wo(man) crush wednesday

Wo(man) Crush Wednesday

Most interior designers will tell you - they just knew they wanted to be interior designers when they grew up and I am no exception. I distinctly remember telling my mom at the age of 7 that when I grew up "I wanted to be an interior designer!" . My mother, a doctor, who followed in the path of 7 generations of doctors, and my dad, a doctor as well, from 9 generations of doctors, could not understand how I could be anything but a doctor (hence my short stint as a "lawyer"). So they scoffed at the idea of me becoming an interior designer. In college I did not study anything related to interior design and it was not until I graduated from college that I realized I still really wanted to be an interior designer. I figured now was a time as good as ever to pursue my real passion and it was then that I started obsessing over interior designers, absorbing everything I could from their websites and design books, and developing major #womancrushes on the designers I admired most.  My crushes are constantly changing but Kelly Wearstler was my first true design crush. Her style is so bold, so unique, so innovative - it never ceases to puzzle me HOW she comes up with what she does. My style is definitely less bold than Kelly's but I always appreciate and admire each of her projects. 

Evergreen Residence

Seal Beach Residences

BG at Bergdorf Goodman

WO(man) Crush Wednesday

I once asked Katie Leede, my first interior boss lady, how she became so good at what she does - how she knew all the details she did, and how she constantly was able to pull ideas out of thin air, each one better than the next. Katie, who technically did not have any formal training in interior design (goes to show born with talent supersedes what you can learn) replied simply- I study all the best. She picked up a design book, opened it up to a random page and walked me through what her eyes saw. She pointed out the turkish corner the designer used on the sofa pillows, the bullion fringe that enveloped the sofa, a coffee table that clearly had been hand carved, and went on and on and on, pointing out such intricate details that my inexperienced eye never would have really noticed. 

I learned a lot working for Katie, but this lesson to learn from others by carefully studying their work really resonated. My home is overflowing with design books and I never miss a chance to open up a book and dissect what I see in front of me. Every intern/ assistant designer I have trained, I have taught to do the same. I stress to them the importance of learning from other designers. Seeing what you like and DON'T like and really paying attention to the minutia. 

It is this lesson I learned from Katie that inspired me to dedicate an entire day (Wednesday's) to my Women and Men interior designer crush's. And, it is only appropriate that the first goes to Katie Leede of Katie Leede Studio (formerly Digs by Katie).