In Conversation With: Timothy Corrigan

This Los Angeles-based interior designer and author is a master of creating casual luxury, and the family living room Corrigan designed at Palazzo Rosa, this year’s Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens, was no exception. The effortlessly elegant space was also a showcase for the prolific designer’s inaugural collaboration with Schumacher—a vibrant fabric and furniture collection, which he debuted earlier this year at the Schumacher showroom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC).

Your involvement in this year’s Decorators’ Show House was a highlight. what are your thoughts on the atlanta design community?
The design scene is incredibly vibrant. When it came time to figuring out where to launch the Schumacher collection, Atlanta was my first choice. ADAC is simply the best design center in America; you can feel an exciting sense of creativity as soon as you walk in the doors. I truly love Atlanta and that’s why I also jumped at the chance to participate in the Decorators’ Show House.

What items from the new collection were incorporated into the showhouse space?
With the room being right off the pool, we selected crisp blue colorways from the fabric collection. The entire space is draped in “Cap Ferrat,” which boasts a unique combination of disparate motifs—arabesques, trelliswork and pineapples. We also introduced an upholstered armchair called “The Wave” that is beautiful but also ergonomic. I consider myself a very practical designer.

What was the inspiration behind the collection?
I noticed that the design pendulum was swinging back toward a more lyrical and organic style as opposed to the clean modernism that we’ve been seeing for the past 10 years. I think we’re ready for the “P” word again—”Pretty!”

Layering is a prominent feature in your interiors.
Yes, my love of layering is evident in the details. For example, with each closer look, the “Chantilly” fabric reveals yet another pattern within each layer of design. And the cocktail tables feature a rich mix of materials such as wood, caining and mirrors.

Earlier this year, you spoke at the design bloggers conference in Atlanta. How has blogging and social media changed the design world?
They’re both a vital component to interior design; they’re no longer this “other media.” Once only available to the privileged set, interior design has never been so accessible as it is now.