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Meet the Designer: Robert MacNeill

“I think a beautiful slab of honed Calacatta marble is the perfect way to make a statement in a kitchen,” says Raleigh designer Robert MacNeill.
“I think a beautiful slab of honed Calacatta marble is the perfect way to make a statement in a kitchen,” says Raleigh designer Robert MacNeill.

Robert MacNeill

Design Lines Ltd., Raleigh

919-852-0570, designlinesltd.com

My design signature: I like a collected style, with a foundation in the past, put together with a modern eye. Minimal spaces can be appealing, but I think you need to add something unexpected, perhaps even slightly out of place, to make it feel special.

The favorite item in my home and where it came from: I have a photograph by Nan Goldin. It was a gift from the artist. It has come to represent the time I’ve spent exploring New York City.

Most common decorating mistake homeowners make: A common challenge that homeowners experience is finding furnishings that are the right scale. A sofa that is too big, or a chair that is too small can really throw off a room.

Best way to make a statement in the kitchen: I think a beautiful slab of honed Calacatta marble is the perfect way to make a statement in a kitchen. I recently designed a home in Oakwood which had it as both countertop and backsplash.

Favorite design book or author: “The New Décor” by Hal Foster is one of my favorite “design” books. It’s not really about design at all, but about artists who use the language of design to create some really stunning artwork. It radically altered my perspective on interiors.

Best organizational tool: I love stacks! My office is a mess, but it’s the only way I operate.

Best advice for choosing paint colors: When choosing paint colors, dial down the color you really want just a notch and when you put it on the wall, it will be perfect.

Next Big Trend: I think we’re headed toward a collected look: eclectic mixes of old, new and even mismatched styles. Nobody wants everything to be matchy matchy.

Design Fad You Would Like to See Retired: I’m tired of cherry cabinets.

Flea Market or Thrift Store Must Buy: I recently saw a LeCorbusier Lounge Chair at Father and Son Antiques in Raleigh. Want!

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