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Why Lindsey Coral Harper is Our Latest Interior Designer Crush

You may have seen her work on the cover of House Beautiful, or in Southern Living, but did you know this gorgeous redhead is “one of us”? Lindsey Coral Harper grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta, but she channels her Southern sensibility into high-style projects through her New York City office. We love her bold, fun style … find out all about our latest crush.

Georgia girl at heart, Lindsey Coral Harper | Image: Kelly Stuart

What was your childhood like growing up in Cartersville, Georgia? Did that town full of historic houses influence your love of interior design?

Cartersville is a beautiful town, and my mom lives in the historical district, which is my favorite part. We always lived in old houses, and we always lived with antiques and furniture that had been passed down. That was just a normal part of my daily surroundings. My mother can sew, and she was always working on something. So I grew up with that thinking — things were always being recovered and redone.

How did you get from Georgia to New York City?

I was a design major at the University of Georgia, and we had to have an internship the last 10 weeks at the end of our last semester. I spent the previous summer abroad in London and was really set on getting an internship in NYC. So, I mailed my resume to any design-related company I found in any shelter magazine. Suzanne Varney with Carleton V Ltd. called me back! I flew up the following week, started working and I never left.

This is a floor-to-ceiling study that had very traditional bones, recalls Lindsey. “Because this room was so small, I lacquered everything — the bookcases and all the trim — in the same really bold mulberry color,” she says. Image: Erica George Dines

In the same library, Lindsey used mid-century and non-traditional items in a very traditional setting. Image: Erica George Dines

Lindsey’s love of tortoise anything included this Schumacher wallpaper in a powder room. “I found this vintage rattan mirror, which I fell in love with,” she says. “And we custom-made these sinks with acrylic legs and brass fittings. They’re so great for small spaces because the acrylic legs are chic yet they don’t visually take up much space.” Image: Laurey Glenn Photography

“This is a bedroom in a beach house, and the rattan bed and chair made everyone swoon,” Lindsey says. The yellow palm wallpaper mixed with the rattan was a clever combination. Image: Laurey Glenn Photography

Lindsey loves everything in this Southern Living Idea House bathroom – from the rattan disco ball light fixture to the pair of large bamboo mirrors and that vintage bench shape. Image: Laurey Glenn Photography

Would you say that you insert some Southern style into projects done up there, and are New Yorkers intrigued by your background? Conversely, what might you adapt from NYC into designs in the South?

I think people in New York are perplexed that I still have an accent! Being Southern is just a big part of who I am, and my style and work is a combination of being a Southerner in NYC. I love to create a comfortable and layered atmosphere and bring in antiques and set a beautiful table, which is all very Southern or the result of being brought up in the South. However, I do prefer bold color, and I like mixing in modern art and modern lighting and an unexpected piece of furniture here and there. I think living in New York and working for a great decorator really honed my eye, which helps me create a sophisticated and layered interior. I also have a propensity to mix high and low, and maybe that is a result of being a Southerner in New York – I don’t want any room to be too intimidating.

You are amazing with color and particularly mixing bold colors together. What are some of your favorite colors, color combinations and tips on going big with color? Are there any colors you aren’t a fan of?

Thank you! I really like to see the unexpected color combinations. I love chartreuse and “Prussian blue.” I like aubergine or magenta and acid yellow/green. I prefer to find a beautiful print and use the more obscure colors in it. You don’t always have to use the most obvious of colors when you are working with a print.

I probably don’t use pink in the most obvious way. I like it, but I don’t use it that often. Same with red. I love red, but a little goes a long way. Red and pink — now that is a beautiful color combination.

“I love this wallpaper of the clementines paired with that fun green Oomph mirror,” says Lindsey. “Vintage art and accessories give this bathroom so much personality.” Image: Laurey Glenn Photography

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In this Charlotte, NC, bedroom, the ceilings were low, so the room was very flat, the designer recalls. By adding wainscoting, ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet and painting the floors mainly white, the room now has a whole new life. Image: Francesco Lagnese

Navy grasscloth on the vaulted ceiling keeps this room cool and cozy. Image: Francesco Lagnese

“I’m not sure which I love more — the window treatments, the wall color or the fireside chairs,” says Lindsey. “This is a formal living room, but I like that it is still inviting.” Image: Francesco Lagnese

“We lacquered the wainscot and hung a paper stripe in this mudroom,” says Lindsey. “It’s really a beautiful color blue, and the shine is pretty incredible.” Image: Francesco Lagnese

What are some of your favorite sources for home furnishings back home in Atlanta?

I think there are some great sources in Atlanta! When I’m there I try to stop in at William Word for antiques, I like The Stalls Bennett Street Antique Market, and I love painted furniture so I stop by Fabulous Things, Ltd.! I will pop into Mrs. Howard and into art galleries like Anne Irwin. I love a great vintage store like Antiques and Beyond for the odd accessories that add a bit of personality.

What one thing is in every Lindsey Coral Harper project?

Probably color and pattern. Definitely wallpaper. Something geometric. An animal object of some sort.

You recently got married (congratulations on that!). How will you merge your husband’s style with yours?

Hmmm … not sure how much merging it is – more me only offering a few options. Fortunately, he happens to like my style. When we moved him out of Charleston, I’m pretty sure I convinced him to give a lot of it away!

Who is your design crush and why?

I love Miles Redd! He has a nice over-the-top whimsical flair that is always fun to see.

This large bedroom with a lot of windows could handle a nice dose of color on the walls, the designer says. She then had fun layering geometric patterns everywhere. Image: Ngoc Minh Ngo

“It’s amazing what one fabric full of color and pattern can do for an all-white kitchen,” says Lindsey. “We made the valance out of the print, but we just ran it in the opposite way.” Image: Ngoc Minh Ngo

“This is where my non-traditional take on traditional kicks in,” says Lindsey. “It took me months to convince the homeowners that the original brown hardwood floors were nice but super boring. We painted the floors dead last, and it makes such a huge impact! I love a painted floor!” Image: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Existing art — the big coral piece on the wall — inspired pillow fabrics and the entire palette for this room.

Image: Ngoc Minh Ngo

My most challenging might have been the Southern Living Idea House we just wrapped up. It was on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, which you could only get to by ferry. We built a house with the magazine from the ground up in about six months. It was a really fun project, and I love the finished result, but logistically it was challenging. However, who doesn’t love a challenge?!

Any design trends you’d like to see go away? Any you’d like to return?

I think we have all had our fair share of every interior revolving around the color gray! I am happy to see warm tones return.

Thank you, Lindsey, for chatting with us. To learn more about Lindsey and to see more of her work, visit lchinteriors.com.

Featured on Chairish

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Chairish is one of Lindsey’s go-to places to find unique one-of-a-kind pieces at very affordable prices. Because of this, we could not be more excited to be featured on their website! Read the full interview here and be sure to shop Lindsey’s favorite Chairish pieces too.

Many thanks to Mugs Buckley and the entire Chairish team.

Featured on 1stdibs

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We are so excited to see Lindsey featured on 1stdib’s Introspective Magazine. Read the full interview here and be sure to checkout Lindsey’s favorite 1stdibs picks!

A huge thanks to Sarah Bliss for such a great feature.

Southern Living 2017 Idea House

We are so honored to have been selected as this year’s Southern Living Idea House interior designer and are excited to share Lindsey’s designs for the house on Bald Head Island. Bald Head Island is a boat-accessed community located two miles off the coast of Southport, North Carolina. Transportation on the island is restricted to golf carts, bicycles and pedestrian traffic. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest are protected and will remain undeveloped.

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The home, which is designed to provide creative ideas and inspiration for prospective and current homeowners, is now open for public tours through October 2017 and is featured in the August issue of Southern Living Magazine. More information on the Idea House can be found here.

We are so grateful to all of the vendors who helped us bring the Idea House to life:
Anne Irwin Fine Art

Arteriors

Artistic Tile, NYC

Big Apple Art Gallery, NYC

Blackwell Botanicals

Blanche P. Field, NYC

Bungalow 5

Carleton V Ltd.

Christopher-Spitzmiller

Circa Lighting

Cole & Son

Coleen & Company

Cowtan & Tout

CR Laine

Currey & Company

Draperies Your Way

Duralee

Eliko, NYC

Fabulous Things, Ltd.

Frontgate

Genesis Upholstery, NJ

The George Gallery 

Gregg Irby Gallery

Highland House

Hines & Company

Interior Couture of the Carolinas

Jay C. Lohmann

L&M Custom Carpets and Rugs, NYC

Lee Jofa

LiLi Cement Tiles

Madeline Weinrib

Mally Skok

Matouk

Mecox Gardens

Mendelson

Middle Kingdom, VA

Mrs. Howard

Nantucket Sinks

Oomph

Palecek

Pindler

Quadrille

Radish Moon

Red Egg

Richmond Frame and Design

Romo

Samuel & Sons

Selamat

Serena & Lily

Sonia’s Place

Stanley Furniture

Stark

Thibaut

Twigs

New York Botanical Garden’s 2017 Orchid Dinner

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We were so excited to be a part of Veranda Magazine and New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner at The Plaza Hotel. This years event brought together 30 different designers who each designed a table with an over the top Orchid centerpiece. 

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With this years theme as Thailand, Lindsey drew inspiration for her table from Jim Thompson’s’ Tibetan Sun fabric by Hutton Wilkinson for the Tony Duquette Collection and Frontgate’s stunning Malachite ceramic pieces. To complete the look, monogrammed Matouk Napkins were added as a final touch.

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More than 300 guest attended the event to raise $650,000 for the garden’s famous orchid research collection that helps maintain the highest standard of horticultural for orchid conservation. We were honored to be a part of such a wonderful event. 

We’d like to thank the following vendors and workrooms for donating:

Frontgate

Jim Thompson Fabrics

Matouk

Samuel & Sons 

Interior Couture of the Carolinas

Magnolia Designer Showhouse

We are so excited to share Lindsey’s room in the Magnolia Designer Showhouse.  The showhouse is being held in Lindsey’s hometown of Cartersville, GA in collaboration with Atlanta Magazine.  More information about the house can be found here:  http://www.atlantamagazine.com/magnolia/

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Lindsey designed the library, and filled it to the brim with art from Southern artists and many feet of leather bound books.  Lindsey painted both the walls and the trim a rich blue, Sherwin Williams 6229 Tempe Star, and painted the ceiling a shade lighter, SW 7613 Aqua Sphere.  The bookshelves are backed with a Sister Parish wallpaper to add depth and interest.

We are so grateful to all of the vendors who helped us to bring this room to life:

PAIR OF CHAIRS
CR Laine
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LEATHER OTTOMAN
CR Laine
LANTERN
Coleen & Company
ART
Anne Irwin Gallery
Sally King Benedict
LAMP
Christopher Spitzmiller
DESK
Antique writing table, William Word Antiques
DESK CHAIR
William Word Antiques
LEATHER & BRASS DESK ACCESSORIES
Addison Weeks
LEATHER BOOKS
E Lawrence Booksellers
WALLPAPER
Sister Parish
RUG
Stark Carpet

ANTIQUE MIRRORS

Travis & Company
FLORAL FABRIC
Lee Jofa

WINDOW TREATMENT 

Interior Couture of the Carolinas
CURTAIN FABRIC 
Holland & Sherry
CURTAIN LINING
Pindler & Pindler
CURTAIN TRIM
Fringe Market
CABINET HARDWARE
Waterworks
Featured on Viyet

Lindsey was recently featured on one of her favorite shopping sites, www.viyet.com – be sure to check it out!

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“Fresh, young and modern with a twist on the traditional, Lindsey’s designs radiate bold pattern, texture and color. She is able to transform a residence into a highly comfortable, personal and welcoming space for any client.”

What inspired this career path for you?
I started redecorating my bedroom as a child at a very early age. At about the age of 6 or 7, I insisted on having my very own Christmas tree in my bedroom to decorate myself — and made it in the local newspaper! I spent any money from birthdays/allowance on buying “decorations” for my room. Decorating is something I have always done. Fortunately, with years of practice and working for someone very talented, I have been able to make a career out of something I have always loved doing!

 

What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Travel! Not one place in particular. But I love to travel and always take my camera with me. I never know what I am going to find or be inspired by.

 

Tell us about your creative process.
After meeting with a client, I typically start by shopping, hitting the D&D building in NY to see what interests me and grabs my attention, especially patterns, textiles, and/or papers. I might pop into a few antique shops or carpet places, and I always, always check out my phone and scroll through photos to see if anything I’ve found recently seems right for said client.

 

Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Colorful, comfortable, sophisticated and layered

 

What is a staple in your tool kit?
Cotton ticking stripes (in every color of the rainbow), solid linen and cotton velvet, and ALWAYS wallcovering

 

Who do you look up to in the design world?
POSTHUMOUS: Billy Baldwin and David Hicks
ALIVE AND KICKIN’: Richard Keith Langham and I love Cathy Kincaid’s work

 

If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space would it be?
It would probably be a big beautiful, old, rambling house, a second home, and it would be for someone that appreciated textiles, so I could make proper curtains throughout and upholster almost every inch of wall! I am not a minimalist, the more details the better!

 

What design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I don’t really watch any design shows. I do still read my shelter magazines (all of them!), The WSJ Weekender and T Magazine. Long live print! I would be lost without Instagram! There are so many great vendors on Insta now, and I love seeing photos of great projects, past and present.

 

What do you love about Viyet?
I love to shop for furniture and accessories, and online shopping is a big part of the way we do things now. I love that I live and work in NYC, and although I might not get to hop on a plane to TX or elsewhere to hunt through antique shops whenever I’d like, I am still able to find that bizarre, quirky thing I was looking for through a trusted vendor on Viyet.

 

For the full article, visit Viyet.com
Lindsey’s Favorite Console Tables on Dering Hall

Lindsey loves a console table – check out some of her favorites, from the classic to the colorful on Dering Hall!

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