Tuesday, December 14
My Favorite Things: Newell Turner
I have been intrigued by Newell Turner since following his personal account, documented online for House Beautiful, of building a 1,200-square-foot house in New York's Catskills Mountains from scratch. In his writings Newell always comes across as astute, yet well grounded. It only makes sense that he would land the position as the new House Beautiful Editor-in-Chief.
After having lunch with Newell last week it’s easy to see why he is so well liked and respected in the industry. He is knowledgeable, honest and charming.
Newell has been quoted as saying, “interior designers are worth every penny. In the long run, they can save you lots of money by helping to prevent mistakes. Designers are masters at conceiving spaces and arranging furniture in rooms. It sounds like a simple thing to do, but it’s not.” While many share a similar belief when it comes to the interior design industry, few could say it so clearly and succinctly.
And despite 25 years of experience in the design business, Newell is the first to tell you that he's no pro when it comes to decorating. "I'm not a designer, I'm an editor," he says, “I have to test and experiment and make mistakes just like everyone else.” Great advice to live by.
Favorite gift to give this year?
Found T-shirts printed with odd or unexpected messages and images.
Favorite way to celebrate the holidays?
With family in Mississippi.
Favorite current book?
I just read Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden.
Favorite holiday song?
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas sung by Judy Garland.
Favorite party clothes?
A knit navy blazer. It works with just about everything and parties up or down.
Favorite place to shop?
Small neighborhood stores that have a strong sense of place and owners’ with an original eye.
Favorite movie to watch again and again?
Favorite holiday memory?
Any Christmas Eve after mass.
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