how Cara Fox shares paint colors with her throng of followers and designs timeless rooms that will still be relevant decades from now. Who says they don’t build ’em like they used to?

Breathtaking mud room and kitchen in a traditional style home by The Fox Group. #thefoxgroup #mudroom #modernfarmhouse #traditionalstyle #classicdesign #eleganthomes #interiordesign
Cara Fox/The Fox Group (Photo: Lindsay Salazar)

Charlotte Reiss

My interview with Charlotte Reiss (Vivi et Margot) years ago remains one of my favorite because she is the most down to earth, authentic, gorgeous soul. I’m not even sure she considers herself a decorator since her home feels like anything but decorated. It is a reflection of a life lived with intention and beauty. France is now her home, and how lucky are we that she brought us with her!?!

Charming rustic French farmhouse kitchen with green painted cabinets (Farrow & Ball Green Smoke), floating shelves, farm sink, and collected antique pots and baskets - Vivi et Margot. #frenchfarmhouse #rustickitchens #farmhousekitchen #greenkitchens #frenchcountry #kitcheninfrance #oldworldstyle
Charlotte Reiss/Vivi et Margot

Brittany Jones

When I discovered her beautiful French country Texas new build home, it was all over! She loves the same muted colors I do and knows her way around pretty. Can you EVEN catch your breath when you see the finish color on this commode below? Every French inspired room she designs is one I could move right into, and it’s exciting to watch her build another home!

Beautiful light grey commode with handpainted detail and brass hardware - Brittany Jones design (BeccaLeaPhoto). #frenchcountrycabinet
Brittany Jones (Becca Lea Photo)

Carolyn Malone

How in the world does she maintain such exquisite simplicity in her spaces? They feel natural, ethereal, and evolved. Don’t you appreciate elegance that emerges from restraint? This kitchen below is from a home (by architect Stan Dixon) featured in Veranda in 2017, and I’ll never recover from it. That ceiling!

White modern French kitchen by Carolyn Malone and D. Stanley Dixon - limestone floors and Imperial Danby marble. #modernfrench #frenchkitchens
Veranda; Design: Carolyn Malone & D. Stanley Dixon

Leanne Ford

Years ago, I was speaking with Bonnie Broten who had styled a room designed by Leanne Ford for a magazine shoot. She said “you’ve GOT to check out this new designer Leanne–she paints everything white and loves the same things you do.” At that time, Leanne was unknown, and Bonnie was spot on! I jumped on the bandwagon early and have loved every minute watching this designer rise. Leanne creates with such freedom and joy, and she does it all with such deep humility.

Marie Flanigan

The work of Marie Flanigan came on my radar when she was spotlighted on my friend Leslie’s blog (Segreto Finishes). Reviewing her portfolio is my idea of quality time, and there’s such a soulfulness present in her interiors. The level of sophistication is sky high, and her use of color, texture, and light? Utterly timeless and exceptionally lovely.

How are we feeling, class? After bathing in all of this inspiration, what beauty may come from your own dreaming and scheming?

Gorgeous French country kitchen with limed brick wall and light grey cabinets - Brittany Jones (@beccaleaphoto). #frenchcountrykitchen
Brittany Jones (Becca Lea Photo)

There will be more lessons to come since there are more designers inspiring me thoroughly! Stay tuned!

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Marilyn S.
    September 1, 2022 / 6:12 am

    Sign me up for another class please. What a beautiful and stimulating way to start my day . You have always encouraged me to “study” a room and I have jumped head first into today’s post. You are amazing and very caring not to mention your dedication and stamina to continue to provide us with such thought provoking beauty every day – God has his hand on you for sure and know that you are fulfilling his purpose for you.

    • Michele
      Author
      September 1, 2022 / 11:18 am

      You’re a lovely teacher’s pet, friend! Thank you for starting your day with beauty and me. I love journeying with you. xox

  2. Judy Mearing
    September 1, 2022 / 9:02 am

    Hi Michele,

    Could you find out, the color blue cabinets in the laundry room of Marie Flanagan.

    Thank you 🌷

    • Michele
      Author
      September 1, 2022 / 11:17 am

      Hi Judy. Pretty sure this blue is the same as what Marie used in a guest house kitchen: Benjamin Moore Wales Gray. Hope this helps! Another one to sample for a similar effect: Glass Slipper. Thanks for reading!

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Myla Slipcover Sofa
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French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
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Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
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French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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Rattan Basket With Lid
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Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
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French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
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White Waffle Coverlet
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