BUNNY WILLIAMS

i’m so excited to feature designer Bunny Williams in this installment of “MDS Interviews” for many reasons. first, she is one of my favorites! i have blogged about her more times than i can count. second, she is one of your favorite designers too. every time i do a post featuring her or her work the blog traffic is off the charts- i love her and you all love her too!

i am in nyc this week and as always the first place i go is to my favorite store in the city, john rosselli antiques, the chic store owned by bunny’s husband. what made this trip today even more special is that after i did some shopping i went up five floors in the same building to Bunny’s office to say hello. bunny and i chatted and i told her that i was so excited  to see her the day before featuring her in today’s MDS Interviews series.

i also told her i was going to keep my introduction short and sweet because i have blogged about her so many times and really what everyone wants to hear is, more from her- their favorite designer! i did take the opportunity to make sure she knew what an influence she has been for me and so many others. it’s very simple- there are many designers with great taste and there many designers who are kind and gracious but there are very few that are both!

Bunny is a rare gift and a great example. a special talent, one of the best, more important, she is genuinely kind and always gracious- simply, a lovely, lovely lady! i told her all this and she simply said, “thank you, that’s what my mother would want people to say.”

i know you are all going to love a little more of everyone’s favorite designer Bunny Williams- the designer who has it all, most important, she has what matters! enjoy!

MDS- How would you define your style?

BW- I like rooms to seem as though they evolved over a period of time. They are filled with interesting furniture, objects and art from various periods, arranged in a relaxed way so people are comfortable at all times. There should always be a bit of glamour and sparkle.

A NYC Apartment designed by Bunny Williams

 

MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

BW- I grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was probably the greatest influence on my career. We lived in the country, near many family members and friends, and we were constantly going from house to house for parties, picnics, etc. It made me love the warmth of home and hospitality, and opened the way for me to try and create this feeling for others.

A Richmond, Virginia home designed by Bunny Williams

 

MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

BW- If I were not doing interior design, I would have a nursery and rescue as many dogs as I could.

 

MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

BW- I am always inspired by old movies, travel and my books. There is never one thing, because for me I am always trying to mix one thing that catches my eye – a color, a pattern, a feeling – with something from another place. Designing is like fitting together a giant puzzle.

 

MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

BW- My favorite room is my library, where all my books surround me for inspiration. I spend a lot of time at the large table making inspiration folders, looking up sources and facts on my laptop.  There’s a TV for watching movies, PBS or Showtime. It’s the room John and I can share and the dogs can sleep under the table on their faux leopard beds.

Of course the next most important room is the bedroom for an escape to dreamland.

Bunny and John Rosselli’s library in Connecticut

 

 

MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

BW- I obsessively collect china. We love to entertain, and I love setting the table and mixing interesting pieces together. It has gotten out of hand.

 

MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ________.”

BW- I could never own too many plates or glasses…or books.

 

MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

BW- George Clooney because he has so much style and lives on Lake Como.

George Clooney’s home on Lake Como in Italy

 

MDS- What do you want to be known for?

BW- I want to be remembered as a kind, caring, generous person, who happened to be a designer that cared passionately about creating real homes for her clients.

one of my favorite rooms designed by Bunny Williams

 

MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

BW- A person or a home is only truly stylish and glamorous if everything comes from the heart and from passion. The style must be unique to that person. One has to own ‘it’ for anything to be chic or stylish. If all one can do is copy, it is not stylish or special.

Another one of my favorite rooms designed by Bunny in Provence-  this is what i call chic, glamorous and stylish!

 

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  1. Bunny typifies my values as a decorator!!
    My goals are exactly the same, and she has been my idol my entire 40 year career!!

    And she and John are spectacularly talented and completely gracious!
    Wonderful post!!

  2. i have been lucky enough to meet bunny & john several times in various places and they are both always so charming and warm. i love her style and admire her philosophy.

  3. Wonderful interview. The questions were solid and her answers feel very authentic. The combination of the text and the images you chose really gave me greater insight into a very talented designer. I have read other interviews with her but yours seems more personal.

  4. Wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to Bunny Williams and her beautiful, comfortable interior decorating style.. …it is very much English country house, a style I absolutely love!

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