Q. What do you have to have in your own home?
I have to have a great moldings usually. It has to be comfortable. It has to have great light. I’m not much of a cook, so kitchen has never been as important to me, but I have lots of friends who love to cook in my kitchen, so I guess in a way it has been important. It has to be beautiful in some way.
Q. Where do you recharge and find inspiration at home?
I have a particular home where I go to do that, way up the coast of Maine. It’s quiet, it’s right on the water and there’s beautiful light. I love being near the ocean, and the historic architecture in Maine is kind of wonderful. The way light plays off of it is really beautiful, and it has certainly inspired many painters. It’s easy to see why when you’re up there. Often you can’t get an internet connection, so it can be easy to unplug, whether you want to or not! I do that at the end of summer, and I really look forward to that every year.
Q. Is there an architectural style in Nashville that you would like to work with?
You have such beautiful homes in Nashville, and from different periods. From the ’20s and ’30s there are some really beautiful Southern Greek-Revival houses that I love, and it’s always fun to get the chance to work on those. You also have an earlier history, early 19th century. Some of the farm houses and the plantation houses, I love that architectural style that you find there in Middle Tennessee. We’re actually working on two houses in the countryside outside of Nashville. One down in Leiper’s Fork is very much inspired by the early Federal period in farm country.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at the Antiques & Garden Show?
I look forward to the show every year because of the variety I’m going to find there. I recommend it to anybody who’ll listen because I think it’s such a fun show. And I see dealers there every year that I’ve gotten to know. It’s a really wonderful thing, and it’s a great asset to Nashville that you have this amazing event every year. Plus they always get incredible speakers and really interesting people to talk about design. It’s a great place to shop, and Nashville gives a great party every year!