Design Detour: Robyn Roberts

From her favorite stormy blue paint (Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue) to the eclectic layers of art and antiques she brings to a room, Robyn Roberts infuses traditional design with a distinctly modern mood. In Robyn’s projects throughout Savannah and beyond, the sofas are tailored yet comfortable, the flowers are clipped from the garden and the bar is well-stocked and ready.


“It’s all about the mix for me,” she says of her evolving, intuitive style, “and I think this city is a true personification of that.”



“Artillery is a chic spot for cocktails and people-watching. I’d love to have drinks and talk design with Rebecca Gardner, who throws a soiree like nobody else -- her events are over-the-top beautiful with a touch of whimsy, and no detail escapes her consideration. I’d also invite Mary Jo Bochner, who I don’t personally but for years I’ve admired how she strikes the perfect balance of old and new to make her spaces wonderful. Last but not least, I’d bring along my neighbor Hilary Shipley, who I wish would make over my closet.”



“One of my favorite things about Savannah is the creative community -- lots of young entrepreneurs and business owners doing what they love and making it work. Courtland and Co is the best resource for custom embroidery on anything from shower curtains to cocktail napkins, and many of the designs are created by owner Courtland Stevens herself.”


“Sconce lighting immediately brings intimacy to a room, and since Savannah is a historic city, brass never goes out of style here.”




“Art brings personality and interest to a space -- I find that a room without it is unfinished and boring. SCAD Art Sales is a great local resource for work by emerging artists.”



“This paper reminds me of Savannah because it’s traditional and sweet, but mixed with contemporary furniture and bold colors (like an olive or rust velvet), it becomes fresh and cool.”