Our 2017 lineup of interior designers included the following individuals and businesses.
Ami is a nationally recognized, award-winning interior designer based in Memphis, Tennessee who has worked with some of the most renowned interior designers around the world. Ami is sought after for her wealth of design knowledge and unique, creative, comfortable and functional designs. Her passion for design and pleasing her clients is of paramount importance. For over a decade she has developed connections and working relationships with the world’s best craftsmen and select to the trade lines. Ensuring her finished projects reflect elegant, world-class, and one-of-a-kind results.
Ami, a consistent award-winning designer, was recognized at the national level by the Interior Design Society as Designer of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. “Traditional Home” magazine recognized Ami in 2012 as a nominee for the Traditional Home Awards for her outstanding volunteer efforts and contributions to making a difference in the lives of so many others.Ami’s work can be seen in prominent households and businesses in Memphis as well as throughout the United States. Ami’s work has been featured numerous times in magazines and newspapers as well as on websites and television. Her newly created line of home furnishings and upholstery manufactured under the Parker Lauren brand by Ami Austin is shipping out by the truckloads to homes, multi-family, and hospitality sites across the US.
Ami, also a noteworthy speaker on the subject of design and home staging, is an Associate Member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) and a member of the Better Business Bureau with an “A+” rating. Ami is a certified redesign and home staging specialist with I.R.I.S. (Interior Redesign Industry Specialists), where she served as Ambassador for the State of Tennessee, and a past president of RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) of Tennessee.
Gone are the days of staying with one metal. Mixing golds and silvers, once frowned upon, are happening for a reason! Cool and warm can easily coexist when you unite treasured finds from the past and new finds in intriguing art and funky lighting. I want and need them to blend in harmony with one another. This is easily accomplished when you thoughtfully blend your favorite things with a neutral friendly color. My color of choice just happens to be blush. Don’t forget to add floral harmony, great… for the senses. My design approach hopes to evoke a romantic, livable retreat.
Ami Austin Interior Design
667 Union Avenue | Memphis, TN
901.458.4255 | amiaustininteriors.com
Ami was featured in Style Blueprint December 2016.
A native Memphian with a hospitable approach to Interior Design, Becca Gaines’ passion for interiors stems from her love for people and the places that tell their stories. Becca is a licensed Interior Designer with over 10 years of experience creating atmospheres of sanctuary and celebration. Her aesthetic is known for pushing the limits of interior style, respecting tradition but never bound by it.
Becca holds a degree in Interior Design from The University of Alabama, polished by internships with Memphis firms Rhea Crenshaw Interiors and Looney Ricks Kiss Architecture. Following design school, Becca worked closely with Rozanne Jackson, owner of The Iron Gate in Franklin, Tennessee and an ADAC/Veranda Magazine Southeast Designer of the Year. This valuable time was spent developing an eye for high design, fluency in a range of historical styles, and a full understanding of interior architecture. Rozanne and Becca were named the 2008 Second Runners Up in the Southern Accents/ASID Residential Interior Design Competition. Becca has also earned her NCIDQ Certificate and Tennessee Professional Interior Design Registration.
Established in 2010, the B. Gaines Interior Design firm is devoted to quality and integrity, recognizing the privilege of creating homes for others. Their work can be found in Southern Accents, At Home Memphis, At Home Tennessee, and Memphis Fix Magazine.
Our vignette was designed to create a sense of escape, representing simple luxury. With summer approaching, and retreating on my mind, laid back experiences from Smith Lake, AL and Alys Beach, FL were key inspirations.
Sponsored by The Back Room
Art by Catherine Erb / David Lusk Gallery
Flooring loaned by Christie Cut Stone
B. Gaines Interior Design
1906 Exeter | Germantown, TN
901.355.9793 | bgainesinteriordesign.com
Leigh Montgomery credits her love of beautiful interiors and furnishings to influences from her mother and grandmother while growing up in a small farming community in Arkansas. "I think they taught me to appreciate quality and how to live comfortably among beautiful but functional pieces. I remember countless trips to antique and home furnishing stores with my mother. At the time, I didn't love it, but I suppose the affinity for beautiful furnishings, fabrics and art rubbed off on me during the process."
Leigh, recounts that while traveling with her first job just after graduating from the University of Arkansas, she fell in love with a vanity she spotted at one of her favorite antique stores. "I just had to have that piece," she remembers,' so I bought it and paid on it for 6 months." She still had that piece today.
The mother of three small daughters, Leigh, understands the need for interiors to be practical as well as beautiful. Child friendly fabrics and versatile, comfortable styles fill her personal spaces. She also has a passion for original art, and is discerning about the pieces she places in her home. "Just the right piece of art can define the room's personality'< she says. Her basic design philosophy incorporates elements that ultimately achieve a look the embodies casual elegance and a comfortable lifestyle.
"I love what I do. I want my clients to love their homes. I want their individuality to be evident in their choices. My approach to assisting them is to encourage honesty about their wants, needs and budget. I can then take that information and help them aquire an environment that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing."
I knew right away that the Schumacher fabric ‘Persian Lancers’ would be the perfect springboard for our design. If there is one fabric that embodies who I am as a designer it’s this one! I love that it feels traditional, yet the fresh color palette of greens and blues allows me to pair it with modern or transitional pieces. We’ve chosen light upholstery in relaxed, comfortable styles and incorporated interesting art and accessories to pull it all together. We hope that you love the space as much as much as we do!
blu d’or interiors
420 S. Grove Park Road | Memphis, TN
901.207.4392 | bludorinteriors.com
Cambria USA, the only family-owned, American-made producer of natural quartz surfaces, will host a lounge area where you can discover many of their stunning designs.
The Cambria lounge will showcase the new Cambria Matte Finish, along with their eight bold new designs. The lounge will also feature work by local artists, Rosalyn Brown, Cathy Lancaster, and Shelley Bolton, paired with exquisite quartz creations by Cambria.
The lounge will be open throughout the day on Saturday.
Our approach is based firmly on our intrinsic nature to listen and observe. From this foundation we pursue inspiring and purposeful works of architecture through the refinement of ideas which respond to the specific factors of each endeavor. We undertake each project with passion and rigor in delivering graceful solutions that merge functionality and aesthetic beauty. Carlton-Edwards is an assemblage of talented professionals of complementary skills and great ambition. In looking to the future we see a built environment shaped by our keen understanding of the past with a vision toward creating innovative, fresh and timeless forms. In cultivating an ideology of impeccable craftsmanship, great attention to detail, and sound environmental principles, we ensure a legacy of quality to be enjoyed for generations.
Carlton Architecture assembles talented professionals of complementary skills and great ambition. Founded in Asheville, NC in 2005 by Rob Carlton, the firm opened its Memphis branch under Jeff Edwards in 2013. The firm is dedicated to producing custom residential and commercial design of unsurpassed quality while maintaining a mindful relationship to our natural resources.
171 Racine Street | Memphis, TN
901.340.4653 | carlton-edwards.com
Gwen’s passion became profession in 2000. Her work exudes clean, sophisticated yet welcoming spaces.
Although home is Memphis, Gwen has designed both commercial and residential projects in Tennessee, Michigan, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C. and New York. Her work has been published in regional magazines, At Home Tennessee and Memphis Magazine, as well as national publications, Elle Decor and House Beautiful. Gwen has established her firm nationally as the go-to resource for refreshingly chic design.
Her design philosophy is rooted in tradition with a personal twist. Gwen works with her clients to create spaces that reflect personal style while remaining timeless and elegant. She focuses on curating goods that have staying power and are an investment that can be passed down for generations. Much of Gwen’s work is founded in using her global-source network that includes highly skilled artisans, craftspeople, antiques and vintage finds.
Gwen’s design philosophy is rooted in tradition with a personal twist. She works with her clients to create spaces that reflect personal style while remaining timeless and elegant. She focuses on curating goods that have staying power and are an investment that can be passed down for generations. Much of Gwen’s work is founded in using her global-source network that includes highly skilled artisans, craftspeople, antiques and vintage finds.
Driscoll Design & Decoration
632 South Perkins Road | Memphis, TN
901.767.1340 | driscolldesignanddecoration.com
Elizabeth is a formally trained Interior Designer with over five years of design experience. Elizabeth embarked on her interior design career after graduating with a B.A. from Washington and Lee University. From 2010-2013, Elizabeth studied at The New York School of Interior Design and worked as a project manager for renowned designer Miles Redd, author of The Big Book of Chic.
In 2013, she moved back to Memphis, Tennessee and opened her own design firm. Grounded in tradition but with a keen understanding of modern gestures, Elizabeth’s style is characterized by a love of cozy glamour, her use of high and low design elements, and a thoughtful attention to detail and color.
I envisioned our “Reading Lounge” as a stylish library-like room that could serve a dual purpose: a nice place to curl up and read a book, but also a great place to host a cocktail party! Jewel tones, salon style art display, and layers of playful patterns aim to create a comfortable yet chic environment infused with old world sensibility.
Features local artists: Twin, Carroll Cloar, Nancy Cheairs, Leslie Cetingok, and Freida Hamm
Elizabeth Malmo Interior Design
Director of Design
"I approach design like fine art. We all know it's subjective, but great art can be measured by its quantifiable principles and so can great design."
We believe in challenging the status quo of the home-improvement industry. We believe in thinking differently and discovering better ways to exceed expectations. We believe in partnering with and empowering our clients!
From conception to completion, EXCEED Design and Remodel Management assists you in staying on budget and on time, while delivering fresh ideas for your homes and businesses.
We qualify every job, define the design, and deliver a plan of action.
As a management company with in-house designers and remodeling experts, we partner with proven professionals to establish time-efficient-turn-key makeovers with Smart-Budget Designs to create the you in your unique spaces.
The Exceed team approached this project using one of our favorite clients and her unique filter of the world to tackle the challenge of a southern loft bedroom. The stage is set from the textural mixed-media accent wall. White Stackstone, reclaimed wood, and white glass work together to create the installation. Spotlighting the center is a deep, lipstick-red, European floating cabinet with signature steel door.
Natural tones reflected in the custom reclaimed wood mirror and bench contrast the bold, chic French Quarter Damask wallpaper and lively vintage chair. Fine art and old southern roots come together in the unique black and white photograph of a classic downtown Memphis carriage horse. The ambience of the room is created with signature lighting and the modern chic accent pieces. All of these elements are anchored by Industrial nightstands and the custom king bed, created using Cambria’s Clareanne quartz.
1789 Kirby Parkway | Memphis, TN
901.321.5298 | exceedkitchenandbath.com
Owner and Creative Director
Greg Campbell, native Memphian, is the co-owner of Garden District since 1995. He specializes in weddings, receptions, parties and events. Out of town venues include Lafayette, LA, Seattle, WA, Paris, France, London, England, Big Sky, MT, Carmel, CA, Napa Valley, CA, Charlottesville, VA, and various cities in the Mid South.
Greg’s work has been featured in Veranda, Southern Accents, The Commercial Appeal, Victoria Magazine, RSVP, Memphis Magazine and Fine Flowers by Phone. His motion picture credits are seen in The Client and People vs. Larry Flint.
Boards include Memphis City Beautiful Commission - chair, Professional Florists Association of Memphis - chair, Tennessee State Florist Association and Project Green Fork.
Owner & Director of Opperations
Garden District, formerly John Hoover flowers, began in 1995 in a charming clapboard house in Midtown Memphis. Our shop was named in part because of the owners' love for New Orleans and in part because of its proximity to both Central Gardens and Chickasaw Gardens here in Memphis.
In 2003, after outgrowing the space, we moved to our current location in the heart of East Memphis. Our current showroom is a mix of contemporary and traditional and features a glass storefront, soaring ceilings and plenty of space to display a beautiful mix of flowers, plants, antiques, books and containers.
Our inspiration is an urban garden. We are creating a private oasis that could exist in a confined space such as a rooftop or the area between two buildings using elements of classic garden design along with Japanese and mid-century references.
5040 Sanderlin Avenue | Memphis, TN
901.761.3277 | gardendistrictmemphis.com
This full-service interior design firm has created stunning interiors for some of Memphis’ most prestigious homes. Known for timeless aesthetics, Greg Baudoin integrates traditional pieces and classic design with contemporary styles and finishes. The Greg Baudoin aesthetic is known for comfortable sophistication achieved with subtle patterns, fluid transitions and a cohesive palette. The results are always compelling and undeniably elegant. From bedroom makeovers to kitchen renovations to pool and patio designs, Greg Baudoin is committed to quality, craft and expertise. He approaches every project with energy and professionalism, leaving no detail of the design process unattended. In addition to design consultation, Greg Baudoin Interior Design has a showroom with a carefully curated selection of furniture, lighting and accents.
This living room setting is designed for comfort and a place to display and enjoy art. The upholstered pieces provide comfort and ample seating for a contemplative view of the interesting art which surrounds it.
The Greg Baudoin aesthetic is known for comfortable sophistication achieved with subtle patterns, fluid transitions and a cohesive palette. The results are always compelling and undeniably elegant.
Greg Baudoin was featured in Style Blueprint in December 2016.
Greg Baudoin Interior Design
169 Racine Street | Memphis, TN
901.791.0318 | gregbaudoin.com
Neely Carter of Memphis-based Parker Design Studio is a full-service interior designer who prides herself on high-quality work and positive, personal relationships with her clients. With a diversified project mix that’s roughly half commercial and half residential, Parker Design Studio’s clientele ranges from retail stores to restaurants, from salons to veterinary clinics, from corporate offices to high-end, custom residential spaces. No matter the client, Parker Design Studio aim to channel the client’s design desires to create a space that marries form and function to perfectly meet the end users’ needs.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Savannah College of Art and Design nine years ago, Carter has worked with a broad range of clients and completed a diverse array of work, including an exclusive line of furniture sold on One Kings Lane. She received the honor of New Design Professional as part of the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas in 2012. Carter has been working with Parker Design Studio since 2012.
An environment to spark imagination.
Parker Design Studio
5050 Poplar Ave, Suite 1503 | Memphis, TN
901.761.3666 | parkerdesignstudio.com
Interior Designer and Owner of spruce
A Nashville-area native and 2002 graduate of The University of Memphis Interior Design program, Selena decided to place her roots in Memphis after graduation and focus on residential design. A love for being in the heart of the city, and a desire to work closely with the client, drives her daily work. Following her time as a buyer for a local European antiques and gift shop – while she also worked as a freelance interior designer – Selena decided to open her own retail space in 2007 that would serve as a resource for the city.
She continues to work daily with her clients to help them create spaces that best suit their needs and wants. Selena's personal style is an eclectic mix of old and new, maintaining clean lines and function as a primary focus. While her work is right here in Memphis, Selena reaches beyond to Chicago, London, Nashville, and, of course, the Florida coast.
A love for being in the heart of the city, and a desire to work closely with the client, drives Selena’s daily work. Her personal style is an eclectic mix of old and new, maintaining clean lines and function as a primary focus.
5040 Sanderlin Avenue | Memphis, TN
901.682.5513 | spruceshop.com
I began my design career in 1987 when my sister and I opened a drapery workroom. That quickly progressed into full time interior design. In 1990 I went to work for Donomarc Interiors. Donovan Goff was the principal designer and gave me the many tools I needed to move into my own business. I and a partner purchased The Flower Shop in West Memphis in 1995. I ran my design business out of there until 1997 when I opened Trimmings. Trimmings was a full service design firm and Antique shop. I received my Allied ASID (American Society of Interior Design) designation in 1998. Mike Lawing and I ran Trimmings until 2002 when we open Designer Services. In 2005 we opened Vignettes as the retail side of Designer Services. We continue today as a design firm and retail shop. There are no projects to big or small when it comes to the services we offer. We have worked locally, nationally and internationally. We bring a fresh approach to living in an esthetically pleasing environment.
Mike Lawing, co-owner of Vignettes, comes to the interior design business with over 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial design. A Memphis native, Mike has worked his way up the ladder to achieve his success. Beginning his journey working retail in Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C., it instilled the important skills of merchandising and esthetics. These traits came full circle when opportunities of designing store interiors presented themselves in Richmond, Washington D.C., and Maryland. The draw of home was too much, and Mike found himself back in Memphis for his permanent residence and career path, bringing with him a cultivated body of work rich in accessorizing and color. His client base is expansive, ranging from Memphis to Atlanta, Birmingham, and South Florida. With so many different life experiences, cultures, and styles to draw from, there truly is no job he and his team cannot deliver.
Your Vision. Our Imagination
As interior designers, our job is to help you realize the picture inside your head. We want to assist you in transforming your house into your dream home. We're confident you'll find our design professionals to be creative, knowledgeable, efficient and responsive.
We start with a visit to your home to get a feel for how your space needs to function, your lifestyle, your needs and to get a little insight into your tastes.
We've worked on everything from renovations to new residences. Our team can guide you through all of the decisions of a project, large and small. We encourage our clients to utilize our wealth of resources to their benefit. Creating a dream home goes far beyond looking pretty. Space function is just as important as aesthetic beauty.
Communication is the key to success. As a client, you will always have a direct line to your project lead. We expect and encourage our clients to openly communicate concerns, needs and excitement about any portion of the project.
The overriding goal of all projects is to exceed client expectations. This is the driving force behind our design work.
Our client would like soft contemporary furnishings with a touch of old Hollywood. Adding interesting artwork for inspired conversation over dinner is a must. A wonderful round table with comfortable chairs add to the whole dining experience in this elegant space.
3092 Poplar, Suite 15 | Memphis, TN
901.753.0010 | designervignettes.com
Ashley's penchant for design began at an early age. As a toddler, she was bribed to resist sucking her thumb not with candy or other treats: but with what would come to be one of her first design elements. . . Shoes. Her first experiences with color, form and design were through materials and textiles that she could reach with her little hands: clothing, shoes and hair ribbons. Her sense of style was evident through her deliberate choices of color and fit, tailoring each outfit down to every small detail. Her beginnings with textiles and fabric choices led to a certain decisiveness which would become her defining character as a designer.
The daughter of a Cuban American, Ashley grew up in Tennessee and then studied Interior Design at Auburn University where she experienced exposure to all the design elements necessary for a full scale architectural design project. She completed her design studies abroad in Ariccia, Italy which continued to train her eye to value, beauty and details. From there she went on to work with Marc-Michaels Interior Design in Winter Park, Florida (ranked as the number one Residential Design firm in the US for many years), Richard Keith Langham Inc. in New York, New York, and Rhea Crenshaw Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2014 she started the York Binkley firm. Married to real estate developer Les Binkley, she makes her home in Tennessee where she and Les, both passionate about design, seek out inspiration through a wide variety of avenues which continually refine their eye and appreciation for beauty.
She has a sense of color and style that is innate. Her confidence in choosing the right design elements for an interior space comes yes, from her wide range of educational experiences, but mostly from an untaught sense of style and love for aesthetics. Her attention to details enables her projects to become comfortable well appointed rooms that transcend current style trends and become timeless. Of course, we all appreciate well executed and well balanced spaces, Ashley's work can be defined as sophisticated yet comfortable, casual yet refined, and out of the ordinary but somewhat familiar. Ashley's versatility and openness in her design approach allow clients the freedom to collaborate with her and create spaces catered to her clients personality and lifestyle while respecting the architecture and history of the home.
noun ate·lier \,a-təl-yā\
French for a studio or workroom specifically for an artist or designer. This work studio is inspired by the the profound influence that space has on the creative process. York Binkley’s atelier strives to invoke simplicity to foster unrestricted creativity yet provide subtle richness from which to draw inspiration.
York Binkley Interior Design
901.573.6103 | www.yorkbinkley.com
Ashley Binkley was recently featured in Style Blueprint.
Browse photos from our 2017 Art By Design events below.