Mariette Himes Gomez

I know we are all pouring over Domino. Fresh, young, hip, exciting. I love it because it's bright and cheerful and exciting.
There's another magazine. I don't think you're reading it. It's old, staid, and, I'll say it, out of touch. Unfortunately, this doyenne of the design tomes carries the work of a few designers you would love.

Mariette Himes Gomez is one of the best. Gomez opened her own shop in 1975; her interiors are classic and sophisticated and still, remarkably fresh.

Her rooms are balanced and focused. I struggle with furniture placement and have studied her rooms memorizing each detail.

Clean and crisp they give you room to breathe. While these rooms are super stars, they allow their owners to be the focus of the attention.

They don't over power.

And while many of Gomez's interiors are neutral, she uses color with aplomb.

Deep and rich with an enviable attention to detail.

No fool, Gomez is a business woman, too. She designs two lines of furniture. One, Private Collection is available through her web site and her store, The Shop, in New York.

The other is a collection with Hickory Chair.

I love this ottoman; Gomez uses this egg shaped work horse in many of her projects. It's so much more interesting that a rectangle, graceful and chic.

Next time you are standing in the grocery store line, pick it up. Every now and then there is a treasure.

post-script: StyleCourt reminded me that Gomez has published a book, "Rooms; Creating Luxurious, Livable Spaces" and a new book coming out soon, "Houses Inside and Out."

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