“Making client’ dreams their reality is what it’s all about,” Bates says. She defines her process in four steps: Listen. Look. Feel. Design. “Hear what people want, and you can create it for them.”
Bates does not create stages, static vignettes. Her designs are vibrant reflections of the client’s personality and life. Clients come to her with families, art collections, dogs, and ideas; confident she will refine a fresh and tasteful vision from those materials. Her designs tell an ongoing story of the lives that inhabit the rooms.
Georgia Bates grew up in Ruidoso, New Mexico, watching her parents design and build Santa Fe style homes. She traveled to Mexico with them as they searched for old doors, stonework, antique furniture and religious folk art. Surrounded by the beauty of colonial antiques, she fell in love with the style at an early age.
Bates has lived in Los Angeles, New York, and London. After living in Europe for eight years, she returned to the United States. Looking for a large city offering growth and opportunity, she settled in Phoenix. Wanting to apply the talents and love of art taught by her father, Bates opened a gallery and established Bates Architectural Collection in downtown Scottsdale and then Bates Interiors.
This annual resource guide, Southwest Style, featured a Bates room on the cover. “Cacti with daisies and green apples for foliage – a burst of sensory fireworks,” the guide praised Bates’ aesthetic. “Work that seems deliberately poised . . . yet remarkably relaxed and always magnificently woven with history and memories of years layered upon years. . . At the end of the day, Georgia’s designs smile at you.”
Bates’ work has also been featured in Design & Architecture, Western Interiors & Design, Arizona Lifestyle, Phoenix Home & Garden, HGTV, and several books.
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