It's hard to believe it - but we've finally reached the end of the list. Elle Decor's top 25 included a vast range of design aesthetics. From the traditional to the cutting edge, there were a lot of different points of view. And I have to say, we were surprised by some of the styles that appealed to us most.
While I can't say that I love every single designer in this list (and a few leave me nonplussed if not cold), I think there is a lot to be said for actively seeking common ground, or at least keeping an open mind and appreciating the small details if not the big picture. It generates new ideas, encourages creativity and may even be the catalyst for a little risk taking. All important things to keep in mind when it comes to designing living spaces. And an evolving design aesthetic helps to keep life interesting.
I may make a general practice of this - being inspired by the unexpected. Seems like a good approach to life whether design is involved or not!
Here is what we think of the LAST three designers...
(If you're new to this, you can catch up with: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI and Part VII.)
ED (Elle Decor) describes Wearstler's work as "fanciful wild-child interiors, which, in addition to private homes, include such influential hotels as the Viceroy Santa Monica and the Tides South Beach and the BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan. Brash, graphic, theatrical, and skillfully layered, her rooms blend echoes of everything from 1970s funk to '40s Hollywood into head-spinning, high energy chic."
Obviously, the images I selected are some of the less, um...head spinning designs. She really does cover a lot of ground. The rooms I liked best were definitely on the more conservative side of the spectrum, but all of her spaces hold their own when it comes to a sense of personality. They also look like real people live there, and livability is high on our list of priorities. The last few images show some commercial work that we particularly love. The BR Restaurant is gorgeous and that Schumacher wallpaper has a universal appeal for which were are no exception.
ED describes Williams as"the undisputed doyenne of aristo-American decorating as well as a garden-design aficionado. For her, it's all about classic comfort, an informed eye, and a bit of fun. In her rooms, fine European antiques meet mirrored walls and gutsy artwork. She uses intense colors and delicate patterns with equal panache."
This opulent decor suits the gracious rooms obviously found in homes of the rich and fabulous. But instead of looking cold or intimidating, they are surprisingly warm and inviting. We love the coral prints covering the bathroom wall like panels (an intriguing alternative to wallpapering small spaces). And I can personally say that last picture of the kitchen makes me want to take up cooking.
ED (Elle Decor) describes Wolf as "a designer who is also an admired photographer and style blogger...[He] brings a focused approach to his interiors, conjuring airy, modern-minded spaces ready for their close-up. Many of the finest have global-glam attitude, featuring blue-chip 20th-century furniture icons, a sprinkling of baroque antiques, Asian elements, and ethnographic treasures."
Wolf's website didn't feature a portfolio of design projects, but all of the images I found on other blogs were very much in line with the Elle Decor description. The muted colors of the textiles and paint are very soothing and direct attention to the exceptional furniture and art. These spaces are styled to perfection but still look comfortable and livable (there are those words again!) He brings an artist's eye to decorating and somehow makes it look effortless.
*images from: Designista, Velvet & Linen, Plush Palate, Patricia Gray, Desire to Inspire
So what do you think of Elle Decor's selected designers? Did you think anyone was missing? Next week I'll cover their "5 Designers to Watch" - so omitted favorites may be in that list...
*Unless otherwise specified, all images procured directly from the designers' websites.