An Excerpt from David Scotts 'Outside the Box'



Excerpt from Outside the Box: An Interior Designer's Innovative Approach by David Scott

Home Tour Greenwich Scott

My clients knew they wanted to furnish their home with pieces that told a story and were distinctive. Through a combination of their interests and my knowledge, their sense of connoisseurship developed along with their passion for the decorative arts. The luxurious silk rugs, as well as many of the upholstered pieces of furniture, were designed especially for the house. The luxurious wall coverings and the unusual ceiling treatments convey the “wow factor” that my clients desired. When all of these elements are carefully layered together, they create a truly dramatic effect.

My favorite clients are the ones that engage me in everything from the very beginning. I do my best work when I can be involved with the entirety of the project. This was the case when a couple—he is a builder and developer, and she is in the fashion business—and their two daughters decided to leave Manhattan and move to a newly built 10,000-square-foot Georgian Colonial house in Greenwich. Both of the clients have strong personalities and wanted the feeling of a glamorous New York townhouse, but were not sure how this would translate in the suburbs. As much as it was a learning process for them, it was invigorating and wonderful to work with such energetic people, who were thrilled about the process. It made the collaboration that much more rewarding. Even though they didn’t know what they wanted specifically, they were willing to take risks and were interested in making strong statements. They wanted the interiors to be sensational and trusted me implicitly—understanding the costs involved, what was available in the marketplace, and the craftsmanship of the pieces I was showing them. We were on an exciting journey together.

A version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Outside the Box.

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