Bunny launched her interior design firm in 1988 following a 22-year apprenticeship with the esteemed Parish-Hadley Associates and in the following three decades, it has wrought its own indelible imprint and legacy. Williams Lawrence is renowned for balancing refined beauty, welcoming livable appeal, and attention to detail. While the creation of delightful rooms is Bunny’s passion, the firm’s success is, above all, anchored in long-lasting and valued relationships with its clientele. The resulting commissions — many for repeat homeowners — are found across the United States and abroad, in city apartments, country estates and cottages; in the mountains and by the water. Bunny’s own houses and her long career have provided ample material and inspiration for seven books to date, and she is a sought-after speaker and mentor on design, decoration, gardening, and entertaining.
Bunny grew up in the countryside near Charlottesville, Virginia. A watershed moment at age 15 was visiting the Dorothy Draper-decorated Greenbrier Resort, which had a color palette unlike anything Bunny had ever seen. “It really opened my eyes and the lesson I learned was not to play it safe,” shares Bunny. Her parents encouraged her passion for the arts and led her to Garland Junior College in Boston, where she studied interior design.
Upon moving to New York, Bunny worked at Stair & Co., an antiques gallery frequented by Sister Parish and Albert Hadley. Bunny subsequently joined Parish-Hadley and remained at the venerable firm for 22 years. “I was honored to work there and was exposed to so much; their extraordinary projects and partnership, the design process, everything. By the time I left, I’d been the secretary, an assistant, and a buyer. I had the tools and experience to run my own enterprise, which I did — starting with three people working out of my guest bedroom!”
Shortly thereafter, fueled by her devotion to gardening, Bunny opened Treillage in 1991 along with her husband, the antiques dealer John Rosselli. Considered both groundbreaking and industry changing, Treillage drew A-list designers, editors, and tastemakers to its off-the-beaten- track, Upper East Side destination for the ultimate in home and garden. “We had Treillage for twenty-five years, but all good things come to an end. Now, with Bunny Williams Home, I’m proud to show an entire line of furniture, lighting, art and accessories under one roof.”
Never one to rest on her many awards, accolades, and honors, Bunny keeps her eye on what’s next, whether it’s a new interior design project with her business partner at Williams Lawrence, Elizabeth Lawrence; her new collections for Bunny Williams Home; her collaborations with Ballard Designs; a new fabric line; or her next book. Follow along with Bunny’s personal adventures on Instagram @bunnys_eye and follow the firm @williams_lawrence_interiors.
2024 general chairmen
Caroline Cook & Susan Weathersby
About Caroline Cook
Caroline Cook is Co-Chair of the 2024 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Vanderbilt University and has worked as a realtor around Nashville for 15 years with Corcoran Reverie, formerly known as Worth Properties.
Caroline is also an author and has dedicated the last several years to publishing her memoir entitled HUNGRY. It is her personal story of recovery from an eating disorder when she was in college. She is now passionate about sharing this message of hope and healing with young women from far and wide. In addition to her first self-written and published book, she has also published children’s books with her mother as the illustrator over the past 10 years.
Caroline is dedicated to serving her community as a Board Member on The Next Door, a faith-based treatment program for women struggling with addiction, and leading a women’s bible study at her home she lovingly named Cute Dumb Sheep. Caroline previously served as a Chair on the Eve of Janus Ball in 2019, one of the longest-running fundraising events for the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, a philanthropy of Tri Delta. When she’s not working or volunteering, Caroline and her husband West enjoy spending time with their four children and entertaining friends and family.
About Susan Weathersby
Susan Weathersby is Co-Chair of the 2024 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before teaching elementary school and preschool students.
Passionate about giving back to her community, Susan has served as Montgomery Bell Academy Mother’ s Club President, Swan Ball Auction Chair and Sunday in the Park Chair, and she is the current Chair of Marketing & Development for the Friends of Warner Parks and a member of the Belle Meade Country Club Tennis Committee. She’s also an Elder of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and co-leads the Discipleship Bible Study Group.
Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, hot yoga, tennis, reading and traveling. She has two grown children with her high school sweetheart who both attend Ole Miss.
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