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Feb 22, 2006
Joe Nye learned about gracious living growing up in, of all places, rural Nebraska. "My parents had black-tie dinner parties once a month," he recalls, "They were determined to carve out a semi-sophisticated life for themselves." Despite having six kids, the family used the good silver and linen napkins daily. Nye insists his folks weren't being ostentatious or pretentious. They merely understood that "it's the little things that make life nice."
An attention to detail imbues Nye's interior design, which might best be described as traditional with a twist-not unlike his midwestern upbringing. Nye's dedication to creating timeless interiors also owes something to another midwesterner, Frances Elkins, whose innovative decorating in the teens, 20s and 30s could have been done today."
Nye lives and works in Los Angeles, where he launched Joe Nye Inc. in 2002 after nine years of directing style maven Suzanne Rheinstein's design and interiors businesses. "Suzanne was a tremendous mentor. She has the best taste of any person I have ever known-or not known." As for the revival of gracious living and the renewed widespread interest in interior design, Nye credits the much-maligned Martha Stewart. "She and Jackie Kennedy did more for my business than any two women in America. I adore her."
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