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Leigh Jones Design Talent

This is the first diary entry in our series showcasing design talent. Today we've chosen to feature North Carolina-based designer Leigh Jones, who exemplifies the talent exceptional designers have for placing very fine things in their clients’ homes and commercial spaces. This makes the name of her storefront and studio, The Very Thing, Ltd, so apropos. Her auspiciously refined destination, located at 2100 South Church Street in Burlington, has been a fixture in the community since 1926 when it was founded as the Neese-Shoffner Furniture Company. Quickly developing a reputation as the Piedmont area's premier furniture store, the company sold some of the region’s finest home furnishings and accessories until it was revamped in 1974. The reinvention included renaming the business and...

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Rooms by Amelia Handegan

Charleston, South Carolina-based interior designer Amelia Handegan begins the introduction of her beautiful book, simply titled Rooms and published by Rizzoli, with this anecdote that provides ample insight into her talents: “One of my clients would frequently question my reasons for choosing a specific color palette or certain furnishings or textiles for his home. Eventually, he stopped asking. ‘Get back to me after you put on your swami hat,’ he started staying, ‘because I know you can’t explain it.’”  The Tranquil Sophistication of Amelia Handegan Handegan admits to always having been more of a visually connected person as opposed to a verbal one, not a surprise given that when powerful interior design succeeds, it does so through the intuited visual...

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