Longtime Nashville City Club member Marjorie Feltus Hawkins knows a bit about hospitality.
Originally from Natchez, Mississippi, she grew up in an antebellum home named Linden, circa 1790, which currently operates as a bed & breakfast, www.lindenbandb.com. She is the seventh generation to grow up at Linden.
With knowledge and appreciation of the old south architecture and hospitality, she understands the scale, proportion, style, and period furnishings needed in many of her client’s projects. Her own home front doorway is copied after Linden’s doorway, which was featured as Tara, Scarlett’s home in “Gone with the Wind.”
“Natchez is an extremely social town with a lot of New Orleans’ influence,” Marjorie says. “People are always entertaining.”
Helping clients define themselves
This background serves Marjorie and her clients well. She is founder and principal of Feltus Hawkins Design (FHDesign) in Nashville, a major interior architecture design firm with a portfolio that includes restaurants, hotels, health care facilities, country clubs and corporate headquarters worldwide.
“All of our clients are image conscious. They want to make a first impression and bring their branding inside,” Marjorie says. Each project has a distinct feel, from traditional to transitional to contemporary. Working with clients to best project who they are is one of the strengths at Feltus Hawkins.
“We design for our client. That is why our design styles are varied,” she says. “Part of our process is to focus on our clients’ mission and business plan; it is who they are – not who we are. That is a skill you have to understand and learn.”
In greater Nashville, Feltus Hawkins Design projects include the corporate headquarters for Healthways Corporation in Franklin and CareSpot Healthcare in Brentwood. The company also designed the Nashville corporate headquarters for Renal Advantage, Inc., plus all of the provider’s clinics nationwide.
In the hospitality sectors, Hampton Inn Greenhills, Richland Country Club and Hillwood Country Club are a few of Feltus Hawkins’ local projects. The firm handles all interior design work at Lipscomb University. Here at the Nashville City Club, Feltus Hawkins oversaw the Grill redesign and renovation.
Attention to detail sets high standards
A NCC member since 1994, Marjorie joined when her company was young and smaller. She relocated from Florida and found the club a great spot to network professionally and socially. Feltus Design became Feltus Hawkins Design (FHD) with the addition of Marjorie’s husband, David Hawkins, a licensed architect and MBA, in 2009.
The company now provides an interior turnkey solution that includes everything from corporate identity to project management to space programming to design development and construction drawings to furniture and accessory procurement and installation.
Attention to detail is something Feltus Hawkins and the City Club share. Marjorie attends the club’s wine tasting events, business lunches, and dinner before a show or concert downtown – just to name a few. Involvement has helped build the firm. The business-savvy company has recently added several designers to the staff and is continuing its growth plan.
“There is nothing like meeting someone face to face and shaking their hand,” she says. “I think it is a great place to open a relationship and close a deal and anything in between.” NCC is a place where the staff knows your name and provides personalized attention.
“It is the attention to details,” Marjorie says. “The guest experience is important and they make you feel important.”