Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Inspiring Designers

I was recently asked a rather seemingly simple question of 'who are my favorite interior designers,' and I had to really thing about it.  It is very hard to distinguish one individual who does everything "right" in my eyes,when design is a world of "the eye of the beholder."  After mulling the question over, I really got to thinking about who has a specific aesthetic that stands out among the rest.  In my opinion, there are few people that really are artists; who create something a little unexpected, ever evolving, and inspire others. In any case, I came up with a few visionaries that I would move right into anything they come up with.

The first designer that always comes to mind is the great Kelly Wearstler, she is a trendsetter, plain and simple.  I mean the girl literally marches to her own beat.  Remember when Hollywood Regency style made a HUGE comeback?? Everyone was on Craigslist searching for anything Greek key, brass or something with those lines to paint a bright cheery color.  Then whenever we all thought that was the greatest thing ever, she changed things up and started dipping into retro 1980's overstuffed furniture and bold marbles.  I like to think of her as High Fashion meets Interior Design.

Kelly Wearstler Decorating Ideas | Kelly Wearstler's New Blog Shares Creative Ideas

KWearstler workin out a ceiling w/ kelly green accent...

Kelly Wearstler / Australian Vogue Living

Kelly Wearstler's office.  Pink chairs.

Former Microsoft executive Jeff Sanderson and his wife Lara, recently commissioned Kelly Wearstler to decorate their Washington State home. In truly Kelly Wearstler style, she decorated with unabashed gusto and moxie, creating glamorous, provocative moments throughout the home.


Kelly Wearstler Residential | Cool Wood floor and walls!

Kelly Wearstler Hollywood Regency

 Bergdorf Goodman BG Restaurant Bar #kellywearstler #interior #design
Statement furniture and custom carve-outs for artwork bring focus to a hotel lobby. Kelly Wearstler Commercial.

kelly wearstler tribeca home - love the channel bed!

Ms. Wearstler evolves on to not only a fabric designer (come on who didn't have some sort of Imperial Trellis something???), to clothing, jewelry and sculpture.  Like I said, a complete visionary, that mark my words, everyone will be clamoring over her designs years after she's already in the groove.

Then I started to think a little more locally.  In Houston, a household name is Sally Wheat.  Sally has gone from the very beginning of the French Country/ Belgian Design to Modern to Classic and is also ever changing her aesthetic.  Many of Kitchens have been inspired by her personal Kitchen and I would love to pick her brain about her adorable courtyard.  Wheat's aesthetic is what I like to call Casual Class.

Cool designer alert- Sally Wheat!

sally wheat's kitchen  3 on cote de texas

Farrow and Ball Down Pipe    Sally Wheat's son's room   Sally Wheat,Texas designer famous for painting her kitchen cabinets Fieldstone by Ben Moore..

Sally Wheat entry

Sally Wheat Interiors Living Room-Sunset Yellow sofa

Crushing on decorator Sally Wheat

Those antique shutters are amazing!  Plus I love the driftwood cross.

Family Room - Sally Wheat
notice antique doors to hide media etc...

sally wheat

SallyL: Sally Wheat Interiors - Living room with incredible emerald green curtains covering ...

I actually like these stairs even though they are closed off a bit
By Sally Wheat; frames, leopard, gallery wall, black, white, brass

And last one off of the top of my head, is local here in the Dallas area, none other than Gary Riggs.  I recently visited his North Dallas store that took over two retail locations and uber amounts of square footage-- Oh! and I saw him in action taking super precaution in where things were located in his store, and artist at work!

Gary's style is something that I like to call Southern Layers.  Super eclectic, colorful, charming, collected, and with a little southern twist.  His designs are super energetic with tons to look at, and the man wrote the book on pattern play.

Dallas Design Firm | Residential and Commercial Designs | Gary Riggs Homes | Gary Riggs Home

Cream And Brown Master Bedroom With Chrystal Chandelier

Interiors | Gary Riggs Home I like the way the pictures are arranged

Gary Riggs but I only like some aspects of the room. Like where the little deesser is with the lamp ans flower and the lader looking shelf decoration thing

Love the bed and all the framed art  Interiors | Gary Riggs Home

Interiors | Gary Riggs Home~Repaint the shelving for Searlait's room and mount over dresser mirror

Who would have thought that comforter would go with that rug?!!  Neat!

Interiors | Gary Riggs Home...I would edit out some of this, but the colors are just awesome!

This is my favorite.

Gary Riggs Interiors - Dallas, Texas


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I am trying to find out who is the manufacturer of the fabric linen pendants at the SUR restaurant in the bar area?

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