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31 May

Eye on Design: Denise McGaha


We asked top interior designers about their go-to colors; what's hot and not; market must-sees and more.
This week: Denise McGaha of Denise McGaha Interiors.

How would you describe your signature style?
My style is a blend of classicism and modern strokes of color. I love using color in unexpected ways to create bold interiors for our clients.

When and how did you know you wanted to design interiors as a career?
When I was faced with a 5-day-old newborn on 9/11, I made a decision to turn to my passion for a career. After analyzing my life and career, I knew I wanted to be in design. I have never looked back after opening my own firm when my son was 6 months old.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Putting together a room scheme starting with a pile of textiles, and then building a story.

What’s the first piece you like to begin a room design?
A rug or carpet, which will often set the tone for the room. And one unexpected piece—a unique chair or great artwork, preferably an original.

What design "rules" do you love to break?
Symmetrical furniture plans in a living room. I prefer smaller vignettes with comfortable seating options. I also believe in wallpapering walls and ceilings. I am not worried about keeping the pattern to a minimum. More is more.

What are your go-to colors?
Green, blue, charcoal and mushroom browns and grays.

What's hot? What's not?
Hot: Quality in furnishings; brown is back; wood grain and plaster finishes.
Not: Chocolate leather, large nailheads, tufted headboards with diamond buttons, and buying a cheap sofa with woven gray fabric.

Favorite AmericasMart destinations?
Currey & Company, Codarus and Wendover Art.

What are some pro shopping tips at Market?

Pack the most comfortable shoes you own and two battery packs for your phone. Document everything that you see.


Put these tips to the test at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, July 9 - 15.

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