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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.