Atlanta is the Southeast’s bustling epicenter of interior design these days and we’re lucky that we get to work with some of region’s best designers on a daily basis. We love collaborating with them on projects and helping them find that perfect piece – from art, upholstery and lighting to one-of-a-kind crusty and crunchy French finds.
We’ve been doing a little work with Nancy Izlar, a bright design star based right here in Buckhead. Apart from liking her immensely (she has the world’s prettiest smile and an infectious sense of humor), we greatly respect and admire her design aesthetic.
We sat down with Nancy for a little Q & A so read on to see what makes this elegant gal tick:
HHH: Where are you from and how long have you called Atlanta home?
NI: I am a born and raised Atlantan. I grew up in the same house my mother did on Habersham Road.
HHH: Where did you go to school and did you study interior design?
NI: I went to Converse College and I majored in interior design.
HHH: How would you describe your design style and how has it evolved?
NI: elegant, warm, inviting and comfortable. I love antiques and vintage pieces mixed with beautiful fabrics, rugs and comfortable furniture. I never want someone to feel that they can’t relax, put their feet up and enjoy a glass of red wine.
HHH: what’s going on out there in the design world that you’re most excited about?
NI: I love beautiful hand painted wallpapers.
HHH: any trends you’re happy to say good bye to?
NI: I have never been a trendy person. I am a true classicist.
HHH: your dream project would be….
NI: to create a home that my clients love and enjoy. I also love to work with architects on designing the project from the ground up. Good collaboration always brings about the best results!
HHH: last tricky design challenge? What was it and how did you overcome it?
NI: A new wing was being added to a client’s home and he wanted to switch the spaces of the exercise room and his office. There was not enough space to create a hallway so the owner was going to have to walk through the exercise room to get to his office. The architect and I did not like that option. We resolved this by adding another wing on the other side of the house for a movie room and an exercise room. He now has an office with a seating area and the family loves the movie room (which was not originally included in the scope of the project).
HHH: where does your design inspiration come from?
NI: everywhere – from my travels, from nature and fashion, from a fabulous wallpaper, rug, antique or fabric.
HHH: Favorite color for a dining room?
NI: pale blue grey.
HHH: a favorite color for a bedroom?
NI: Neutrals with one soft color added.
HHH: The one room you can’t live without?
NI: My office!
HHH: The one room/space you can live without?
NI: a formal living room.
HHH: favorite vacation spot?
NI: St. Barth’s.
HHH: How do you like to entertain?
NI: I love to entertain and am happy to do so casually or formal.
HHH: Favorite cocktail?
NI: cucumber basil martini made by my husband.
HHH: Favorite book/magazine/show/movie?
NI: I love design books, cookbooks and books on flower arranging. Favorite of the moment:In Bloom by Ngoc Minh Ngo. Veranda has been my favorite magazine for over 20 years. Big Little Lies has been so fun to watch and I love all of Nancy Meyers’ movies because of the fabulous houses (HHH: we do too!)
HHH: paint or wallpaper?
NI: I love a beautiful wallpaper but there are some gorgeous paint colors out there these days.
HHH: modern or antique?
NI: antique and preferably French. (HHH: you’re a girl after our own hearts!)
HHH: If you could meet any designer/creative individual from history, who would it be and why?
NI: Sister Parrish and Albert Hadley. They were a wonderful team and they created timeless and elegant spaces.
HHH: you’re on a desert island. What one piece of furniture or décor do you have with you?
NI: My bed with my favorite Cowtan and Tout Bowood fabric and beautiful linens. After all, a good nights sleep is critical to keep the creative juices flowing.
BTW, Nancy’s also a creative and talented floral designer.
Thanks, Nancy! We can’t wait to see the next gorgeous project you’re cooking up.
And speaking of all things gorgeous and design, the Southeastern Designers Showhouse and Gardens closes this Sunday, May 14th. If you haven’t had a chance to visit it, you’ll need to run (not walk) to catch it. It’s absolutely glorious (and we were humbled and thrilled to be in such talented design company.)