You know it almost from the moment you meet her. Mary Elizabeth Hulsey is a designer. An amazingly talented interior designer.
Her outfit is often the first tip-off. She’s got such an innate sense of personal fashion (can accessorize like nobody’s business) that even her own attire reveals a superior design eye. Then there’s that undeniable artistic bent that causes her to light up and spill over with ideas and great information when discussions turn to anything related to design. Between her travels to NYC or LA, Mary Elizabeth is the go-to source for tips on the latest trends.
But the clincher? The “this lady is a designer” deal sealer?
Her home. Mary Elizabeth’s house is a life size laboratory for her interior design artistry. Each board and brick, door and floor came directly and solely from her vision. Everything about her personal space speaks of her inspired gift for putting “art” in the “heart” of a home.
Yes, she’s a formally trained and vastly experienced designer, with a degree from Auburn University and over a decade earning her accessories out in the work-a-day world. Yet all that learning and earning has really just honed her natural talent for innovating interiors for modern lifestyles. Look at her own home or glance through her portfolio, and there’ll be no doubt. Mary Elizabeth’s design abilities are something special.
Certainly, the media world has taken notice of Mary Elizabeth’s talents. Her home—that life size lab of art and heart—has been featured in print and TV productions, including HGTV, a nationally-released cookbook and numerous home design and lifestyle magazines. Her inspired design has now inspired untold numbers of others to think more beautifully about their spaces.
As a matter of fact, one of Mary Elizabeth’s greatest joys is helping others redefine and refine their homes. As owner of Mission Stone & Tile in Nashville, Tenn., she interacts daily with architects, other designers, builders and homeowners, guiding surfacing selections and creating innovative installations that transform spaces. (Her expertise in natural stone and tile imports is pretty phenomenal.) She has a knack for understanding individuals’ needs for life and style and creating designs that fit beautifully.
Now Mary Elizabeth has a new way to help others create inspired spaces with this blog, Collection 17. This fun forum is Mary Elizabeth’s conversation with the world…her way of sharing ideas, tips and trends that will make fellow lovers of art and design “light up and spill over.” It’s kind of like shopping with a friend who totally gets your style; there’s always something to show and tell.
So, you’ve met her, and you get it. Mary Elizabeth is a designer. Now, log on daily and get to know her. You finally have a friend in the world of interior design!