Designer Q & A: Beth Webb

Photography courtesy of Beth Webb Interiors

Southern Home (SH): Please share your path to becoming a designer.
Beth Webb (BW): It’s a completely accidental one. I studied art history in college and got my master’s from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. After working for galleries in New York and Atlanta, I moved back to my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, with my now ex-husband and became an art consultant. Our house became my default gallery space. One night we hosted a dinner, and a friend since grade school came. He’d just purchased an 1892 house for his foundation. I asked him who’d be decorating it, and he said he’d like for it to be me. When I replied that I wasn’t a decorator, he told me he thought I could be. He suggested I put together a book of imagery, more or less a mood board, and come in and meet with the board. I got the job. It was carte blanche, no budget, and zero input. It was honestly the school of hard knocks. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, but I was fortunate to have a lot of people at places like ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) willing to help, and here I am many, many houses and some 20-odd years later!

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