Beth Webb's first book, An Eye for Beauty, is filled with rooms that speak to the senses and showcase her signature design style: sophisticated spaces layered with art, texture, and soothing colors. For more than 20 years Webb has expertly created warm, inviting spaces for clients, and now is inspiring readers to approach their own homes with the same eye for beauty.
A delicate chair and ottoman beckon in a sunny corner of this room, where Greek key tape adds a classic embellishment to drapery panels. "This gorgeous little corner in our clients' formal living room sits opposite the grand piano where their children take their lessons," Webb says. "The door you see opens to the foyer and main star hall where all the 'comings and goings' of the household occur. It is a rare occasion that the formal living room is as lived in as this particular one is."
This image, from a family home on Michigan's Walloon Lake, might look familiar to loyal readers of Traditional Home. With a breezy style and neutral color palette, Webb says this kitchen entry is the heart of the home and was designed to withstand busy foot traffic. "We utilized neutrals and lots of texture to add layers of visual interest and warmth," she says. "The house is used year round as [the clients'] vacation home, so it needed to feel as welcoming in the winter in ten feet of snow as it does in the Michigan summer months of crisp blue skies."
"In the guest bedroom of this Florida house, the array of fabrics and textures takes soft, soft, and softer to the max," Webb says. Visitors will no doubt relax the minute they step foot into this soothing space thanks to a supremely quiet palette and skilled layering of textures—Webb notes that the nubby wool rug adds "an overall hush to the room."
"I really do look at rooms as blank canvases for composition," Webb says, "and always have considered art the finishing touch for any space." With a background as an art dealer, the designer knows a thing or two about selecting art, but, she says, "the piece chosen ultimately has to be [the client's] decision. They must love it!" Case in point: this terra-cotta dotted living room where an ostrich by Heather Lancaster was the finishing touch to tie the colors together.
Just above the banquette in this dining room, Webb says the recessed niche "cried out for depth and drama," so she chose a piece by Artist Todd Murphy—"a naturalist with a 19th century sensibility." Smart art, mixed with a quiet palette and rustic charm is a recipe for guests to linger over meals shared at the room's trestle table.