penny drue baird
Penny Drue Baird, the owner of Dessins LLC, is an internationally renowned interior designer, celebrated for her top tier interior design and architectural detailing. Penny has been named to Architectural Digest’s list of the Top 100 Architects and Designers worldwide for the past 20 years. She has also been named to Luxe magazine’s Gold List this past year, which recognizes top designers from all over the country. She has been featured and quoted in more than 200 magazines, newspapers and books both in the U.S. and internationally.
This prominent decorator and author is here to help with her new book On Interior Design, an incisive exploration of the essential aspects of contemporary interiors. Baird considers architectural details, furniture, color, fabric, flooring, lighting, and accessories, offering equal servings of expertise, history, and recommendation. An area rug, for instance, requires not just a selection of pattern but also a determination of the floor beneath, whether wood, stone, marble, or concrete. Likewise, a showstopper of a sofa may require simple, monochrome club chairs. Baird illustrated her topics with dozens of photographs of her own work, from apartments in New York City to houses in the Hamptons and Palm Beach to a residence in Paris.
DREAMHOUSE, her third book, features luxurious Manhattan apartments, family homes in Connecticut and New Jersey, and a whimsical Bucks County barn. Penny incorporates bold architectural gestures—tufted niches, gold-leaf and turquoise coffered ceilings, classical moldings and with fabrics from taffeta to practical corduroy, and unexpected finishes like mother of pearl painted walls. Each “dreamhouse” is infused with Penny Drue Baird’s irresistible sense of romance, charm, and joie de vivre.
Her delight in all things French is legendary—her first two books, Bringing Paris Home and The New French Interior establish her authority on all things French, while exploring the culture’s essential design elements. In The New French Interior, Penny draws on ten of her own recent projects, apartment and house installations, and presents French precedents and influences through Parisian interiors. Inspiration of cafes, markets, shops, and street scenes add to the magical Parisian ambiance she creates.
“I made my first trip to Paris when I was 18,” says Penny. “Unlike what all my friends and clients believe, it most certainly did not result in a coup de foudre. It was when I was there about three years later, when I was crazily ‘in love,’ that I became unquestionably addicted to Paris— that was the true beginning of how the City of Light got to be an ongoing part of who I am and what I value.”
Dedicated to creating highly personalized homes for her clients, Penny inspires her creativity in relentless pursuit of unique, fine antique furniture, and cutting edge new designs that her clients will not see in other homes. Penny creates atmospheres filled with personality, warmth, and sophisticated charm, while reviving classic European traditions and style. Dessins realizes and celebrates its clients’ dreams and way of life, bringing a sense of couture and timelessness.
Her fourth book, PENNY DRUE BAIRD ON INTERIOR DESIGN was released by Images Publishing in October 2018