Denese Butler's Inviting, Rustic-Chic Home
Denese Butler is a storyteller, blending dedicated attention to detail with a distinguished design eye to create elevated and cohesive spaces. The interior designer and founder of her firm, The Perfect Vignette, warmly welcomed us into her family's beautiful Stoughton, Massachusetts home. We got a tour of her open and modern-rustic dining space, with its sleek dark finishes enriched by warm wood floors, lots of light, and lovely personal touches. We spoke about her creative journey from the fashion world into interiors, her design ethos, and how important it is to incorporate her clients' stories and experiences while working on a project. Read on for more.
Tell us a little bit about how you got started in the design world.
It all started with a yellow scarf! It was my senior year of college and one of our assignments was to create a three dimensional vignette of a retail store. As I was touring through the home store, apparently I was asking all of the right questions because on my way out, the Vice President handed me her business card and told me to send her my resume and cover letter, in the subject line, put “girl with yellow scarf.” That was my first job right out of college- Fashion Major, working in a design studio.
What has been your favorite place you’ve lived and why?
I would have to say Jersey CIty! What I love is the diversity. Even though we moved to Stoughton, MA, to this day, Jersey City still feels like home to me. It’s where we purchased our first house, and brought our children home.
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Tell us more about your business, The Perfect Vignette
Well, i’m not french, but I love the meaning behind the word. “Design or illustration that ran along the blank border of a page, or one that marked the beginning or end of a chapter”The business name came to me because it’s the way I design. I am able to visualize areas in a space in snapshots, and then I incorporate design elements that bridges the overall design together.
What was the catalyst for transitioning from the fashion world into interiors?
I was on maternity leave with every single intention to go back to work. After two months into my time at home, my husband and I agreed that it would be best for me to stay at home. It was a tough decision, but I wouldn't change a single thing because a favor for a friend evolved into a business opportunity, and a new found talent.
Was there one moment, or was it a bit more gradual?
100% a moment- it’s like the light bulb went on in my head because prior to The Perfect Vignette, I had started a jewelry business that I let go of right after I gave birth. I wasn’t even wearing jewelry because our son kept pulling on it. I’m always up for a challenge, but the bottom line was that I wasn’t having fun doing it.
Where do you get inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from pinterest, and how I live. Practical, inviting and timeless.
What’s one project you’re working on that you’re really excited about?
I am working on a 1903 colonial home. The exterior will remain however, there will be a really cool juxtaposition when you walk into the house. We will keep the original woodwork, and incorporate special finishes that will tell the story of the family living inside the home.
On your site, you say, "When it comes to interior styling there isn't a right or wrong way. I believe that it's intimate, personal, and how you choose to live." How is the best way to incorporate personal and intimate moments into high styled spaces?
We all have our own unique story to tell, how that translates can be expressed in many different ways. For instance, I come from a carribean background, and my husband has a mix of French Canadian and Italian. We blend our styles by incorporating our heritage into the space through art work, and accessories that suits our rustic chic aesthetic.
Everyone needs self care. What are your favorite ways to wind down and relax after a chaotic day?
WINE! … hahaha probably shouldn’t add that hahaha! On a serious note, I need silence, it helps me process what just happened, and recharges my battery.
What’s next for you and The Perfect Vignette?
I am currently working on my passion project called “Rooms by TPV” which was born out of the desire to provide a convenient way to give your space a new look in one bundle. I can’t share too much, but keep an eye out for all of the details in 2021.