Atlanta-based designer Clary Bosbyshell developed her eye for aesthetics at a young age. She grew up in the world of design with her days spent in antique markets and art galleries, immersed in swatch books and fabric samples. After graduating from the University of Georgia and studying design in Cortona, Italy, Clary spent two years in fashion merchandising further honing her eye for smart and stylish design. She joined her mother’s design firm, Margaux Interiors Limited, in 2009 where she worked for 10 years before opening her own eponymous firm in 2019.
Clary is known for creating timeless interiors that layer color and pattern with a mix of fine antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces. Her work is both elegant and practical, and she was named a 2018 Traditional Home New Trad. Today, I am delighted to welcome Clary to The Glam Pad for a Q&A!
Q: What was it like growing up with an accomplished interior designer as a mother? And when did you know this was your calling too?
A: I loved watching my mom growing up… When I wasn’t doing after school activities, I really just wanted to be with her. I enjoyed going to ADAC, antique stores, and art galleries. She trained my eye at a very young age. I did a self-portrait in Kindergarten of myself wearing lots of fabulous accessories and carrying a fabric bag with the caption, “I want to be an interior designer just like my mommy!”
Q: What are a few of the key lessons you learned from your mother, and when did you know it was time to branch out and begin your own design firm?
A: My mom always taught me to buy one antique a year, and in 10 years you will have a fabulous collection! She also has a keen eye for color that I think she genetically passed on to me… we both have an incredible memory for color. And lastly, she always taught me to listen. At the end of the day, this is a service industry, and I want to leave my clients happy. After 10 years together it just seemed like it was time.
Q: What is your design philosophy when it comes to working with your clients?
A: At our first meeting, I love to get to know my clients and learn about how they live, how they entertain, if they have pets, favorite colors, etc… I spend a lot of time asking a lot of questions. My goal is to always have my clients’ home look like them and reflect how they live.
Q: Atlanta is mecca for beautiful interior design… and the most talented designers! How did this vibrant city influence your design style?
A: It is such a wonderful city with so many talented designers! Atlanta is deeply rooted in tradition, and my design work reflects this.
Q: Are there any signature elements you like to incorporate within your interiors?
A: Modern art, beautiful antiques, and of course blue and white!
Q: Who are your favorite interior designers, past and present?
A: So Many! Albert Hadley, Sister Parish, Billy Baldwin, Bunny Williams, Mark Sikes Matthew Carter, Amanda Lindroth…
Q: What are five material luxuries you could not live without?
A: D. Porthault pressed sheets, custom lampshades, getting my hair blown out, fresh flowers in my house every week, beautiful dresses.
Q: Where are your favorite places to travel, and how do these destinations influence you?
A: The Amalfi Coast! The first time I went was in college while studying Art History at the University of Georgia. It was the most magical place I had ever been, and I knew I had to go back. My husband and I went last summer, and it was even dreamier than I remembered. Since returning I have found myself using more hand painted tile in clients’ homes. I am always influenced by my travels in my design work.
Q: When you aren’t busy designing, how do you like to spend your free time?
A: I have an adorable 6-year-old son and a wonderful husband… there is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my family! I love creating tablescapes and hosting friends and family at my house for special occasions and dinner parties. I have recently starting doing yoga, and most Friday afternoons you find me with friends at Le Bilboquet having a fabulous lunch!
Thank you so much, Clary, for joining us today, I am such a huge fan of your work! Good taste clearly runs in Clary’s DNA… and in her husband’s too! Her mother in law, Susan Welsh Churchill used to paint silk pillows for designers including Mario Buatta and Dan Carithers, and most recently she was featured at the Palm Beach Kips Bay Showhouse. Susan also has an extensive collection of original Dodie Thayer lettuceware, and last Easter I featured the most exquisite tablescape she and Clary created together.