What’s inspiring designer Barbara Westbrook right now

The Westbrook Interiors founder shares her summer inspirations
Barbara Westbrook
Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

“I didn’t really have a particular room in mind. I was just thinking of summer. I never use chintz, but I love hand-blocked florals like the ones by Galbraith & Paul. And small prints like these by Elizabeth Eakins don’t have to look cutesy—they can be very sophisticated. Of course, there’s nothing better than a heavy white linen, and I’m loving these new takes on the classic sisal.”

Barbara Westbrook“We use so many pieces from the Signature Gallery that they gave us this Moulthrop bowl.” thesignatureshop.com

Barbara Westbrook“I bought these eyepieces at Scott’s. Every room needs a touch of age.”

Barbara Westbrook“I like to use small plates like this Delftware as coasters.”

Barbara WestbrookElizabeth Eakins prints, R Hughes, r-hughes.com

Barbara Westbrook“I always love baskets. It’s a passion I share with my mentor, Nancy Braithwaite.”

Barbara WestbrookThis Regency Calacata mosaic is from Walker Zanger’s Studio Moderne line. walkerzanger.com

Barbara Westbrook“I prefer buying vintage evening bags because they’re fun and less expensive.”

Barbara WestbrookThe sisals by Merida, like “Samar” below, have unique weaves and textures. meridastudio.com

Barbara Westbrook
Photograph by Erica George Dines

About the designer
Barbara Westbrook, a native of Virginia, launched her Atlanta-based interior design firm Westbrook Interiors in 1992 after working under the tutelage of Nancy Braithwaite and Gandy-Peace. For 20 years she has made her mark on Atlanta interiors by employing her signature style: tasteful, tactile, timeless, and simply elegant. Her extensive design vocabulary ranges from casual American and formal English to French moderne—yielding high-style results in traditional, transitional, and contemporary settings.

Pro resources
“Flora” in canary, “Fern” in cadet blue, and “Links” in saffron, all by Galbraith & Paul, R Hughes, ADAC, r-hughes.com. “Luam” in platinum, Elizabeth Eakins Inc., R Hughes. “Hacienda Valparais” linen herringbone in white, Holland & Sherry, R Hughes. Other accessories, Westbrook’s own.

This article originally appeared in our Summer 2016 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.