Ginger Barber has one of the most beautiful design aesthetics that we have ever seen. Now we know that design is subjective, but if you believe that interior design is about having a few key pieces, less is more, and finding beauty in the natural and sustainable fabrics that are available today, then Ginger Barber Interior Design is the designer that you need to be contacting if you have a design job. Her work can be seen from Montana to Wyoming and all over Houston. She has been voted the best designer in Houston for 2014 and we can see why, her designs are flawless and stunning, creating a space where you can put your feet up, curl up with a book and feel right at home.
Ginger Barber Interior Design
After graduating from design school in Florida, Ginger Barber moved to Houston and worked as the lead designer for the Brownstone Gallery for four years. She adored this position, but realized that she could do this on her own, and started her own firm. Her own aesthetic has changed over the years from the traditional with lots of accessories to the minimalist with a few key pieces and less collections.
Fabrics and paints are changing. People are more conscious about durability. We aren’t a throw away society anymore. I’ve found that people want a kid friendly and an infant friendly interior, so I use only natural materials. This eliminates all chemicals and they are easy to clean. If the materials aren’t natural, you can’t clean them, especially if they have any viscose in them.
The best part of the job for Ginger is working with the clients, and she never leaves a job without a new friend. The clients make the process so much easier, especially since this is a service that they want and need and enjoy. When Ginger isn’t busy with her clients, she can be found at her second home in Galveston relaxing over a good book, or feeding the horses that she helps rescue at Habitat for Horses.
Color and Budget in Interior Design
Most people assume that you need a large budget to hire an interior designer. Ginger Barber has worked with people of all budgets. The interior designer is there to tell you where to put your money and what not to buy, so you are really investing in what you need. For instance, if you have a smaller budget, it might be wiser to just paint the walls and invest in a sea grass rug.
No matter what your budget is, there are great places to shop for all your needs in Houston. Some places that Ginger recommends are Skelton St. John, Shabby Slips, Back Row, Brown, Mecox, Area, Margaret Naeve and Restoration Hardware.
When it comes to color, Ginger recommends that you keep the color in the flowers and the art.
Keep it simple, which keeps it a calm interior. You can play on neutrals, patterns and textures and that gives a room just as much interest as a ton of color. It’s important to not get caught up in the ‘magazine world’. Even though something might be trendy today in House Beautiful, it might not be a long lasting look. If you do good design, it will last and you will get your money’s worth out of the design, because it defies the trends.
The Sitting Room
25 years ago, Ginger Barber opened The Sitting Room as an addition to her Interior Design firm, which is also where she offices out of. The goal was to be a small retail shop that sold slip covers and some furniture pieces and small accessories, such as candles and baskets. As she got busier, the retail aspect of The Sitting Room fell to the wayside, but she does still sell some of the furniture pieces, and they are very special. Ginger has a home in Galveston, where she spends as much time as possible and has a group of mom’s down there that she has watched their children grow up. Each piece of furniture is named after their children.
Today, her clients can buy out of The Sitting Room. It is filled with fabrics and samples of all kinds, and yes, those special samples of furniture that can be ordered for your home. It is a cool and cozy environment and feels just like Ginger Barber herself. Cool and cozy, warm and friendly.
Why should you use Ginger Barber Interior Design for your next project?
Design has gone so hay wire with so much thrown in, that we need to come back to a period of well thought out rooms, and not what is trendy and fast food drive through design, and instead go back to basics that is lasting. Everything else waters it down. Things need to have substance and beauty and not be fadish. It needs to be important to the client and fit into the clients lifestyle. So, sometimes the designer has to find the right design for the client, but if you listen to the client and make it fun and love what you do, then you can end up with a happy client and a beautiful space.
*This article was sponsored by Ginger Barber Interior Design. All opinions were those of J-Vibe.