As an interior designer, Kelly Wearstler finds influence in Modernism and old Hollywood glamour as created by Dorothy Draper and William Haines, and the work of architect Aldo Rossi. Her style has been described as Hollywood Regency and Maximalism. She is credited, alongside Jonathan Adler and Miles Redd, to have brought “the florid and the decorative back to interior design”. Have a look at her projects here!
The interiors of the historic home have evolved over the years as Wearstler uses her own residence as a creative laboratory, experimenting with newly discovered vintage and contemporary designs, curating a global assemblage of unique and important pieces of furniture, furnishings and art collected throughout her travels. The two-story 1934 James Dolena architectural masterpiece retains many original, refined details, from the intricate Georgian, neoclassical and regency moldings, to the handsome marble bathrooms and even the solid, boiserie paneled doors. The house surrounds an internal courtyard that can be seen from almost every room in the home. The interiors remain true to Wearstler’s belief in mixing styles, eras and mediums, bringing together the stars of the past with today’s emerging artists to create environments – indoors and out – that are at once inviting, comfortable and evocative.
A 1901 beaux-arts limestone townhouse just off Central Park boasts a significant architectural heritage, evident from the stately exterior. With this important cue as a guiding thread, Kelly Wearstler infused a full, gut renovation of the interior with grand gestures and fine detailing in rich materials that echo the building’s history. A modern sensibility thoughtfully lives within via an extremely sophisticated mélange of styles ranging from Chinese art deco to European mid-century masters, and contemporary emerging artists that are both inspired and incredibly welcoming.
Reflecting Kelly Wearstler’s celebrated West Coast style, the design and architecture of the landmark retail destination Westfield Century City conveys the unique heritage and lifestyle of Los Angeles and the essence of southern California’s easy elegance and casual luxury. Natural, artisanal materials in neutral hues, outdoor residential settings layered with artisanal tiles, natural woods, varied furniture and lush landscaping create a uniquely immersive experience through elements usually integrated into bespoke hospitality environments. With an emphasis on materiality and detail, Wearstler’s design makes abundant use of white and smoky grey metals, custom-designed solid teak furniture, linear and flowing architecture, as well as lattices that serve to shade and dapple the abundant sunlight. Courtyards pay homage to the Mediterranean’s similar climate, with reflecting pools and Moroccan-inspired tile. The property’s gardens contain a series of intimate spaces and seating areas, shaded by wood-screened trellises, olive trees, and aloe plants.
Santa Monica Proper
Designed by Kelly Wearstler, Santa Monica Proper Hotel is a luxurious yet relaxed beachside destination with a sophisticated sensibility. The climate, history and iconography of its namesake city were the inspiration for the design identity of the property and its inherent storytelling. Punctuated throughout with artful interpretations of iconic coastal elements, the reception features a hand-carved desk with linework reminiscent of a shell and a sand-infused gesso canvas behind it. The reclaimed oak hardwood floor has an intricate octagonal pattern inspired by a bird’s-eye view of a beach umbrella, while a bronze white-wash patina chain link sculpture pierced with a neon light stands 9ft-tall. The sweeping rooftop deck and pool embody the modern indoor/outdoor California lifestyle, infused with a nature-inspired palette heightened by bold patterns and silhouettes. Architectural elements, ambient lighting and potted greenery establish the interiors interplay and an environment designed for lingering.
Sitting high above Soho’s cobbled streets, the spectacular views from this three-story, two-bedroom penthouse residence were where the romance began for the reimagining of the client’s NYC pied-à-terre. A complete renovation of the interior space made way for Kelly Wearstler’s vision of an open and richly eclectic, jewel-box home. Infused with distinctive materiality, bold colors, custom furnishings, rugs and wallcoverings, and unique finds from all over the world, the residence speaks to the beauty of the unexpected. Key pieces include a colorful custom stacked enamel cabinet with brass pulls and cast bronze feet designed as a centerpiece for the living room, a vintage 1970s wood-painted figural sculpture at the second story entry, and a custom console table and custom enamel brass cabinet both created by artist Peter Shire. Thoughtfully placed throughout the residence are hand-selected furnishings by Gio Ponti, Paul Evans and Jacques Jarrige.
Harper Avenue Residence
This California-style Spanish-style bungalow home in the vibrant neighborhood of West Hollywood offered an exceptional blank canvas for its design. Desiring a home that celebrated the clients’ personal love of art, color and sculpture, Kelly Wearstler created within the expansive open layout a self-confident design incredibly unique with an infusion of contemporary and vintage art, furniture and sculpture by established and prominent emerging artists. Inspired by the client’s own paintings, the bright, playful yet sophisticated color palette punctuates the fresh spirit and artful, happy mood throughout the home. Dynamic Memphis art pieces, including vintage Ettore Sottsass and Gary Knox Bennett, and contemporary commissions are thoughtfully incorporated into every room. A leafy gesso cabinet fashioned by Katie Stout, a malleable chandelier sculpture by Misha Kahn, a resin-coated credenza by Matthew Morgan and a Peter Shire custom bar cabinet are among the key pieces adding distinct personality to each living space.
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Inspired by the cultural icon James Dean, this leather upholstered accent chair has a slender boxy look and curvy arms. Its frame construction is classic, made of lacquered wood and polished brass, giving it an unmistakable characteristic of a lounge chair. Here’s the Dean armchair!