Penny Delray Promoted to Studio Leader


We are especially pleased to announce that our own Penny Delray has been promoted to Studio Leader for BDS! Penny has been designing with us for four years. Before joining Barrett Design Studio, Ms. Tant was a senior interior designer for two of Jackson’s major architectural firms. She was also an assistant vice president/facilities designer, for AmSouth Bank. She is N.C.I.D.Q certified (National Council on Interior Design Qualification). She is a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (I.I.D.A.).

In her new role as Studio Leader, Penny will be responsible for coordinating and leading our team of designers, allowing Barrett Design Studio to take on more ambitious projects, bringing “New York Style . . . Mississippi Grace” with us wherever we go!


I am very happy to have Penny as my facilitator and right hand woman.



Thoughts from my Gulf Coast Tourism talk.

Hernando Lobby in progress

Hernando Lobby in progress

As I reviewed in my tourism talk on the Gulf Coast last month, the tourism industry and the hospitality industry are on fire right now.  We are very busy with hotels around the country.  It is quite exciting.  There were 3 points that I wanted to stress in my talk.

1. High Tech.  If you ask what the traveler is looking for now, it is simply a place to pug in!  Your hotel room MUST have lots of outlets – right?  In the head board is a wonderful place for them.  We ALL travel with an I-Phone, an I-pad, and maybe a lap top.  We need juice!  and WiFi!  Along with this need comes the design of interactive furniture and TVs.  The future is here.  No doubt about it.

2.  Tell A Story.  All of our hotels tell a story.  The guest wants to know about the local, or the owners, if a B&B, or the history.  It is our job as the designer to find the story and tell it visually.  I love that part of our process.

3. Classic and Hip.  We must keep our designs classic so they stay relevant.  But we also must keep up with the styles – OR stay ahead of them.  I am ALWAYS watching.  Always paying attention to fashion, news, art etc., for ideas.

And by the way – the Hernando Hotel is finally about to open!  progress shot above.


You may have noticed that each of my design staff is writing in our blog now.  They are all terrific and I am fortunate to have such a talented group!  So I hope you will enjoy their posts.

Last Monday, I was one of the speakers at the MS Governor’s Conference on Tourism.  I was thrilled to do it.  It was held at the Beaux Rivage Hotel and Casino on the MS Gulf Coast.  My talk was on design for B&B, Lifestyle and Boutique Hotels.  So I thought I would go through a few of the points with you here.

What a delightful and pleasant group of people I met!  My audience was, mostly, the MS Bed & Breakfast group.  I really didn’t realize how many beautiful and charming B&Bs were here in the state! It is a hard working group.  They truly care about their guest’s comfort and enjoyment of their towns and cities.  I was impressed.  And I thank them for having me at their conference.

While on the coast I stayed at a beautiful B&B just a stone’s throw from the Beau Rivage.  I was the guest of Walter and Katherine Blessey.  This was my lovely room, with my own entrance and a view of the Gulf.  You may want to check them out at

I will follow this post with some of the points that I presented in my talk.  It was not a lengthy talk, but I felt it had a few good ideas.    Most of our hotel designs are more contemporary than the average B&B, but the principals of design hold true.

And by the way, the few moments I was able to spend at the B&B were most relaxing and comfortable.

Chateaux Blessey room with toile canopy.

Chateaux Blessey room with toile canopy.

Barrett Design Studio wins TOP 3 IIDA awards in NOLA

1908 Provisions in the Fairview - AWARD WINNER  HI Connect - AWARD WINNER


Barrett Design Studio was recently awarded three prestigious hospitality design awards at the annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) ceremony in New Orleans. The only Mississippi-based design firm to be acknowledged, Barrett Design Studio was recognized with the top “Recognizing Excellence” Award for Hospitality Design for their design of the 1908 Provisions restaurant and the top “Recognizing Excellence” Award for Hospitality Design for their work on the HI Connect Prototype Upscale Guest Room. An Award of Recognition for Hospitality Design was bestowed to the Brookhaven Holiday Inn Express project. Competing with architectural and design firms from throughout Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Barrett Design Studio was the only Mississippi firm recognized in the full competition.  Barrett Design Studio is honored to have worked with these clients and to have the final projects be recognized in this way.  For more design inspiration, visit #interiordesignawardwinner #mississippicleansweep #hospitalitydesign  #hotelbusinessdesign  @grubstreet @foodarts @artculinairemag

Traditional Design Makes a Comeback – Posted by Barrett Design Studio


We love this classic and elegant style and utilized it in a local client’s piano room. The seating is a French Louis XVI Style Antique Fautille chair. The soft blue striped fabric adds a comfortable element to the aged patina of the walnut. We accented it with a French blue velvet pillow that offers a nice sheen with the chair’s fabric and wood. The double welting is the perfect touch to add a little sophistication.

To brighten up the sitting area, we used a colorful plaid silk fabric on a custom table skirt. Our client loves passementerie so we added a bullion trim at the base and a pretty tassel border around the top edge. The table is one of a pair. We love the classic beauty of this neoclassical perfection. For more inspiration, check out

PHOTO: French Louis XVI Style Antique Fautille chair

“Hobble” Shades Create Classic Window Treatments

Hobble Shade - CBD

Do your French doors or windows need a new look? At Celia Barrett Design, we have used a “Hobble” shade when dressing French doors to create a classic style. “Hobble” shades have pleats all the way down, even when closed. To make the look unique, we like to have the pleats made extra-large. The pleats shown in the attached photo are 8-10 inches. Adding a soft ball tassel trim at the base of the shade gives it a custom look. Shade designed by Celia Barrett and created by Bonnie Harrell in the Celia Barrett Design custom workroom. For more inspiration, check out #hobbleshade #pleats #classicwindowtreatment