Di and I are often asked who our favorite designers are. If we were to answer you at this very moment (because it’s constantly changing!) here’s what we’d say…
My pick is Meg Braff! Her look feels so smart and preppy + chic and comfortable. I think she captures the essence of a location and, very naturally, brings that into her interiors. Her rooms feel really connected one another, but also to what’s outside — whether it’s palm trees or shady oaks.
From Coastal Living 2016 Showhouse in Bridgehampton, NY – Think crisp, but airy! Oversized seashell wallpaper is Nassau by Braff.
She’s so good with furniture placement: spacious and loose, but practical for living. There are accent tables for drinks and books or a console for keys and mail; just how we really live. Braff expands rooms with her large print wallpapers, and uses trim on linens or pillows to pull everything together with just enough detail. Nothing feels too “matched” or overdone.
Also from the Coastal Living 2016 Showhouse – I love the changes in pattern and scale Braff used in the living room – feels energetic and casual.
Meg Braff also has her own wallpaper and fabrics available here and a brick and mortar store in Locust Valley, New York, which showcases her personal selections. Some of the items in her store are available on her website. I’ve got my eye on a lamp for my bedroom and wallpaper for my closet! I’ve wanted to paper my closet for awhile, but other projects around the house kept popping up. (Definitely considering “Roxy” in Navy – the repeat is perfect for the small amounts that will show!)
Try to picture this Main Line sitting area with different drapes. I can’t! Loose and puddled, they lend just the right amount of formality to a distinguished room. Love the rug choice, too!
To me, Meg Braff has a unique freshness I could easily live with – her rooms are lively without overpowering the inhabitants. Perfection. Her first book, The Decorated Home, has just been released and is available on Amazon. I’ve already ordered my copy!
The furniture in this Palm Beach home holds its own with the beautiful painted wood ceiling, strong flooring color and height of this indoor/outdoor dining space.
When Di and I originally decided to write about our favorite designers of the moment I thought this would be a no-brainer. But, as I really got to thinking about who my current design crush might be, I realized that I like SO MANY designers, it was a really tough decision! In the end I went with one of my go-to’s for inspiration on our current Orchard House project – Kate Marker.
I have always loved designers who can create a space that is simultaneously classic and contemporary. My personal taste spans both broad styles, and Ms. Marker blends them seamlessly.
Looking through any of her projects, you can see that the spaces will stand the test of time but are not boring and stale. This is thanks to her smart use of more contemporary accents like an articulated sconce, lucite side table or boldly patterned wallpaper. By blending the classic and the modern elements, she often creates a space that is both pulled together, but still casual, making everyone feel welcome.
I think what draws me to her designs the most is how she uses color. Most of her walls are light and neutral with hints of gray, beige, the occasional light blue and, of course, a lot of white. But rooms centered around these airy colors cannot stand alone – they need to be grounded. That’s where Marker really makes her statement.
Echoing classic Scandinavian influences, she smartly uses a touch of dark color, texture or a bold pattern to balance all of the lightness. A worn leather side chair, black range hood, rustic wood beams across a ceiling, a navy kilim runner or a charcoal herringbone tile are some of the ways she grounds a room. She is also a master at choosing just the right light fixture for any space and, next to a white ceiling, the eye is often drawn to these sculptural pieces.
I think Kate Marker is wonderful, and I follow her on Instagram. Her projects are so well edited, and that’s a lot harder to do than you might think. I like layers in rooms, but she makes me want to re-think that approach. Her editing seems on-point with just the right details included. I wonder if she already knows what her finishing touches will be on a project or does she add them in as a final step? Her look is so subtle it’s hard to know. Agree 100% with Amy about this designer — can’t wait to see what Kate Marker creates in the future!
I have seen Braff’s work in House Beautiful and I adore some of her spaces. I also give her TONS of props for making some bold color and pattern choices. She’s not afraid to take risks and I love that. I am not surprised that my mom likes Braff’s style! Di is definitely one to take design risks, especially when it comes to color and pattern (she has a super high gloss dark navy office, for example!) I have a lot of respect for designers (and my mom!) who are comfortable making bold statements and pushing the boundaries of what’s expected in a space. Good pick, mom!