An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses

Style maven Beth Webb explores the personal side of design in her debut book dedicated to the artful and engaging intricacies of the five senses.

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An Eye for Beauty cover“The design process starts with life—and how we live,” says the founder, creative director, and namesake of Atlanta-based Beth Webb Interiors. “What I want above all is for the interiors I create to imbue those who live in them with feelings of well-being and contentment.” After more than 20 years in the industry, Beth Webb has had the opportunity to hone her skills on projects from Connecticut to Costa Rica, and her extensive portfolio has paved the way to a concrete accumulation of noteworthy spaces in the form of a new coffee-table book, An Eye for Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses, published by Rizzoli.

Released in September 2017, this 256-page volume features 12 residences from her repertoire and gives readers a glimpse into Webb’s epicurean approach. “My design process is about more than crafting a beautiful space,” says Webb. “It’s a collection of life experiences and things that speak to you viscerally. I wanted this book to be soulful and intimate.”

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Although the overall design of a room is important, Webb explains that for her, the real beauty is found in the details. And her book reflects that philosophy, with time and space dedicated to an arrangement of peonies or the embroidery on a pillow “to bring people into the emotionality of the book.” Webb’s knack for emphasizing elements that evoke a response undoubtedly goes back to her master’s work with Sotheby’s in London, and the former art-dealer-turned-designer is careful to include such pieces in each of her projects. She says, “A blank room is the same as a blank canvas. I’m putting together parts and pieces, discovering what speaks to me and what works for the clients. I’m compelled to do what I do because I’m compelled to make happy homes.”

Time and again, the concept of creating a sanctuary appears in Webb’s work. “I believe beauty will save the world, and I like to think I’m doing my part,” she says.

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