Amy Berry of Amy Berry Designs is a rapidly rising star in the interior design world, and with good reason… Her vast portfolio is positively stunning! After studying at London’s Inchbald School of Design, Amy opened the doors to her own Dallas-based boutique firm in 2013, and she has been in heavy demand ever since. Last year she completed projects in Dallas, the Hamptons, Cape Cod, Georgia, San Francisco, and in Los Angeles to install Gray Malin‘s nursery. As the mother of two toddlers, Amy has also made a name for herself when it comes to luxury nursery design.
This year Amy is opening a storefront – Amy Berry Home – in Dallas’ chic Oak Lawn neighborhood. Here she will carry ready-made furnishings, a selection of her signature custom pieces, and an exclusive collection of children’s wicker furniture. Amy Berry Home will also carry accessories, linens, porcelain, nursery essentials, and luxuries for the pampered pet, including Amy’s signature dog beds. In addition to her skyrocketing success, Amy is genuinely nice, incredibly sweet, and down to earth. This is a lady who truly has it all… and all at the age of 30! It is an absolute delight to welcome Amy today to The Glam Pad for a Q&A!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Traditional mostly, but I love a thoughtful mix that can stand the test of time… a home should ultimately reflect the people that live in it. I think style evolves and a well designed space should speak to the layers that go with that.
Q: When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in interior design?
A: I always loved design and architecture, I still have this binder from probably elementary school where I would tear out beautiful homes and gardens from Architectural Digest. I always had my nose in magazines, but it was always a dream job. I didn’t honestly consider pursuing it until after I got out of college. My husband and I moved to London for his job and I enrolled at the Inchbald School of Design, which was the best thing I ever did. I ate every bit of it up… I think at that point there was no going back.
Q: What were the greatest things you learned during your time at London’s Inchbald School of Design?
A: I learned so much there, that’s a hard one… I think the biggest take away were the client studies for our projects, there was such an emphasis on the client… who they are, how they live, everything down to the scent of candle they like most. At the end of the day, it’s not my house. Every client is different, they’re the “secret sauce” to it in a sense… They also did a wonderful job training us to draw (something I wish I had time to do more of!).
Q: What designers – past and present – do you most admire?
A: Oh gosh, where do I start… Albert Hadley, Sister Parish, Stephen Sills, Bunny Williams, Markham Roberts, Mark Sikes, Suzanne Kasler, Bruce Budd…
Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: I still have my nose in magazines, all the old House & Garden’s, auction catalogs… High Society was always one of my favorite movies growing up, the set design in it is everything. There’s inspiration everywhere if you keep your eyes open..
Q: Do you have any favorite fabrics, paints, furnishings, etc. you particularly enjoy incorporating within your designs?
A: All florals. I love a good chintz, and I love color… my first job after finishing at the Inchbald was at Pierre Frey, so they ruined me in the very best way. I love beautiful fabrics. My grandmother still talks about my oogling over beautiful dress fabrics as a 3 year old.
Q: When beginning work with a new client, where do you begin?
A: I really spend a lot of time getting to know the client. I am not typically a “quiet” person, but when I first meet with a client I really don’t say much. You take so much away from that first meeting.. what they envision the house to be and how they live in it… I like to get to know the people a bit first before I start developing a concept.
Q: What are five (material) luxuries you could not live without?
A: Facials at Joanna Czech. D Porthault Sheets. Fresh flowers around the house. My bathrobe. Favor.
Q: When you aren’t busy designing, how do you enjoy spending your time?
A: With my family, we love to go on bike rides to our favorite Mexican food place in Dallas (Mi Cocina) where no one minds if your little ones destroy the table.. I grew up in Dallas and I am so lucky to have my family and so many friends here.
Q: What does the future hold for Amy Berry Design?
A: We are opening a little shop this spring in Dallas that I am super excited about! We are going to carry a handful of my “go-to’s” along with a lot of special things… it’s been a little labor of love I’ve been working on for a while now. I’m super excited to open that here soon.
Can you tell I love Amy’s work?! To learn more, please visit Amy Berry Designs and follow @amylberry on Instagram. Amy’s shop, Amy Berry Home, is estimated to open at the end of March and is located at 4012 Oak Lawn.