When considering designers I admire, Jim Howard is always at the top of the list. Howard opened his firm, James Michael Howard, Inc., in 1988, after 12 years of working with other firms. He is schooled in both architecture and design which is reflected in his work. He masterfully mixes both classical and modern design elements to create fresh, contemporary interiors.
“ I begin with the interior architecture and fold the client's existing things into that envelope and fill in the blanks”. The result never disappoints and always provides a canvas for learning and exploring.
The symmetry and balance of this room are offset by the playfulness of the leopard chairs. I love them don’t you? Envision this room without them.
This is one of my all time favorite rooms! Notice the architectural details that he is known for. Love that ceiling!
I adore this room. Love the use of the “dressier” mirrors against the more rustic surfaces in this room.
This entrance is so inviting. I love the leopard runner climbing the stairs. I believe this is the entrance to one of the Howard’s stores Mrs. Howard.
He almost always has a soft hand when it comes to color layering textures instead to create interest. Every once in awhile you see more liberal use of color (and it is usually blue).
This hallway fascinates me. It is a study of the power of nature. Note the tramp art mirror and the light fixture that echoes it’s style. Sometimes the simplest details create the most impact.
Note the beautiful architectural details in this room. The lovely paneling and dentil molding add a sense of formality, while the chair keeps it spirited.
The tongue in cheek use of this unexpected table flanking the more formal stairway is wonderful.
Notice the use of a single neutral with several variations and intensities in this kitchen…lovely!!
I hope you enjoyed these images as much as I do. I find myself studying his rooms again and again. If you would like to see more of Jim’s wonderful work go here http://jamesmichaelhoward.com/home.aspx. Of course Jim is also one of the principals (along with wife Phoebe) behind the wonderful stores Mrs. Howard and Max and Company in Jacksonville, Charlotte, and Atlanta. He also happens to be the father of the extremely talented Andrew who I will profile in a future post.