“In over 10 years, we’ve filled a lot of houses,” explains Mia Backman Worrell, one half of the couple behind Timothy Paul—a carpet, bedding and accessories company that recently opened its third location in Virginia. Mia, along with her husband and namesake co-founder, attributes the company’s success to its eclectic stock of inventory, which includes vintage furniture and lamps that they have mixed with carpets and textiles from around the globe. “There are pieces that pass through here that we’ll never see again,” Timothy says. For example, he points to a pile of Central Asian textiles with colorful suzani and ikat patterns—some threadbare with age—that will be sold as they are or mounted to be hung as art. Timothy scouts for rugs and accessories while Mia focuses on linens and bedding. Together, they create the colorful window displays that draw customers into their stores, often more than once. “We have a lot of repeat customers who come by just to look,” Mia explains. “Our one-of-a-kind pieces give them a good reason to come back.”
LX: I became interested in textiles when…
MBW: My mother and grandmother collected textiles for as long as I can remember. I was always exposed to it.
LX: Describe your home.
TPW: We have a 1920s bungalow with an addition that includes a pair of Heywood-Wakefield chairs flanking a wood-burning fireplace. We love this room.
LX: What’s inspiring you now?
MBW: The thought of spring! I adore the intense greens—peacock, teal and aqua!
LX: Design icons:
TPW: The greater Washington, D.C., area has some of the best designers in the country—including Barry Dixon, Nestor Santa-Cruz, José Solís Betancourt and Paul Morgan Sherrill, among others.
LX: Favorite decorating sources:
MBW: Showroom 1412 in Washington, D.C., owned by designer Lori Graham. It’s chock-full of inspirational pieces; she has amazing taste.