Inspiration is truly all around when it comes to decorating your home. For us, there’s nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon spent browsing our favourite boutiques for getting the creative juices flowing (after a decadent brunch, of course). Travel, when possible, is also a wonderful way to get a fresh perspective but sometimes, it’s nice to simply curl up on the couch at home and flip through our most beloved magazines. It is from these pages that we take notes and learn from the very best.
From some of our most recent lazy Sundays, we’d like to share with you 3 of our favourite female interior designers whose homes have re-ignited our creative spark. Though each designer is known for a completely different aesthetic, they have all made a name for themselves in the industry and naturally, their own (rather fabulous) homes are the best and most authentic examples of their work.
#1 Kelly Wearstler
Though you may not know her by name, it’s likely you’ve already fallen in love with her designs without even realizing it. Cast your mind back to some of your previous travels… Did you stay at a Viceroy property? Or perhaps one of the hotels from the Proper collection? If the answer is yes, then chances are you’ve already had the privilege of experiencing the magic that is Kelly Wearstler Interior Design. If not, then perhaps you’ve swooned over one of the pieces from her home collection? In any case, we are rather fond of KW and consider her a go-to when it comes to inspiration and her home collection.
Known for her signature style of combining sculptural furniture and lighting, with unexpected colour, texture and pattern combinations, Kelly Wearstler is the crème de la crème when it comes to maximalist interior design. But it’s no use trying to explain her aesthetic, one simply has to see it, so let us introduce you to her incredible home in Malibu (photos courtesy of InStyle magazine)…
#2 Rose Uniacke
From across the pond, allow us to introduce you to another female designer who also holds a special place in our hearts. An antique dealer turned interior designer, Rose Uniacke sits on the completely opposite end of the spectrum to Wearstler with interiors that are rustic yet refined and understated but elegant. Similar to Wearstler however, RU also has her own home collection and touts an impressive portfolio of commercial spaces, as well as celebrity homes she has worked on.
If you’re a fan of Victoria Beckham and Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s style, RU might be right up your alley! It’s well worth going down the Google-ing rabbit hole for glimpses into Beckham’s (rarely photographed) RU-designed home and RHW’s home filled with RU pieces. Meanwhile, her work on the Jo Malone Headquarters captures the brand perfectly. We swear that as you flip through photos of luxurious, linen-upholstered furniture artfully positioned on distressed, wooden floors, you can actually smell the delicate notes of Jo Malone’s English Pear & Freesia candles…. But for now, here are some photos (courtesy of Vogue) of the designer’s very own London townhouse.
#3 Athena Calderone
Unlike Wearstler and Uniacke, Athena Calderone is not your traditional interior designer and her claim to fame was anything but linear. In fact, she really started off as a blogger with a really incredible eye for design. Her blog, Eyeswoon, has evolved over the years into a full-on lifestyle brand that spans food, entertaining, fashion and of course, interiors. For years we have followed her as she decorated her homes in Brooklyn and Amagansett and have come to adore her no-rules approach to design. She is a master at mixing old with new and modern with traditional plus, she has a wardrobe that we envy and posts recipes that make our mouths water. Basically, The New York Times put it best when they said that Athena Calderone is “the modern girl’s Martha Stewart.” Here is her beautiful home in Brooklyn, photos courtesy of Architectural Digest…