Ever since I can remember, interior designer Barry Darr Dixon has inspired me with his expert way of blending shapes, textures, colors and materials together to create harmonious, elegant, yet livable rooms for his clients. This room above that Barry designed for a family in North Carolina is just one famous example. Even though this room is massive with very high ceilings, Barry managed to ground it through his masterful use of scale and understanding of proportion.
Recently, when I went to Las Vegas Market, I was able to interview Barry for you, readers, to ask him if he could define what “Gracious Living” meant to him. He very generously obliged, even though he was very busy with many people visiting his Arteriors showroom area. Please click here to watch this exclusive video of Barry explaining his definition of Gracious Living.
Thank you, Barry, for making yourself available for this during the introduction of your beautiful new items for Arteriors Home, some of which appear below.
Before I share with you some of Barry’s new items for Arteriors Home, readers, have you read this book of his, Barry Dixon Inspirations? It’s a must for your personal design library containing as it does 8 of Barry’s beautifully detailed design projects, along with notes about what inspired him for each one. I always learn so much when I can read about what inspires the designers I admire. It’s available for purchase, here.
As Barry says in it: “Inspiration is everywhere. It lives in the memory of our past, the vibrancy of our present and the possibility of our future. It hides in plain sight in the view outside our window and it sits on the shelf inside our home. It lurks in foreign ports of call and waits patiently in our own backyard. It whispers to us in our dreams and screams at us in our waking moments, urging that moment of glorious combustion when our thoughts collide to spark our imagination.”
Reading this quote, and then seeing this photo, below, of how Barry came up for the inspiration for one of his fabrics for his licensee, Vervain, shows how he believes in his own words and then used his own imagination to create a textile of lasting and real beauty for you to use in your homes and for Leslie Hendrix Wood to specify for her own interior design clients in Midland, Texas.
This voluptuous blown glass emerald green lamp base. Or…
the beading on his JOSEPHINE screen that was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of their picks for the Top 5 folding screens, here. Or…
the combination of textures on his round library table for Arteriors. Or lastly..
this beautiful combination of matte and crackled glazes on this lamp.
As for me, I look forward to seeing Barry’s new pieces for Tomlinson Erwin Lambeth at the upcoming High Point Market. These gorgeous chairs he designed for Tomlinson, used below for a client of his in their Virginia home, are still some of my favorites.
Readers, would you now like to take a tour of Barry’s own home? Click here to see how Barry lives his definition of a gracious lifestyle on his country estate, Elway, in Warrenton, Virginia, as featured on Traditional Home.
Barry Darr Dixon – a designer who proves that you really can have it all – a thriving business and a loving circle of friends and be it all – a gentle man and a gentleman who believes, as we do on Hadley Court, in Gracious Living. Timeless Design. Family Traditions.
Thank you, Barry, for inspiring us all for years with your interior design work.
Leslie Hendrix Wood