A Florida-Based Interior Designer Loves the Challenge of Decorating an Older Property – Mansion Global
Interior designer and “master colorist” Gil Walsh, author of “Gil Walsh Interiors: A Case for Color,” has homes—and Gil Walsh Interiors locations—in West Palm Beach, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.
In New York, she helps clients update their primary homes, and in the other places, the majority of clients are working with her on designing their vacation homes.
As her 2016 book title suggests, Ms. Walsh has an admiration for color. She’s led over $200 million in interior design work over 40 years and worked with golf legend Arnold Palmer and his wife on their home. She also refurbished the interiors for Frank Lloyd Wright’s midcentury modern masterpiece Fallingwater, in rural Pennsylvania.
We caught up with Ms. Walsh to talk about the effect of climate change, her love of old homes and more.
Mansion Global: Describe your dream property.
Gil Walsh: My dream property is anything with water. Ocean views are fantastic. I don’t have to be on the water, but I like to have views of the water.
It’s also wonderful to have a large kitchen, dining room, family room and entertaining space. A lot revolves around cooking.
My real passion, besides gardening, is collecting art. Having great walls to display art is wonderful, too.
MG: What does luxury mean to you?
GW: Luxury is having time to spend with family and friends. Having a wonderful home with large space is a way to do that, which adds to the luxury.
MG: Where are the best luxury homes in the world and why?
GW: It’s coastal New England and South Florida. You get ocean views and resort-style living. With that comes amenities. You have relaxation and time to enjoy your surroundings—both interior and exterior.
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