Unique, high-quality design is a vital aspect of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Therefore, the team at Harrison Design, the firm that is responsible for the interior finishes of the luxury high-rise condos, is tasked with creating contemporary homes with upscale details that will last a lifetime.
Interior designer Betsy McBride is an expert when it comes to selecting modern, aesthetically pleasing finishes that are known for their quality and durability. We asked Betsy about her work with The Residences, and where she sees luxury condo design heading in 2016 and beyond.
How did you know you wanted to be an interior designer? Have you always had an eye for design?
McBride: I was always interested in design, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with that passion. I received a degree in art history from the University of Georgia, and started working for an art gallery that was located in ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center). Working around all of Atlanta’s best designers made me realize that interior design was what I really wanted to do with my life, so I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta and obtained a BFA in interior design. The rest is history!
How did you choose the finishes for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta?
McBride: We wanted to select finishes that would be unique and interesting, while also having a timeless quality. We tried to stay away from anything that is too trendy. We have several palettes that we created to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Each unit is unique in layout and/or materials so that no two are exactly alike; they are truly custom homes with luxury amenities.
What sets The Residences apart from other luxury homes?
McBride: For one thing, the finishes. The owners understand the luxury market and allow us to select higher end materials such as stunning marble, beautiful mosaics and high-end plumbing fixtures and appliances. Also, each unit has large windows and balconies with amazing views that can’t be beat.
What are some of the most unique luxury condo amenities you’ve seen?
McBride: One of the great things about living in a hotel residence like Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is that you can take advantage of the hotel amenities. Who wouldn’t want a wonderful spa and delicious restaurant right downstairs? Plus, having a great concierge that will assist you with anything from travel plans to booking reservations is quite a luxury.
What are some design trends you think will be big in 2016?
McBride: It looks like pattern and color are making a comeback. There has been a lack of these things for many years, with people tending to stay with neutral palettes. I am very excited to get to play with mixing patterns and colors again!