City Lifestyle

Want to start a publication?

Learn More

Featured Article

Meet Parkes & Lamb: Boutique Interior Design Done Right

When a passion for people meets design

Article by Shelby McLeod

Photography by Mary Craven Photography

Originally published in Belle Meade Lifestyle

Two is better than one. That's exactly what Blair Parkes and Susan Lamb were thinking when they joined forces to form the interior design company Parkes & Lamb in 2013. Parkes and Lamb were introduced by a mutual friend in the design space, and as they say, the rest is history. Both ladies were interested in different aspects of the interior design business and wanted to lean into their individual passions. Playing to their strengths has worked in their favor, as the duo stays in high demand and remains as busy as ever. On their most recent project, they worked with Joe Dunaway with Dunaway Construction. 

"We can't say enough about Joe. He definitely deserves a big shout-out. He brings great professional advice, is always timely, and gives real attention to detail," says Parkes. 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these before and after pictures say it all. Parkes & Lamb pride themselves on knowing their bandwidth before committing to a project, and not allowing themselves to be spread too thin.

For their most recent reveal, the renovation consists of a Pecky cypress ceiling in the living room, and a Sassafrass powder vanity. Parkes & Lamb worked with the client to create a functional space for a family with two children in mind while also preserving a natural vibe and esthetic. 

"We wanted to focus on natural tones and clean lines, and not have anything fussy," says Parkes. 

Like everything else in the world, the supply chain for interior design vendors has been greatly affected by the pandemic over the last few years. When asked how they handle those challenges, Parkes says,

"We try to manage expectations from the beginning with clients. We'd rather wait on what's right instead of just filling a house. We'll provide spreadsheets with tracking updates for our clients to help manage that aspect."

While their career passion is interior design, their real passion lies within people and the relationships they form along the way. With these two working in tandem, there's no challenge or renovation they can't face.