When using bold colors and fun patterns, it’s all about balance. In our recent Atomic Ranch project, where we used a lot of color, we stuck with cool tones all in the blue family—blue, teal, mint—and stayed in that one color palette. In one room where we had blue cabinets, we used muted tones of black and gray tile to balance with the blue.
I’ve lived here almost 20 years, and I love the creative culture of Austin. Austin lends itself to designs that can be elevated but casual and laid back, and often we rely on outdoor living, since our weather allows us to be outside for most of the year. The creative culture of Austin impacts what people are interested in and what they’re willing to play with in design. We love working with new Austinities, many of whom are originally from Silicon Valley, NYC, or LA.
As an interior designer, I ask myself, ‘What are feelings that universally everyone wants to experience in their home?’ I kept going back to the words ‘comfort’ and ‘belonging.’ The most important place to feel connected to is your home, and to me, the pillar of feeling connected is feeling comfortable and belonging in a space. Items in your home should be ‘comfortable’ (as in a couch should be comfortable to sit on), in addition to bringing a sense of ‘comfort’—a feeling of content. Those items mean different things to different people, and as your interior designer, it is my job to determine what those things are and bring them into your home in a beautiful way.
Every room is very bold at Atomic Ranch, which was an editorial project with no one living in it, so we really went for it! For a home that is meant for living, I would recommend editing the pattern and color a bit more.
One of my favorite transformations involved the Kelly Wearstler x Ann Sacks tile we implemented in an Austin kitchen. After we showed our client samples, the client literally had a dream about the tile, and it completely changed the direction of the kitchen in the best way possible.
March 17, 2022
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Designer, Author and Star of Netflix's Dream Home Makeover, Shea McGee walks us through how she designs a kitchen that will stand the test of time—and how you can do the same.
October 14, 2022
We spoke with five designers on why they specify Kelly Wearstler’s collections for their projects.
October 12, 2022
We spoke with Keith Arnold, Vice President of Renowned Interior Design Firm Suzanne Kasler on how he artfully turned his petite powder room into a ‘jewelry box’ of a statement space using Farrow & Ball paint and Ann Sacks tile.