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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My Top 20 Interior Design Idols: Part Four

{One of my favorite bedrooms in recent memory (nevermind that it was for a 3 year-old girl) by Melissa Warner of Massucco Warner Miller as featured in Traditional Home Magazine.}

Today, we’ll be rounding out my Top 20 Interior Design Idols list. While narrowing down my list to just twenty was quite a feat, I actually enjoyed thinking about and defining what I love most about the work of each designer I have featured on the list. The first installment included a broad cross-section of styles, which could essentially be considered my shortlist (Berkus, Bonan, Kasler, Violán, Hranowsky). The second installment featured a group of gentlemen whose work is as chic and tailored as they are ( Filicia, Romano, O’Brien, Jimenez, Gambrel). Yesterday’s group, affectionately referred to as “The Bold and the Beautiful” was composed of designers whose vision, design work, and personal style are unapologetically bold and inspiring (Redd, Wearstler, Rufty, McDonald, Nesbit). The final installment features a fiercely talented group of women who create spaces that are not only beautiful, but also inspiring, sophisticated, and unique.

Massucco Warner Miller: Arguably one of my favorite design firms right now, the trio of Julie Massucco, Melissa Warner, and Carrie Miller has taken the design world by storm since the debut of their partnership in 2008. These ladies do it all and do so beautifully. From updated traditional looks to bold, slightly more modern looks, their designs are pure perfection. Personally, I am a HUGE fans of the bedrooms they design. I love the use of patterns, vintage-inspired pieces, and gorgeous headboards.


Palmer Weiss: Palmer is yet another talented, San Francisco-based designer. Her work is a favorite of many for its crisp details and tailored elegance. Palmer’s rooms, no matter how formal, are always infused with a fresh perspective that makes them feel completely inviting and fun. Her work runs the gamut from classic, traditional looks to mid-century modern looks.

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Sally Wheat: I have loved Sally’s work since Joni of Cote de Texas first introduced it to the blog world a couple of years ago. Since then, Sally has become a good friend whom I admire and look up to so much. Like me, she was once a teacher who seems happier working in a creative field. Sally is undeniably talented and possesses a style that is so unique, especially for Houston. She can take a traditional French or Swedish look and make it feel completely modern by infusing it with her eclectic and slightly subversive touch. Each room she designs is filled with distinctive, personal touches.

Anne Coyle: I admire Anne’s ability to make any space feel completely glamorous. The home she and Nate Berkus co-designed for producer Elle Rakieten set the blogosphere ablaze after it was published in ELLE DECOR and quickly became a favorite of countless design-lovers. There is a unique, timeless quality to Anne’s rooms. The perfectly grouped artwork, use of accessories, and choice of colors and fabrics make one think the homeowners must be well-traveled, interesting people who are as chic as the rooms in their homes.

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Kishani Perera: Kishani’s undeniably eclectic style has made her one of my favorite designers since I first laid eyes on Molly Sims SoHo apartment a few years ago. To this day, it is one of my favorite homes. Maybe it’s because I love grey or perhaps its the bohemian, Parisian influence. Either way, that space, like so many spaces designed by Kishani is memorable and easily distinguishable as her own. And isn’t that one of the ultimate goals as a designer? To have your style be identifiable and unique? Kishani definitely excels at both.


Thank you all so much for following along as I have recounted my list of Top 20 Design Idols. It has certainly been an eye-opening experience to try to narrow down the list and group some of these designers together. There are so many talented designers out there producing gorgeous, inspiring work on a daily basis, that I am certain this list will continue to grow and change over time. I almost gave up half-way through the series because I didn’t want to leave anyone out, but couldn’t go beyond twenty. The list is ever-changing, but for now, this is it.

You guys have left such nice comments about so many of the designers on the list. It seems Davd Jimenez is quite popular out there, and rightfully so! I am still dying to know…who are your favorite designers? I wouldn’t dare ask you for a list of twenty, but do you have a Top 3 list? Who would you hire to design your home if money were no object? Come, on…spill!


Scuba Wife Life said...

I don't have any designers that I know by name (I just love reading about them on your blog!), but I really love the two rooms you posted by Massucco Warner Miller. Gorgeous! I love reading your blog and getting so many wonderful ideas! Thank you!


Great list little lady! I've worked with many of the designers you've mentioned and they not only deserve the shout out for their designs but for being all around great people.

PS. I'm also a huge fan of Kristen Hutchins, Darci Hether, and John Willey.

Unknown said...

Natalie, that is so sweet of you! I am so glad that you have enjoyed the blog. Thank you for your support! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Miles Redd AND Thom Filicia, maybe those two could get together and figure out how to merge my love for both of their styles!

Anonymous said...

Sheil Bridges, definitely..haven't heard much from her but she remains one of my faves, oh and Darryl Carter, and Ty Larkins, who only just got published in House Beautiful. Can't forget Ericka(sp?) at Urban Grace, I love, love her aestetic (sp? once again too, lazy to spellcheck!)

Anonymous said...

Sheil Bridges, definitely..haven't heard much from her but she remains one of my faves, oh and Darryl Carter, and Ty Larkins, who only just got published in House Beautiful. Can't forget Ericka(sp?) at Urban Grace, I love, love her aestetic (sp? once again too, lazy to spellcheck!)

Anonymous said...

Roman and Williams...I love their look and Carrier and Company too.

Averill said... 5 (can't just do 3!): Massucco Warner Miller, Amanda Nisbet, Sally Steponkus, Mary McDonald, Phoebe Howard and Palmer Weiss. Of course I'd be beyond thrilled to have any of those talented ladies work on my own home.

Your top 20 is spot-on Paloma -- love them all!

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Nooo I don't want this series to be over...
1. Miles Redd: I often think to myself WWMRD when decorating
2. Anne Coyle
3. Mary McDonald
I know you already named those three, but tried as I did to be original those are my true blues!

Lovely Little Nest said...

The Anne Coyle room is definitely my favorite. It's so unique and glamorous! And I love the variety of colors and patterns she uses.

I really can't pick my top 3 because I am up to a "top 20" now!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Nancy@marcusdesign said...

Thanks for sharing your top 20 Paloma! These posts were very informative and fun at the same time!! I love the work of the designers you chose, and I didn't know all 20 so it was great become familiar with some of them. Your blog is gorgeous, I love following along!

Sanity Fair said...

That first Melissa Warner room is absolutely wonderful, and It is 100% ok for adults - that 3 year old is just going to get the white cushions dirty! :)

Unknown said...

I just wanted to say how much i LOVE this series.

helenjlouisy said...

Vicente Wolf.

Katie Ridder.

Heather Garrett.

Enjoyed the list. Helen.

The Buzz Blog said...

Love your list and thanks for introducing me to some names I haven't heard about. I'd have to share Palmer Weiss with you (love how she can design for the modern family and still keep the decor elegant), Michael Smith (for his ability in incorporate family heirlooms in his decor) and Sara Gilbane (for her fabulous sense of color and texture).

Anonymous said...

Too pretty! I keep going back to that first is beautiful! Hope your having a great week! xoxo

Pamela said...

Love the blog! It is so helpful for us that live in remote locations (southern New Mexico) to have some form of style (just by copying!).

1. Darryl Carter
2. Pamela Pierce
3. John Saladino

Anonymous said...

Atlanta Bartlett, Sibella Court and Katie Stassi. My to-die for list!

John Taylor said...

I thought the first bedroom by Melissa Warner was fabulous... until I saw the 2nd image by Massucco Warner Miller; never thought a crossed off wall could look so neat and modern. It does make the eye wander to see the room's finer detail that would normally get lose with a plain wall.
John Taylor,
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KB said...

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