Chic Interview: Nina Magon

Nina Magon living room with large art and black floor lamp
Nina Magon – Contour Interior Design

 

Hi, chic readers! We hope you had an amazing 4th of July–and we are so excited to bring you an interview with a designer we positively adore: Nina Magon! Find out how the talented founder of Contour Interior Design made the transition from finance to interiors, why Zaha Hadid inspires her and the go-to white paint that she can’t do without! 

1. How did you get started as a designer?

From a young age, I knew creativity was beckoning me, yet I double majored in Economics and Finance as that was the equitable thing to do. After obtaining my degrees, I felt something was missing, and decided it was time for me to follow my true passion. I believed fashion design was my forthcoming, and so I pursued another degree in fashion design. Slowly but delicately, I discovered Interior Design through my love for fashion and opulent things and realized the creation of emotion-provoking environments would be my true calling. With that, I realized that the luxury landscape of the world was widening, and that’s when Contour Interior Design was born.

 

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Travel. Traveling around the world from the ripe age of 3 evoked a feeling of connectedness as I realized how small the world really was, yet how captivating and vast it could be.There are so many different design styles throughout the world, so by traveling, you get to open your mind to see design from each culture and you gain a very global view of design. With more of a global knowledge on the many diverse design styles, it allows you to create designs that blend the old with the new in a forward-thinking and modern way that is updated with the times of today.  

3. Do you have a favorite project to date?

51fifteen restaurant inside of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston, Texas. 51fifteen will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first restaurant to ever work on and it propelled me to the luxury market of hospitality design. The group that hired me has presented my firm with an empty shell which really allowed us to use our creativity in a very expressive way. We completed all the interior architecture and design for the space. 

4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

Having to say no to clients sometimes because of their budget. Many times clients come to us because they want a luxurious and unique experience, a space that would wow every person that walked in the door. They see our work and know we can deliver the modern and forward-thinking aesthetic they are trying to achieve, but sometimes their overall budget does not match their high level of expectations. When we know that we cannot deliver what the client wants for the budget they present, which would ultimately result in an unsuccessful project for both parties, we, unfortunately, have to say no. It’s honestly the hardest thing to turn down clients that really respect your work and aesthetic based on budget, but when you value your work then you know in the end you want your clients to be completely satisfied and happy. 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

To be selected to appear on NBC’s American Dream Builders in which 12 of the most notable, respected, and established designers and builders from around the country competed to win the title of the first American Dream Builder. I was a semi-finalist in this national competition and was praised for my high level of taste and aesthetics. The success and the exposure gained from being on TV propelled my career in the design world and elevated my name in the industry.  

 

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

Yes, Zaha Hadid. Zaha Hadid is truly one of my greatest inspirations, in the fact that she constantly went against the grain and stood out by being different and staying true to aesthetic. She is widely seen as the greatest female designer of contemporary times, who reshaped design for the modern epoch – something difficult for women to do in her time. Against all odds and a great deal of prejudice, she broke one glass ceiling after another. Zaha Hadid will always be someone that I look up to because she was not scared of being different and instead embraced it, which made her work beautiful masterpieces that will go down in history.

Go-to paint color?

Pure White – Sherwin Williams. I know white is typically not a go-to paint color, but I love this color because it really allows you to achieve a sleek light and bright space. It also presents the opportunity for your walls to become blank canvases for bold art to be displayed without over-cluttering space.

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks. The beautiful thing about hardbacks is that after you read them, you can use the books as decorative accessories for bookshelves and consoles.

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&Ms. I am a chocolate lover. They are the perfect little sweet snack to munch on during your workday.

Coffee or tea?

Tea. I have always been a tea drinker, there are so many different kinds and I really enjoy a calming tea in the afternoons to relax me after a long workday. 

A FEW FAVORITE ROOMS:

 

Nina Magon kitchen with black pendants and black stools

 

Nina Magon kitchen with black pendant lights

 

Nina Magon dining room

 

Nina Magon bathroom with freestanding tub

 

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Blank to Beautiful with Andrew Howard Interior Design

Blank to Beautiful with Andrew J. Howard

 

Good morning, dear readers! We had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite designers, Andrew Howard, for Episode 2 of our new video series, Blank to Beautiful. We chatted about his creative process, what he’s most proud of and even what he wanted to be when he grew up! The advice he gave is priceless, so don’t miss it. (And, it’s a quick 12-minute clip!)

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by today.  We always love it when you do!

 

 

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May 9: 7 pm. Farmville Public Library.

May 10: Book + Bottle 2 pm. More information here.

 

House Tour: Southern Farmhouse Style

southern farmhouse kitchen

Good morning, chic readers! We don’t know about you, but the cold, dark days of winter always have us wanting to bundle up and get outside. 

southern farmhouse kitchen

And have us dreaming of escaping to a retreat outside of town, a cabin or farmhouse that feels nothing short of a getaway, like this incredible farmhouse by Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design. and photographed by Holland Williams

southern farmhouse

We imagine ourselves baking things from scratch…

Warming up by the fire after a day savoring the festive chill of the outdoors…

southern farmhouse bedroom

And, finally, curling up in a cozy, warm, bed, loaded with down comforters, to savor a night of peaceful, quiet sleep.

southern farmhouse bathroom

This Southern farmhouse is the absolute pinnacle of an escape from reality, with a touch of shabby chic decor

southern farmhouse bedroom

A place where every member of the family can feel relaxed, 

southern farmhouse bathroom

And where the details make it worth coming home to. 

southern farmhouse bunk room

As much as we love every charming element of the interior, including these amazing bunk beds,

It’s what’s outside that is truly special. 

This is a farm after all!

And what could be more beautiful than these sweet faces? Would you want to get away to this charming farmhouse retreat? We know we would!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love it when you do!

 

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House Tour: Forever Home in Buckhead

forever house entrance hall

Forever home. It’s a tall order, a big request and a giant leap. 

forever house living room

Because creating a house where you want to stay for the foreseeable future can be hard enough. 

forever house family room

Taking that giant leap and creating a home where we want to stay forever is a big, huge deal.

forever house living room

But that’s exactly what Liza Bryan and architect Ryan Duffey did for these Buckhead homeowners. 

forever house dining room

And the results are,

forever house dining room

 as you can see for yourself, perfection, the creation of a place that is, without a doubt, worthy of the title “forever home.” 

forever house kitchen

From living, dining and gathering spaces perfect for family, friends or a quiet night at home,

forever house bedroom

To bedrooms that are cozy, warm and filled with a sense of history, yet updated and refreshed,

forever house bedroom

Every piece of this fabulous renovation was perfectly planned. 

forever house bedroom

From the tiny details, 

forever house bathroom

To the big picture stuff,

forever house garden

Indoors and out, 

forever house garden

This Buckhead home is beautifully, wonderfully reimagined to take this family into the next phases of their lives today, tomorrow and forever. What are your requirements for your forever home?

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Liza Bryan Interior Design

Ryan Duffey Architect

Emily Followill Photographer

 

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House Tour: Buckhead Cottage Charm

traditional dormer house

Good morning, chic readers! We hope your week is going great. We’re halfway to the weekend already!  Take a break from your busy day and wander through this gorgeous Buckhead cottage

Buckhead Cottage entrance

featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

Buckhead Cottage dining room

Architect William B. Litchfield and Interior Designer Jackye Lanham created this stunning space, replete with southern charm.

Buckhead Cottage dining room

Classic finishes lend this home tons of personality. 

Buckhead Cottage living room

Cozy spaces with plenty of light give this cottage a distinctively homey feel, perfect for curling up and relaxing. 

Buckhead Cottage living room

A mix of old and new lend a collected, finished feel to each of the homes stunning spaces.

Buckhead Cottage kitchen

Touches of wood add depth to the bright white renovation of this sparkling kitchen.

Buckhead Cottage living room

Grass cloth in a light shade is cozy and just a tiny bit reminiscent of the coast. 

Buckhead Cottage dining room

One of our favorite parts of this redesign is that the spaces flow together effortlessly without being so open as to feel cavernous.

Buckhead Cottage living room

Three dimensional art always adds a unique flair. 

Buckhead Cottage hallway

Architectural details take center stage in this home.

Buckhead Cottage bedroom

The continuity of furniture colors and styles from one room to the next lends soothing appeal.

Buckhead Cottage bathroom

Chic finishes and a spa like tub make this master bathroom an oasis.

Buckhead Cottage bathroom

Simple and clean, this is an enviable vanity. 

Buckhead Cottage bedroom

A sweet window seat makes this bedroom feel even cozier. 

Buckhead Cottage bedroom

Unexpected angles and classic prints and fabrics add to the cottage feel of this stunning home. We hope you enjoyed touring this one as much as we did. Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day! We always love seeing you here!

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In Good Taste: Marshall Watson Interiors

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Some designers contend that there should be an antique in every room.

Marshall Watson entrance hall
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

For others, it’s a touch (or more!) of black, or a spot of red

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Werner Straube

 

Others still, don’t have any rules at all, make the rules up as they go along, bend the rules to reflect the family. 

Marshall Watson office
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Whether it’s with a statement making gallery wall filled with good memories,

Marshall Watson dining room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

A chic-yet-durable breakfast room suitable for adults and children alike,

Marshall Watson living room
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

Or a room that combines comfort, tradition, and abstract style to create effortless style,

Marshall Watson bathroom
Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

 

We’d say that the designers of Marshall Watson Interiors play by their own rules. 

Marshall Watson dining room

The results, home after home, room after room, time after time, are stunning, pulled-together interiors that are unique to the families that live inside their walls.

Marshall Watson butler's pantry

And, really, isn’t that how it should be?

Marshall Watson sunroom

From combining comfort, style and function in a sunny garden room,

Marshall Watson bedroom

To creating a cozy, layered nest, the perfect end to any long day, 

Marshall Watson bathroom

These designers make good taste seem totally effortless.

Marshall Watson outdoor

On this, the second day of spring, we have to say that we think this outdoor style is just as chic as the indoors–and we can’t wait to get savor plenty of outside time in the months to come. Wherever you are, we hope it’s beginning to feel like spring! Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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So I couldn’t be any more thrilled that they were so kind to feature me–and Slightly South of Simple–in their stunning spring issue. Such a treat! I’ll be at High Point Market, as Seasons says, at the Codarus Showroom, on Sunday, April 23, from 3-5pm. I hope all you fabulous design lovers will join me if you’re in town for the big show!

  Thank you so much to Seasons for all the book love! If you’re in the Piedmont, make sure to pick up a copy–or read online! You can follow anywhere you are! We know we will!

 

Painted Shelving Transforms Rooms, Spaces With Pops of Color & More!

 

 

27 Designers Transform Rooms with Beautifully Painted Shelving

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Spaces with Vibrant Pops of Color

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Inside Lela Becker’s Cozy Bohemian Hideaway

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Inside Wellness Guru Daphne Javitch’s New York City Home

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Enchanting Outdoor Spaces from Designers’ Homes

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House Tour: Summer Thornton Design Stunner

This post is going to get me in trouble. Big trouble. Because, while, at first glance, this looks like any gorgeous living room, this stunning space by Summer Thornton Design isn’t a home at all.

It’s a dental office!

And, you see, I was in charge of decorating my husband’s dental office. Honestly, I thought I did a pretty darn good job.

Well, I mean, I thought I did a good job until I saw this dental office, which, let’s face it, is the most insanely beautiful dental office of all time. Now I’m wondering if maybe I could have applied myself a little more.

Needless to say, it is giving me something to aspire to–though this might have to be my office space within the dental office. We can give hubby something a little more masculine. 

This stunning lounge is the perfect place for staff members to cozy up during a break. And it even has a stylish little nod to teeth up there!

The lounge is a great place to pick up a good book!

This takes the kids’ playroom to a whole new level! No torn up Highlights magazines here!

You might look forward to a root canal in this gorgeous exam room! 

Need to use the powder room? No problem! You’ll feel right at home in this incredible bathroom. Needless to say, I have some work to do! Thanks for the inspiration, Summer! 

 

Find more inspiration at:

@summerthorntondesign

 

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It is worth noting that Kristy Woodson Harvey is often described as a Southern voice, and indeed she is. But to leave it at that is to underestimate the power and nuance of her storytelling gift — her mastery of dialog to move plot forward, her insights into what makes women tick, and her wit. Rest assured that regardless of where you live or grew up, you will find yourself in Kristy’s writing. “Slightly South of Simple” will have you at turns teary, beaming, and nodding in recognition — as a daughter, a mother, a sister — cheering on her protagonists, Ansley and Caroline. “