Tuesday, July 27, 2010

{kelly wearstler’s dream project}

It’s no secret that I am quite smitten with Kelly Wearstler’s sense of style. She is one of the leading trend-setters in interior design today. To me, she is a modern-day Dorothy Draper in the sense that she has truly mastered the art of bold and unexpected style. Ms. Wearstler has designed spaces for private residences and top-notch hotels around the world, such as the Viceroy Miami pictured below.


But what is her one dream project? Why, the White House of course! Vanity Fair asked the interior designer what she’d do with the official office of the president if given the chance.


“For me, redesigning the White House would be a job of a lifetime. As it stands, the Oval Office is a bit of a dud. The U.S. is the world’s most progressive country, and the White House design should follow this lead. The Obama administration is going to be sophisticated and confident and needs an Oval Office that reflects this. I suggest throwing off the symmetry with De Sede’s 1960s Non-Stop sofa, along with a set of violet Jacobsen Egg chairs, the Brass Kaleidoscope I designed for Bergdorf Goodman, and my Tracery Rug for the Rug Company. I would also include a heavy and modern desk with a chartreuse empire chair and a modern screen.” - Kelly Wearstler, Vanity Fair.

Sounds intriguing doesn't it? Here's a rendering done by Kelly showing her vision for the space.

Let’s dissect her description of how she would spruce up the historic residence:

So … any chance the Obama’s are reading this post? ; )

27 comments:

Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

Kelly Wearstler is also one of my design idols. Such great vision and style. I think the Oval Office is WELL overdue for an overhaul!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Shut up! This is such a fun post. Imagine if she did get to design The White House, that would be too cool. I think Michelle Obama would like her colourful designs!

Elements said...

Loove that 1st image of the hotel....wow a girl to watch indeed. She could start with our parliament house for a practice run maybe before the White house.

Brandi said...

What a dream it would be! She is definitely one of my favroite designers. I love the colors she uses.

The Zhush said...

Love the comparison to Dorothy Draper! Kelly would have rocked the White House...can you imagine? I love her too!

Renee@Modus Operandi Designs said...

LOVE her!

Flooring Queen said...

Love the topic of this post! I have heard so much about this designer and I really like how she thinks outside of the box, with everything from the furniture to the area rug, I think the White house would be transformed! Thanks for sharing :)

Lisa said...

What an interesting post! So cool to see how Kelly would design the Oval Office.

David Toms said...

That first picture is amazing! And yes the Oval Office could do with a bit of a sprtiz! Great blog

BubBLeS said...

Amazing design! And I really love that Tracery rug.. :P

DesignTies said...

If the Obamas are reading this post, you're going to be uber-famous!! :-)

Did Kelly do the rendering of her vision for the Oval Office?

Love the modern screen and the Tracery rug. All of these pieces would really kick up the Oval Office a notch or two. Or twelve. Or 85!! ;-)

Kelly

DesignTies said...

Oh, and of course you can come over and try my cupcakes!! Otherwise, I'll end up eating them all myself!! ;-)

Kelly

theLENNOXX said...

Great post Nancy, I loved reading this!! Kelly's style is so glamorous and grand, it would be so cool if she ever redesigned the oval office!! haha =D

Marcus Design said...

Kelly - Yes, that is Kelly Wearstler's own rendering of how she envisions this space, kinda cool hey??

Nancy

theLENNOXX said...

I forgot to mention; you look sooo cute in your painting getup on Victoria's veranda ;)

Marcus Design said...

Awww, thanks Linda/theLENNOXX, your sweet! The blogworld has officially seen me in my painting clothes, ahhh!! Ha ha :)

Nancy

{g} said...

fun! always loved the brass kaleidoscope and modern screen

The Glam Lamb said...

Amazzzing post!!! So glad you put this up. I just got a signed copy of HUE for my bday.... unreal!

The girl in the brick house said...

Nice blog - am your new follower! And I love the turquoise in the first images. Jane:)

Zabrinah said...

Hehe! Great post. You know what, you never know! The Obama's might read your post!

Best wishes from one blogger to another,

~Zabrinah

shari @ little blue deer said...

Honestly, I think Michelle would go for it! It's those stuffy advisers that would probably be the problem! Nancy, I LOVE your blog, I'm thrilled to find you, will be following and visiting OFTEN! XO!

Jeanette said...

I agree the Oval Office definitely needs a new modern twist....
would love to know where you purchased your living room tufted chairs....I'm looking for a pair of those chairs for a bar/lounge area....but looking for a good deal , on the hunt!
Thanks for sharing a fun post....

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I bet Michelle Obama would love it! She seems to have great style. Fun to see what Kelly W. came up with for the space! :-)

La Boheme said...

I am so glad you came by my blog yesterday - I love yours and will be adding you on my reading roll! As far as the White House - if Kelly got to do it, I would love to assist her there even if it is just to light a candle for finishing touch! so cool. xoxo

Maria Killam said...

That would be cool if she redecorated it! Great post!

Jen of Made By Girl said...

I love how she drew it all up...so cool.
I can imagine this might be too risque for the white house....unfortunately.

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