Designer Crush: nancy braithwaite

s i m p l i c i t y  

One of my favorite design books is by Atlanta based designer, Nancy Braithwaite. Braithwaite's book & her design philosophy all center around the idea of "simplicity." I've always been drawn to the word simplicity (aren't we all, for example, i'd really love my calculus test to be simple, getting a new tag for my car to be simple, travel connections be simple... you get the idea!). Now I know this isn't quite the same simplicity that Braithwaite is discussing when it comes to design. BUT I do think the ideas behind this simplicity are rooted in the same ideas. For me, simplicity means little fuss, little confusion; it implies peace and harmony (it does not mean that things are too bare or too easy). And once you look through this book, you'll really come to understand what simplicity in design looks like. Braithwaite's interiors are pleasing to the eye. I'm drawn to her spaces because they aren't complicated, trendy, or gimmicky. Rather they're very honest and harmonious. I love that they are easy for the eye to take in as opposed to being super complicated or fancy (can you tell I'm a fan?! quilty). I think her interiors are a breath of fresh air. Take a look  below! 

"Braithwaite’s work is luxuriously minimalist...While her work varies from art deco to country, the underlying rules remain the same: every element should strive to be simple and powerful without compromise, and every room must have a level of power that comes from commanding scale, repetition of elements, subtleties of color, or the sheer beauty of forms. In Braithwaite’s world, excess is not opulent. Simplicity is opulent."

SEE MORE  of her work: here and here 

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here are some very affordable examples of ways that you can achieve a similar simple, but layered look for your entrance using the same type acrylic console as a building block. 

console: CB2, pouf: wisteria, lamp: mr.brown, vase and bowl: domino, mirror: serena & lily

console: CB2, pouf: wisteria, lamp: mr.brown, vase and bowl: domino, mirror: serena & lily

console: CB2, vase and tray: domino, stool: wisteria, lamp: circa lighting, mirror: wisteria, art and olive jar: OKL 

console: CB2, vase and tray: domino, stool: wisteria, lamp: circa lighting, mirror: wisteria, art and olive jar: OKL 

have any questions or interested in a source/pricing/ etc.? email me katherine@mhjinteriors.com

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