Homepolish's Tastemakers and Creatives
From fashion designers to chefs, art aficionados to actors, Homepolish's talented team designed the homes and offices of amazing influencers in 2016. We touched base with them post-redesign and asked them for some of their top creative interiors tips for the coming year.
For the fashion designer and former star of The Hills, our West Coast creative director Orlando Soria gave a beachy redesign for her entertainment room. The wall gallery coming down the stairs is so stunning, we’d honestly have a hard time focusing on the television.
“Your home should be reflective of where you live. Just like my fashion line, Whitney Eve, this room with its aqua colors and ocean-themed artwork draws from the clear California aesthetic.”
Jaime Ray Newman
From one actress to another, we go to the home of Jaime Ray Newman, of ABC’s Eastwick, Bates Motel, and the upcoming Netflix’s The Punisher. A return client, Jaime asked Homepolish’s Haley Weidenbaum to take a small room and turn it into a functional home office. With graphic pop on the wallpaper and beautiful vintage Kilim rug, she is sure to stay inspired.
“No matter whether you’re decorating an entire home or a small office space, your space should be a mirror of you. This office is completely me, and we did it without breaking the bank. I am a sucker for color but am also constantly swapping things out with something else evocative, so the neutral base allows me to play around with my environment.”
From home office to commercial office, we fly across to New York. Walking through fashion districts, the styles of Rebecca Taylor always offer a moment of levity, with florals and bright pops of color. Her Garment District office received a new look with the help of Homepolish’s Tali Roth to be as inspiring as her dresses. Strut out the floral wallpaper, inspiration boards, and toile!
“You’re in your office even more than you are in your home. When you’re an aesthetic person, it’s important to be inspired by your workplace. I wanted to create a space that was reflective of my personality, that meant pulling in mixed textures, interesting patterns, and beautiful florals. I find you tend to be more productive when your environment is organized and beautiful.”
This year, Homepolish was inevitably in vogue, as we completed yet another fashion office for the shoe brand Soludos. Homepolish head of commercial design Shelly Lynch-Sparks incorporated worldly accents and an exclusive new Chasing Paper wallpaper to create a space that feels like a breath of fresh air.
“Never underestimate the power of a space to transport you. So much of Soludos is inspired by our travels, and there is a story behind almost every piece in the space. We wanted to capture that feeling of escapism that inspires us. The hope is when you walk in the space, you’re taken away from the hustle and bustle of Broadway.”
And while we’re talking about transporting spaces, can we mention the incredible photography work of Gray Malin. Another return client, he commissioned creative director Orlando Soria to revamp his LA kitchen. Despite the West Coast location, they went for a traditional Hamptons style… with plenty of those photos throughout.
“For a lot of people, art selection comes at the end of a interior design project. I, however, prefer to begin with the art and then style around it. Art is meant to last a lifetime, so for me, it’s all about finding the perfect space to highlight the piece and creating a welcoming room around it. From a tactical point of view, it’s also a great way to start as you usually can take color direction from the art when trying to pick out furniture, paint color, and even small accessories for the space.”
And from one art lover to another, we go right to the founder of Uprise Art. A longtime fan of ours, Tze finally hired Homepolish’s Casey DeBois to come and collaborate on her industrial Brooklyn loft. With the brick walls of the former railroad factory and layers upon layers of art, it feels less like a home and almost akin to an art gallery. She should charge admission. (Fun fact: her curated picks are available on H Marketplace!)
“The secret to building a beautiful art collection is to collect artpieces you love, instead of looking or pieces to fill a space or fit a style. This makes the design of a room unique and unexpected. When it comes to collecting art, there are no rules.”
Speaking of power ladies, the founder of heymama (a website for entrepreneurial moms) brought on Homepolish’s Allison Petty to create a welcoming family home in Brooklyn. The new-build, 4-story townhouse is nearly unrecognizable from the befores ,and it’s the perfect space to raise her growing family.
“I wanted every room in our house to feel comfortable for the whole family to hang out in, including the kids’ playroom. While we used playful and creative design details, the space is bright, open, and has places like the daybed overflowing with pillows that an adult can curl up on. Especially when designing areas for your littles, make sure to pick out pieces that are ageless, not necessarily ‘baby.'”
Kelsey Egan Nixon
And lastly, when it comes to a personality from the Cooking Channel, it’s essential to have a beautiful kitchen. But, of course, designer Marissa Bero made sure the rest of her New York home was stunning as well. An obvious family vibe dominates the kitchen and dining room, and it’s all awash in color and personality, just like her family.
“We designed the apartment with entertaining in the front of our minds. Our secret to making a small space ready for entertaining in a NYC apartment is to get creative and think of new ways to use our space. We always remove the books and plants on the window ledge for a makeshift beverage station or to line up desserts. We also couldn’t live without our extendable dining table with a self storing leaf.”