Monday, October 26, 2009

The Inspired Home

Not at all shy to admit that I find myself  cozied up to a little Jeff Lewis every Tuesday night for Bravo’s Flipping Out.  The sheer nuttiness of what has become of “the designer” intrigues me...amuses me...whether it is Jeff himself or more name brands like Martha Stewart, Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler.  

Faced with these big personalities, their bold point of views, their definitive style, makes it all the more daunting for the homeowner hoping to create a well designed home.  

Or does it?  

What every designer has is inspiration...whether it be horse-country sophistication, 1950s Palm Springs modernity or Hollywood Glam...or, for Jeff, what seems to be California (over)simplicity...clean lines, dark wood and a potted orchid. How everyone can find inspiration and apply it easily to create a well-designed home of their own making?

First, find something that you consider “eye candy.”  A vacation spot...a restaurant...a painting...or, in my case, an outfit from J.Crew.  Yes, a great look from the J.Crew catalog can be turned into a room.  Here’s how:


So, whether you are a caterer or a potter or a Hollywood darling, we all have a designer

within us.  Get inspired by your everyday world and then simply surround yourself

with it.  Share an inspiration photo with us and maybe we will use it in an upcoming

issue of The Inspired Home.

Kelly DelRosso is co-owner of semplice, a home furnishings shop in Montclair, NJ and founder of ShopLocalMontclair.


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