For House Beautiful’s 125th anniversary this year, we are dig into some of our favorite rooms from our archive– including so far decorator Sister Parish’s apartment in New York and West Hollywood’s home and studio of designer extraordinaire Tony Duquette, christened “a magician’s house.” Here again we see a piece about Kelly Wearstler’s Los Angeles bungalow from 2001, which was first published in our June issue the same year.
Home offices has proven to be a staple over the past year and a half, but some lucky ones had a head start on tendency, including designer Kelly Wearstler. As seen in Beautiful houseIn the June 2001 issue, the designer transformed a Los Angeles bungalow into the headquarters of her then-fairly-new design firm Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, which she had founded just 6 years before.
Housed in a Spanish style home built in 1936 Kelly Wearstler the headquarters was a love affair. “I looked at a couple of suites in the anonymous towers, but they all seemed so common,” the designer said. Beautiful house in 2001. “I spend so much time here that I wanted it to be a home away from home.”
See it all home office for yourself below – and maybe find some interior design inspiration for your own home office ?! (Can we suggest adding some colors, à la the many outbursts of yellow Wearstler incorporated?)
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An amazing palette and free-running pattern makes Kelly Wearstler’s design office so appealing that no one wants to leave at the end of the day
Millions of us have offices in a room or corner of our home where we strive for a business atmosphere. Kelly Wearstler has pulled a complete switch on this practice. In Los Angeles, behind the gray walls of a 1936 Spanish-style bungalow with a persimmon door, she works in an office designed to feel at home. “I looked at a couple of suites in the anonymous towers, but they all seemed so common,” says the young, South Carolina-born designer, who instead decided to turn a house into the headquarters of her growing staff. “I spend so much time here that I wanted it to be a home away from home.”
Some designers have to sell themselves through their portfolios, but Wearstler simply lets customers register the zebra rug and the Chinese fretwork screens and acrylic conference table placed on red lacquered legs to show off its adventurous style. It’s not only a global tour of cultures – an ersatz Louis XIV chair next to a sleek Italian chrome lamp – but also an excursion to unexpected corners of the color chart, such as lime green, coral and graphite.
If the combinations are unusual, so is her background. Wearstler, the daughter of an interior designer, was trained as a graphic designer and interior designer and then worked on film setups. With an eye grown from the cradle, she is fearless in using bold strokes of color and pattern to build theatrical spaces with a bold mix of furniture styles – all arranged against the backdrop of wallpaper that sometimes runs straight across the ceiling. “Wallpaper is a lot more interesting than paint,” she explains. “It instantly adds texture and another layer to a room.” With her graphic sensibility, she also knows that flat surfaces can say a lot, and her entry into scenography taught her how to achieve a big impact on a small budget. The light blue tiles that march up the walls of one bathroom are actually coping tiles intended for the edge of a pool and cost only $ 2.50 per.
Wearstler never repeats herself and likes to throw something unexpected into every room (she is especially good at eye-catching light fixtures). “It makes the decoration challenging and a lot of fun.”
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