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Bunny Williams

I am thrilled thatBunny Williams will be the speaker at this years Room To Bloom Luncheon to benefit the Mint Museum on April 14, 2010 here in Charlotte. This past spring I recapped Charlotte Moss’s discussion on what inspires her, and I am very much looking forward to this event. Bunny Williams was trained under Albert Hadley and Sister Parrish, and their influences are evident in her work, but she has developed a gracious and unique style. This pretty bedroom graced the cover of Elle Decor.

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Her classical style is timeless. She handles large spaces well with properly proportioned design.

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She is not defined by one style either which has allowed her to take on a range of projects.

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I admire her for many reasons, but mostly because she can design beautiful rooms and simultaneously take risks. I can imagine over time that not always picking the expected has helped her evolve and be open as a designer and remain challenged. In this seating arrangment there is a mix of pieces which I always like- an antique side table and a more sleek coffee table.

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She chose a Christopher Norman fabric for the wing chair and had it embroidered. She could have easily put a more traditional fabric on it and chose not to.

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A more contemporary flooring pattern in an otherwise traditional home gives this hallway some pop.

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She sometimes chooses art that is challenging and unexpected. I like that she incorporated a black chandelier as well.

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Chinese characters painted on rice paper in the powder room are great looking and certainly not typical powder room decor.

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It is clear why she has been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of fame. She is also on the advisory board of my alma matter NYSID. I hope to hear what inspires her in design and more about the production of her new line BeeLine Home.

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One of my favorite design books (and titles) is An Affair With a House.

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When we lived in NYC her two stores Treilliage, with husband John Roselli,  were often one of my spots to stop in as I walked up Lexington and over on East 75th Street.

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Check back here for more information and a recap as the date gets closer. Are you a fan of her work as well?

All design photos taken from the Bunny Williams website, Amazon (book) and google images (last).

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