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Robert Leleux (President) is the former editor of domino magazine, and the former managing editor of Lonny. His essays and articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Huffington Post. He is also the author of three books—The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy, The Living End, and the forthcoming Southern Style Now™ .

 

JANIE MOLSTER

JANIE...

Janie  Molster  believes  great  design  should  delight,  inspire  and  embrace  her  clients.  With  a  portfolio  that  ranges  from  family  homes  to  boutique  hotels,  urban  apartments,  restaurants,  and  retail  stores;  the  Richmond,  Virginia  designer  is  equally  adept  at  transforming  public  and  private  spaces.  “When  a  new  client  opens  the  conversation  with  ‘You’ve  never  done  this  before  .  .  .  ‘I  say,  Bring  It!’It’s  the  mix  of  projects  that  inspires  me.”

House  Beautiful,  Southern  Home,  Traditional  Home,  Coastal  Living  and  the  Wall  Street  Journal  have  featured  with  her  work.  And 

 the  Washington  Post  cited  the  guest  experience  embedded  in  her  ‘stunning  redesign’  of  the  tasting  room  at  Early  Mountain  Vineyards,  located  north  of  Charlottesville.  That’s  no  accident,  says  Janie,  a  North  Carolina  native.  “I  like  to  think  my  rooms  inspire  Southern  graciousness,  whatever  the  region.  Even  the  most  sophisticated  designs,  when  handled  thoughtfully,  should  infuse  a  space  with  warmth  and  personality.”  Early  Mountain  visitors  clearly  felt  the  warmth:  The  winery’s  tasting  room  was  nominated  for  USAToday’s  “10  Best  Reader’s  Choice,”  winning  first  place  in  August  2016.

Clients  appreciate  her  well-honed  discovery  process,  which  focuses  on  their  ideas  of  what’s  possible  and  expands  on  them.  “We’re  translators.  We  invest  in  good  communication  up  front  to  transform  a  client’s  ideas  into  a  cohesive  workable  plan,”  she  explains.  “The  most  satisfying  compliment  I  can  get  is,  ‘You  understood  what  I  wanted  better  than  I  did’.  Ultimately,  what  defines  our  work  is  the  artistry  we  put  into  redefining  a  client’s  vision.”

As  a  mother  of  five  with  a  large  extended  family,  Janie  understands  that  good  design  must  be  intertwined  with  comfort  and  functional  practicality.  “A  beautiful  room  becomes  a  gathering  place,  inspiring  people  to  sit  down  together  and  talk.”  While  a  Janie  Molster  design  defies  easy  categorization,  a  common  thread  of  authenticity  runs  through  her  work.  “The  most  inviting  rooms  look  like  they’ve  evolved  naturally  over  time,”  she  says,  capturing  her  design  sensibility.  “I’m  not  guided  by  genre,  period,  or  pedigree.  I  am  guided  by  good.”

Check out Janie on Social Media
Website: https://janiemolster.com/
Instagram: @janiemolsterdesigns (instagram.com/janiemolsterdesigns )
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