Holiday Magic x2

There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially if you’re an interior designer. Here’s how two of the city’s best designers "do their own thing."

The Christmas-colored sunroom at the Moore home is an eclectic mix of architectural fragments, antique wallpaper panels, and a chintz-covered couch — all boldly anchored by a zebra rug.

photography by Andrea Zucker

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Warner Moore lives in our first featured home, which is located on Central Avenue near Chickasaw Gardens. A well-known interior designer and debonair man about town, Moore has decorated a number of elegant homes in Memphis, as well as in Aspen, San Francisco, New York City, and Palm Beach. Over the years he has been affiliated with Shea Design, founded by the talented Lynda Shea, and together they have gone on multiple trips to France looking for beautiful objets d’art to suit their clients’ needs. Moore also designs special events, including weddings, one of which was held in the chapel of Napoleon’s tomb in Paris.

If it is true that every home represents a storyline, then Moore’s place is living proof of this notion. Favoring classic eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Continental furniture, mostly French, he has passionately handpicked his furnishings throughout the years on his many trips to Europe. There is a sophisticated charm and elegant coziness about his home with its collections of tortoise-shell mandolins, Napoleon figures, small bronzes, antique books, and richly colorful old Paris porcelain (his favorite).

The living room, with its antique Biedermeier chest , leads to the music room and its elegant display of old Paris porcelain.

Textiles including Aubusson rugs, velvet upholstery, and tapestry pillows add warmth, as do the many candelabrum he features in every room. While clearly favoring antique silver and porcelain, Moore also is drawn to natural materials such as shells, Arkansas rock crystals, and feathers on his bar for the holidays. Stone statuary and classical architectural fragments exist in his home alongside artistic creations by Memphis artists including Caroline Russell, Kat Gore, Janice Albertine, Matthew Hasty, and David Mah.

In general, Moore thinks people “get too overly concerned about mixing colors.” To prove this point he has used varying shades of purple, coral, and pink as accent colors in his own interior décor. As an accomplished flower arranger, his favorite flowers — amaryllis, roses, lilies, heather, viburnum — play a large part in his holiday decorating.

Moore decorates his Christmas trees with ornaments collected from all over the world, including mercury glass sentimental favorites inherited from his grandparents, angels from a monastery in France, and even a frivolous little frog he bought (of all places!) on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. And of course, his crèche and its figures are faithfully placed every year on his piano.

Creative talents run deep in Moore’s family. One of his two daughters is a poet and the other, a former Hollywood set designer. He himself has a beautiful voice and sings in the choir at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral every Sunday, often soloing.

Whether at Christmastime or any time, Moore believes a home should look as though it has evolved over the years. His credo is that “anything you love, will work in your home” especially at the holiday season. 

Candles, a crystal chandelier, and mirrored surfaces bathe the gorgeous dining room in a coral glow.


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