Designer Story: The Sense & Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

Last week in my post on feminine-style Roman shades, I posted this picture of a living room by Houston designer Meg Lonergan.

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What a wonderful kaleidoscope of of color, tempered by the neutral walls and and natural shades. Apricot, chartreuse, fuchsia  — brilliant!

It’s from Meg’s own home, recently featured in Southern Living.

Designer Story: The Sophisticated Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

Meg was born in Louisiana but has lived in Singapore, New Zealand, and France. According to her interview with the now infamous Million Dollar Decorator Podcast interviewer James Swan, her favorite style is an English look, layered with pattern and color — a little cluttered. One of her decorating idols is Ben Pentreath, one of my favorites as well!

(One of her challenges in decorating her own home was that her husband doesn’t favor that clutter. Oh, the age-old decorating dilemma of spousal compromise!)

I devoured the images of her home, blown away by the individuality and collectedness that she has brought to the space — you definitely get the sense of the history that made the person, and then the person that decorated the home.

In addition to the usual designer-decorating-for-herself problem of having waaaaaaaay too many options (not to mention the whole accommodating-spousal-taste thing), she also felt decorating her 100 year old home to be challenging because, while she loves modern things, she also wanted to stay true to its character. (I feel her pain sometimes with my own 225+ year old house!) So she incorporates just a few modern surprises here and there.

Designer Story: The Sophisticated Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

 

Did you catch the TV outlined by the vintage frame in the above pic?

 

Designer Story: The Sophisticated Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

 

Such a sweet room!

 

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Gorgeous bathroom. I love the dark mini brick marble floor tile.

 

 

Her favorite piece of decorating advice is one you’ve heard before — buy what you love, and you’ll find a place for it. Of course, she adds the caveat that you can follow this advice only as long as you buy something of quality and  that you have good taste. That’s a pretty big caveat. 🙂

 

Meg strives for client-driven design. Her hope is that when someone walks into a home, it isn’t immediately obvious who the designer is. She wants the space to feel like the homeowner, not the designer.

 

Her portfolio is wonderfully varied, full of hunted, one-of-a-kind pieces. And she loves trying to reuse those pieces that her clients already have and treasure. (Again, if they are in good taste, hahaha.)

Designer Story: The Sophisticated Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

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Designer Story: The Sophisticated Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

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Designer Story: The Sophisticated Sensibility of Meg Lonergan

 

Isn’t she amazing?

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If you like designer stories, you may be interested in these past posts:

The Lovely and Luminous Work of Lilian Hart

Nina Farmer’s Historically Sensitive Style is HIP2SAVE

Neo-Trad Robin Gannon

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I’ll be back on Thursday with my latest update to my One Room Challenge — my Ultimate She-Shed, Home Glow’s new studio space! I’ll be covering my lighting plan and how I’ll be mixing my finishes with (I hope!) success.

See you Thursday!

-Amy

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