Mallory Mathison Glenn of Mallory Mathison Inc. approaches today’s design opportunities as the perfect window for combining all that the past and future offer to provide personally expressive interiors tailored to each client. Mallory has a natural vision for creating statement design projects for residential and commercial clients. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally as an emerging voice in the field.
What inspired this career path for you?
My love of dollhouses and tagging along with my mom to estate sales on weekends began my love affair with homes and filling them with one-of-a-kind finds, along with making things pretty and comfortable. Also, I grew up using sterling silver every day and ate frosted flakes out of Limoges china, so I continue that “use what you have” mantra at my house today. In high school, I had summer jobs with an interior designer and then I went on to The University of Alabama and Parsons (NY) for design degrees. After college, I worked for two Atlanta designers and one in New York before striking out on my own in 2006.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Travel and reading books especially those by Billy Baldwin, Michael Smith, and Bunny Williams. Mostly I’m inspired when I have time to just think and let ideas take shape. I also love to gain inspiration from my clients; when they sit back and let me take the creative lead, clients can be very inspirational. We are striving to create a lovely, appropriate, inviting backdrop for their lives, so using their travels and interests as inspiration makes a great deal of sense.
Tell us about your creative process.
My process varies from project to project. Many homes we work on are newly built or renovations, so we begin with the architecture, land, and a few key pieces, and build from there. Sometimes it’s an inherited rug or a piece of art they they’ve won at an auction, but mostly the process is driven by putting the pieces together that will elevate their lives at home.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Polished, layered, colorful, collected, classic, and gracious.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
iPhone X, tape measure, Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball paint decks, clipboard with graph paper, and extra-fine-point Sharpie.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
Alexa Hampton, Judy Bentley, Dan Carithers, Miles Redd, Alex Papachristidis, Carolyne Roehm, Bunny Williams, Michael Smith, Suzanne Rheinstein, Richard Keith Langham, Margaret Kirkland, and so many, many more!
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I’d love to design a beautiful country estate/farm for Sarah Amanda Bray, the former style editor at Town & Country and now the EIC of Gotham Magazine. Maybe it would be in Virginia or Upstate New York. Mostly classic, traditional elements such as chintz lounge chairs and rush matting with antique oushaks layered on top would greet visitors with a warm, gracious feel. There would be very bold and enlivening contemporary art topped with unlacquered brass picture lights hung on Farrow & Ball tented stripe wallpaper. It would be full of nods to the Southern traditions and have fabulous house stationery, designed by Alexa Pulitzer of New Orleans, which has pops of whimsy and unexpected objects that tell the story of her travels and style.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“Far too much makes perfect sense and far too little makes none.” Decorating should be fun and not taken too seriously; the imperfect is what makes design and life interesting.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Veranda is a longtime favorite magazine to soak in the best-of-the-best interiors, especially by Southern designers. I also love Town and Country for many reasons; it’s aspiration that you look for in magazines as well as inspiration, and both Veranda and Town and Country ooze aspiration. I really enjoy reading Tory Burch’s blog and, of course, Paloma Contreras’ La Dolce Vita blog.
What do you love about Viyet?
We love the ability to find special, one-of-a-kind antiques, accessories, and art! It’s incredible to have sources from all over the country at your fingertips—where else would I find a pair of vintage frolicking blanc de chine foo dogs in under 30 seconds!?!??