I know it is probably very clear by now that I am completely obsessed with Kelly Wearstler. Well, just in case you don't really know, who she is exactly, here is a bit about my favourite Interior Designer.
Kelly Wearstler is an American Interior Design and Fashion Designer. She has a distinctive style that contrasts refinement with rawness and mixes colour, quaintness, sophistication and glamorous styles.
Her career began in the late 1990s, she decorated the house of real estate developer Brad Korzen (whom she later married), eventually providing design services for residential properties owned by Korzen's Kor Realty Group.
In 1995, Kelly Wearstler opened her design firm, Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (KWID).
Wearstler's career took off in 1999, when she redesigned the interior of the Beverly Hills' Avalon Hotel, a late 1940s-era hotel in Beverly Hills owned by Korzen. This launched her venture into hotel interior design. She designed the Avalon with unexpected, fearless aesthetic that has now become her signature.
The bold, Midcentury, design has been celebrated by critics and guests alike, what the New York Times has described as retro-theatrical interiors and driven the current era in boutique hotel décor where dazzling, one-of-a-kind layouts are compulsory.
Wearstler went on creating for Korzen's collection of boutique hotels, Viceroy Hotels and Resorts. Her work within the hotel industry built her reputation as a notable west coast designer.
As an interior designer, Wearstler finds influence in Modernism and old Hollywood glamour as created by Dorothy Draper and William Haines, and the work of architect Aldo Rossi. She greatly admires David Hicks and Ettore Sottsass.
Her style has been described as Hollywood Regency and Maximalism. She is credited, alongside Jonathan Adler and Miles Redd as bringing the elaborate and the decorative back to interior design, mixing modern and historical designs, such as a starburst mirror, against a turquoise painted wall, accented by a bold rug. She considers herself a modernist in that she is always trying to make her work feel fresh and new. She will never do the same room twice.
In addition to her commercial work, Wearstler continuously creates grand residential interiors for some of the most prominent players in the worlds of art, business and entertainment, recently working with Cameron Diaz on her New York City apartment. Wearstler will visit auction houses to collect furniture and decor items for her projects, always sifting through vintage stores and flea markets to find something special. She does not define her style but says it is dictated by her clients and takes their interests in to consideration. She doesn’t believe there is one essential element to any room but more of a spirit rather than an object.
Recently, Wearstler launched a collection of ready-to-wear, jewellery, furniture, homewares and art objects based on the liveliness of her interiors. Simultaneously opening a boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles to showcase all her lines. In addition to her boutique, her collections are also available at upmarket retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Selfridges, as well as on her own site, KellyWearstler.com.
Kelly Wearstler Interior Design also collaborates with some of the industries most exclusive names, bed sheets for Sferra, rugs for The Rug Company, fine china for Pickard China, and wall treatments for F. Schumacher & Co. Her expansive list of credits also includes a recently launched second line of fabrics with Lee Jofa.
As a showcase for her creative work, Wearstler has published four books. In 2006, her first book was published Domicilum Decoratus, a photography book by Wearstler, featuring photographs of her Beverly Hills mansion and herself dressed in evening gowns. Since then she has published an additional three books: Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style, Hue and Rhapsody.
An avid fashion devotee who has been collecting vintage pieces since childhood, Wearstler has been named to Vogue's Best Dressed list. Other accolades include a berth on the Los Angeles Times' bestseller list as well as inclusion in TIME Style & Design's elite "Design 100" group of global creatives. Wearstler also served as a two-time judge on the Bravo network's interior design competition series, Top Design.
Her work has been featured in many magazines and publications including Elle Décor, Harper's Bazaar, Architectural Digest, The Financial Times, InStyle, Elle, Women's Wear Daily and The New York Times, among many others.
Wearstler is a South Carolina native and graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. When she isn't working, she enjoys surfing, spending time with her family and taking photographs for her blog, MyVibeMyLife.com. She believes inspiration exists everywhere from hardware store shelves to the beaches of Malibu.
Kelly Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American glamour. She has been hailed as the heiress apparent to Hollywood grand Regency style, and its virtuoso of its glitz and glamour. In reality, she is a free spirit who didn’t get where she is in her career by playing it safe.
What is Kelly Wearstler’s design philosophy? Take risks and don’t look back!
The perfect design philosophy that I may take on as my own.