About Interior Design: Meet Margaret L. Norcott, Allied ASID

By: Architectural Visions

Marvin French Doors

Marvin French Doors on the Next Cool Thing TV set

Interior Designer Margaret L. Norcott founded Milieu Design Group in 1996, offering full-service interior design and consultation.  One of Margaret’s designs was recently featured on HGTV’s Start at Home design site. Margaret also designed the 2010 Atlanta Symphony Show House and Gardens Kid’s Craft Suite.

Margaret’s blog supplies inspiration and resources to make your home beautiful. Recently, Margaret designed a “2011 version” of the Beverly Hillbillies TV set. This  fun and unique set appeared at the January Next Cool Thing Event, as well as, a modified “Take 2” of the set at the April 2011 Atlanta Home Show. You can also follow Margaret on Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers, a community that celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love. Here’s a quick interview we did with Margaret.

AVIew: What is your design philosophy?

M.L.N. “At University of Florida, we learned early on from architect Frank Lloyd Wright that ‘Less Is More.’  Without ever knowing of this saying I have lived by this motto since my childhood. It is built into every project I work on, even in the fullest of full interiors, Less Is More and everyone always needs to ‘edit,edit, edit.’”

AVIew: How can good design improve a homeowner’s life or enhance their lifestyle? 

M.L.N. “Good design should reflect the thought process a designer and their client have put into the project. To me, good design means every layer that goes into a project has been thought about, examined from every aspect (and view) and the best solution implemented for the clients enjoyment. This process aids all parties in making sure the client has the best design possible.”

AVIew: Besides curb appeal, how do windows and doors play an important role in home design?   

M.L.N. “Windows and doors are more than just a functional element on a structure. Windows and doors are also a very important decorative element as well. They compliment the architectural details (and landscape) to create a complete visual for the eye.”

Margaret L. Norcott, Allied ASID
Milieu Design Group, Inc.
(404) 257-0559

Maragret poses in the Kids Craft Suite