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.



Our tribute to Richard Branson’s future hotel in space….

Our latest!  I do love this!  SOOOO much fun to design.  This is my tribute to Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic!  Don’t have an extra minute now, but WILL give details soon.  Every inch is a custom design.  The only item that was not a Barrett Design was the Italian tile used on the floor.  But it is perfect with our custom carpet and all our details.  Will also have more photos.

Galactic Guest Room - flying in space.

Galactic Guest Room – flying in space.


“The discovery of a solar system as old as the Milky Way and with five Earth-like planets could shed new light on the possibility of ancient life forms in the galaxy.”

Just read this on Yahoo Trending.  We are SOOO with it!  I am working on a luxury hotel guest room with “Space, the Final Comfort” as our theme.  Not going to reveal it yet, but here is one of the possible pieces of art – provided by Art Dallas.

Is the Final Frontier our future?

Is the Final Frontier our future?

Time for a Party!!

We had our holiday party for clients and friends last week.  It truly was “a good time had by all”. Good friends, good conversation, good music by Sergio Fernandez and great fun.

Penny Tant, Judy Robinson, Monica Harrigill, Celia Barrett, Karen Gilder

Penny Tant, Judy Robinson, Monica Harrigill, Celia Barrett, Karen Gilder


Sliders…and roses – perfect!


Our logo in chocolate!


Chris and Katrina Merriwether

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Our group – Kristen, Betty Jenn, Leigh, Penny, Kacey – I’m a lucky boss!


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.

Kacey’s Key Design

Dot Installation

Dot Installation

I have recently discovered two wonderful new products from Davis Furniture’s Elements Collection. These products provide a fun and functional touch to just about any space. The first is called Dots, which is a new line of wall hooks made up of a wood knob and optional hook. The second is called Line, which is a wall-mounted storage element that provides great visual interest. These are a great way to utilize limited space in style.

Kacey Clark, Allied ASID, Associate IIDA

Line Installation

Line Installation

Line Installation

Line Installation

Line Color Options

Line Color Options