Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Enter...Tricia Foley

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the incredibly talented Tricia Foley early this fall, and as an avid fan of Country Home magazine - which Tricia contributed to frequently - I was well aware of what an honour it was. As the author of nine design books - including her latest, "At Home with Wedgwood : the Art of the Table", which she is currently promoting across the country - and principal of her own design company, Tricia Foley Design, Tricia is know for her simple, classic style. 

Tricia's reputation for excellence is well-known, and her work has been published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Country Home, Coastal Living and Southern Accents. One of her most recent and favorite projects has been working with Marci Klein (producer of SNL + 30 Rock) on her NYC loft and beach house in the Hamptons.

While her credentials are impressive, indeed, Tricia is also an avid flea marketeer! Frequenting sales in Long Island - where she is renovating an 18th century farmhouse - and New York, Tricia generously shares her flea marketing tips and experiences with us.

Enjoy!






LM: Tricia, how does vintage style factor in to your design work?

TF: I love beautiful old pieces and not only collect them to "save" them, but to incorporate into my life and home and use for inspiration in designing product and interiors.

LM: What are you collecting right now?

TF: I usually only buy functional things, especially glass containers, crystal, china, baskets, silver, vintage luggage, textiles, old books for research, and landscape paintings I can't live without. I'm currently looking for anything with calligraphy...old deeds, letters, notebooks, etc. I weave these things into my linen closet to use on beds and in bathrooms, incorporate china and crystal in table settings, and containers for storage. I really use my library for research as well as pleasure!

LM: What is the biggest thing you have ever dragged home from a flea-market or yard-sale?

TF: I would have to say a set of 20 Danish modern library chairs from an upstate college!

LM: What is your thrifting/flea marketing “uniform”? Do you dress down to get a better deal?

A. My goal is to be comfortable and have lots of pockets. Walking shoes and layers - to be ready for any weather - are a must! Basically, black leggings, flip-flops, and a well worn safari jacket are my uniform; and I always have an old cashmere sweater and wellies in the station wagon to layer on. A few canvas bags that fit over my shoulder to fill up are always on hand to tote my finds. Ultimately, I don't purposely dress down to get a better deal, and I don't like to bargain. I ask the dealers for their best price and if I want it and can afford it, I buy it!


LM:  Do you have a colour crush? And if so, does it influence your collecting?

TF: I love natural colors and materials. My signature colors are black and white, and I have lots of texture and old patina in vintage wood, wicker, and painted metal pieces. I am most definitely influenced by my color crushes! I zero right in on any cream ware, silver, natural linens, and Shaker or Scandinavian pieces in any flea market setting!



**Be sure to visit Tricia Foley at http://www.triciafoley.com/  and http://www.thenewgeneralstore.com/, where you can learn more about her approach to design, lifestyle and entertaining, and keep an eye out for her new book (below). 


**all images: courtesy, Tricia Foley. Used with permission.

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(blogged by Linda MacDonald)

22 comments:

Pretty Things said...

Awesome interview!

Prior said...

Enjoyed the interview. Miss Country Home, like an old friend, can't wait to get to the store for Flea Market Style. Lezlee

serenade said...

Great interview and lovely photos. DE

Fabulously french said...

Fabulous interview with a very inspiring lady.

Leeann

Firefly Hill said...

I love Tricia's style! Thanks for the interview!

annie

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I just adore Tricia's style and have ever since I first saw her in Country Home. So looking forward to seeing the magazine.

Sherri Blum, CID said...

She is quite an inspiration...loved the photos! Old pickup trucks like in the one photo, make me feel so nostalgic!

DesignTies said...

Thanks for the introduction to a new-to-me designer. I didn't realize that there's such a science to going to a flea market!! :-)

Kelly

Lafe's Hidden Treasures said...

really nice interview. thanks for sharing

Jan said...

I surely miss Country Home, too. What a shame it's gone. But this interview was so nice and what a treat to see Tricia! Thanks for doing this...sentimental!

Herself said...

Fabulous interview! Thanks!

the cinnamon post said...

Love her. thank you.
~Tara

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Love Tricia Foley...can't start my holiday decorating with glancing through her book "White Christmas" every year for inspiration and beauty.
Wonderful interview!

for the love of a house said...

I've been a huge fan of Tricia's for many years! Fun interview- thoughout it I was nodding my head in agreement the whole time!!

JoAnn S said...

love the interview i also love black and ivory, its a great look and i have it in my living room!! i will have to buy this new mag as soon as i get out of house due to snow!!!

unique unique design said...

Fun interview! Love Tricia's work and "style".
Thanks,
marcie

Mélanie said...

I love her style and taste ! thanks for this interesting interview

molly susan strong said...

I love your inspiration. I just ordered your magazine. I have a shop with 15 other lovely creative ladies in Md. You are what we are all about. Please stop by my blog or have an adventure to our shop....

Can't wait for my mag!

Kathy said...

My first visit here!!! Wow...Where Have I Been!
Loved catching up on back posts...Love, love, love!
Stop over when time permits...love to have you alo,
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet U-North mornings...

JoAnn S. said...

Thanks for interviewing Foley, I love all colors,(a total color geek) but have to say I love her white look. Its so clean and inspiring. I am another one that misses my magazine, country home and mary engelbreits,home companion. grrrr

Kimm at Reinvented said...

What a fabulous interview, thanks Linda! I am giving away a copy of Flea Market Style today for my Trash to Treasure Tuesday weekly linky party, I'll add a link to this interview as a great resource. Have a great day!

Jackie said...

What a wonderfully informative post!! I love her style!! I also want that pick up truck in the photo! lol.

Going to check out her site now, thanks for the post!