Rivers Spencer won us over for the way she deftly combines historical elements with a decidedly modern point-of-view. We’re certainly not alone in our admiration — not only is Rivers a favorite among a fashionable clientele, she also was named House Beautiful’s October 2015 “Next Wave” designer. Creating gorgeous settings comes naturally for Rivers, who counts her current hometown of New Orleans as an enduring influence. (Her showroom is a double shotgun home on Magazine Street, redone in a chic array of soft hues with a glamorous mix of antiques and modern pieces.) “I’ve always had a love for beautiful things,” she says. “Creating a life that is centered around beautiful things is very fulfilling for me.”
Rivers’s interiors feel fresh but comfortably lived-in, which we can attribute to the genius mix of old and new. Fittingly, her exclusive selection of consigned pieces for Viyet follows suit. “They are mostly curated antiques and vintage pieces,” she says. “I love using unique finds as a centerpiece of a room, so I hope they end up being the star of someone’s space.”
Six words that describe my style: Southern, sophisticated, timeless, tailored, elegant, and fresh.
Another key element in her designs? Elegant upholstery. “We have a whole room in my showroom that is devoted to fabric,” she says. “I usually start [a project] by combing through my fabric library to find a fabric that fits the client and the style of the house.”
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? “I have an unnatural obsession with Grace Kelly, so I would love to go back in time and design her formal living room.”
Here’s a closer look at our favorite pieces from Rivers Spencer’s Viyet collection:
About the Designer
Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, Rivers learned the elements of classic, southern design which has served as her foundation in creating her own timeless style. Stepping into a home designed by Rivers is like stepping into both the past and present. The finished product showcases Rivers’ style which will always be… Timeless, Elegant, Tailored, Fresh.