CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today, we at the Sunday Gazette-Mail's Life & Style section are introducing a new weekly feature along with a new WV Design Team for you, our readers.
Home By Design is designed -- literally -- to draw on the skills and talents of our neighbors and friends in the Charleston area and across the state of West Virginia who know quite a few things about home design that the rest of us don't -- primarily, how to make our houses look and feel like homes. And not just any home, but our home.
Each Sunday's Home By Design page will feature one of four local design firms from our WV Design Team -- with the occasional guest designer -- as they take turns tackling a design challenge and showcasing solutions, along with tips and how-to's for all of us.
They have been selected both for their expertise and their diversity in style, so we expect to have something for everyone -- from modern and contemporary to classic and traditional, from budget design ideas for apartments and modest first homes to dream homes and showpieces.
Something else this new Home By Design page will incorporate: input from you. Have a question for one or all of the designers? Send it in! Have a room you can't seem to pull together? Shoot us a photo with some thoughts on what you're looking for, and see what the experts have to say! Send to soc...@wvgazette.com with "Design" in the subject line.
Here are brief introductions to each of our designers, and then the accompanying article will kick things off with Pat Bibbee, who shares her insights on how to incorporate color into your home design.
Designer: Pat Bibbee, Pat Bibbee Designs
Background: Pat Bibbee has been designing homes and commercial spaces for over 25 years. It is her belief that a home should reflect the personality and lifestyle of its owner, and her success is evident in the many long-term relationships she has maintained with clients over the years, as well as in a growing portfolio of residential and commercial projects around the country. She has been featured in the pages of Southern Living magazine, HGTV's "Homes Across America," and interior design books "Visions of Design" and "Leading Residential Interior Designers."
Her style: "Rooms should be timeless and balanced, a combination of familiarity and originality with a twist of the unexpected."
Philosophy: "Within a home, one should be drawn from room to room with a subtle memory of what's been left behind. Rooms should fall into one another."
Designers: Chuck and Connie Hamsher, The Purple Moon
Background: The Hamshers began in business as collectors of 20th-century design and art. In 2005, they opened a design gallery that reflects their personal style in downtown Charleston. The Purple Moon has a full line of vintage and new home furnishings, accessories, art, wall coverings and area rugs. In addition to some of the finest homes in the Kanawha Valley, Chuck and Connie work with clients and designers throughout the United States.
Their style: The Purple Moon is West Virginia's only mid-century modern gallery. The focus is on hand-selected, custom-upholstered furniture and iconic designs of the mid-20th century as well as contemporary furnishings.