Martha Curry has been working as an interior designer since 1980. Today I sat in her beautiful and serene house, and she talked about the design process, her own strengths…one of which is her amazing eye (“that’s what I have to sell–my eye”), her methods of working with clients. Her well-edited home interior makes me want to do a visual survey of her work (…though I suspect her clients might not want to cooperate with that!)
Martha’s own house was built in 1954 and designed by Edmond M. MacCollin (graduate of Yale and Cornell) who designed several Salem houses and then went to work for the State, disappearing off the local radar screen. The house has a wonderful site on a hill with views of the lovely garden and the hills beyond from every window.
As we talked, Martha told me of the seismic change in the design world since the mid 1990’s when the “big box” stores really took hold and changed everything. The notion of buying from local businesses and being glad to support them has shifted to the notion of paying less but getting more. Though I recognize that for sure, I was surprised to discover it had impacted the interior design world as well. We talked of beautiful things, downsizing, painting…what things would you take with you if you moved to a smaller place, and here are two…the driftwood lamp (I coveted this…)
and the lovely table designed by Kate McIntyre of Ironies:
and then we took “the tour”
and then the moment when you go down one of the halls
and into the office, her workspace,
and a peek at the amazing master bath
Martha has designed much of the furniture in the house and pointed out Grant’s bed (Grant one of her 3 grown children) which was made from Oregon barn wood and metal finishings made locally
on our way out to the garden the apricots were on the stove for the apricot jam Martha makes for Christmas…even the food looks decorative in this house!
and then the garden suffused with the haunting chartreuse…