If you step into the elegant home of Bunny Williams, you’ll probably find six dogs lounging on fur throws in a comfortable yet eye-catching space. As The Wall Street Journal says, Bunny’s fondness for her four-legged friends is surprisingly consistent with her style philosophy, which has been described as “relaxed traditional.” It’s an instantly recognizable design style that is achieved by mixing design periods and historical styles, while not going overboard on the decor. We had the opportunity to chat with Bunny about her favorite part of designing and her design tips.
Bunny’s favorite part of the design process is the beginning phases of a project. She begins with establishing the essence of a room by creating a palette, but doesn’t commit until she has explored. “If everything is paired and perfect, there is no spontaneity to it,” she says, “It’s still about the hunt, the excitement of buying a beautiful piece of furniture. It affects your next decision.”
A feeling of comfort and a sense of surprise are always present in her rooms to ensure the space achieves a timeless, not dated feel. “Good design should last like a great coat; you should always want to wear it,” she says.
When mixing design periods, she advises to mix older pieces with something fresh, complementing shapes with the opposite. “For example, a special intricately carved Portuguese chair looks great next to a square upholstered chair with modern lines,” she says. “It will stand out.”
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About the Designer
Renowned designer, president of Bunny Williams Home, author, dog lover, and garden enthusiast, reads Bunny Williams’ Twitter bio. Williams opened the doors of her design firm in 1988, and now she has an ever-growing home furnishings collection, Bunny Williams Home, founded in 2008. She then launched a flagship showroom in the summer of 2015 in NYC. For 25 years, with her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, Williams ran and owned Treillage Ltd., a unique decorative home and garden shop that became an institution in New York. Her latest book, On Garden Style, published in April 2015, offers Williams’ inspiring tips on garden design.