Designer Spotlight: Virginia McCary

Portrait of Virginia McCary
Virginia McCary // Photo by Mary Fehr

Virginia McCary launched her firm in 2016 after studying business and interior design and then gaining invaluable experience working with designer Iris Thorpe. Her projects range from renovations and additions to full-scale interiors.

“I was born and raised in the South with a grandmother who had a strong appreciation for and knowledge of antiques. What I learned from her has been part of me for as long as I can remember.”

Virginia McCary

Personal Style

I believe homes should be curated, timeless, and inviting. I also believe in creating spaces that are equally beautiful, livable, and comfortable. 

Inspired By

Travel! I love learning the history of every destination I visit through the local architecture, culture, food, and beyond. A favorite activity is “house-stalking” through residential neighborhoods in other cities. I never mind taking the long way or the backroads that weave through streets with beautiful homes to study the architecture and design. I love a house that looks like it has been there forever. 

Shopping Local

ALKMY is one of my favorite spots. I think they do a great job of stocking unique gift items, as well as home decor and vintage pieces. If I am on the hunt, I frequent Tricia’s Treasures and The Nest. I can always count on finding something for a current project or even myself. Maison by Pam Evans and Maison de France are also at the top of the list when sourcing for client projects. For art, I usually start at Design Supply. A few other favorites include Circa Interiors & Antiques, Ex Voto Vintage, and Etc.

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Favorite Personal Item

I am a collector, so narrowing it down is hard! If I had to choose, it would be the giltwood lantern by Formations that I found at Scott Antiques Market for far less than half price. It is currently in my dining room, but it could be used in almost any room of the house. It would make a great entryway fixture or could even hang in a master bathroom. Also, I can never resist a beautiful chest.

Favorite Room to Design

I have so much fun with children’s rooms. These are the places to be fun and take risks with color and pattern.

Virginia McCary, IG: @virginiamccarydesign 

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