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February 2009


MEET THE DESIGNER

Julianne Stirling
By Mollie Magill

A FAIRFIELD DESIGNER CREATES TAILORED LOOKS WITH WELL-MADE, COMFORTABLE PIECES

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What's your motto? "It's all about you." I like the challenge of discovering each client's unique style. Where did you study and receive training? I have a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in interior design from Marymount University in northern Virginia. I started my own firm in 1988 and my first client came by recommendation of my son: "My mom is good." How would you describe your personal style? How has it evolved over the years? I've lived in contemporary and traditional homes. In each case my interior selections were strongly influenced by the architecture, so much that furnishings from one would not translate to the other. What they have had in common, and what I am always attracted to, is quality. Good craftsmanship just gives me chills. Who is your style icon (interior or otherwise)? I love John Saladino for his clean, simple lines. His is a contemporary look that doesn't overlook comfort. However, my first mentor, Larry Horne of Horne International in Washington, D.C., arguably had the strongest influence on me. It was a real honor to be his intern, as Larry always worked with the best. [Image]What's the predominant design direction that you see today, based on your own clients/projects? Designing around the family entertaining themselves at home. There is so much stress in the world that clients want to come home and have everything there that they need to relax. It might be as simple as having flat-screen TVs in all the rooms, or as dramatic as having their own indoor basketball court. Do you have a signature? Quality. I've also been trained in Feng Shui and apply those principles to all of my designs. However, properly used Feng Shui will not be seen, but felt. What are your favorite color schemes right now? Warm grays with sharp accents like squash yellows or curry oranges. How do you approach designing second or vacation homes? It all depends on whether it is a ski chalet or a lake cottage. I want to know how it is going to function. There are a lot of questions I need answered before I can put the imagination into gear. Name a source of inspiration: Maybe the best source of inspiration is a problem. Nobody would wish for problems but they sure do make one creative. What is something you can't live without? My Aquatic Luxeair 27 Whirlpool hourglass tub. I have been specifying this tub for years and finally have my own. I love to read in the bathtub and take at least four baths a week. It is the perfect way to end a day.

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