Introducing: M Interiors M Interiors was founded over six years ago by Melissa Morgan and is located in San Antonio, Texas. After practicing corporate law for 10 years, Melissa decided to follow her passion and start designing. She’s never looked back…
Shop Talk: Five Minutes With Melissa Morgan
How would you define your approach to interior design? I enjoy creating beautiful and timeless interiors by bringing together comfort and a balanced mix of styles.
What would you say has made the greatest influence on you as a designer? Traveling, and in particular, spending time in France, whether Paris or the South of France. Also, there have been certain people who have made a tremendous impact on me – their style and eye for the unexpected is very inspirational to me.
What do you think is the key to a successful designer/client relationship? Working with a client’s preferences and design requirements in order to create homes that are tailored to each particular client.
How has the “going green” trend impacted the way you work today? It has definitely made an impact. More and more people are conscious of where and how the items are made. It’s just one more reason to love beautiful antiques – they are the original going “green”!
Where do you go/what do you do for inspiration? Anywhere and everywhere. Definitely travel would be the most inspiring, whether it’s around the corner or far away. A glimpse of certain color combinations, the hand embroidery of a textile, or the line of a piece of furniture can also be just as inspiring.
What do you do when you are not designing? Spending time with my family and friends and playing tennis whenever I can!
French Regency: 1715-1730 Following the death of Louis XIV, his 5 year old great grandson (and heir to the throne) became Louis XV. Since he was too young to take the throne, his uncle Philippe, the Duke of Orleans, was appointed as Regent. The transition between the monarchs became known as the French Regency. Offended by the spectacle of Versailles during the Sun King’s reign, the Duke moved the royal court to Paris, where courtiers lived in less extravagant hotel particuliers or private residences.
It was in this period that the apartment came into being. An apartment of this time, although lavish by today’s standards, would have been a much more intimate setting than the fortress and cathedral like homes of the prior periods. The smaller scale of these homes introduced an era of lighter, more graceful furniture. Asymmetrical curved lines replaced symmetrical straight lines and simple wood veneer replaced extravagant marquetry.
Flowing curves are found throughout Régence furniture. The “bombé” style commode was developed with plump sides and a convex curved front. Perhaps one of the most important characteristics of the period was the introduction of the cabriole leg. This carved ‘S’ shaped leg was used in armoires, bookcases, desks, sofas, and chairs.
Bombe chest from the Regency period.
Regency Commode by Charles Cressent. Wallace Collection.