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Retailer Spotlight: Rivers Spencer

Cheryl Gerber Photographs

Rivers Spencer was buying, selling and renovating homes in her hometown, Jackson, Miss., when she decided to make her dream come true. Spencer, who studied art history, had always wanted to own a business on Magazine Street, so last year she opened Rivers Spencer Interiors at 4610 Magazine St.

The store is full of beautiful furniture, accessories and artwork. Spencer works with a variety of visual artists, such as William Goodman and Arrington Magny. Her business offers full design services, and she enjoys presenting trunk shows and even carries jewelry. She often travels to Europe, bringing back unique finds for her clients.

Your business opened a little over a year ago. What’s it been like?
It’s been a roller coaster in a very good way. The business has just exploded. I’ve come so far and continue to challenge myself.

How would describe your design style?
Timeless elegance with a little modern edge. My style is based on a neutral palette, featuring white and gold, punctuated with a spot of color. I like to use silver, crystal and polished nickel. I like to think my work is glamour partnered with surprise.

What current project excites you?
Oh, so many. I am working on several projects, but the renovation of a corner store on Coliseum Street into a residence is really exciting. We started from the beginning, doing everything from the outside to inside, even the landscaping. The building had been left alone for years, so we are restarting but still matching it all to the period.

How do you work with clients?
I really enjoy working with clients. I try to steer them to a basic palette and then encourage them to insert their personalities and taste through accents of color. It’s an exciting push and pull working together, but I always say, “It’s about you; it’s not about me.”

4610 Magazine St. | 609-2436 | riversspencer.com

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