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From the Inside Looking Out: A Dirt Gardener’s Journey to Elegance

This program is the first part of the Great Homes and Gardens Series.

Interior designer Marshall Watson was raised with a passion for gardening, and that love of gardens has influenced his work with both interiors and exteriors. With every project, Watson strives to bring the outdoors in, and highlight the natural beauty a specific locale. Whether it’s a villa is Los Cabos, a rustic compound in Napa Valley or his own home and garden in East Hampton, Watson knows that to achieve a truly elegant space, one must first look to what is outside.

Event Timeline
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion open for self-guided touring
6-6:30 p.m.: Members-only wine-and-cheese reception
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 p.m.: Book Signing. The Art of Elegance is available in the Museum Shop

About the Speaker
Marshall WatsonNew York-based interior designer Marshall Watson is best-known for creating classic, light-filled and elegant interiors with a modern sensibility. Since founding his design firm in 1986, Watson has sought to immerse himself in a range of dynamic projects, no two of which are exactly alike.

Internationally recognized, his projects have spanned the globe, from Cabo to Stockholm and across the United States. Winner of Traditional Home’s “Designer of the Year” award and featured on Luxe’s 2017 Gold List, Watson’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Veranda, Luxe, Cottages & Gardens and Traditional Home.

Watson has designed three best-selling furniture collections for Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and is currently working on his fourth. He recently completed a line of couture outdoor carpets for Doris Leslie Blau. His current projects include a Napa Valley winery, an estate in St. Louis, a cottage in Northern Michigan and numerous places in and around New York City. Watson divides his time between his Upper West Side office and his home in East Hampton, and writes a bi-weekly column for the Southampton Press.

About the Great Homes and Gardens Series
Escape the cold Washington winter and immerse yourself in the stories of luscious garden estates.

Tuesday, February 6: Marshall Watson, From the Inside Looking Out: A Dirt Gardener’s Journey to Elegance

Thursday, February 15: Timothy Corrigan, The Elements of French Style

Tuesday, February 20: Alex Papachristidis, A Family Country Home

Wednesday, February 28: Barry Dixon, Looking Outside to See Our Way Inside