After 25 years in New York, Amanda Nisbet, the interior designer known for her captivating use of color and rooms full of sophisticated comfort, was ready for a change.
“I have a long history and fondness for Virginia, and I have a large nexus of friends in Richmond,” she says. “I feel at home here and suspect that I am a Southerner at heart! The city has welcomed me with open arms, and I get to have a garden, at last.”
Nisbet is drawn not only to Richmond’s historical charm and art scene, but also to its quirky side, which she says may surprise some people. “Richmond is a great city to explore,” she says. “It continues to charm me in unexpected ways.”
Where to Stay in Richmond
If you are looking for a classic Richmond institution, head downtown to The Jefferson—a historic Beaux Arts gem that goes all out at the holidays. It’s a tradition to have afternoon tea in the Palm Court lobby, or if you want something with more punch, stop at Lemaire for an 1895 made with Jefferson’s small-batch bourbon, orange bitters, a brown sugar cube, and an orange twist.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Quirk Hotel, a hip boutique-style hotel in Richmond’s arts/design district. Its signature color is pink, which is my personal feel-good color. The bartenders mix amazing cocktails, and there’s a rooftop spot for socializing when the weather is nice.
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Home decor, flowers, and locally made goods and gifts
Coffee, cocktails, and restaurants for every occasion
Art galleries, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and Monument Avenue
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Amanda Nisbet (right) and Caroline Ellett dine at Lemaire at The Jefferson. Find out where else to sip and savor in Ricmond.
Produced by Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Sarah Walor