Podcast, Ep. 39: Clothing Designer Ann Mashburn

Clothing designer and shop owner Ann Mashburn talks holiday style, decorating, and much more on the How to Decorate podcast

 

We’re huge fans of stylemaker, shop owner, and clothing designer Ann Mashburn, so we were thrilled when she stopped by for an episode of the podcast. She tells us about starting her and her husband’s namesake stores in Atlanta (which have now spread all over), raising 5 girls, decorating their homes and retails shops, and she shares some outfit ideas for holiday parties.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Ann tells us about how they started their shops Sid Mashburn and Ann Mashburn
  • She tells us about her real life Devil Wears Prada experience
  • She talks about how the interior design style of her stores reflects the style of their homes
  • She talks about her philosophy when it comes to buying furniture — buying what you love and not necessarily things that ‘go together’
  • We talk about lots of pieces that used to be in their homes ended up in their stores
  • She tells us the story of the iconic horse painting in Sid’s flagship Atlanta stores
  • Ann talks about why each store they open has an inspiration board in it
  • Ann and Sid’s living room was featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles years ago, and if you’ve been on Pinterest you’ve likely seen her pair of hot pink roll arm sofas
  • We ask Ann about her daily ‘uniform’
  • Ann and Sid raised 5 girls all of whom have great, unique style
  • We ask Ann about dressing for the holidays and her go-to outfits for holiday parties
Sid Mashburn's shop on Atlanta's Westside

Sid Mashburn’s menswear shop in Atlanta

Decorating Dilemmas:

Hi guys! I’m a big fan of the podcast and have a decorating question on behalf of my mom. 

My parents have a living room where the furniture/seating arrangement is floating, which looks great. But it leaves one wall looking a bit awkward. On this wall there are two windows with space in between for art to hang. The piece art looks great between the windows, but because there’s nothing underneath it (like a chair or demilune), it looks a bit weird, like it “lost its pants,” as my mom’s friend says :). I attached pictures so you can see. 

Unfortunately because there are two big armchairs from the seating arrangement floating in the room, there isn’t room for anything to go under it without cramping the walkway between the back of the chairs and the wall. What would you suggest? We were thinking maybe three paintings up and down would look better than just one and less like there should be something underneath…but she really likes that piece of art there. Any suggestions?

Thanks and keep up the great work on the podcast!

Best,

Jackie

Jackie,

We have a couple of suggestions for you. First, we suggest lowering the piece you already have at least 4 or 5 inches. That way, when you’re looking over the back of the chairs, it hovers just a little bit above the chair. It won’t look so much like “you’ve lost your pants.” We love that description by the way! After you’ve lowered the piece, if you feel like you need something else, add a small mirror or maybe a bracket with a vase or sculpture on it. Something three dimensional will help fill that emptiness.

Another option is to place something there like a pedestal with a sculpture or pot. It’ll help fill the space but won’t be as intrusive as a console table. That being said, you may be able to fit a narrow console in that space. You really only need 24″ of walkway if this isn’t a main traffic area. A narrow console like our Lola Demilune would work well because it’s not a heavy piece and is visually light.

Thanks for sending in your question and good luck!

Show Notes:

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Happy Decorating!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.

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  1. Reply

    Margie

    February 21, 2018

    Loved listening to you crazy women?. I saw the ash table, thought it was so cute, then I saw the closet and ?, holy crap thought I was going to pee my pants!!! So beautiful, I would have to turn half of my house into that closet?!
    Ofcourse I would LOVE one of everything in your show and blog…,but I would love an invitation (watercolor) just to hang on my door. Everyone would know where it comes from?.
    My dog 16 min Schnauzer is also having seizures and poor baby has a bladder inf now, so I know what you are going through?.
    I’m actually looking for slip covers for cushions on our chairs on patio at the table, couldn’t find them any suggestions? I also need curtains for the patio. Ok it has a tin roof, table and chairs too large…. but I know curtains would look beautiful!
    I think I’ll have some red wine now, dog is askeep?❤️

    • Reply

      Karen

      March 7, 2018

      Margie — you are so funny! Thanks for reaching out. I don’t think I have any suggestions for slipcovers for cushions other than having them made. It sounds like it would be a very custom project. Maybe just get new cushions??

      Hope your Schnauzer stays well!
      Karen

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