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Interview with Robert Leleux

Introducing the first in our series of Designer Spotlights focusing on the group of top design experts who will be featured at AmericasMart’s Pantone Palette Exhibition…Robert Leleux! Already the author of two memoirs, this Southern-bred & NYC-based writer’s essays and articles have also appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the Utne Reader. He has served as editor for both Domino and Lonny Magazine, and his upcoming book, Southern Style Now, will be published by Abrams in the fall of 2016–all images that appear in this interview are, in fact, sneak previews from Southern Style Now! REstyleSOURCE sat down for a brief Q & A with the lively and engaging Robert Leleux to give our readers a bit of background on his design philosophy, and what they can expect to see from his styled vignette at the upcoming Pantone Palette Exhibition at AmericasMart Atlanta in January 2016…



“The paintings of Vuillard and Bonnard were the major inspiration behind my choices for this Pantone vignette.”

What inspires your design work? Art, art history, and travel.

How did you decide which Pantone palette to build your design on? I chose the color palette that most corresponds to my sensibility, which in this case meant going with the ‘Mixed Bag’ selection.

Can you describe your design aesthetic in three adjectives?


Interior design: Blair voltz Clarke | Photo: Brittany Ambridge | Art Direction: Robert Leleux

mary macsREstyleSOURCE Loves Local!

We are all about ‘loving local’—from designers and manufacturers right down to local brick & mortar shops and eateries! What are some of your favorite local shops and restaurants to visit when you’re in Atlanta? 

Mary Mac’s Tea Room is a must-visit!

Robert’s favorite showrooms to visit while at AmericasMart Atlanta?

Century  //  Gabby  //  Sferra

Robert’s Designer Tips for shopping the market?

“Wear comfortable footwear, and drink to excess.”

Interior design: Michelle Smith | Photo: Brittany Ambridge | Art Direction: Robert Leleux

“You must support people with talent, because people without talent will make it without your support.”

 Interior design: Shaun Smith | Photo: Brittany Ambridge | Art Direction: Robert Leleux


Words of Wisdom

Any favorite design tips for us? You almost can’t have too many lamps, and it’s better to have almost too little furniture.

What’s one thing that would make for a perfect evening at home? A competent & inconspicuous domestic staff.

Who would you pick as a ‘dream client’, if you could choose anyone? Anybody rich, appreciative, and wasteful with money. 

Interior design: Sarah Ruffin Costello | Photo: Brittany Ambridge | Art Direction: Robert Leleux

Up Close & Personal with the Designer…

Text or Phone Call?  Phone / Night Owl or Early Riser?  All night long / Go for a Walk or a Jog?  Jog / Yoga or Salsa Dancing?  YUCK

 Read the Book or See the Movie?  BothKindle or Hardcover?  HardcoverHome Cooked Meal or Fancy Restaurant?  Depends….who’s cooking?

And finally………Luxury Hotel or Camping Trip?

“What am I, Amish?  Has anyone NOT said ‘Luxury Hotel’?”


Robert Leleux 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 (Abrams, September 2016).

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