In our monthly Interior Designer Crush series, we sit down and chat with our interior designer crushes du jour to ask them the questions we’re dying to have answered. Today, we visit with Annie Bayer Goldberg. Annie began working in residential design in 2008, while her friend and colleague Ginny Monheit Maguire had been working in commercial design since 2003. In 2013, the duo merged their complementary design talents in a dynamic new firm of their own: AG Designs. Through a mix of modern elements juxtaposed with antiques in a way that brings out each client’s personality, the pair creates spaces that are as elegant and beautiful as they are livable and inviting. We asked Annie to describe the AG Designs aesthetic, let us in on some tricks of the trade and give us a glimpse of their stunning portfolio. We hope you enjoy!

Annie Bayer Goldberg is one-half of the interior design dynamic duo behind AG Designs. Her partner Ginny Monheit Maguire was enjoying her adorable brand-new baby at the time of this photo shoot and interview. Congratulations to Ginny and family! Image: Eric & Jamie Photography

Annie Bayer Goldberg is one half of the interior design dynamic duo behind AG Designs. Her partner Ginny Monheit Maguire was enjoying her adorable brand-new baby at the time of this photo shoot and interview. Congratulations to Ginny and family! Image: Eric & Jamie Photography

What is AG Design’s aesthetic, and how do you translate that to a client’s home?

Ginny and I individually have different design aesthetics, which in turn makes for a great collaborative partnership. I personally lean toward a more sophisticated, timeless aesthetic, whereas Ginny is much more eclectic and bold. We have taught one another a lot over the years and believe it has made us much more well-rounded designers. As it pertains to our clients, we pride ourselves on the notion that each project we take on is unique to the individual client; therefore, no one project looks the same as another. We really listen to the client’s wants and needs and use our expertise to create a space that feels like home.

Where are your favorite local spots to source decor for a client’s home?

Circa Interiors & Antiques, Architectural HeritageDefining Home and local retailers of Restoration Hardware and West Elm.

This striking black dining room mixes modern elements like the art and mirrored table with antique pieces, like the sideboard table, chandelier and chairs for a truly one-of-a-kind look. Image: Beth Hontzas

This striking black dining room mixes modern elements like the art and mirrored table with antique pieces, like the sideboard table, chandelier and chairs for a truly one-of-a-kind look. Image: Beth Hontzas

AG Designs' clever use of natural lighting, chandelier, glass candlestick holders and gilded side lamps along with a reflective mirrored dining room table is pure genius. Imagine all the glowing light reflecting off of that table at a dinner party — magical! Image: Beth Hontzas

AG Designs‘ clever use of natural lighting, chandelier, glass candlestick holders and gilded side lamps along with a reflective mirrored dining room table is pure genius. Imagine all the glowing light reflecting off of that table at a dinner party — magical! Image: Beth Hontzas

This living space is thoroughly clean and modern with pretty pops of turquoise throughout and a stunning modern light fixture of blown glass. Image: Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow

This living space is thoroughly clean and modern with pretty pops of turquoise throughout and a stunning modern light fixture of blown glass. Image: Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow

Geometrical elements in the rug pattern and coffee table intermingle with muted masculine grays and blacks for a calming library space. Image: Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow

Geometrical elements in the rug pattern and coffee table intermingle with muted masculine grays and blacks for a calming library space. Image: Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow

This striking juxtaposition of the black floor against the pristine, light decor is breathtaking. Image: Beth Hontzas

This striking juxtaposition of the black floor against the pristine, light decor is breathtaking. Image: Beth Hontzas

Are there any trends you and Ginny are loving at the moment, and, alternately, any timeless aspects of design that you cling to?

For trends, we love wall coverings, pops of bold color and patterns and rose gold. And when it comes to the timeless, we love brass and bronze, wall coverings and antiques.

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What has been your most challenging project to date and why?

The most challenging project has to be our first project. The reason being, it was not only mine and Ginny’s first project, but also an extremely large undertaking. This particular client is an independent, driven, successful woman who we really looked up to, and she put her trust in us to completely renovate her family’s new home. With that came a great deal of responsibility and pressure, which we put on ourselves, to deliver a home that she could truly be proud of. As we faced our greatest challenge very early in our career, the end result became one of our proudest moments. The home was featured in local publications and was applauded by our clients, friends and community. However the most gratifying aspect of all was how happy our client was with her new home and the excitement it has given her family.

Subtle olive and chartreuse accents seamlessly blend into the airy creams and whites of this light-filled haven. Image: Spark & Arrow

Subtle olive and chartreuse accents seamlessly blend into the airy creams and whites of this light-filled haven. Image: Spark & Arrow

The juxtaposition of timeworn antique pieces set in a symmetrically perfect hallway vignette is thoroughly refreshing. Image: Spark & Arrow

The juxtaposition of timeworn antique pieces set in a symmetrically perfect hallway vignette is thoroughly refreshing. Image: Spark & Arrow

Soft, calming blues and purples coupled with eye-catching pieces like the standing lamp and quilted, white leather chair, make for an utterly inviting living space. Image: Spark & Arrow

Soft, calming blues and purples coupled with eye-catching pieces like the standing lamp and quilted, white leather chair, make for an utterly inviting living space. Image: Spark & Arrow

What brings you and Ginny the most professional joy?

What brings us the most joy is when we see the obvious change in the living experience of a client after we have completed each phase of the design process. A home is the most intimate space an individual or family has, so when working on something so personal it must be taken seriously. Ginny and I always ensure that our personality, creativity and innovation is at work. This is easier said than done and takes persistence and effort, and for that reason, our proudest moments are when all of our hard work has paid off and we are able to see the joy that has been brought to our clients.

How does Birmingham’s design scene differ from the rest of the country?

Birmingham is changing quickly and people are beginning to embrace new ideas — this is an exciting time to be a designer!

Where do you get your inspiration?

Travel, magazines and social media.

Deconstructed meets posh in this vignette with its rustic sideboard arrangement and pretty, plush pillows. Image: Spark & Arrow

Deconstructed meets posh in this vignette, with its rustic sideboard arrangement and pretty, plush pillows. Image: Spark & Arrow

AG Designs clearly has a knack for curating fine fabrics and upholstery into elegant and ingenious combinations. Image: Spark & Arrow

AG Designs clearly has a knack for curating fine fabrics and upholstery and turning them into elegant and ingenious combinations. Image: Spark & Arrow

Brass and bronze tones are celebrated accents in this regal white bathroom. Image: Spark & Arrow

Brass and bronze tones are celebrated accents in this regal white bathroom. Image: Spark & Arrow

This whimsical bathroom does not shy away from bold stripes and a playful interplay with circles and light. Image: Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow

This whimsical bathroom does not shy away from bold stripes and a playful interplay with circles and light. Image: Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow

Who have been your industry mentors and role models and why?

Ralph Lauren for his timelessness and sophistication, Kelly Wearstler for her boldness and Miles Redd for his striking glamour.

Share one designer secret with us regular folk.

It’s OK to be different.

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What are AG Designs’ predictions for interior design in the next 10 to 15 years?

Technology will be incorporated into design.

Thoroughly modern with clean lines and natural light, this kitchen in the brand-new Pizitz Building's living spaces is the very picture of the future of downtown living in the Magic City. Image: Eric Dejuan Photography

Thoroughly modern with clean lines and natural light, this kitchen in the brand-new Pizitz Building is the very picture of the future of downtown living in the Magic City. Image: Eric Dejuan Photography

This Pizitz Building living room offers versatility in entertaining guests and everyday living with its flowing open floor plan. Image: Eric Dejuan Photography

This Pizitz Building living room offers versatility in entertaining guests, as well as everyday living, with its flowing open floor plan. Image: Eric Dejuan Photography

From the delicate linen curtains and the sleek side table to the plush rug and the crisp lines of the sitting chair, AG Designs' talent for mixing textures in this all-white nursery is genius. Image: Spark & Arrow

From the delicate linen curtains and the sleek side table to the plush rug and the crisp lines of the sitting chair, AG Designs‘ talent for mixing textures in this all-white nursery is genius. Image: Spark & Arrow

Sometimes less is more, like using a simple yellow stripe — in the curtain, bedskirt and comforter — as the nursery's color signature. Image: Spark & Arrow

Sometimes less is more, like using a simple yellow stripe — in the curtain, bed skirt and comforter — as the nursery’s color signature. Image: Spark & Arrow

Natural light floods this adorable nursery for an ultra-calming vibe. Image: Spark & Arrow

Natural light floods this adorable nursery for an ultra-calming vibe. Image: Spark & Arrow

If you could squeeze the AG Design philosophy into five words, what would they be?

Sophistication. Style. Uniqueness. Innovation. Personality.

Thank you to Annie for sharing AG Design’s impressive body of work as well as their insights and inspirations. To view more of their work or to contact Annie and Ginny, visit ag-design.com.

Thank you to Beth Hontzas, Sarah Arrington of Spark & Arrow and Eric Dejuan for the lovely images of AG Designs’ work.

And thank you to Eric and Jamie Gay of Eric & Jamie Photography for the lovely portrait of Annie!

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