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Decorator Review: Susan Ferrier

Interior designer Susan Ferrier is one of the masterminds that make up the McAlpine Booth & Ferrier decorating firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Although Ferrier was born and raised in New York, she found her home in the deep south when she graduated from design school. Now, she uses the diversity to design stunning homes.

Although her projects are managed from the Atlanta office, Ferrier has worked in cities around the Southern part of the United States, including Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Here are a few tips that you can glean from the decorating projects done by Ferrier and her team at McAlpine Booth & Ferrier.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Dark colors are best reserved for libraries and offices, right? Not always. Ferrier breaks the mold by incorporating dark colors elegantly into an Alabama lakeside home.

Ferrier took deep earth tones, such as browns and blacks, and used them to add class and sophistication to the rooms. By using the dark colors that are so often shunned in open, sunny homes, you can add unique allure and rustic charm to your big rooms. Compliment the space with light colored furniture for a perfect contrast that won’t depress the mood in your rooms.

Use Mirrors to Open Up Your Space

Ferrier incorporates mirrors in unusual ways. In an Alabama townhouse, Ferrier used a foxed-glass, seven-foot wide mirror to bring depth to the space. By eliminating the traditional clear glass, Ferrier gave the room a rustic look that opened up the space in a classy way.

You can do the same in your home with mirrors. Remember, you don’t always have to take the traditional clear glass approach to add complexity and style to your rooms.

Infuse Some Drama

Ferrier and her team were named one of Architectural Digest’s top 100. In an interview about that honor, Ferrier said, “Our decorating style is high drama, but we dim the lights on color.”

Whatever dramatic approach fits your style, go for it with full force. The goal is to create a vibrant home (with or without color) and bring your space to life. Get creative and don’t be afraid to try a bold pattern or piece of furniture.

What is your favorite Susan Ferrier style? Have you ever incorporated any of these ideas into your home?

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