Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Albert Hadley

Design is coming to grips with one's real lifestyle, one's real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one's well- being.

Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

The one thing I never get involved with is selecting art or pictures for a client. This is a very personal thing. If the clients have pictures, I will hang them. When they do not own pictures I leave the walls blank.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

While I like the things that I own, I don't have anything that I could not live without. I am constantly moving things around, passing them on to friends - a sort of sharing- and when it is appropriate, using things I own in decorating schemes. When I use something that I have owned for many years in a project for a client, I don't think of it as getting rid of something. For me, it is like keeping things in the family.
Albert Hadley, The Story of America's Preeminent Interior Designer

I have studied and followed Albert Hadley and Sister Parish for many years.  I was fascinated by their design ... their ability to "control" the chaos but still make their rooms warm and inviting.  Albert grew up in Nashville ... so in my little fantasy world, this made me feel like I knew him.  I only wish I did!  The first time I read about the Design Team it was when I was in the Hotel Industry and never imagined that I would take on my passion of interior decorating and design as a business.  

They say that people live on because we remember them and share stories of their lives with our families and friends.  I feel that way about my grandparents ... they continue to live in my heart and soul and the stories and photographs I share with my children.

Here's to keeping Albert Hadley alive ... he has been blessed to have touched so many that he will live on for a long long time as we will continue to admire his beautiful work.

Thank you AH.




  1. I'm rereading Sister Parish Design and it has sections Albert Hadley wrote. I also have the Rizzoli Albert Hadley book. I'm a big fan. The post you've put together is great. I love how you incorporated the quotes. And the quotes are so insightful.

  2. That's a nice tribute Kim! I love what he said about putting some of his own objects into designs he did for others. I have done the same thing and it was surprisingly easy to part with it knowing it was a better fit in another interior. And of course, it gave me an excuse to go shopping :)

  3. I love the first quote about nourishing one's well being. I am always in a hurry to try to finish a room when I really need to remember that the process is 1/2 the fun! Also, what a generous idea to think about sharing our personal things. Hmm..... I will have to ponder that for awhile! I really like that idea!


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