Text by Kristy HarveyGrowing up with quintessential southern style curators Phoebe and Jim Howard for parents couldn’t help but influence the way you think about interior design. But, for Andrew Howard, it’s his wife Katie and his sons Jack and Henry that have truly helped define him as a designer. “It is really hard to understand how to decorate for children,” he said, “until you’ve seen a one-year-old wipe Dorito cheese off his fingers and onto a new sofa.”
But knowing how to decorate for kids isn’t much of a stretch for Howard since he’s been designing since he was just a kid himself. “Ever since I can remember I’ve been working on weekend home improvement projects in my parent’s homes,” he said. In fact, when he was only eight, he designed a tile floor for a restaurant project with his father. “This business was really the only thing that I have ever known,” Howard said.
That seemingly genetic love of design combined with a killer eye and flawless sense of style are what make Andrew Howard one of the go-to designers around the South. That, and the fact that he embraces the intersection of form and function and creates rooms that deliver both with aplomb. “In any great home,” Howard says, “you shouldn’t be afraid to put your feet up on the coffee table or eat or drink on the sofas and chairs.”
To Howard, comfortable, welcoming homes, that, of course, are well suited for a crowd, are the essence of southern style. He combines that sensibility with really getting to know his clients – something that he says is the best part of the job – to orchestrate homes that suit a family’s needs perfectly.
“Timeless” has become a bit of a buzzword in the world of interiors, but, in reality, Howard says, when you pick up design magazines from a decade ago, most people would agree that the rooms could use a little update.
So, even though he was named by House Beautiful and Traditional Home as one of the Top Young Designers in America in 2013, Howard’s talent is continuously evolving, just like the interiors he creates. If you were to ask him which room is his favorite he’s ever designed, the answer is always “the most recent one.”
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