Bailey McCarthy + Miles Redd = Dream Team
Architectural Digest writes, “If there were a Miles Redd fan club, Bailey McCarthy would be its president. ‘Embarrassingly, I am his superfan—I’ll own that,’ she cheerfully admits.’” Well as all of my readers know, if there were a Bailey McCarthy fan club, *I* would be its president. (The inaugural post on this design blog was dedicated to her and her colorful, playful world.)
She recently completed a personal project outside of Houston with the great designer Miles Redd and notable Houston architects Curtis & Windham and every single thing about it has me buzzing with enthusiasm. For starters, Wes Anderson was a key inspiration, so you just know I’m going to be in heaven. I so enjoyed reading Architectural Digest’s article on it that I’m just sharing whole parts of it here:
“Ask Miles Redd what kind of clients he gravitates toward, and old-fashioned terms pepper the conversation: people with moxie, with get-up-and-go, who have tongs in the fire. That would include Houston’s Bailey and Pete McCarthy—she’s the founder of a kicky bedding and lifestyle company called Biscuit Home, and he’s a partner in a fizzy restaurant group called Goodnight Hospitality. ‘They like pretty houses, good times, and entertaining,’ the AD100 New York City decorator says of the couple.”
“When Bailey and her husband were developing a rural getaway on 80-something acres in Bellville, about an hour northwest of Houston, she wrote Redd an enthusiastic email proclaiming her superfandom. She also informed him that she wanted her family to live in a casual, quirky Wes Anderson film set but allowed that if ‘that is not your bliss, I’ll totally understand.’ The couple’s architect, William Curtis of Curtis & Windham Architects, was already one of Redd’s personal friends and professional collaborators, so the decorator was totally on board.”
“‘It ended up just the way she wanted it,’ Redd says. ‘A little bit Anderson, with nods to Texas and a smattering of old lady, and everybody knows I love chic-old-lady style. Basically, it’s a big, happy, fresh, light family house.’ As for the bubbly decor, ‘just because we’re in the country doesn’t mean the rooms have to look country,’ Bailey says. ‘The house doesn’t have to prove itself.’ ‘It’s like everyone enters a fully realized world. My blood pressure drops when I pull in at the end of the drive from Houston,’ Bailey continues. She also points out, with a laugh, that her favorite decorator’s effervescent settings have totally changed the way she dresses on weekends: ‘I used to wear yoga pants all the time; now I wear caftans.’”
You can bring some of Bailey’s magic into your own home by stopping by Biscuit Home in Houston (the store itself is beautiful), or by shopping on their website.