I’m curious; what inspires you when it comes to your own home?
How do you plan out a new space? How do you budget? I’d love some suggestions…
It is often said in design; the more challenges that exist in a design problem, the more incredible the outcome can be. As a graphic designer I’ve always been able to attain high quality “materials” to make my creations come to life; fonts, software, hardware, etc. But when I want to play designer at home the resources are much more limited. One should be able to create a home that is expressive and beautiful under even the tightest of budgets, right? No doubt you’ve seen the “undecorated” look before. I think I’ve grown tired of that aesthetic. Where is the middle ground? Kelly Wearstler herself (designer of the above interiors) was quoted saying this about her early EPIC hotel interiors,
“I just did what I felt. I was just going through thrift stores and finding cool stuff.”
I think that is downplaying a bit, right? A room that looks like her style actually costs money. Great things usually do! I guess I want that on a shoestring budget.
“…Following on the heels of minimalism – the grim asceticism of the early 1990s – Ms. Wearstler, along with Jonathan Adler and Miles Redd, brought the florid and the decorative back to interior design. Hers was a look that reached for the historical grand gesture and paired it with the modern one, offering a Louis chair in black patent leather (or a wing chair in white), a painted Rococo mirror set against a turquoise blue wall, a Roman head and a shag rug. It was arch and theatrical, but never quite kitsch.
“It’s cartoon-y, it’s pop-up,” said Marian McEvoy, a contributing editor at Domino magazine, which named Ms. Wearstler a “mega decorator” in 2008.
…Her luxurious midcentury-modern interiors launched her career…”- NYT
What is the balance? How do you do inspiration?