Working out of her home studio/office located in the sunroom of her Highland’s condo, Lyn Mabry, along with her design team, guides clients through the process of interior design, staging, renovation, move management, and home organization. Originally from Nashville, Lyn says she inherited her design DNA from her mother. Before starting her own company, Living Spaces by Lyn in 2012, she worked in sales and marketing for historic hotels including The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, The Peabody in Memphis, and The Brown Hotel in Louisville.
What gets you out of bed every day?
I love helping people fix or create something that makes them so happy. I especially like the challenge of helping an older person or couple downsize. They are starting a new chapter in their lives. Tell me which pieces you love, and I’ll make them work in the new space.
What was a dream project for you?
As co-owner of a state-of-the-art pet boarding facility on 19 acres in Franklin, Tennessee, I got to design a 15,000-square-foot pet lodge complete with a stone fireplace and separate enclosures for dogs and cats. I loved combining my love of animals with my design knowledge.
What color trends have you seen come and go?
I am glad to see the whole gray trend go. I like gray, but I will pair it with more saturated colors. Gray and other neutrals are finally getting pushed out by warmer, earthier, nature-loving colors.
What about design trends?
One thing I’m thrilled to see come on trend is wallpaper. Wallpaper has so many applications and can make such a difference. It adds textures and shapes and forms to a space.
Sources of inspiration?
I draw inspiration from fabrics and art. I can design a whole room around a piece of fabric or a client’s favorite piece of art. And my own team inspires me. Everyone views the world from a different perspective, and I see what they put together that I wouldn’t have thought of myself.
Favorite design tool?
My paint colors. I have big 14-by-14-inch squares of sample colors actually painted on the squares. It’s not a photograph so you see the true color in a space.
What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?
To slow down and enjoy being in my own space. I know that my team is so very capable and can handle things. It’s given me a chance to run the company and not run myself ragged.
By Lucy M. Pritchett | Photo by Melissa Donald