MDS- How would you define your style?
MR- Old School Glamour with a twist.
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
MR- Atlanta, Georgia – and I’m definitely influenced by the South. There is a lot of taste below the Mason Dixon Line, but specifically, Philip Shutze, a great Atlanta architect who built fabulous Italianate homes in the heyday that was the 1920s and 30s… and that certainly informed my youth.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
MR- I would probably make a very good butler.
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
MR- I get a lot of mileage out of Annette and Oscar de la Renta.
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
MR- My bedroom and bathroom is where I spend the most time. I suppose it is a tossup between the two. The bedroom, for the view of the garden and the light, and the bathroom for its diamond hard sparkle.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?
MR- I would have loved to have done up something for Babe Paley – an island retreat.
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
MR- For having fun!
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
MR- Things that come naturally – I suppose the opposite of studied.