I get asked the question all the time “what inspires you?” There are always a million answers as inspiration is all around everyday. But there are also a ton of talented interior designers who really inspire me, the list is very long. A few of those have at points in my life, taken my taste and style in a different direction.
Although their interiors are very varied, they have one thing in common. THEY ARE ANTI MINIMALISTS!
They are fearless about their use of color, masters of creating a room that not only is beautiful, but one that takes you to to a different “dimension”. Perhaps Dorothy Draper said it best, she urged people to avoid the “will to be dreary”.
Interiors to me should move your senses, and all these designers are experts at it.
1. DOROTHY DRAPER
The drama starts at the front door! Just looking at a door in her interiors, you’re existed before you even enter. The drama, the grandeur, the clear strong, colors, the large moldings, all the black and white, and mostly what inspires me is her outlook!!
2. TONY DUQUETTE
A genius artist. When he created it must have been a spiritual experience! Your imagination runs wild looking at his interiors. The warm strong color combinations, the animal prints and wild shapes, the fantasy. An icon. Amazing!
3. KELLY WEARSTLER
Probably a legend in a 100 years. Love her style. She was my first modern interior inspiration. Mid century style, cool patterns, wild designs, but incredibly glamorous spaces.
4. AMANDA NISBET
Great modern, colorful interiors. They are just so pretty!!
5. LYNN VON KERSTING
She designed one of my best friend’s home (before I did interiors!!) Spending a ton of time in her cozy house filled with flower prints, and an irresistible beach bohemian beach vibe was a true joy. Perhaps you’ve been to one of the Ivy restaurants in LA, which she designed as well.
6. RUTHIE SUMMERS
I would give this lady my key, go away, and let her do just about anything she wants! All I would say is surprise me. A few lucky clients I guess can do this!! It’s again this modern mid century playful take on relaxed California interiors that I’m crazy about.
7. MILES REDD
A genius with color and NON boring interiors. Love every thing he does.
This is his design on a dime room.
7. DAVID HICKS
His interiors were way ahead of his time. the king of geometric patterns. Any of his designs still feel modern today.
8. SCHUYLER SAMPERTON
Again another California designer who creates beautiful, west coast, bohemian interiors with lots of colors. They make me want to grab a surfboard and head out west.
So many talented people out there.
Do you have any favorites?