Joel is our third designer to let us into his home. He has been a designer at Dixon Smith Interiors for over 20 years. Here is what he has to say about his style and a few of his favorite things:
What is your personal style?
“I would say eclectic. I like a mix of traditional things with contemporary art while adding antiques into the mix.”
What was the first purchase you made to decorate your home?
“When I moved into my home around 14 years ago, the first purchase I made was an antique dining table that I had painted and customized dining chairs.”
Is there anything that you like to collect?
“I collect antique boxes, antique blue & white porcelain, vintage ink pens, shoes and sweaters, and books. I like to buy a book from every place I travel. I started collecting blue & white pieces when I started working at Dixon Smith Interiors.”
What is your favorite space at home?
“It would have to be a tie between my living room and my bedroom. I really like my living room. It’s where we like to hangout. But then I also like my bedroom because it is where I get to unwind after a long, busy day.”
What is your son, William’s favorite piece of furniture in your home?
“That’s a tough question. He likes to hang out on the Lee Sofa in the living room. He likes to lay on it while watching TV or playing video games.”
Do you have a favorite line of furniture?
“Traditionally, I gravitate toward Hickory Chair upholstery because of its tailoring and the comfort their products provide. But I also enjoy selling Lee products to customers looking for a more youthful, causal look for their home.”
When considering art, what artist are you currently drawn to?
“Well, when considering the artists we currently have in the Shop, I would say I enjoy Brent Smith paintings as the remind me of going to the coast. But all of the artists we currently show have pieces that speak to me.”
Who majorly influences your sense of design?
“Bobby McAlpine and Suzanne Kasler are two of my favorite designers as they tend to mix contemporary pieces and antiques well. Darryl Carter also influences my sense of design as she uses antique pieces in a way that feels contemporary. Albert Hadley and his long-time partner, Sister Parish, influence me as well as they were groundbreaking for their time; she with a more traditional sense of design while he had a more contemporary feel to his design. Sister Parish could fit more seating into a room than anyone before her.”
What do you see as the current trend in interior design?
“Everything is moving to shades that are more neutral and lighter than in the past. The overall feel is lighter and more casual than things we sold 10 years ago. But accents of color are become more popular – you’ll see pops of color in pillows or other accessories that liven up the room. Overall, I’d say people are getting braver in their furniture choices.”
Joel’s Furniture Wish List:
“An antique Louisiana Armoire and an antique Flemish Chair are on my wish list. Things that I would love to purchase from the Shop include: the Hickory Chair Riis Console with Stone Top (793-10), a Hickory Chair Thomas O’Brien Hallings Secretary (2897-10), a Hickory Chair Leather Isaac Wing Chair (382-55) in a buff color, the Lillian August Midland Column Hall Table (LA97329-01), and a Hickory Chair Gunnison Chair (5700-23). I’d also like to purchase a Baker Fine Frame Mirror (3613) as it has a contemporary design but mimics old mirrors with the line running through the glass. When antique mirrors were made, the glass could only be so big so multiple pieces were made to fit mirrors resulting in lines running through the mirror. Finally, I’m always looking for antique garden tables, olive jars, and various boxes.”