Photography: Tom McCorkle
We recently spent an afternoon in what’s known as Charleston, SC’s “design emporium.” Elizabeth Stuart Design lies right outside of downtown Charleston, and is filled to the brim with interior inspiration, carefully curated vignettes, and a selection of handmade jewelry from artists across the country. Owner and designer Muffie Faith — who splits her time between running her successful store and keeping up with interior design clients — took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to chat with Glitter Guide!
I was always interested in interior design, even before I knew what it was. I just liked making things beautiful. I have been doing it since I was a child. “Childhood Interior Design” can be a hoot. A lot of freedom comes when you are not afraid to make a mistake. Somewhere in the early ’90s it dawned on me that I was really talented and could make a career out of this.
Coffee table books on display
What designers have had an impact on your personal design style?
Amelia Handegan–I find her work inspiring. Also, Edith Smith and Bowe Pritchard, both interior designers in Charleston with great style. I think they’re very talented.
An inspiration board
Where do you seek inspiration for design on the web?
Sometimes, if I want to disappear into a world of simplicity and style, I find the Italian and French websites on interiors and travel inspiring. Paris and Italy never fail.
L’Object pieces and jewelry by Dana Kellin & Kate Davis
How do you think the interior design industry has been influenced by the design blog world?
Just like with anything else, the Internet provides instant gratification and knowledge — both good and bad. I think the change has allowed us to focus on minute details. (For example, you can Google “purple chairs with brown fringe,” and images immediately come up!)
Ceramics by L’Object
Do you have a favorite trend for decorating right now?
Simplification. Less is more.
Bags by Stephanie Johnson
Can you share five decorating rules for Glitter Guide readers?
1. Throw out (most of) the rules.
2. Test paint samples on the wall in large patches and in areas that receive different types of lighting. Notice how the paint color can change throughout the day and when you turn the lights on at night. This is a must in achieving the right color.
3. When buying art, buy what speaks to you. If you love it, it will find its own space.
4. People often forget about lampshades. Beautiful lamps need beautiful shades. They have the ability to change not only the look of the lamp, but also the feel of the room. Just because a lamp comes with a shade does not necessarily mean it is the best fit for your space (or the best shade for the lamp itself).
5. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. It’s how you learn.