No shortcuts allowed. We sweat the small stuff so our clients can enjoy the ride.
Debbie Baxter grew up with one foot in each of two distinct home styles. Her parents lived in a true mid century modern and just a few blocks away, her grandparents welcomed family and friends to their traditional European styled home. Her love of both, and a decade plus of living abroad, have enabled her to hone a love of all styles and an ability to curate and polish interiors from one extreme to another.
BDG has always been able to gracefully balance differing styles – the groundwork was laid early, as Debbie believes timeless interiors are a result of architectural style.
The depth of experience BDG has gained in working on countless projects with teams of talented architects, contractors, artisans and tradespeople, has deepened the roots of their expertise.
Global resourcing has always been within the reach of BDG, so no creative thought becomes impossible.
When the firm grew to 20 +, and a studio office was opened in Manhattan, BDG proved its ability to expertly manage multiple projects at one time.
Currently, there is a dynamic team of interior designers and seasoned administrative staff who move through the organic processes BDG has created. This allows the firm to expertly run both the Interior Architectural Specification track and the Decorative track simultaneously.
When asked about their expertise, Debbie shares the fact that many clients and referrals are repeat patrons of the firm. From East Hampton to deep South Texas , Baxter Design Group has managed projects to meet client expectations while striving for a high level of aesthetic design. Some of their best known projects continue to be those which nod to the historic overtures of Spanish Colonial decor, which can lean modern or strictly traditional. On the flip side, Debbie loves to reach back into time to pluck the best of mid century elements if the architecture supports this style. No matter the style, the hunter gatherers of BDG work tirelessly to make interiors timeless, stylish, and able to hold up to family and pets. A true believer that homes are intended to be lived in, Debbie always encourages her clients to never shy away from stunning selections, but mindfully allow the design team to lead selections which hold up to a “life well lived”.
As true lovers of all things beautiful, BDG intends to continue to add a global perspective and honest dialogue to all the homes in its path.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- Mother nature is my muse-- meadows, mountains, oceans, forests; any of the four seasons. This gives me a huge latitude as I am a colorist at heart.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Currently, The Whitby in Manhattan. Kit Kemp truly knows how to tell a story with a room.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- Instagram is my go to, but I am learning to rely on Pinterest and Evernote to save my inspirations and keep order to my constant treasure hunting.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Travel-wise: Manhattan, Austin, LA. Emotionally: Art Museums anywhere!
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Breakfast in the Orangery at The Whitby Hotel in Manhattan. Lunch at Majorelle in Manhattan. Dinner at Le CouCou in Manhattan.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- It is a tie -The Meadows Museum in Dallas, TX and the Picasso Museum in Paris.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- Early yoga on Saturday morning followed by coffee and a cranberry muffin from the neighborhood bakery, then a few hours in my studio alone to assimilate the past week and prepare for the next. I take Sundays off 100%.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- Besides my grandmother who taught me to love beautiful textiles, to sew, and to follow the worlds finest artisans for inspiration, the decade post University when my husband & I lived in Latin America and in Spain.
- How do you keep it all together?
- I love what I do, so managing work with all of its demands does not seem like work in the conventional sense. We have definitive processes in our Studio that keep work flow organized which allows me time to be creative.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Organically groomed. As much as I love Mother Nature, I do love to tame her.