UK Fabric Company Discovers Accents of the South!

UK fabric company, Terry’s Fabrics interviewed Beverly about her design philosophy, inspiration and creative process.

See her interview below.

Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics

Image Credit: 1) Hickory Chair 2) Julie Neill 3) Mr Brown Home 4) Kindel Furniture 5) Shadow Catchers Art

– Transcript –

1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

I believe in the blending of traditional Southern style with modern sensibilities to create timeless interiors. Focusing on interior architecture, to ground our designs.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

The process of research and reflection helps me begin a design.  By addressing the setting of each project, reflecting on the architectural style of the home and client’s intent, I begin the design process.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

Working with so many creative individuals every day, to select one individual would be impossible. Our seamstress, tile setters, upholsterer, cabinet makers and wood workers, faux finishers, our architects and landscape designers, and of course my staff all bring their special gifts to the table. I have learned so much collectively from each of them, and they have helped make me the designer I am today.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

Often items from our clients’ collections inspire a design, making the space a reflection of their personality.  It’s these feelings we coax from our design that make a house a home.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

When I began my firm, Accents of the South, over 30 years ago, it was the first of its kind to blend interior design with architecture. Through hard work, creativity and good client relationships, my interior design business has flourished.

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Creating the Perfect Porch Swing

Spring is here, and the summer months are just around the corner.  Activities have already begun to shift outdoors, and soon we will all be looking for a nice place to escape the heat.  A porch swing is a great addition to any outdoor space or sun room, where you can spend time enjoying conversation with family and friends or just relaxing on your own.  There are a lot of unique swing options, and no matter the style you choose there is a perfect one for you.

When designing a porch swing, it is important to know who will be using it.  We’ve had several opportunities to design custom porch swings for clients of all ages.  Each design presents us with different challenges and goals.  For example a family with small children will want a swing with little to no movement and have enough room for the whole family.  A married couple, on the other hand, might want a fully upholstered swing just big enough for two.

Location is a key factor in the design of a custom swing.  Whether the swing is going outside on a covered porch or inside a sun room, it will affect the type of materials you use.  The options are endless: wood, which has many options within itself, metal, or fully upholstered.  Exposure to sun and rain will also determine which material will work best for your space. 

Tasia SwingComfort of course is the main driving force behind the design, and proportions of the swing are vital to achieving this goal.  The seat depth and back height as well as the angle of the back are crucial decisions that will directly relate to the overall comfort of the swing.  Remember the seat height can be adjusted during the installation process. 

The final step of the design is the overall aesthetic.  Fabrics and finish materials are all selected based on the space and your style.  This is the fun part where you can be as creative as you want.  Typically we hang our swings with rope, and lucky for us we have someone who is great at tying intricate knots.  Of course chain can be used instead of rope to hang your swing, and this will give it a completely different look. 

IMG_0810 (2)Now relax and swing the day idly away during those hot days of summer!