America's Top Designer: Kelly Wearstler

 The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica 

Interior designers can be a hit or a miss. But the really good ones can help turn your home into a slice of heaven. Of course, there might not be a bigger trend-setter than this interior design visionary. Meet Kelly Wearstler.

Kelly is the founder and principal of the award-winning Los Angeles-based firm Kelly Wearstler Interior Design. Some call her style "Cinematic Chic". Others call it "Mod-Baroque". Many people say she's recreated "Hollywood Glamour." Most of us admirers just say "Wow!" Her mixing of vintage and contemporary styles gives off a refreshing and invigorating look that is distinctly her own. She brings a unique, cinematic drama to each of her projects with a masterful command of bold textures and colors. Do yourself a favor and go visit the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. It redefined what an uber chic, boutique hotel is all about. As soon as you step inside, you'll understand the meaning of great interior design.

Wearstler's signature "Kelly Green" gesture.

A cool library themed lounge at the Viceroy.

Mid-century modern chairs with generous tufting.

Brentwood Estate

Brentwood Estate: Just look at that wallpaper.

Hillcrest Estate: Just look at her use of colors.

Hillcrest Estate: Got to love the daybed with a pop of chartreuse bedding.

Hillcrest Estate: Look at the ceiling detail.

Guest Room at the Viceroy in Santa Monica.

The lobby bathroom at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.

Kelly Wearstler Collection at Berdorf Goodman

The outdoor area at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica.

Maison 140

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her work heavily embraces symmetry, which is something lacking in recent design trends. Her bold color mixtures are both wild and deliberate.

April 2, 2008 at 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Nathan Blair said...

The last picture is my favorite. I can't tell if the back walls are mirrors or transparent, but it's great whatever it is.

April 8, 2008 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger HF Guy said...


The back walls are mirrors.

April 12, 2008 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I became interested in Wearstler's work after having stumbled on a couple of web sites while on my last tour in Iraq. It was the farthest reality from my own and very refreshing.

Wearstler's designs are in one word fantastic and elegant. I also have a passion for Shawn Henderson, who is more subdued. I think this is the differences in the two coasts.

December 5, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

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