It’s my birthday, and I’m in the mood for a sensual birthday feast of inspiration that is set apart. You know the fine work of Atlanta-based Beth Webb which truly needs no accompanying chatter from this birthday girl. Sometimes when all of the ingredients are in place for a sensual feast, descriptions or deconstruction of the creative process seem excessive. Maybe that’s why these interiors bring me to a place of savory contemplation. A hushed milieu is becoming more remarkable these days as noisy social feeds compete for our attention. Yet Beth Webb’s artful eye for beauty and comfort remains a sacred eye. How fortunate we are to study these visions brought to life from her sphere of elegant simplicity.
Interior Design: Beth Webb Photography: Emily Followill and Lisa Romerein
Beth Webb’s Artful Eye for Beauty & Comfort in Design
Comforting Interiors to Fill the Senses With Wonder
There is such a growing desire for more “quiet luxury” and what some label “cozy opulence.”
But aren’t those new labels and fresh hashtags for what the best designers have captured all along?
No wonder so many artists and creatives struggle with their relationship with social media and the manner in which everything must be distilled, packaged, and labeled for consumption.
Just one reason I am so grateful that we’re still fortunate enough to have shelter magazines and beautiful interior design books where the full stories of projects may live.
I imagine such storytelling will become more important as the phenomenon of artificial intelligence grows and AI generated images become more commonplace.
The stories of how timelessly elegant rooms were dreamed into existence seem always to include everything that is indeed not artificial.
They are a synthesis of the work of very authentic craftspeople, architects, art curators, builders, historians, and collectors of memories.
It’s strange to notice how every single day now, visitors to the interior inspiration on my FB feed will insist a very real image is not real.
As fantasy works of design become more commonplace, it is as if casual observers search all images for discrepancies, signs of over-perfection, and clues revealing inauthenticity.
I don’t imagine it’s a coincidence that such pursuit of inauthenticity grows as a level of mistrust also grows for…well, for just about everything.
So much finger pointing, cancel culture, and suspicion at a time we are all so hungry for beauty and comfort.
What will bring us back to our senses?
How will authentic beauty live in new virtual landscapes?
No answers here, doncha know.
I only know that as I age, more and more paradoxes of life arise, and somehow our capacities must grow to hold them.
Beth Webb Designed Interiors
Perhaps this is also why so many of us crave comforts to soothe as times grow more confusing.
(If modern life does NOT confuse you, and you feel confident most days about how your capacity to discern, react, and respond to events around the globe? Please do help us see the way you see.)
Beauty, comfort, and a discerning eye to create environments reflecting those qualities are quite the holy triune.
Aren’t we all in some way trying to consecrate the chaos created from daily life when we turn our attention to feathering a nest?
Is that why thoughtfulness applied to the details of home-making is never a small superficial prospect to my mind?
It always involves the soul. Always entails: creation of something new, relationships, contrasts, texture, and tensions. And it always always always is about the lens. How will we refine and purify our own to create more beauty while we are here?
An Eye for Beauty
Thank goodness we have models of success with vision.
A wonderful place to begin to see how rooms may speak to the senses is right here:
Drawing from a background in the fine arts, Beth Webb demonstrates how form, line, and scale render a space timeless.
The designer’s portfolio reflects her devotion to comfort as the designs promote a sense of well-being.
Texture, tranquil colors, and visual moments of wonder create wonder and interest.
You can’t miss the attention to detail, impeccable tailoring, and refined details.
Peace to you right where you are.
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