Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA
Tell us about your work.
My passion is design in all its guises. I love creating things that captivate and delight through a subtle use of textures, tones and an element of interest. I am rooted in classicism but enjoy offering a smooth mix of European, East Coast and West Coast esthetic. Whether tabletop, furniture, architecture or interiors, design should always delight the soul as well as satisfy the senses.
How did you get to where you are today?
When living in London, I retired from Investment Banking to raise a family and, in 1996, founded Grayson De Vere, a small design firm focusing on property development and interior design for private residences and private office clients. Then, in 2013, my husband had a vacant Victorian property in Greenwich, CT that wouldn’t move in the latent wake of the real estate drop in 2008. I decided to take it on as a project and staged it as if we were living there. It sold immediately. Through Grayson De Vere, I am grateful for being able to constantly cultivate my innate creative design sense by offering design consultation, property renovation as well as interior installations, permanent or staged.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Manhattan. However, I was shaped by my Mother’s southern roots and influenced by my living in Europe for 22 years. I love having these additional aspects.
Where did you study?
The Inchbald School of Design in London, Sotheby’s in London, New York School of Interior Design and I hold a BS in Business/Economics from Vanderbilt University.
If you were to design tabletops for anyone’s party (celebrity/historical figure)—who would it be and why?
I have always admired those women of a certain era who combined grace, strength, humor, character and style with a bit of irreverence; women who were great hostesses but were intelligent and socially responsible. I would love to design a dinner table for Katherine Hepburn who appears rooted in classicism but exudes an independent spirit with a forward thinking sense of design.
What comes to mind when you think of the American Red Cross?
The American Red Cross offers a constancy of support and hope throughout the land, a pervasive presence that is a source of solace and relief, supplies and sustenance.
I am honored to participate in the American Red Cross event this year.
Grayson De Vere Design
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American Red Cross 2018 Gala – Julia Grayson Table Top Design