D E S I G N E R S P O T L I G H T
Meet Mariel Goodson, co-founder of Brass Hill Design, a boutique interior decorating firm outside of Manhattan. Mariel Goodson spent the first few years of her career in the editorial world, writing for magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping and Redbook. After embarking on a three-year process of restoring and renovating two homes in the suburbs of New York City, she unearthed her passion for perpetual reinvention, eventually trading in her laptop for a hardhat. A traditionalist at heart, Mariel loves textured raffia walls and low-pile Persian rugs, burnished gold accents and lacquered brass fixtures. She hoards handmade ceramics, can’t resist a peacockish powder room and has an insatiable appetite for faux bamboo. When Mariel isn’t elbow-deep in swatches and samples, she’s chasing her three young sons up and down the yellow brick roads of her hometown in Westchester.
Scroll below to see how Mariel incorporated our Gracie Scalloped Mirror into her client's super chic dining room. The floral tableskirt, grasscloth, rattan, a little bit of vintage, and all the color... We cannot get enough!
Brass Hill Design founders Remy Crisci & Mariel Goodson
M A R I E L ' S D E S I G N T I P
"Layer, layer, layer. This is the phase where the space comes to life and really becomes a reflection of the people living there. Gathered lampshades in a funky pattern, baskets of cozy throw blankets, a tray of curious consignment finds on the coffee table, stacks of books, collections of hand-crafted ceramics. And plants. Greenery is so important in creating a room that feels alive - and complete."
M A R I E L ' S F A V O R I T E I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R S
Elizabeth Hay for her aspirational ability to play with patterns and prints, and her uniquely global, eclectic aesthetic. Kathryn M Ireland for following her own circuitous and untraditional path to the design world and her exuberant, off-the-cuff use of texture, color and proportion. Andrew Howard for his charming, cheerful Southern style and hilarious Instagram feed.
5 T H I N G S M A R I E L I S L O V I N G R I G H T N O W
My bag is a dumping ground for measuring tapes, notebooks and dead pens, but at least it can look chic from the outside.
I'm all about earrings and these fun little jewels instantly elevate a basic black sweater and jeans.
My mother collected splatterware and used to have it stacked on open shelves on our pantry. I've since carried on the tradition and snag it anywhere and everywhere I find it.
It's like a party hat for a lamp; patterned lampshades are truly transformative.
This is such a special piece, whether you're using it to serve water or house a bouquet of flowers. The hand-painted floral motifs are just beyond beautiful.