With an extraordinary career spanning over 35 years, Suellen Gregory confesses she eats, sleeps, and breathes design. Known for her ability to meld traditional decor with a fresh perspective, her work from decades past remains just as crisp and beautiful today. Suellen and I share a love of timeless decor, chintz, pink, green, and blue. Needless to say, I am a HUGE fan, and I was so thrilled when Suellen agreed to a Q&A! Let’s take a look at some of my favorite examples of her work, and get to know Suellen…
Q: How do you define your style?
A: My favorite adjectives are classic, pretty, and liveable. I think if I check these boxes on all projects I’m doing really well!
Q: Where do you find your greatest inspiration?
A: I find inspiration everywhere – travel – books – magazines – other amazing talented designers – clients – it’s everywhere!
Q: What is your approach to working with a client?
A: I always begin with what they love – what they want – what they need and build a plan from there. I love incorporating things that the client has that have meaning for them. If we start there we can’t miss.
Q: I have been seeing a slow return to classic “traditional” design… Is this something you are experiencing?
A: Yes – very much so and that is my happy place……I am really comfortable with classics.
Q: Which interior designers have influenced your aesthetic and career?
A: Nicky Haslam – his painted finishes and curtains are amazing. I love Charlotte Moss, Bunny Williams, Suzanne Rheinstein, Tom Sheerer. I think Jeffrey Bilhuber is a genius. I am devouring everything that Steven Gambrel is doing. I love the work of Ashley Whittaker, Amanda Nisbet, and Summer Thornton……plus I would like to have drinks with them!
Q: Do you have favorite colors, fabrics, accessories, etc. that you like to incorporate into your designs?
A: I design for the client and the project. I have favorite greens, blues, pinks – but every project is different – so the color comes from the project and that is the reason that every project is individual and a wonderful challenge!
Q: How do you go about designing a room that will stand the test of time?
A: I start with elements the client loves – things with meaning – and I build a scheme from there – that makes my work so personal and that attachment forms a bond between the client and the interior that lasts the longest!
Q: What are your hobbies outside of decorating?
A: Grandchildren, family, and friends. I am also a voracious reader.
Each of these rooms is an absolute dream! Do you have a favorite? I love them all! To learn more about Suellen Gregory and to see more of her work, please visit her website, and you will want to follow her daily inspiration via Instagram. Suellen Gregory is based in Richmond, Virginia.