Kelly Wearstler doesn't make apologies with interiors. Instead she makes bold and confident statements; and heeds you to take notice. Each space is thoroughly resolved and unique. And while she has been heralded as the reigning queen of Hollywood Regency, Kelly seems to have surpassed that trend with a stronger look, which has become her signature style. Furthermore, in amongst the empire that she's created - homewares, books (HUE is her latest), TV programs, countless magazine features - she is a mother to two young boys. Indefatigable, irrepressible and a living icon of interior design.
Which five words best describe you? I chose 6! Creative, family-oriented, risk-taker, ambitious, free-thinker, organised.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? I worked as a waitress for years. That job taught me how to multi-task and deal with people.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Opening my design firm over a decade ago. It was always a dream of mine, and I was fortunate enough to make it a reality.
What’s been your best decision? Having a family.
Who inspires you? William de Kooning, Sonia Rykiel, Ettore Sottsass... Each brings something unique to the table in their respective fields, which I respect and admire.
What are you passionate about? Fashion, travel, design, my family...
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt? Always learn from your mistakes.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I would love to have an opportunity to meet my children’s children and my great, great grandparents. It would be so intriguing to see my family’s past and future.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? Opening my own lifestyle boutique.
What are you reading? My new book, HUE.
images courtesy of kelly wearstler; portrait mark edward harris