i had the absolute pleasure of spending a couple of days in orange county last week with a cast of like-minded ladies, including charlotte nc decorator barrie benson. barrie is impossibly talented, plus she’s warm, so very stylish and the most fun dinner party companion. she has a laugh that tickles me every time, and a give her a room, or an outfit, and she has a knack for building on classic convention — she can adeptly spin what’s old into ice cream sundae eye-candy for the senses, that feels simultaneously young and hip, while totally collected and cool.
i was especially tickled to find barrie’s work in the newest schumacher bulletin (which is SO good, like way better than any magazine out there these barren times). she worked with chandra and jimmie johnson on their charlotte home, alongside architect perry poole, and the result is magic.