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Q&A with Designer Beth Webb

We spoke with Atlanta-based home interior designer Beth Webb about what inspires her every day, the “sensory-driven” design process she writes about in her new book An Eye For Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses, and the best advice she’s ever received.


You started as an art dealer and eventually moved into interior design. What motivated that shift?


I had been dealing art privately and using our house to show the artists I was representing at the time. We were hosting a dinner party one night and one of our friends attending was vice-president of the Lyndhurst Foundation (Coca- Cola Bottling). He announced they were purchasing an 1892 house for their new offices and were looking for a designer to make the house look more like a home than a corporate entity. I asked whom they were considering, and he turned to me and said, “I think you should do it.” To which I replied, “But I’m not an interior designer.” His retort was, “No, but you should be.” The rest is history.

I continued to do both art and interiors for a while until eventually, I found I was doing much more with interiors than art. With decorating, you are always able, and must, incorporate art. So even though I no longer represented artists, I was still, in the end, buying art for my clients – the very best of both worlds.


What inspires you every day?



As designers or creative people, we are all seeking inspiration daily, aren’t we? One word – wanderlust – I think says it all. Travel, above all else, is forever my number one answer as far as inspiration goes. When I reflect on my life thus far, all of it has revolved around travel, including my career trajectories. It’s all been one big excuse to fuel that passion. I share that with all of you at Wisteria as I often travel vicariously and virtually through you and many others on Instagram. I call it “going down the rabbit hole.” I’ve found the most amazing people, places and things through all I follow and those that follow me. I could wander aimlessly from one feed to another on a quiet Sunday afternoon, couldn’t you? It’s truly become a global world – the modern day National Geographic or Town & Country Travel. Oh the places you’ll go.


You’re known for “sensory-driven” design. Can you speak about how you incorporate the five senses in your work? 


When you embark on writing a book, you spend quite a lot of time dissecting the why’s and what’s of your work. The idea of home to me is a multi-sensory experience, and it’s every bit an altogether visceral encounter. We recently put our house on the market, and as I was getting it ready to show, I could not stop thinking about the overall perception that the complete stranger would have stepping through the front door.

So I proceeded to go through all of their senses in my own mind, one by one. What is the first thing you see? Is it a beautiful floral arrangement on the foyer table? Are there roses in the vase paired with tuberose for scent? Are the lamps on in every room with sunlight streaming through the windows? Are the linens on the bed starched and ironed and the pillows fluffed? Is there Sinatra playing in the background? More importantly, does this home welcome you on every level and invite you to stay?


What trends do you see coming this fall?


Well I’m not particularly interested in that word, and it’s actually somewhat of a four-letter word for me. I think the globalization of social media has everything all over the place. I love the word catawampus, and that’s how it all feels at the moment. Interiors, fashion, art, everything. However, shoulder pads seem to be making a comeback – hello, ‘80s. Everything old is new again!


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?


My grandfather used to say, “Honey, everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.” He was a gentleman and a scholar, a man of great integrity. What he meant by that was, we are all just people doing our best every day to get through life – no better, no worse than the other guy.

Images // @bethwebb

Join us on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a book signing and presentation by Beth Webb at our Wisteria Dallas store.

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5 Ways to Create a Wall Art Gallery

You’ve picked out the perfect furniture and even found a few accent pieces to bring it all together, but something’s still missing. Your eyes look up, and you see it: an empty wall, begging for artwork. You know you should fill the space, but you might be wondering where to begin when creating your own gallery wall. At Wisteria, we believe the best place to start is with inspiration. Here are five design ideas to spark your creativity.

1. Hang High with Frames Flush

One gallery wall trick to make a space feel taller is to hang your wall art a little higher than eye level. It draws the gaze up, giving the illusion of higher ceilings. And for a contemporary design element, let frames sit flush against one another. A collection of four matching pieces works well for this.

TIP: Choose vertical pieces with similar colors that are part of the same collection.

2. Scatter on a Coffered Wall

Art doesn’t have to hang on flat walls anymore. A new trend we love is incorporating a coffered wall or even bookcases or built-in cabinetry as the backdrop to your wall art gallery.

TIP: Scatter pieces of various sizes and subjects at different heights, but keep things in harmony with a matching color palette.

3. Curate a Mix of Themes & Sizes

Tell your guests a little about yourself with an assortment of pieces featured as a collection. The goal here is to take what inspires you and display it for all to see.

TIP: Mix subjects, orientation (vertical and horizontal), and mediums, while balancing the look with matching frames or by sticking to one color palette.

4. Add Dimension with a Mirror

If you like a more minimalistic look, a monochromatic collection of the same subject and medium is cool and contemporary for your wall art gallery. Make sure, however, to bring in some dimension. An easy way to achieve this is a split grouping with a mirror in the middle.

TIP: Hang pieces symmetrically for a clean design. Also, remember your monochromatic theme when choosing a mirror – this ensures the mirror is part of the ensemble.

5. Choose Neutrals for Large Spaces

To cover an especially large wall space, you’ll need quite a few pieces. To prevent overwhelming the eye, choose a collection with the same subject matter in neutral colors. This allows you to sufficiently adorn the space without being too obtrusive.

TIP: Arrange these pieces in a grid or symmetrically to keep the collection understated and allow other design elements nearby to stand out.

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How-To: Make the Most of Small Living Spaces

What if we told you that you can make your apartment or dorm space look twice as big? There's an art to finding pieces that can transform a small living space into an area that feels double the size. The key is knowing what type of products to include and how to include them.

Deck Out Your Desk

A desk serves an array of purposes in college. It’s where you eat dinner, watch Netflix, put on your makeup and even where you fall asleep after studying into the wee hours of the night. Desks somehow always manage to take up space and appear bulky in small rooms. Choose an Acrylic desk to fix this problem! Their lucite qualities blend into your room seamlessly.

Utilize Multipurpose Pieces

It’s important to make the most of your space when you’re living in a dorm or apartment, therefore, having versatile furniture is vital. Think about breaking up space and putting a console table in your room. You can place a stylish lamp, decorative accessories, or even a television on the top of the console while utilizing the drawers below for storage. You can choose a sleek, modern look or a more classic, wooden approach, to add style to your room.

Choose Sleek Storage

Having trouble keeping things neat and orderly in your small space? Add in a side table with storage capabilities to help with preventing clutter. Our designers recommend hiding things away in the drawers, displaying accessories on the shelves, and using the top surface for a lamp.

Reflect on Mirrors

By creating an illusion of larger space, mirrors are magical additions to a room. Add a mirror to an entryway, or an empty wall above your couch or a seating area to create more depth in the place. Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes, so use a mirror as a way to express the style you'd like to achieve for any given room.

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Introducing: Updated Organic Living

For our latest collection, Updated Organic Living, we were inspired by the limitless beauty of nature – the colors, textures and serenity of the Earth. We treasure the bliss of bathing in sunlight while the smell of grass and flowers lure us to a leisurely stroll through the woods. Celebrating natural materials, such as wood, stone, rattan, linen and more, we have created a diverse, luxurious collection that lets you bring the splendor of nature inside.

Natural Woods & Subtle Fabrics

From dining chairs and bedroom benches to outdoor lounges for relaxing in the shade, this collection’s seating honors the unique inconsistencies and calming colors of nature. Experience Earth’s smooth, flowing lines in a solid, hand-carved trunk or a side chair in cool blue linen and oak. Most seating options in this collection are proudly handmade and exclusive to Wisteria.

Plush Pops of Color

Just as nature creates brilliant accents with colorful pops of flowers, we invite you to add a splash of color with the bright, vivid patterns and designs adorning our pillows. They’re the perfect complement to bare woods and subtle hues.

Framed Flora and Fauna

An expanse of mediums and a variety of subjects offer a delightful study in nature. From rich floral paintings to intricate, black and white animal illustrations, Mother Earth accents any space with a touch of the wild outdoors.

Discover the full collection here

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4 Ways To Personalize Your Space

In every living space, whether it be a house, apartment, or dorm, it is important to add accessories that radiate your personality. These personal touches can make your living space unique and allow for additional self-expression on top of your own personal interior design.

Monogrammed Pillows

Monogrammed pillows are always an easy, great “go-to” when it comes to personalizing your space. With a variety of sizes, patterns, and colors, the personalizing possibilities are endless. Our designers recommend adding in a few vibrant monogrammed pillows to brighten up your bedroom, living room, or even just simply adding one to your desk chair.

Colorful Throws

Adding a few extra throws in a woven basket or draped across a couch can add a soft, personal touch that feels like home. Plus, when you add in vibrant colored throws, you achieve a brighter room with pops of color or patterns that are easily interchangeable. (We know your guests will also love to have the option of curling up with a cozy throw next time they’re visiting!)

Wall Art

Art truly radiates your personal touch. By adding wall art, your space will come alive and express your style. You can choose from an assortment of genres from a vibrant, abstract painting to a beautifully crafted sketch. Our designers recommend selecting a style that personally resonates with you and tells a story. (We love including decorative pieces that serve as conversation starters!)

Decorative Accessories

To personalize any small space, decorative accessories provide subtle, yet heartwarming, personal touches throughout your home. From picture frames to petite pots with succulents, to jewelry stands for displaying your favorite pieces, there are so many stylish accessories that help personalize your space.

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