Designer Barrie Livingstone brings his background and knowledge in real estate to his interior design work. He has designed a wide range of homes in places ranging from LA, Dubai, Miami, and Malaysia. Barrie designs for the space and client he is working with – whether that’s collaborating with international hotel brands, personal residences, or luxury yachts. Barrie finds endless inspiration in nature – the color palettes and its evolving qualities. We talked to Barrie about his design aesthetic and what he loves about utilizing antiques within his designs.
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Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
A room should be beautiful without furniture and “less is definitely more”.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Antiques bring presence to a space. Belongings hold on to our energy even after we are gone. A chair, a vase, or a glass pot, resonate with us, and we have feelings that attach to them, and years later when they are moved to a new place the energy is still around them.
What inspires you?
Nature inspires me. Nature is ever changing and ever evolving. Each color creates a feeling, I was just in Panama in a vast white modern jungle home with white walls surrounding it. Pink ginger flowers were in the jungle and I suggested to the owner painting a small wall by the pool in the same pink. Colour stimulates all animals including humans, and Nature provides a never ending spectrum for a designer’s palette.
What can you never have too much of?
Never too much natural product: stone, wool, silk, and wood… love all Mother Nature’s gifts. I don’t like Caesar stone or wood vinyl at all it’s all fake news to me
British born Barrie Livingstone is an accomplished Interior Designer and real estate agent at The Agency – Malibu. Barrie’s design projects span the globe from Los Angeles to Dubai, and Miami to Malaysia. His passion for buildings and how people occupy them on a global level is the driving force for him, pairing the right property with the right person or group.
Barrie’s unique combination of seasoned Interior Designer “meets” savvy realtor makes perfect sense to have access to when designing or renovating a property. In the world of design, the presentation is nine tenths’ the law. It is all about how the design makes one feel and how many years good design will last.
With over 30 years of experience in the Residential and Hospitality Industries, in both design and marketing, his clients gain vital insight on how to present properties in the best possible light. Barrie has designed for international hotel brands such as; Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott, Southern Sun and Mandarin Oriental in the Near and Far East, also luxury residences and yachts.