May 6, 2010 Designer Spotlight: Kelly Wearstler
My aesthetic definitely leans towards the updated Americana of designers like Jeffrey Bilhuber, Miles Redd, Billy Baldwin, and Albert Hadley, but I can’t resist the over-the-top style of Kelly Wearstler. The California based designer has a flair for the bold and overly elaborate. Her style can be best described as Hollywood Regency with feet clearly in both the 70′s and 80′s. She is an author of three books, most recently Hue. The growing design empire that is KWID (Kelly Wearstler Interior Design) has grown to include products ranging from fabrics from both Schumacher and Lee Jofa, bed and table linens by Sferra, dinnerware, rugs, and objects found at her shop within Bergdorf-Goodman, where she also did the redesign for the BG restaurant. Wearstler also collaborates with her hotelier husband to design hotels and restaurants. Those include the Viceroy chain, Tides in Miami, and others. She became more of a household name when she became a judge on Top Design. Below are some of my favorites of these mentioned products and projects.
I too love the bold color and pattern that is found in almost all Wearstler does.
The crazy wallcovering she used here in her own home is something I want to try within my own aesthetic.
Her use of bold furniture is very inspiring. I could see these bird chairs in a more spare room that has a more modern meets traditional feel.
Another example of a bold fabric used to cover the walls…and ceiling.
A wall of plates is always a beautiful way to decorate a wall in a dining room or kitchen, and is less expected than a painting. Why not take that idea outside if you can?
I’m coveting these boxes covered in stones, and other objects of her creation.
Bold patterns can work well together when in the same palette.
Wearstler’s bedroom in her former home has walls covered in stone slabs. The color scheme of browns and ambers is a relaxing and earthy one.
I always appreciate her edited eye for art and objects. The silver Tony Duquette mirror and rock crystal lamp look striking on the shagreen chest against a silk covered wall. Texture, texture, texture!
Setting your table with Wearstler’s designs is an easy way to bring her eye for the luxurious home.
I want everything!!
My favorite part is the walls covered in tortoise shells and the brown leather canopy-like chairs.
Kelly, always fashionable in Lanvin, Chanel, and vintage clothing, is always perfectly over-the-top!
The way she creates tablescapes with out of this world objects is my favorite Wearstler signature.
If you haven’t seen the directorial debut of Tom Ford A Single Man, you must for many reasons. The directing, acting, writing, etc. is fantastic, but the sets are almost the starring character. Julianne Moore’s character Charlie had my favorite home in the film. It was over the top with ikat fabrics, fur upholstered pieces, Moroccan mirrors, screens and lanterns, rock crystals, a semi-circular sofa in the living room, a dining atrium filled with orchids, and a hall lined with potted orange trees. So many of these elements reminded me of Kelly Wearstler, and the time period she is so inspired by. The orange trees especially made me think of the room within her former Los Angeles home called the Hillcrest estate that she named the Orangerie.