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.

CBD - Back Deck I  - 8.14

CBD - Back Deck II - 8.14

Summer will soon be gone, but there is still time to enjoy your back deck. Pour yourself some cold lemonade or sweet iced tea and soak up the rays in your outdoor space. Add a few colorful touches to your deck area like some bright, patterned pillows on a bench or festive patio umbrellas and you’ve got an instant party atmosphere.  Perhaps those lime green and teal blue umbrellas are now on sale? With nice weather through September you will still get plenty of use out of them. PHOTOS SHOWN: Back deck design and extension in Madison, MS by Barrett Design Studio. For more inspiration, check out

Colorful decks create an instant outdoor party!

“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

a few shots of one of my favorites

I do love this room.  I love the furniture, the custom hand-made tile around the fireplace, the Art Deco chairs, many details.  I just have no time now, but will talk about it more soon.  I love the white washed horizontal wood paneling, my custom designed consoles for each side of the fireplace…….. I WILL do more detailed information later.

Tufted sofa, pair of cocktail tables, wonderful artwork and pillows - horizontal white wash panels

Tufted sofa, pair of cocktail tables, wonderful artwork and pillows – horizontal white wash panels

Perfect Sofa – in use

Before I go back to the cafe’ tale, I wanted to show you the use of the sofa that I called “The Perfect Sofa” 

I loved this room. -my perfect sofa, charming tables, magnificant console and fireplace, and beautiful artwork.

And PS – I can have it made for you in any fabric and size you desire!

Deep tufting, perfect bullet shape, and just touches of color.