Kelly Wearstler's Design Essentials, Plus Her Best Advice

Her must-haves.

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Mark Edwards Harris
Her distinctive, maximalist approach extends beyond riveting rooms. Hotels, furniture, accessories — she has created her own universe, complete with a flagship Hollywood store. See her design must-haves and best tips.
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Mark Edwards Harris
Kelly Wearstler

"Toss aside convention, eschew the derivative, and never be afraid of bold colors. Often the calmest, most favored room in a home is a direct result of bold choices."

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Loft Bedroom

Wearstler layered textures, shapes, and materials to create a sumptuous bedroom in a New York City loft. "The homeowners wanted a space that felt sexy, but where they could also just hang out," the designer says. The furniture is a mix of vintage and custom — French 1970s light fixtures, a one-of-a-kind leather-upholstered bed. The stained-walnut walls are finished with wax.

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Souffle Chair

"My souffle chair is super-comfy, and the scale is great. It's an occasional chair that works well in any environment."

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Natural Cleaning Products

"Murchison-Hume cleaning products are all-natural, so I feel totally at ease letting my kids run around barefoot."

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Channels Wallpaper

"In my studio we're constantly drawing and painting, and the design for my Channels wallpaper emerged as the perfect mix of raw and refined. It's a modern take on the classic trellis motif.

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Vintage James Bond

"Vintage James Bond movies are such an inspiration. Each one looks different and embodies a true lifestyle — the chic places he went, the hotels, the technology, the iconic designs. I've always loved them."

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Cire Trudon Candle

"Cire Trudon candles are slow-burning, and there's a scent for everyone. Plus, the vessels are beautiful — they make a statement."

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Samsung's Galaxy Camera

"I take hundreds of photos each week; they're the first steps in my process. Samsung's Galaxy is the best camera I've ever had. The resolution is epic."

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Hostess Gift

"My ideal hostess gift? The bronze-and-gemstone bottle opener I designed, because it's equal parts decorative and functional."

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Pet Grooming Trick

"Our rescue dog, Rigby, sheds like crazy. Dyson's pet-grooming attachment, which you use directly on your dog, is a godsend.

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