James Michael Howard, a native of Florida, launched his own interiors firm in 1988, after 12 years of working with various design firms. Jim’s meticulous attention to architectural detailing and his lavish application of color, texture, and pattern are hallmarks of his style. Schooled in design at Parsons in New York, Jim developed a passion for both classical and modern elements of design and decoration early in his career. His architectural detailing, coupled with his understanding of furniture style and function enables him to effortlessly create extraordinary and timeless residence for his clients. Jim is able to translate the hopes and dreams of his clients and customize his designs to exceed all expectations. He seamlessly blends traditional styles with modern sensibilities to achieve a relaxed yet comfortable elegance. Jim proves that the classical vocabulary continues to be fresh, clever, and pertinent to contemporary life. In addition to Jim’s thriving interiors business, he also owns and operates the successful retail interiors stores Mrs. Howard and Max and Company along with his wife Phoebe Howard, which each have multiple locations throughout the South. They also have a furniture collection Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture, which is available in our retail stores as well as retailers nationwide. His projects, which include Florida beach houses, Montana retreats, and Virginia country houses Jim always manages to blend his creative aesthetic to complement the needs and taste of his clients. Many of which have been featured in Decor, Coastal Living, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, and Veranda among others.
Many of Jim’s projects have become award winning.
2017 Shutze Award for Residential Interior Design over 5,000 Square Feet –
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
2014 Hamptons Cottage & Gardens Awards
2012 Hamptons Cottage & Gardens Awards
2009 Historic Charlotte
Top 25 Rooms from 25 Years of Veranda
House Beautiful Tops in American Design