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.
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.
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.
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.
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.