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Mary Neff Stewart has been defining her career for 15 years as a designer and art teacher and now as the Senior Wall Art Designer at John-Richard. Her appreciation of fine art and love of creating mixed media pieces at the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis has been parlayed into sourcing and creating art for John-Richard.
Mary Neff has lived in various places across the Mid-South and now resides in Greenwood with her husband and their son. She finds inspiration through color and home design. She also serves as the Homes Editor for Mississippi Magazine, writing on the spectacular homes and art throughout the state. We were able to spend some time with the designer to hear her view on trends and the current collections.
We were able to spend some time with the designer and hear her thoughts on trends and the new John-Richard introductions.
What trends are you seeing in the market right now?
I’m seeing a lot of unique objects being used in framed art. People love a curated look in their homes, and we are trying to source and create unique styles. With our genuine butterfly collections and our framed botanicals, we are really creating one of a kind art for a distinctive home. Color is still extremely important, as that is sometimes the only “pop” in an otherwise neutral space. We have some really stunning canvases that would work in a variety of designs.
What unique techniques are being used this season?
Obviously, I was feeling very floral this collection! I loved playing with the John Richard botanical department and using their new and exciting pieces. They are creating some really fabulous things by preserving and dying real blooms and greenery. We also hand painted and applied resin to a variety of silk stems.
What inspires you with this season?
All of our artists inspire me each and every season. I am in love with William Goodman’s vibrant color as well as Jason Lott’s moody hues. Mary Hong completely went outside her box for this collection with Intergalactic.
What appeals to you personally and professionally in the art offerings?
Personally, I am drawn to loud, brilliant colors. Professionally, I seem to focus more on subdued hues and classic whites, creams and grays. The April collection has a great mix of both. We are still seeing a lot of cool aqua. It truly seems to be a color that is sticking around in the design world. Yellow seems to be a new hue that we are showing off in our original oil collection also.
Is there a buzz word that reflects what is new and interesting in John-Richard wall art?
Texture is always important! Especially with our use of lots of natural objects this past market, texture- whether real or implied- helps to make a piece more exciting. I’m a very tactile person. I always like to touch the art!
To see more offering in art and wall decor, click here.
Held at the Mayflower Grace, the Day of Design brings together architects, interior designers, stylists and writers to tell their stories and inspire those who love design.
“It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.” — Dorothy Draper
Most of us know to strap on the heels with evening wear but falter when it comes to the styling and decorating of our own home. The big questions….what to add, what to take away and how it will all work together are endless. Day of Design’s experts will share secrets about revealing beauty through simplicity, embracing cultural references, making statements with objects and how to integrate the interior with the outdoors. All these discussions will take place on Saturday, June 18th in a charming shingled tea house where participants and panelists can arrange themselves on comfortable sofas and armchairs.
The first morning panel is entitled The Beauty of the Undone: Discovering Simplicity in Design and pairs interior designer Michael De Perno and Andrew Fry with Kyle Hopener, Editor in Chief of New England Home Magazine. De Perno and Fry are the owners of the latest design shop destination in New Preston, Plain Goods. Both De Perno’s portfolio of work and the interior of Plain Goods are perfect examples of this aesthetic. This will be followed by The Allure of the South: How the Region tells its Narrative through Design headlining an authentic group of Southern style arbiters including Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles as well as designer duo Michael Mitchell and Tyler Hill who hail from Charleston, SC. They will be joined by Washington’s own Kathryn McCarver Root, originally from Memphis, TN, and the owner of the fine art photography gallery KMR Arts.
Lunch is al fresco, overlooking the Shakespeare Garden, on a patio with round tables shaded by white umbrellas. A day at this iconic New England Inn is a time for these design professionals to relax, share resources, make connections and discuss the subtleties of interior design with the attendees. When asked what he found special about the event, Robert Couturier aptly said, “Maybe, because in such an idyllic and calm atmosphere it is easier to think, we don’t have to go anywhere, there is no time pressure and it is always enriching to find out how the others think and to discuss how differently we all work. I love doing it!!”
Kicking off the afternoon is a discussion with design maven and author Susanna Salk about the subject of her latest Rizzoli published book, It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments in Your Home with the Stylish Small Stuff. Joining her on the panel are Stacy Kunstel, stylist and co-owner of Dunes and Duchess (with her partner, photographer Michael Partenio) and Kati Curtis, an interior designer who has been getting rave reviews for her room at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
This will be followed by a panel with the world renowned architect and interior designer, Robert Couturier and the talented Washington-based architect Harold Tittmann. This panel, Architecture: Connecting Interiors with the Landscape, is certainly an apropos subject for one of the most popular counties for country homes. Moderator for this panel, as well as Allure of the South panel, is the insightful Stacey Bewkes of the premier design blog Quintessence.
After the panels, there will be a Meet the Designer cocktail party on the porch of the Tap Room, as well as a book signing coordinated by the Hickory Stick Book Shop. Designing Paradises by Robert Couturier as well as a selection of Susanna Salk’s books will be available for purchase.
John-Richard is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor. The media partner for Day of Design is New England Home, one of the very best design publications in the country. For the third straight year, the 5 Star Relais & Chateaux property, The Mayflower Grace will be the host of the event.
Saturday, June 18th Program starts at 10:00 am
The Mayflower Grace 118 Woodbury Road Washington, CT 06793
The High Point Market Style Spotters are design industry trendsetters who highlight the top new styles of each Market. As they tour High Point’s showrooms, the Style Spotters select their favorite pieces and share their discoveries on social media. Each design expert has their own unique perspective as they all hail from different regions of the United States and in the case of Canadian-born Laura Bielecki, Dubai.
“The Style Spotters program, launched during the October 2011 Market, features home fashion pace setters that showcase their favorite products and top trends from High Point Market exhibitors via Pinterest, the at-Market Style Spotters LIVE! event, a biannual Style Report and various media interviews. These home fashion gurus are the authoritative trend voice of High Point Market, tasked with finding the hottest must-have items each Market and then translating their picks into today’s top trends,” enthuses Ashley Grigg, Communications Manager for the High Point Market Authority.
Michelle Jennings Wiebe, Style Spotter Emeritus, chose two John-Richard pieces as her pre-market ‘Must Haves’: the Toledo Cabinet designed by Mark McDowell and the Agate Mirror. The cabinet is art deco inspired with etched panels made more luminous with a gold wash. The mirror features a striking blue, black and white agate design which is reverse hand painted under glass. Michelle is the founder and principal designer for Studio M, a top Florida firm based in Tampa, Florida, which specializes in luxury residential new construction with projects in several states.
We were thrilled to introduce five style spotters to the showroom, the first of whom was Malene B, a vibrant, Brooklyn-based designer of bespoke carpets, fine art wall coverings and artisan tiles. On the night before she visited John-Richard, the designer had won the Elevate award for best in floor coverings! Malene certainly has an eye for texture and pattern and was drawn to the craftsmanship of the Andes Cabinet. Each pair of angled tiles are in contrasting veneers of white and amara ebony and set into a figured, smoked eucalyptus cabinet.
Laura Umansky is the principal designer at Laura U Interior Design, a firm known for its bold aesthetic and polished, livable interiors. Prior to launching Laura U Design, Laura studied art and architecture and gained professional experience designing destination interiors. Laura immediately had her eye on the beautifully scaled Anzu Cabinet, designed by Mark McDowell for John-Richard. The show-stopper of this piece is the large agate hardware that has a glamorous edge of gold leaf.
Laura Bielecki is a professional Interior Designer in Dubai, UAE, currently at GAJ (Godwin Austen Johnson). She has completed top Interior Design projects all around the world for some of the most affluent families in various countries including the following cities: Montreal, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Dubai, Mumbai, Doha Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Calgary, and Edmonton. Her modern, sleek and elegant aesthetic is evident in her style spotted piece, the Dante Credenza. In beluga white and raised on a brushed stainless steel stand, the doors of this piece are faced with tiza gesso with recessed, spun stainless steel handles. This exquisite piece can be seen in the featured photo at the beginning of this post.
Erika Ward is the founder and principal designer of Erika Ward Interiors based in Atlanta, GA. Her work has been featured in numerous local and national publications and she has been awarded by the Atlanta Tribune for having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years. Erika was attracted to two pieces: the Celestite Blooms and the Budding Crystal Floor Lamp. Both these pieces reference nature in a luminous and luxurious way.
Esteemed Interior Designer Scot Meacham Wood, originally from Mississippi, is now settled in the historic San Francisco Design District. His firm’s, Scot Meacham Wood Design, signature style is a true reflection of its clients’ personal aesthetics, while highlighting European and Southern sensibilities, sartorial influences, and bold prints. Scot chose a piece that would be a perfect accent in any of his interiors, our Ottoman with Branch Styled Base.
We are so thrilled to have had the opportunity to spend time with these talented interior designers whose passion for design is only matched by their enthusiasm, energy and charm!