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Megablogger Chriselle Lim enlisted Laurel & Wolf designer Lucinda Pace’s help for her daughter’s nursery a year ago. The
What inspired this project?
Chriselle and I began working together when she chose me to design a nursery
for her daughter Chloe late last year. With her background in fashion and my
taste in interiors, the process proved to be rather seamless. She loved the
results and in turn asked me to design her living room and dining room.
We discussed infusing elements of polished brass and layering hues and
textures to make the space feel fresh and bright. As a blogger, she's no
stranger to a Pinterest board! She had solid ideas of what she liked and the direction she wanted to go, but ultimately deferred to my expertise which
was nice. You can't really ask for more than having a client trust in you. We
worked well together and in the end the space was beautiful and chic
with a modern twist.
Are there design elements you consider your "signature," and are any of them present here?
I guess I would be kidding myself if I didn't admit that my style is pretty well situated between glamorous and edgy. Design should be fun and sexy. I like to infuse rich and luxurious textures that make you just want to rub your whole body up against everything, which I've been known to do. But I also always add an unexpected factor whenever possible; whether that be in metal finishes or urban art or a punch of color or patterns. I don't feel like I did a good job unless I knocked your socks off in at least some small aspect.
How can our readers learn
from this project and possibly incorporate some of what you
did here in their own spaces?
It's possible to have an elegant space by infusing a few
elements. The touches of brass, plush textures and overall
soothing color palette created a lavish yet comfortable look
without breaking the bank.
Where do you find inspiration
for projects like these?
I try to look beyond trends and what is current in magazines
and think ahead of the times. I associate opulent living with
travel; high-end hotels, jet-setting, cocktail in hand with a
gorgeous tan. I look for color inspiration in metropolitan
environments, like within modern artwork or historical
places. Chriselle is somewhat of a Francophile so that
was the driving force behind this project's inspiration.
What was the most memorable
part of this project?
I really enjoyed the opportunity to custom design some of the
pieces of furniture in this project. The dining room chairs and
etageres turned out gorgeous, but the sheepskin chairs have
taken on a life of their own. They are truly jaw-dropping and the
softest, fluffiest things you will ever come across. I have
gotten inquiries about them from all over the globe.
What was the biggest challenge?
It's always a challenge to design for a space that is shared by
several people, i.e. Chriselle, her husband Allen, Chloe, Chloe's
nanny, and Mignon the Frenchie all live in these rooms on a daily
basis. We wanted to be mindful of Allen and not over-glam, keep
it kid friendly for Chloe, and destruction tolerant for Mignon. Plus
Chriselle's family and in-laws are over frequently now with
Chloe's arrival so we needed to provide enough seating for
everyone when the house is full. I think we managed to make
everyone happy in the end, and that's really most important.
What's the best design advice you've ever been given?
My dad used to say to me, "do well or do not
bother". I try to live my life by those words and
give anything I do everything I've got. It may not
necessarily be design advice but it's the best
advice I've ever been given.
What is your favorite
design advice to give?
Besides hire a professional? I always encourage
my clients to buy original artwork. It's a good
investment when wisely selected and makes
your space that much more unique.
See more from Lucinda at Laurel & Wolf
Check out Chriselle’s blog here!
Decor items from (among others)
Z Gallerie, Loloi Rugs. Jonathan Adler, and Kelly Wearstler.