Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth Masterson

ElizabethA designer at Chestnut Hall, Elizabeth Masterson brings passion for interior design, a great eye for style, and a wealth of knowledge to her customers and clients. Come see Elizabeth to see how she can bring her elegant, eclectic touch to your project. 

An Atlanta Georgia native, Elizabeth found her way to Memphis after graduating from Ole Miss with a degree in Psychology and minor in Art History. As the daughter of acclaimed Atlanta Architect Tipton Masterson, Elizabeth has always shown great interest in the Arts and Design from AP classes in Art to summer internships in Interior Design in both high school and college. She comes to Chestnut Hall after spending the last five and a half years at Lee Pruitt Interior Design as Lee Pruitt's Design assistant. There she further honed her design skills working on both residential and commercial projects in such places as New York, Florida, Montana and locally, during which she was published in Fix Magazine in 2012. Elizabeth prides herself in bringing all her customers at Chestnut Hall the perfect balance between excellent design coupled with the highest quality of furniture made in the USA.

When and how did you first know you were interested in Interior Design?
My enthusiasm for Interior Design first began around the age of 7 or 8. I remember accompanying my Dad on his frequent trips to Home Depot, where I would plead for him to buy me the house plan magazines that were sold by the checkout counter. I would ruminate the plans in those magazines for hours.


Where were you before Chestnut Hall?
Before my days at Chestnut Hall, I was learning a wealth of information at Lee Pruitt Interior Design. There I learned every aspect of the business...aesthetically, fundamentally and technically. It was a learning experience that I will forever be grateful for.


If you could only pass along one piece of advice about purchasing fine furniture to a Chestnut Hall customer, what would it be?
It would be a very simple and truthful statement.  "Things of true quality, have no fear of time." -unknown.


If you could only pass along one piece of design advice to a Chestnut Hall customer, what would it be?

I would advise any Chestnut Hall customer to have fun when shopping for an item or designing a space. The design process should be refreshing and inspiring, not stressful.

When you are designing with a client on a budget, what piece would you suggest they splurge on and which to save on? 
When furnishing a room, the largest upholstery items should be the focus in both function and quality of construction. These are the items you should splurge on while saving on accessories and other items that serve as accents.


What is your favorite coffee table book?
Hue, by Kelly Wearstler is wonderful coffee table book. It takes you on a colorful journey into the designers courageous and bold design aesthetic.

What is your favorite piece in your home and why?
One of my favorite items is a Chinoiserie tea cart that was graciously given to me by my Aunt Cornelia. It is so charming and evokes a sense of antiquity in my eclectic Living Room.


What do you enjoy most about being a Memphian?
Memphis is a wonderful city with abundant charm. I love the appreciation that Memphians have for the city and celebrating the creative aspects of life. With this comes a plethora of local events, restaurants and other businesses that affirm this loyalty to the city and its individual spirit.

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