Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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A Return to Tradition: James Michael Howard

I spent my childhood in a beautiful leafy suburb in Sydney’s North, in a house that had belonged to my great-grandfather, my grandad, then my father.  The home was a perfectly proportioned Federation style property with grand high ceilings with intricate mouldings, original polished floorboards throughout and a sweeping staircase through the middle.  My parents spent almost every weekend meticulously restoring slate roof tiles, selecting paint colours from a traditional 19th Century colour palette and designing the interior with antiques with an edge.

So although my own taste has changed to be quite contemporary, I still have an absolute appreciation for the traditional.  That’s why the interior design work of James Michael Howard really appeals.  As a designer, he tends to start with a classic home and chooses pieces that sit in harmony with the original architecture.  His style is blends traditional design with modern sensibilities to create a comfortable and relaxed elegance.

A student of the Parsons School of Design in New York, Jim Howard started his company in 1988 after many years of working as a designer in other firms.  His architectural detailing, coupled with his understanding of furniture style and function enables him to effortlessly create timeless residences for his clients.

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Beth F

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