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Episode 599: Celia Barrett

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An interior designer for 30 years, Celia Barrett has been a senior designer for several leading New York City architectural firms, including GHK, IA, CRSS, and BRB. She was a Senior Store Designer for Macy’s Corporate Stores handling New Jersey and upstate New York. She began her own firm in the early 1990s in NYC. Her many years in Manhattan helped shape her design sense.
Celia believes that design should be simple and timeless, yet make a statement when it is needed. She uses strong architectural detailing and a clear sense of place, proportion and color. As each space is designed, she and her team discover the uniqueness of the story behind the project. This guides her through the design process and helps her find the right setting for the people who will use the space.
This applies whether it is a residence or a hotel or a 4 star restaurant.
Celia holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Auburn University College of Architecture. She continued her studies at Auburn and Parson’s School of Design in New York in both set design and antiques. She is certified by the National Council on Interior Design Qualification and is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association, NY Chapter of NEWH, and is a MS State Certified Interior Designer.
She was also producing artistic director for The Acting Group, Inc., a professional theatre company in NYC, for six years, while continuing to work as a designer. Celia studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan many years ago. (NP is the school that graduated the likes of Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and multiple others)
She is also a member of the BLLA(Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Assoc.), USGBC(Green Building Council), Madison County Business League, and the Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the MS Symphony.
Celia was recently named one of 16 national STYLE MAKERS for Cambria Magazine.
She has won 24 design awards for both Residential and Hospitality Design.
Her projects range from luxury residential to boutique and branded hotels and restaurants. Her firm is soon launching a division that will design senior and assisted living properties.

Explore Celia’s Website here

Add Celia’s book recommendation, Sister Parish Design, to your design library by clicking here

Sister Parish Design- On Decorating

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