Creating Beauty: John Gore

By Leslie Moore

Creating Beauty: John Gore

John Gore, B. Graham Interiors

Tell us a little about yourself.

I moved to Myrtle Beach from Whiteville in the fall of 1971 after graduating from East Carolina University. I worked as a time keeper in the original Pavilion Amusement Park that summer and decided to stay. The streets rolled up after Labor Day back then. After several hit and miss jobs, I opened an antique shop.

I’ve been a workaholic most of my life, but now, in my 60s, I’m trying to balance design work and down time. I was a pretty good watercolorist in the ‘80s and gave it up to concentrate on interior design. I’ve added painting back to my enjoyment list – large, contemporary canvases instead of watercolors. Though I’ve slowed myself down, I still have to stay busy. I’ve never been able to just sit around, and when I’m not working or painting, I enjoy working in the yard or swimming in the pool.

What is the last concert you attended? Tell us a little about it.

I saw Patti LaBelle, and it was a fantastic concert. I had seen her at the Beach Club in the ‘60s. When I was in my teens, a group of us would drive down to the beach from Whiteville and somehow talk our way into the Beach Club. I saw all the greats of that era – Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, The Tams, The Platters and Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells.

What is your favorite “feel good” music? When your guests walk into your home for a dinner party, what kind of music is playing?

Jazz – from the ‘30s to progressive and oldies from the ‘50s.

Do you play an instrument or sing? Did you take lessons growing up?

I tried the trumpet in high school, but my music teacher finally said, “John, you just don’t have it.” My singing is so bad I stay silent at funerals. Other than my one attempt to play the trumpet, I didn’t have any music lessons growing up. I wish I had taken piano lessons – most of my family played, either through lessons or by ear. I missed out on that talent.

You have built a well known and successful business making people’s surroundings beautiful and functional. Tell us a little about B. Graham Interiors.

The name B. Graham Interiors originated with my deceased partner Betty Graham. After years of John S. Gore Interiors and two unsuccessful partnerships, Betty and I decided to go into business together. We kept her name because at the time she had been in the design business 15 years longer than me. It was a great partnership until her death –I still miss her.

We are a full service design firm. Designer Susie Darrah and I are both Allied Members of the American Society of Interior Designers. The customer will find us going above and beyond the call of duty to make their design experience enjoyable. As a result ourclient base is mostly referrals and repeat business. We have our own drapery workroom so we can be very creative, and our showroom is indicative of our taste factor – a very eclectic mix, from antiques to contemporary.

Hiring a professional designer can actually save the customer money in the long run, and turn a vision into reality without the often costly mistakes that homeowners can make. As professionals, we are experienced in all phases of new construction and renovation from concept to completion. We draw from over 1,200 manufacturers in our resource library and showroom.

B. Graham Interiors is located 1307 Enterprise Avenue in Myrtle Beach. Contact John at 843-692-7844 or visit www.bgrahaminteriors.com.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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