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MEET GARY INMAN: DESIGNER + WANDERLUSTER
JANE DAGMI, Designers Today
September 25, 2018
Travel is essential for creativity and personal growth. Interior designer, VP Hospitality at Baskervill, and man about Market, Gary Inman has travelled all over the world. He shares an old passport photo, bits of his travel journal, and thoughts on globetrotting for business, beauty, and zen.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD THE BUG?
I think I had a case of wanderlust even before I ever traveled. I loved books and films and wanted to be Sinbad or Sir Galahad off on a great adventure. My first travel was to the picturesque mountains of North Carolina — Highlands, Cashiers, Blowing Rock, and Asheville's Grove Park Inn. I still adore these beautiful mountain settings all these years later. I fell under the spell of the mountain culture, the vistas, the food, the music, and a lifelong fascination with Cherokee culture.
IS TRAVEL ALWAYS PART OF A DESIGNER’S LIFE?
I am forever shopping for my clients. Even after a project concludes, I’ll happen upon an antique chest or a great painting and reach out to them. Frequently, they love the piece as much as I do and we always manage to find a home for it. I love this part of my career — the eternal looking and editing is just in my blood. I never view it as a negative and find that I enjoy my travels more because of it. I also love that I’m able to support artists, antiquaries, and artisans around the world through my practice.
WHAT IS THE PLACE YOU KEEP GOING BACK TO AND WHY?
Florence has touched my soul in a way that is difficult to express in words. I’ve visited four times in recent years and I still feel I have just scratched the surface. I often walk Florence till 2 in the morning and love the empty streets and its haunting beauty. The discovery that my wife is a descendant of the Corsini family, one of Florence’s oldest noble families, has made it all the more personal. We’re planning to lead our first tour, “Design Secrets of Tuscany” to the region next November.
WHAT ARE SOME INDIGENOUS GOODIES THAT YOU HAVE FALLEN FOR?
I love the little Greek bowls from Patmos.
HOW HAS THE IPHONE CHANGED YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
I have a love hate relationship with my IPhone. The upside is I always have a camera and video camera in hand. The bad news is I also have office emails, calendar reminders, and non-stop text messages even when on vacation. Nothing scatters the tranquility of the Aegean Sea faster than a buzzing phone. I’ve learned to silence my phone and avoid emails during my Zen time!
COME AND SAY BUONGIORNO TO GARY INMAN
(and Kelli Ellis, Michelle Nussbaumer, Scot Meacham Wood, David Santiago, and Jane Dagmi)
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Designed for large gatherings, a new custom home celebrates its bucolic, central-Virginia surroundings
By Catherine Funkhouser | Photography by Kip Dawkins
For a Quinton, Virginia, couple, the empty nest proved to be anything but. Theirs is a hub of activity, with grown children and umpteen grandkids visiting often. So after living for several years in a cottage tucked into their expansive farm, the pair decided to build their dream home—with plenty of space for gathering their clan and entertaining friends. “The house grew out of a need to have a beautiful but comfortable place, large enough to accommodate their family and lifestyle,” reveals interior designer Gary Inman, tapped by the pair to help achieve those goals.
The husband, a business owner, and wife envisioned a home that would fit the character of their pastoral property comprising 2,000 splendorous acres outside of Richmond. They found their vision online: a Tudor-style house in Toronto designed by Stan Makow. A journey north to tour that residence and meet with Makow sealed the deal. Using his Toronto house plan as a springboard, the Canadian architect conjured a 12,000-square-foot abode with the relaxed elegance of a country estate and a strong connection to its setting.
“The house relates to the surroundings and flows from the inside to the outside,” notes Makow, referencing the tall windows lining the rear and wide French doors connecting the main hall to the loggia. “There is a view from the front entrance right through to the back—to the outdoor sitting area and pool. All the principal rooms are oriented to those backyard vistas.” The first-floor master suite and the library, located in opposite front corners, enjoy side views of the rolling landscape.
With four guest bedrooms upstairs and two more downstairs, the house easily accommodates the couple’s combined brood. The lower level’s other attractions—a wine cellar, hangout/TV space and game room—lure guests of all ages.
Makow describes the home’s exterior, which marries Pennsylvania-quarried stone with mahogany windows, as “transitional Tudor with French influences.” He delivered the architectural drawings, and Williamsburg architect John Hopke took the reins from there, overseeing construction on site.
The interiors suggest a French bent too. The owners enlisted Inman and Dani Fraizer, his design partner at Baskervill, just as construction got underway. Augmenting the millwork already planned, the designers added bespoke interior-architecture details, using what Inman calls “the basic French Country vocabulary of metal, stone and wood.” The main hall’s mahogany and hand-forged-steel stair railing and the library’s walnut parquetry floor take their cues from age-old French country style designs Inman uncovered during extensive research.
Dovetailing with the French Country lexicon, nature emerged as a powerful design catalyst. The color scheme certainly echoes the large outdoors: blue plays a starring role and green offers support. “The owners talked a lot about the land and wildlife,” recalls Inman. “All the joy always returned to nature. So ‘celebrating nature’ became our catchphrase, and it helped us stay focused with everything we selected—the patinas, the materiality, even the patterns of rugs and textiles.”
Nature motifs appear in many artisanal elements commissioned for the home. Adorning the dining room’s built-in cabinets, works of pietra dura, an ancient Italian decorative art, depict birds and branches. Craftsmen in Florence created the images using colorful, inlaid stones. Over the kitchen range, Delft tiles, hand-painted by a Welsh artist,
capture meaningful scenes from around the couple’s farm.
“I’m proud of the level of detail throughout the entire house,” says Fraizer. “The owners and their guests are still looking around and discovering new details.”
When it came time to furnish the house, the designers faced a virtually blank canvas (just a handful of family pieces made the move from the cottage). While Inman admits he “is a big advocate for using antiques” and mixes styles and periods with aplomb, he tends to blend past and present. An old mail-sorting station that started life in a Paris hotel now adds character and French provenance to the family room’s largely new grouping. Though the furniture plan includes “quite a few antiques,” Inman notes, “the house doesn’t feel stuffy.”
Contemporary art keeps stuffiness at bay, as the stairway’s vibrant, abstract paintings affirm. “We wanted the interiors to be elegant and tasteful, but also fresh,” says Inman. “There are moments of modernism throughout, but the overall feeling is French.” The master suite exemplifies the evenhanded approach, juxtaposing a Louis XV-style mantel in the sitting room with abstract works by California artist Linda Donohue in the bedroom.
The back mudroom exudes country-house charm, albeit more English than French. Inman admits that he “kind of went William Morris crazy” in the space where the wallpaper and Roman-shade fabric, both from Morris & Co., are inspired by the late English textile designer’s original creations.
Upstairs, each of the guest rooms carries a different theme. With its whispery green walls, The Old Pear Suite (which boasts a separate sitting room) memorializes a beloved tree that once graced the property. The Audrey (as in Hepburn) Room—where pops of pink zing against a graphic scheme—takes inspiration from the departed actress and fashion icon. “We built each design off the story we developed for the space,” reveals Fraizer. “Everything had a purpose, an order and tied back to the story.”
Visiting grandchildren and the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers figured prominently in the overall narrative. Drawing on their backgrounds in hospitality design, Inman and Fraizer prioritized performance. They selected durable finishes and stain-resistant textiles, such as the topcoat-protected leather on the kitchen’s barstool seats.
The relaxed environment aligns with the owners’ open-door policy. “The house has provided both an exterior and interior that are perfectly set up for socializing and entertaining,” notes Inman. “It’s getting a lot of use and is often at maximum capacity. The owners seem to be living the dream.”
Architecture: Stan Makow, Makow Associates Architect Inc., Toronto, Canada. Architect of Record: John Hopke, RA, LEED AP, Hopke & Associates, Inc., Williamsburg, Virginia. Interior Design: Gary Inman, Allied ASID, and Dani Fraizer, Baskervill, Washington, DC, and Richmond, Virginia. Kitchen Design: Matthew Gunn, CKD, Classic Kitchens of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Builder: Superior Contracting, Midlothian, Virginia. Landscape Architecture: Doug Aurand, Siska Aurand Landscape Architects, Inc., Norfolk, Virginia.
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Conarte America is hosting High Point Market’s first international design panel this fall.
The event, planned for Sunday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon in Conarte’s showroom, 827 W. Green Dr., will focus on European design and its massive influence on global innovation, craftsmanship and cultural artistry.
The panel will include Fabio Rizzolo, commercial director for Vistosi in Italy; Gaetano De Cataldo, U.S. manager for Estro Milano; Hans Rolink, commericial director of Coleccion Alexandra in Spain; and Germano Cavalli, owner of Genus Mobili in Italy. It will be moderated by Gary Inman, vice president of hospitality for Baskervill.
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LEXINGTON, N.C., July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Outdoor entertaining is everyone's favorite summer party mode, but only when the host is smart enough to beat the heat. Designers from coast to coast get creative with tips on surviving the dog days of summer with al fresco celebrations that refresh and replenish. How to know your party's a success? Home and décor expert Kathy Wall says when neither you nor your guests break a sweat.
Cool Down With Special Summer Cocktails
Thirst quenching sangria and margaritas are refreshing seasonal staples but for Claudia Giselle Tejeda in Brooklyn, it's a fizzy St. Germain Elderflower Cocktail. In Richmond, VA, Gary Inmanenjoys spirit-laced granita—a grown-up version of a snow cone—as his cool-down drink along with home-made popsicles for kids. While in Las Vegas, Lisa Escobar recommends Plum cherry ice pops spiked with bubbling champagne.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. "I definitely will have a classic lemonade in a mason jar drink dispenserwith a spout," says Tejeda, who likes to label all her beverage containers for easy i.d. and provides dry-erase ink pens so guests can mark—and keep up with—their glasses. San Francisco designer, Chanda Seymour, favors creating water bars with a selection of diffused waters. To prevent ice from diluting her guest's drinks, Seymour suggests freezing cubes from the same beverage as the drink (lemonade ice in lemonade). "I love using Govino's shatterproof, reusable, recyclable glasses so I do not worry about accidents," Seymour concludes.
Another one of Escobar's summer party staples is the Coolest Cooler. This handy cooler on wheels not only keeps refreshments chilled but is also party ready with a built-in ice-crushing blender, lively Bluetooth speaker, and even an LED lid light for ambiance.
Tasty Tidbits From Garden To Table
Serve refreshing and healthful foods in addition to hot dogs and burgers. Gazpacho, fennel mint salad with mustard seed, and watermelon with arugula are Giselle's best bets. Inman is a disciple of fresh and local, which means simple. "Goat's cheese, strawberries, walnuts, fresh figs, drizzles of honey—unlimited combinations. Crostini or bruschetta with garden ripe tomatoes are perfect for passing on trays or displayed on tiered presentation dishes," says Inman.
Southern Entertainment Is All About The More The Merrier
Don't skimp on the seating. Christi Barbour, in High Point, NC, says "always be ready with extra seating for when more friends and family pop in." Her favorite new outdoor addition is a teak sling from Serena & Lily.
Also, from the South, Vicky Serany, in Cary, NC, advises to "keep it simple. Find a shady spot with a cool summer breeze along with a beautiful view and allow the conversation and laughter to flow." Adding an oscillating misting floor fantakes the edge off of the brutal North Carolina summer heat and humidity while keeping the party going.
Make Your Backyard Party Central
Escobar also recommends adding shade to cool things down. "Gray Malin, one of my fav artists, sells colorful umbrellas which he showcases in his unique one-of-a-kind photos," Escobar adds. Use string lights to create a wonderland around or between trees, the umbrellas or along the deck. "Simple solar lights hanging from trees look magical at night," notes Patti Johnson, in Lebanon, OH.
"At our house in Florida, where the heat and insects are ferocious, we blend a mix of essential oils with witch hazel in a spray bottle," shares Lisa Kahn-Allen. "We mix rosemary, citronella, mint and lavender. It actually smells nice and really works as a natural insect repellant without the chemicals that are found in commercial sprays."
Let Plants Rule
"We like large potted succulents such as agave or even a planter full of bamboo," says Escobar. Johnson gravitates to pots of blooming color. "Arranging potted flowers is an easy, inexpensive way to add pops of color." Keep flower arrangements simple, warns Inman. "I love floating roses or peonies in beautiful bowls," he says.
California designer, Lauren Jacobsen, in Toluca Lake suggests trying your hand at inventive DIY seating. "For a fun, unique way to seat your guests outdoors this summer, try covering that old Adirondack chair in faux grass. A little cutting and gluing will take your outdoor entertaining to a new level in delighting your friends and family." Or, don't have the time but do have the budget, you can purchase the chairs direct at Mecox.com.
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SOURCE Kathy Wall
Designers share their top picks and resources on guided tours of the Suites at Market Square
If you’ve ever wanted an award-winning designer to guide you through some of their favorite showrooms, you won’t want to miss the Suite Spot Tours in Suites at Market Square. Showing you can’t-miss products from some of their most trusted vendors, each tour leader creates an experience that guests describe as one of the most rewarding hours they’ve spent at Market.
“Robin’s one of my favorite sources in the Suites at Market Square, I love her fresh take on furniture, hardware, and luxury rugs,” says Inman. “After more than fifty High Point Markets, I find the Suites/Salon at Market Square and Interhall to be the best places to see the leading edge of design. I always begin with these two areas and that sets the tone for my entire Market.”
(Posted in Interiors+Sources By Kadie Yale)
It was an honor for me to be asked to moderate a panel on May 8 during Coverings’ annual show alongside James Wheeler, principal designer of J. Wheeler Designs; Elisa Gangone, NCIDQ, associate at ai3; and Gary Inman, vice president of hospitality at Baskervill. The talk, Seamless Design with Tile and Stone: Residential to Commercial and Back Again, looked at the influences of residential and commercial projects on each other (focusing primarily on hospitality), and the ways in which stone and tile fit into the mix.
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Today’s interiors are about storytelling, and no element adds more to the story than a beautifully crafted antique. There is magic in the dynamic visual tension created by a blend of ancient and modern. As Alexa Hampton shared with me, “If the architectural backdrop is contemporary, pieces with age and patina will serve as the perfect foil to the stark modernity of their surroundings.”
It is this counterbalance that makes the use of antiques so powerful in the hands of a skilled designer. It creates that timeless quality our clients want in their interiors. In her own apartment, Hampton expresses the sumptuous elegance of another era by combining a pair of French Empire style mahogany chairs with a 19th Century Austrian Neoclassic ebonized secretary/commode, circa 1800.
Designing for a home in Central Park West, Libby Langdon, of Libby Interiors Inc., juxtaposed a modern painting and lamp with her client’s great great grandfather’s desk. The lovely patina of the desk, and the family history it embodies, can never be replicated.
“I hope and pray that young people start to realize how they can artfully mix in special family heirloom antiques with the new furniture styles they are drawn to, and how both can not only peacefully coexist but add style and meaning to their interior design,” said Langdon.
Another valued colleague, Mary Douglas Drysdale, said, “I have always favored rooms with mixes – antiques, transitional pieces, modern art and unexpected finds. This classic / modern mix says more to me about the complexity of taste and times than a room that is perfectly balanced and of one moment in time.”
Starting with a neoclassical mantel thought to be original to the 1920s Tuxeden Estate where it resides, Drysdale transcended eras by selecting a bold modern painting by Linling Lu, a Washington, DC artist, to bring the colors of the garden into the interior. The harmony of opposites is simply brilliant!
One particularly magical aspect of antiques is provenance. A single antique element can shift and enrich the character of a space. It brings with it the craftsmanship of another time, in some cases craftsmanship and materials that we cannot duplicate today.
Known as “The Commander In Chic,” Natalie Reddell, of Natalie Reddell Interiors, created this space by blending her client’s heirloom rug with a caned bench from their parents antique shop in Mt. Dora, Florida. The contemporary painting is by Richmond artist Lindsay Cowles.
Denise McGaha, of Denise McGaha Interiors, selected a 19th Century French mirror from her client’s extensive personal collection to serve as the focal point for this breakfast room. The juxtaposition of the Saarinen table and the gilded pier mirror is dramatic yet cohesive.
“I love using antiques in my designs because it brings so much character to the space. I especially love mixing in clients’ antiques with other new items to create a look that tells their own personal story,” says McGaha.
In my own project for Millstone Manor, my inspiration began with the Jackson Pollack painting you see reflected in the Bunny Williams mirror, purchased from Mirror Image Home. Beneath, a Regency Chest from Kenny Ball in the Antique & Design Center stands in ordered contrast to the Pollack’s random swirls, which are echoed in three dimensions by the Christopher Spitzmiller lamp from Visual Comfort. Framing the vignette, a pair of Kindel chairs anchor the arc of blues while softening the strong lines of the chest. Central to this synergy of juxtaposition is the counterbalancing effect the reflection of the painting has on the academic classicism of the chest and chairs.
Finding the perfect fit for the Hooper Kyser House, the oldest house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Lisa Mende purchased this mid-19th Century walnut chest from the Antique and Design Center. To create a layered and inviting sensibility, Mende counterbalanced the antique chest with more contemporary design elements.
Dubbed “The Mixmaster,” Eric Christopher Cohler, of Eric Cohler Design, demonstrates his signature skill by blending modern art with vintage collections. An antique Swedish chandelier from the late 19th Century adds an exquisite finishing touch to the composition.
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co., the world’s largest antiques touring company explains, “It’s all about the mix. Different periods and different styles, different echelons and origins are what makes a room exciting. People today want their rooms to reflect their globally chic lives – global influence – southeast Asian textiles next to Swedish Rococo chairs, and French Louis XVI gilt consoles paired with a vintage African juju hat.”
The intrigue of another culture always has the capacity to transcend the ordinary, much as a film can captivate and create an alternate perspective. A Moroccan inlay chest, an ornately carved Venetian Commode, or an English Tudor chest all serve the same purpose, but their cultural content is distinctive and the experience they elicit is unique.
For their One Steamboat Place project, Joni Vanderslice and her team at J. Banks Design used a dramatically scaled bookcase to create a space that lifts the eye and spirit upward. Once part of the Vienna State Library in Austria, the piece was sourced from Randall Tysinger Antiques in High Point.
The talented team at Mitchell Hill sourced a 19th Century French Restoration Period commode with Saint Anne marble top, circa 1820s, and then paired it with a colorful grid and modern furniture. The resulting space is at once avant-garde and pedigreed.
Perhaps more profound, some artifacts possess the cachet of having been owned by a person of distinction. Recall the red hot auctions of the collections of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, or of an eccentric collector such as Doris Duke. Or, better still, the coveted collections of Jacqueline Kennedy or The Duchess of Devonshire.
Years ago I had a chance to purchase a rosewood étagère from the collection of Nancy Lancaster, and have regretted not buying it for decades. Sharing an object with a person we have admired connects us in a very particular way over many years. It is hard to overstate the intrinsic spirit that antiques have the capacity to evoke. It’s meaning that goes beyond just the tangential sphere.
Searching for something totally inimitable for their Regency style home, The House of Bedlam, John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage were elated to find this 18th-Century portrait at Baker Furniture. Affectionately known as “Myrtle,” she now holds court over the couple’s tony soirees.
From my perspective, antiques are as close to magic as we get with our material world. They represent our connection to the past and our desire to live a unique life filled with personal meaning. Hopefully, they evolve into treasured family heirlooms. Fortunately, High Point Market features two sources for items from another time that I consider truly exceptional.
On your next visit, add the Antique and Design Center (which should be better than ever, having recently expanded their space by 6,600 square feet), and Randall Tysinger Antiques to your list. You’ll discover a treasure trove of remarkable design.
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The Living Well Show explores the fact that we all have a basic desire to live a full life! Listen in, to each episode as host international multi- award winning interior designer Charmaine Wynter BID; Owner of BESPOKE boutique & Wynter Interiors Inc design firm, interviews design prominent guests.
On April 16, 2016, the newly formed luxury design community, Elevate, developed in partnership with High Point Market Authority and Adorno Magazine, honored award recipients at their inaugural awards dinner. Universal Furniture, an indoor and outdoor furniture manufacturer, hosted the event in its High Point showroom.
“Building relationships directly with designers is the future of our business," said Neil MacKenzie, Universal’s director of marketing. "When we were offered the opportunity to be the first title sponsor of the event and tour, it was an easy decision.”
From our friends at Editor in Large, a two part piece on ICFF. Gary Inman and Bill Indursky are two of the many people that the magazine talks with in these short videos. Check it out for a good quick overview of this past ICFF New York or try to catch the new ICFF Miami.
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Growing up near High Point as an aspiring designer (I redesigned my first room at age 10), I fell under the spell of Market early. The legendary twice yearly event brought designers and store buyers to our region from exotic cultures and thriving cities around the world. It gave me the sense of living in the center of American furniture design, in the same way residents of New York and Paris feel they’re in an epicenter of fashion.
RICHMOND, VA—Gary M. Inman, Allied ASID, has joined Baskervill as VP of hospitality.
A designer, author and speaker, Inman brings more than 20 years of experience to his new position, with a background in boutique and luxury work. In his role, he will assist Baskervill’s hospitality division to grow and expand Baskervill’s market share in the boutique and luxury segments throughout the country.