Barrett Design Studio and New York Style

Having lived for several years and operated a business in New York City, I can testify to the fact that there is, indeed, a distinctive style and attitude to New York.  A native Mississippian and graduate of one of the South’s most prestigious design schools (Auburn) the contrast between the Southern vernacular and tastes – gracious entertaining, casual and relaxed in both formal and informal settings. pride in heritage good manners and tradition – and New York’s “uber” urban and exciting rhythms and curiosity about the newest and latest and greatest trends became quickly evident when I moved there from the South.  It is also true that many Southern architects, interior designers and artists of all kinds have made an aesthetic, if not literal, home in New York and brought their heritage and tastes as part of their artist language to the New York scene.

In a simplistic way, New York heralds the future, the South venerates the past.  Both share the others qualities, however. and the New South, as it is called, has become the home for the most ambitious and progressive acceptance of technology and urban trends.  New York has embraced its past and made remarkable strides in preserving the landmarks of its urban fabric and the intellectual freedom that welcomed people from all over the world for generations and genrations.

The Freestanding Bathtub

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Consider integrating a freestanding bath tub into the design for your new home’s master bath or renovation project. A freestanding tub can transform your master bathroom into an oasis, creating a spa experience in your own home for relaxation and healing. There are many styles and features to choose from and consider. The bath tubs can be, contemporary, transitional or traditional in style, soaker or whirlpool type, have waterfall, deck mount or floor mount faucet options as well as additional heating and lighting options integrated into the complete package. We can help you determine the best option for your home based on layout and design,style desired and budget considerations.

Penny Tant, I.I.D.A
Project Manager

Inspiring Living Extensions

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The summer has been relatively mild allowing us to spend more time outdoors. Your outside space should be a relaxing extension of your indoor living space. It is a place to sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh air. At Celia Barrett Design, we are inspired by outdoor lighting elements including lanterns and fire pits.

I love the large-scale outdoor lights by Brown Jordan. You could create a similar effect with Pier One lamps. The key with this is the scale and balance of the items and the repetition along the outside space. The seating area also by Brown Jordan is pure luxury with a fire pit. It is multifunctional with a champagne cooler and cocktail table. For more inspiration, check out

Update by Retiling

Are you interested in updating your home? Consider retiling a surface for a fresh modern look with SlimTech Tiles from Lea. The slim slab is perfect for renovations because it can be simply glued to the old surface. This will avoid uplifting and disposal...
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