Mrs. Howard, My Inspiration

Every now and then a designer comes along whose eye for detail and mindful visions truly inspire me in my line of work. One designer who has always been a true source of inspiration for me is Phoebe Howard. I picked up her book The Joy of Decorating last year and have lost count how many times I’ve flipped through its pages–I never get tired of looking at it!

Here’s a snippet of a bio about Mrs. Howard (the full biography, which I recommend you read! can be found on her blog):

In 1996, Phoebe and Jim Howard opened the doors to their first store, Mrs. Howard, in Jacksonville, Florida, hoping to demystify the decorating process for their customers. The goal was simple: to create a retail space that showcased Jim’s architectural and decorating talent, and Phoebe’s natural skills for buying, decorating, and merchandising. With equal parts of exceptional customer service and a well-rounded mix of furniture, antiques and accessories, the store was an instant success […]

Over the years, Phoebe’s penchant for creating stylish spaces has evolved into her own brand of decorating […] Phoebe’s work can only be characterized by its timelessness and her mantra to “keep it pretty.”

Here are some of my favorites from her. May you find inspiration as I have!

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