Meet Donna Ball, owner of the second-generation Georgia Furniture and Interiors in Savannah, Georgia. Donna and team hosted a “meet and greet” with Chaddock designer, TV star and style arbiter Mary McDonald on December 2, 2015. It was part of Mary’s whirlwind tour of Savannah with the area’s esteemed Telfair Museums.
CH: Georgia Furniture & Interiors has been in business for over forty years, but you’re a new Chaddock retailer. Tell us about your introduction to the line.
DB: Last April, we were wrapping up Market, and decided almost on a whim to pop into Chaddock – our last stop. Our rep, Bill Minchew, is terrific – always extending invitations, dying to get us into the space. I’m so glad he persevered because we were totally wowed with the Chaddock showroom. It’s high on our shopping list now.
CH: That’s our goal! What specifically caught your eye?
DB: Everything. We wanted the whole showroom. The product and presentation were excellent. And we felt so welcomed by everyone. Chaddock was far and away the best thing we saw at Market.
CH: How is Chaddock a good fit for Savannah?
DB: Naturally, I love Savannah, but it’s a challenging area from a design perspective. Overall, Savannah style is traditional to transitional, and clean lined. We’re a southern city after all, but remember there’s a strong coastal influence. And there’s something else. The arts flourish here. Savannah is classic AND edgy at the same time.
CH: Not everyone can strike that balance?
DB: It’s tricky! Chaddock designs have a sense of provenance and pedigree, but the styles are forward thinking and not stuck in the past. With all the options the company offers – it’s a designer’s dream – it’s easy to personalize the look. And there’s no compromise of quality.
CH: Do you have favorite pieces of Mary McDonald for Chaddock?
DB: Mary’s product is actually fairly new to the floor, but an early favorite is the Maison sofa. Great classic styling with novel attention to detail, like the notched back and sculpted legs, that elevate the look.
CH: You hosted Mary McDonald – together with Savannah’s Telfair Museums – just a few days ago. How did you find Mary in person?
DB: I know she’s a Californian, but she was perfectly at home in Savannah. She’s amazingly creative and generous, sharing ideas and inspiration. Mary McDonald for Chaddock really speaks for itself, but it was a treat to have the design visionary in our market!