The Bold and The Beautiful

kelly-wearstler-top-tenFor the past decade KELLY WEARSTLER has dominated the design scene with her boldly expressive interiors and in the process we’ve learned so much about her personality and her willingness to experiment with everything from her hair to funky 1970s color combinations. Design rules be damned, the KELLY WEARSTLER we love is all about breaking paradigms to create interiors that are 100% pure drama.

Many of KELLY’S design innovations stand the test of time and she remains at the top of my wish list of creative people I would like to interview, but until that happens here are ten of my all-time favorite KELLY WEARSTLER interiors to inspire your creativity when designing your next room.

I am the proud owner of Domicilium Decoratus #2885 (of 3000) and this entry vestibule  in the 1956 Hal Levitt house has always been one of my favorite rooms in the book with its eclectic mix of neoclassical and Moorish furniture and accessories.

KELLY has said that one small item can give rise to a bigger story and I love the horse sculpture’s pride of placement in this refined living room setting.

Did you know that this circular dining room with bright yellow walls, rock crystal chandelier and starburst ceiling was inspired by André Arbus?

The library in a Brentwood Estate features custom red bookshelves trimmed in black and gold. The chairs are Provençal and the antique desk is from Harris Kratz.

This living room is decorated in a pearl gray and yellow combination that was considered rather subdued for KELLY. The geometric carpet was designed by KELLY and she topped it with a Jean de Merry coffee table that I love.

I love the mix of charcoal gray and cream with vintage brass floor lamps in the den of the Hillcrest Estate. And I love KELLY’S decision not to cover the bay window to allow in plenty of light.

The Hillcrest foyer is quintessential KELLY. Bold pattern, vibrant color, texture and interesting details combined fearlessly for immediate impact.

The Hillcrest master bedroom features custom carpet designed by KELLY, an antique glass chandelier, sculptural vintage furnishings, and she orchestrates a color combination of pyrite, alabaster and onyx. I would move in tomorrow. I love this room.

I don’t pretend to be an interior designer, but if given the opportunity to design a boutique hotel, I would not say no. In fact, I would go big making every corner special, just as KELLY does at the Viceroy Anquilla. This lobby insures that guests will gather and have a few cocktails.

At the Viceroy Santa Monica, KELLY nails the idea that creating spaces where guests feel welcome in a hotel is always a good thing. A major draw in this library are the books and comfortable seating areas where guests can spend a leisurely afternoon.

Photos courtesy of KWID

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