favourite five : interior designer kelly wearstler




I ask a lot of clients what their favorite colors are and they say, ‘I don’t know what I want to live in.’ I say, ‘Go in your closet and look at the majority of what color is in there; that’s the color you’re going to like living in.

~ Kelly Wearstler



Whether she is dressing interiors or dressing models, interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler is taking the world of high-style by storm — a very chic storm.


Since she started her own interior design firm in 1995, Kelly has taken lessons from celebrated decorators such as Dorothy Draper and William Haines, applying the modern sensible style of a strict color palette and clean, graphic lines to the chic, plush and swanky glamour of old Hollywood . . .

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from the fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection
{p.s.} as always, so much more after the jump x

Kelly’s home office: “The contrast of the Pedro Friedeberg hand chair with the pink Bengal bazaar fabric of the desk chair is whimsical and vibrant.”



charm bracelet from the new jewelry collection

from the debut collection, fall 2011

the Wearstler-designed Trina Turk boutique in Los Angeles

Designing the sophisticated interiors for places such as the Avalon, the Viceroy hotels and resorts, Maison 140, and BG at Bergdorf Goodman has gained Kelly much admiration and praise in the worlds of décor — The New Yorker has referred to her as “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design.”


Along with designer Johnathan Adler and Miles Redd, Kelly has been credited with bringing “the florid and the decorative back to interior design,”(New York Times) mixing modern and historical designs, such as a Roman head, against a wall of popping colours and designs, with a Rococo mirror, accented by a shag rug.



Her expertise in the design of interiors landed her a role as a judge in Bravo’s Top Design in 2008. In the same year, she also had collaborations with Bergdorf Goodman, The Rug Company, Pickard China, and F. Schumacher & Co.


At the gem show I came across some of Mother Nature’s finest work. I am crazy for the vibrant colors and incredible textures of these beauties. Working with gem stones makes me happy. They add an interesting and thoughtful element to everything I design from cuffs to keepsake boxes.

from the fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection




It comes as no surprise that Kelly’s mod-glam sensibility for interiors has generously flowed into the clothing she designs. Her clothing line is perfectly feminine, with an edgy touch. Mixing bold colours and patterns, as she does in her interiors, Kelly’s Ready-To-Wear collection includes graphic cropped jackets, hand-painted blouses and pouf skirts, all accessorized with her wide array of sculptural jewels and metal clutches that have a handmade, industrial-chic feeling.

The bedroom of Kelly Wearstler’s beach house, with hand-painted wallpaper and Mansour Modern carpet, a vintage bed, and Wearstler custom designed bedside tables . . .

rose pyramid necklace, cuff & twisted brass ring

chain necklace with pyrite sphere & pyrite sphere cuff

After having the opportunity to meet Kelly at a Tuesday evening champagne soirée at Bergdorf’s in NYC a few weeks ago, we had the chance to ask her:


{as an interior designer, what are the top five most fascinating things you have learned about the fashion design process when creating your new line?}

1. How so many disciples can be translated into a different medium — for example, a carpet design translated to a sweater or a decorative handle to a button.

2. The number of hands that touch one garment, from start to finish.

3. The evolution of a garment — where I start and where I end up in the design process.

4. The pace at which we design and have to work to complete a collection.

5. How much I am able to incorporate all the things in my life I love into the collection — for example, my boys’ artwork as inspiration for a print.


{images: 1, 3, 5 – vogue living australia via flickr; 2, 4, 8, 21 – fall 2011 rtw via; 3, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23 – my vibe life; 6, 10, 12, 13 – fashionologie; 9 – elle decor; 13 – eva designs; 11, 26 – photography by françois halard via elle decor, november 2009; 22 – domino magazine, october 2008; 19, 24 – belle vivir; 25 – spring 2012 ready-to-wear via; 28 – savvy palate}

Laily Mesbah
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in NYC and began contributing to This is Glamorous in 2011 - interviewing designers for a popular series called Favourite Five. Her background ranges from studying documentary photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to founding Project Flora, a company that works with florists, event planners, and socially-conscious brides and grooms to resell flowers after events, donating a part of the proceeds to charity. She currently runs a digital media and marketing company servicing an array of clients, including Flower Girl NYC and Lushlife Nailworks. Her new column, La Fête, explores trends in the world of event design and planning.

17 Notes
  • What a great post! I love the quotes and the tidbits on her . I so admire all that she has accomplished. And her style is crazy perfection. She is truly unique.

  • thank you for all the lovely comments! ♥

  • Always loving the favorite five series, bit this one so far is my favorite, what a talented lady! the creativity is overwhelming. And It makes it even more interesting to share a picture of the three of you. Very classy!!

  • karlita — so lovely of you to say! & just so you know, your comments always make my day x

  • Great in-depth post. Kelly is a genius, no doubt!

  • I love everything Kelly designs, she is brilliant!

  • Just incredible – I’ll take the floor length graphic dress. AFTER I snatch the tree tablescape! Wearstler is incredible.

  • Wow, what a fab post. Great images and inspiration. I love the photo with the tree in the living room and the puppy!
    xxx DJ

  • I reall enjoyed this post! I love the quote about the colours you have in your closet, it’s so true! but it’s also a great tip for the future, hadn’t thought of it that way! Have a lovely week, Sara x

  • I’m freaking out over the little wedge booties one of the models is wearing in these pics. They’re almost architectural. Divine!

  • Bravo—what an exquisite piece this is—start to finish, beautifully composed!

    I find Kelly Wearstler to be so inspiring, and in my opinion, one of the most (if not the most) avant-garde, intriguing and original designers of our time. If I could ever have a second home decorated, I would love the opportunity to hire her. Her style is quite different from my own, but I enjoy it very much. How wonderful it must have been to meet with her!

    xx, Sarah

  • what a lovely photo of you three! awesome favorite five! her fashion site, her collection, her designs, her style.. I love it all! great article!

  • I want a tree in my living room!!! It would be perfect since fall is my favorite time of year.
    – Carrie

  • Absolutely beautiful images!

  • I love the fall colors with the touch of orange. Very lovely! I absolutely love that sofa and coffee table with the dog! Super cool. And I love that dog too!! Also, that use of stones is awesome!! I want to decorate with more stones!!

  • Beautiful images.

    Have an exquisite day.

  • So pretty. Love the black and white and the black coat!

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