San Antonio Public Library Foundation Hosts Designer Mario Buatta
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
The Setting: The renowned interior designer Mario Buatta was fêted with a luncheon benefitting the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the theme was “Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration,” also the title of the designer’s new tome. Presented at The Briscoe Western Art Museum on the San Antonio River, guests lunched and listened as Buatta reflected on his illustrious 50 year career. San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s supporters Liecie Hollis and Melissa Morgan co-chaired the exclusive event.
The Vibe: Influenced by the understated elegance of Colefax and Fowler, and the doyenne of exuberant American decor, Sister Parish, Buatta reinvented the English country house style stateside for clients such as Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes, Mariah Carey, and for Blair House, the President’s guest quarters. He is acclaimed for his lavish rooms that layer fine antiques, confectionary drapes and sublime colorations, creating an atmosphere of lived-in opulence – something we Texans can appreciate. Known as the “Prince of Chintz,” Buatta shared insights into his process, his own rules for decorating, and personal stories of his adventures along the way. Guests of the luncheon also enjoyed a book signing with Buatta of his latest book, Fifty Years of Interior Decoration.
The Cause: The mission of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation is to support the San Antonio Public Library, to increase awareness and to enhance the community’s appreciation and use of the library as a vibrant cultural and educational institution. Among the list of several impressive accomplishments for the organization, the Foundation has contributed over $35 million to improve the public libraries of San Antonio.