“Life should be a celebration and the home is often its main stage. We strive to create timeless, elegant, and pleasing designs that will make a home more inviting, more comfortable, and more nurturing.”Grisham Tolbert Interiors
Eleanor: I enjoy mixing modern and traditional pieces. I love color, a good stripe, and floral prints. I am obsessed with wallpaper! If I could wallpaper my entire house, I would.
Virginia: I love pops of color, dark wood, antiques, and upholstered pieces in natural linen. I like mixing genres, such as a great grandmother’s table with a new white sofa. And wallpaper is always fun!
How do you approach a project for a client?
Eleanor: We love taking our client’s personal style and helping elevate it to the next level. We work hard to bring clients’ dreams for their homes into stunning or understated reality. Typically, that includes adding fresh new pieces with clean lines alongside existing furniture or antiques and then slowly adding layers of texture through lighting, artwork, drapery, and rugs. We love playing
with scale, form, and texture to bring interest to each room or space. And we love working our way through an entire home, one room at a time, starting with just a single room and then moving on to the next space whenever the client is ready to proceed. Remember, design is a process, not a sprint.
Virginia: I am not going to advise a client to spend money on something unless it’s important to them. If we need the budget to cover an expensive fabric that the client loves, we like balancing it out with some less expensive items that are good quality and well-priced so we stay within budget.
Cannot wait to use…
Chelwood Wallpaper in green from the Ashdown Collection by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little. It’s classic and timeless and one of our favorite colors. We also love the Cora Sofa from the Bunny Williams Home collection. It’s a fun piece that would add a statement to
any room. Mizzle by Farrow & Ball is a go-to color for us. It’s a soft green that looks great on everything from a front door to cabinets—even a whole room.
Cyndy Cantley, Cantley & Company, Mary Evelyn Interiors, Jan Ware Designs, Sallie Aman with Ruby Ansley Interiors, Allene Neighbors (Virginia’s aunt)
Virginia: Graciously accept any furniture that your family is willing to give you. Then, if you can, purchase one antique or one piece of furniture that you really love every year. Over time, you will build a collection of furnishings and family history that reflects your personal style as it evolves naturally.
Eleanor: Choose your most favorite furniture pieces and take those to
your new home first. Then, fill in the space with other less-favorite items if necessary. Typically, once a homeowner has taken all their favorite pieces and staged them in their home, they realize what’s truly important to them and are then more willing to part with items left behind.