Growing up in the tiny town of Americus, Georgia, Lynde Easterlin spent endless hours roaming the exquisitely appointed home of her neighbor, eccentric antiquarian and interior designer Furlow Gatewood. Exploring alongside Gatewood’s niece, “I marveled at his global treasures, and at how the traditional rooms felt warm and inviting. It all made a huge impact on me,” she recalls.
After college, she worked for Gatewood’s friend John Rosselli at his Manhattan shop, followed by stints with Christopher Maya and Charlotte Moss, the latter of whom gave her a key piece of advice: “She said, ‘Get out! You need to leave the office to find inspiration.’”
For the Connecticut-based Easterlin, those field trips often yielded her most creative ideas. Now eight years into owning her eponymous firm, she continues the tradition by traveling to far-flung locales. On a recent excursion to India, she fell hard for Rajasthan’s mirrored tiles and intense colors. “My mind went wild imagining all the ways I could adapt what I had seen to my own work.”
This story originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of CQ.