Designer We Love: Bunny Williams
Quotable Quotes: "Rooms should never be boring, yet nothing should hit you over the head. I think a room comes alive when there is a spontaneous mix of different periods, raw materials and high quality design."
"Decoration is not enough. Good architectural design is always the first consideration."
Virginia childhood, growing up in horse country and traditional decorating influences
At 16, began self-study of architecture
Boston training in interior design
First job in NYC at Stair & Company, antique dealer
Opened up Bunny Williams Inc. in 1988
Started Treillage Ltd., high-end garden ornaments and furniture -- "My second love is gardens." -- in 1991 with her partner, antiques icon John Rosselli, on East 75th Street in a former blacksmithy and stables
1995 inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame
2000 "Design and Business Award," Edith Wharton Restoration honor for women of outstanding achievement
On board of directors in The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, The Garden Conservancy, The Institute for Classical Architecture, The Humane Society of New York -- and c0-founder of not-for-profit Tails In Need with fellow designer Kitty Hawks
Residential projects featured in Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Garden Design, Victoria, British House, Southern Accents, Elle Decor, NY Times, Town and Country, New York Magazine, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Quest, Gotham, and W
What We Love:
Her professional ethics; her business seems to be beautifully organized -- three design teams, each headed by a seasoned senior designer, strives for close attention to client service and buttoning down the zillions of details inherent in our business
Bunny Williams' passion for gardening gives us the gold standard of a designer who looks at interiors and outdoor spaces as a unified whole
We love her professional partnership with John Rosselli, sourcing unusual antique and new garden ornaments and furnishings around the world in their Treillage venture
She's a reader of fiction and starts her day off with an hour of reading in bed
Her passion for the humane treatment of animals is inspiring, as witnessed in the Great American Mutt Show
An Affair with a House beautifully details how Bunny brought to life a sadly neglected old home
In politics, they say you vote for the person you'd most like to sit down and have a beer with; Bunny, you're the designer our Design2Share staff would very much like to sit down with and talk design over a cold one!
Bunny Williams Sampler: