In the Louisiana decorating world, Myron Griffing and his team at Space Interiors are well known for creating stunning rooms that are unique to the homeowner’s tastes. The before and after work is worthy of any national magazine, with pops of rich color catching the eye in all the right places. Their design and decor in the the 2017 St. Jude Dream home helped to raise 1.4 million.
Quickly becoming a household name, Griffing’s path to style guru has humble beginnings helping to arrange furniture with his mother in their Plain Dealing home. Reminiscing of his start in design, Griffing spoke of his mother’s passion for changing up the home several times a year. By age 13, he had an opinion and started using it, which he attributes to helping mold his eclectic taste — able to pull off seemingly disparaging styles together for bold and beautiful looks.
Griffing says his favorite places to find pieces is estate sales. As big supporter of shopping local, Griffing, along with his creative cohort James Osborne (project director for Space Interiors), scours East Texas, South Arkansas, and North Louisiana for treasures to procure for their clients.
Griffing says the art of decorating does not come in a box. “Everyone is completely unique, as designers we want to help our clients define their style based on their tastes,” he explained.
“We take clients from painfully traditional to being current and transitional, introducing cleaner-lined furniture, lighter pallets and modern art.”
Once the rooms are complete, they have a 100% love factor and husband approval rating from his clients, Griffing chuckled as he explained.
Griffing said everyone has a budget and it’s his job to work within those constraints to get the desired look with the price tag agreed upon.
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The Space Interiors team explained the ins and outs of hiring a designer. First, the team will meet in the space, agree upon a budget and brainstorm. This is where the client will produce pictures from magazines or the Internet that shows the team what inspires them. Griffing suggests looking through the magazines Veranda, Traditional Home or Architectural Digests for inspiration or the website Houzz to find inspiration for their space.
Relaxed, refined or casual elegance — it matters not, as the team just needs the direction. The team will present a design layout and a sketch of the room using favorite choices for furniture and elements to give homeowners a choice between a range of items with varying prices.
Using their combined natural gifts for style and taste, Griffing and Osborne have a natural knack balancing each other for a dream design team. Griffing praised Osborne for having the ultimate in taste in choosing fabrics, color palettes, and wallpapers. With Griffing’s eye for layout, but both weigh in and counsel each other during the entire process.
In 2017, the team pumped a quarter of a million dollars back into the local economy with their shopping. And this number does not include the trades and craftsmen used to complete jobs.
The Space Interiors team is known for its unique ceiling treatments and eclectic looks, which Griffing said, “makes our rooms look collected and not purchased.”
“Not everything has to be expensive in the room, splurge on the important pieces and blend the rest,” Osborne explained.
“Our goal as decorators is to find the balance of the trends, yet keep the personal aesthetic as a cohesive package for our clients,” as he explained, “We really want them to use their space, love their home and feel connected to it.”