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 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.”