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Meet Heather: Designing for the Modern South

In 2001, Heather moved to Durham, NC from New York City, where she had attended Parsons for interior design while working as a fly on the wall for the firm of French designer Robert Couturier. The change prompted Heather, now in North Carolina, to fine-tune an ability to merge a variety of interior styles and settings… from French Modern to Southern Traditional. With a clientele often drawn to southern American architectural elements, but hoping for a modern flair, she has developed an accessible, signature style. Heather feels that the genre emerging in her work could easily be called The Modern South.

Her work has earned her the honor of being named a “Creative Class” member by Garden & Gun, and a “New Traditionalist” by the editors of Traditional Home Magazine, and has been published by those including House Beautiful, Food & Wine, Rue Magazine, and blogs such as My Domaine and “I Suwannee”. She is honored to be a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. More…


Heather Garrett in Traditional Home September 2014Heather Garrett in House Beautiful August 2014HGID Wallcovering Collection in Interior Design Magazine

Heather’s Work: The Big Picture

Heather has been drawing and creating from an early age. Her work as an interior designer is built upon this ability to help a client see design strategies as illustrations, as the overall vision is translated through her conceptual renderings of finished, creatively assembled rooms. “The client presents their inspirations, loves and hates, and identifies any existing furniture we should include in the newly designed space. Then, it’s my job to help appropriate that for their home design. There is so much reassurance for a client in establishing early-on the big picture of what a client should expect to see (and spend!) as a final outcome of the project. Having a solid illustration of detailed design, with its investment estimate, is the critical jumping-off point for success”, says Heather. “Plan the work, work the plan!”

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Snapshots of Heather’s Work

Heather's Portfolio

Explore Heather's Portfolio to see the HGID approach to interiors. We master the translation of each client's varying aesthetics and functional demands into a unique statement of style.

Estate for a family
Transitional Luxe
Georgian Chic
Classic Charm
Rustic Contemporary
Zen Living