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When a client brings a spark of inspiration to the design process, it makes my job as a designer much more rewarding. My primary role as an interior designer is an interpreter…being able to translate my client’s tastes into successful spaces. In doing so, the rooms become like the individuals and no two turn out alike. I recently had the privilege to work on a project that was inspired by a client’s favorite Hermès scarf. It embodied everything she desired…the colors, the pattern and the luxurious feeling she wanted for the space.


The last time I was in Paris, I saw the Hermès textile and wallpaper collection for the first time…The spell that this line always casts had me completely enchanted.



I was thrilled to see the latest collection which has several fabrics that will work beautifully for the  scheme above…


Zébrures takes its inspiration from a zebra’s coat. The stripes form a wave, like palm leaves in the wind. The motif appears in the cotton weft over a silk chevron background which gives this jacquard fabric texture and contrast.





The Hs fit together like links in a chain to form undulating lines. This brocatelle jacquard, made of cotton and linen is sturdy and matt. It is available in neutral or high-contrast two-tone colour schemes.



Croquis de tigre, taken from one of painter Robert Dallet’s sketches, depicts the profile and portrait of a majestic tiger. The elegant cotton-silk jacquard perfectly complements the animal’s natural beauty. The satin weave background is available in three rich, deep hues to offer the perfect contrast for the tiger’s powerful presence. These sketches, placed across the width of the fabric, could be used for upholstery so as for cushions.






Fermoir H evokes the subtle and close-fitting clasp. In this jacquard interpretation, the outlines of the links elegantly adorn a twill background. This classic geometrical pattern in cotton and viscose reconciles durability and sophistication in a range of seven colour schemes.





Jungle Life’s repeating pattern depicts the jungle surrounding the big cats in love from the now iconic Jungle Love silk scarf designed by Robert Dallet in 2000. The design brings to life an imaginary world of luxuriant vegetation. Jungle Life is printed on a graceful heavy silk twill that is new to the collection. It perfectly symbolises Hermès’s creative approach and renders the print even more stunning in three variations, each with 21 colours.


A contemporary interpretation of the iconic Chaine d’Ancre. The striated rings evoke motor racing tracks


Pierre Marie Agin plays with ribbons which uncoil and escape from their coils. They find their way into the complex interplay of concentric circles and geometric games in the ribbon factory. Mixes of warps and wefts, and yarn crossing reveal a palette of precious colors in subtle shades of changing effects.


This original drawing from Jeff Fischer recalls coastal flora in a medallion composition. The vegetal patterns with colors patinated by the fresh air reflect pallets of grass, algae and sea water. The quality of the linen support and the regularity of the threads allow a perfect gouache effect and provide a particular smooth feel to the fabric.



The world of fantasy and travel, very important in the Hermès tradition, presented in a cotton print by Philippe Dumas


Inspired by the eponymous silk scarf created by Christine Henry in 2010, Arbre de vie is printed using the rare and exacting technique of warp printing before weaving. This exceptional 100% silk version transcends history with a radical change of scale. Emerald green dominates, plunging into a monsoon of lush, exaggerated greenery.




The iconic sailor motif revisited by Anamorphée plays out in a two-tone checked pattern developped in a contempory spirit. Reversible, this fabric with bright or marine colors is matched with Rayures Rocabar material. Water-repellent treated.


1) The famous fashion house was founded in 1837 by German-born French-raised Thierry Hermès.

2) Hermès began as a small harness workshop in Paris, which was dedicated to serving European noblemen, creating luxury harnesses and bridles for horse-drawn carriages. The Hermès logo is a royal carriage and a horse.

3) Thierry Hermès’ son, Charles-Émile Hermès, took over the management of the business and moved the shop in 1880 to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – where its flagship boutique still remains today.

4) Under new leadership and with fresh premises, Hermès introduced saddle manufacturing for the first time and began retail sales.

5) With the help of his sons Adolphe and Émile-Maurice, Charles-Émile grew the business’ global reach catering to Europe’s elite, with customers as far afield as North Africa, Russia, Asia and America, then in 1900 the firm introduced the Haut à Courroies handbag, which was specially designed for riders to carry their saddles with them.

6) Once Charles-Émile retired, the two sons renamed the business Hermès Frères and by 1914 had employed 80 saddle craftsmen due to huge demand, particularly from officials in Russia. The duo began using zips on their leather goods and were the first to introduce the device in France.

7) In the 1920s Émile-Maurice launched the firm’s first accessories collection and in 1922 the brand’s debut leather handbag was produced after his wife complained that she could not find a suitable one to her liking.

8) A decade later, the luxury label launched its Sac à dépêches bag (later renamed the Kelly) and in 1937 introduced its signature headscarves for the first time. The Queen is a firm favourite of the colourful silk designs.

9) In 1949, the same year as the launch of the Hermès silk tie, the first perfume, Eau d’Hermès, was produced.

10) Jean-Louis Dumas (great-great-grandson of Thierry Hermès) took over as the new head of the company in 1951.

11) After a commercial lull in the ‘70s, Dumas then concentrated on silk and leather goods, as well as revamped ready-to-wear, and the company’s fortunes began to turn after he modernised the business.

12) Dumas had nerve and put faith in new designers, hiring the unconventional Martin Margiela as creative director in 1997, and Jean-Paul Gaultier to replace him in 2003. The company was valued at £9.2billion at the time of his death in 2010.

13) Hermès kicked off the craze for naming handbag styles after celebrities. In 1956 a picture of Grace Kelly showed the silver screen icon using her Hermès Sac à dépêches bag to shield herself from a scrum of paparazzi photographers and so the style was renamed the Kelly. Each Kelly bag, like most Hermès designs, takes from 12 up to 18 hours to make.

14) But by far the most famous, and most collected design, is the Birkin, named after British sex kitten Jane. After a chance encounter on a plane with Dumas in the early ‘80s, the actress told him how her Kelly bag wasn’t big enough for everyday use, so they dreamt up a new design together and the Birkin was born.

15) A Hermès Birkin bag will set you back anything from £5,400 to a cool £100,000 in exotic skins such as saltwater crocodile, and its allure is further enhanced since the style isn’t available to buy instantly. Instead, you have to join an elite waiting list that can allegedly last years.

16) Hermès celebrated its 178th birthday this year

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Bumping into Jonathan Adler at Marche Biron

It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a kindred spirit like Holly Phillips who has almost identical taste in art, design, shopping and even wine! Our design adventures have taken us to New York, High Point, Nashville, Atlanta, Paris, and on the horizon are trips to Charleston for The Southern C Summit and Los Angeles for La Cinega Design week.

In addition to her design talent, Holly’s work ethic is beyond inspirational. Who else would post a blog at 3 o’clock in the morning after being at Hotel Costes dancing on the banquette? Click here to read that entertaining and hilarious post!

Late night at Hotel Costes

I recently had the pleasure to write an article on a fabulous project of Holly’s for Peachy Magazine. Here are some more questions I had for this social media maven and designer extraordinaire along with some favorite images of her work…

When did you know you wanted to pursue design as a career and how did you get started?

I grew up in design.  Mario Buatta decorated my house when I was a child. He encouraged my mother to pursue design after she already has a successful antique business, The English Room.  I went to college as a fine arts major wanting to be an artist. I changed to an art history major thinking my future was in Fine Art through working in a Museum or Auction House.  After a few summer internships at Museums and Sotheby’s I realized that interior design would allow me the creativity and freedom I craved.  I need a creative outlet.  My design work and my blog are the perfect platform for my zillions of budding ideas.


What is your creative process?

My creative process often changes with the scope of the work but I often like to start with the wow factor in the room and move backwards.  I like to pick out the POP fabric, art or rug, then create the space based on that.  Sometimes that item ends up being a small piece of the overall puzzle but a critical one.


What is your latest creative breakthrough?

Lately, I have been giving clients fewer choices and it seems to make for more success.  I try to be well edited before they are given selections.  Three great choices are better than 10 good ones.  I always tell my clients I would never show them something I would not want them to use.


What has been the most pivotal moment in your career?

Starting my blog has certainly opened many doors and amazing opportunities such as Blogtour Milan and London this year with Modenus.


Tell us about your current work.

I am wonderfully busy with a new construction large project for a vacation Mountain home for repeat clients, a few large-scale renovations in Charlotte and loads of additions spaces.  I tend to juggle lots of projects at once with lots of help of the staff in my office.  We need to bring on more people.  That is for the fall.


Can you give us a glimpse of what to expect from The English Room in the future?

Bigger and Better.  I want to focus on getting more projects photographed and published. I dream of having my own fabric and wallpaper line.  I have dozens of patterns sketched in my head. My studio space is retail that also needs to be beefed up with more staff.


What do you want to be remembered for?

 Making my mark in the design world through an original and fresh eye. Creating happy homes for my clients. I love design and I hope it shows.


Do you have any advice for budding designers?

The landscape of this business has changed drastically in the past 15 years with the internet.  You need a true design education, a strong work ethic and a backbone. Your fee structure needs to be defined and concrete.  This is a business with a goal of monetary gain, not a hobby as it can often be perceived.


Whose work do you admire?

David Hicks for innovation.
Miles Redd for bold use of color and layering abilities.
Mario Buatta for sentimental reasons and his classic English Country look.
Amanda Nisbet for her killer color.
Kelly Wearstler for her ability to push the envelope.


Who would be your dream client and why?

I have loved the total freedom that one client has given me with a budget and an address. It was such a thrill to be turned loose with my creativity and the total trust of a client.


What is your dream vacation?

Around the world shopping the markets from Morocco to India with a lovely family safari stop at Singita. I really have to say our favorite vacation ever is A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming.


What is your secret vice?

Not sure I keep my vices secret but, Internet shopping and travel are certainly two…oh and cheese. My husband said Botox and Etsy.


What is your idea of bliss?

 Bliss is time with my family and dogs at our mountain cottage on the porch with coffee or good chardonnay (depending on the time of day) reading my favorite blogs.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls)


What do you collect?

What don’t I collect? I have a huge collection of 18th and 19 Century sporting art particularly dog paintings that I started when my mother would take me on buying trips for her antique shop when I was a child. Elephants, my grandmother collected them too. Bangles galore, anything with skulls…

What is your favorite color?

 “Beige is Boring”  Orange, of course.  I also love Purple….my daughter is named Violet.