Interior designer Betsy Brown is, at once, a classicist and a modernist. The Birmingham-based designer favors clean lines and hard edges, but manages to temper rooms with highly crafted details and well-chosen antiques that result in comfort. “I really look for interiors to be relaxed, to make you feel like you’re on vacation, as if the world went away and all you have around you is super comfortable, totally relaxed space,” she says.
The objective is the same when she designs her own rooms. “Unlike some designers, who find designing for themselves so easy because they know themselves so well, I find the opposite to be true,” Brown confesses. “I feel that I can get inside the heads of my clients very easily, but it’s almost as if, as my own client, I don’t exist. I have a hard time knowing who I am.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY BETSY BROWN
ARCHITECTURE BY BATES CORKERN STUDIO
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE
WRITTEN BY JEAN NAYAR
This story appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of MILIEU.
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