Photo Gallery: Style Icon Inspiration
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The New York-based designer and author is almost as famous for his thatch of hair as he is for his discerning taste and knack for budget decorating. His design motto? “Your home should tell your story, and the way you do that is through your things. They show where you’ve been, who you’ve loved, who you aspire to be,” he says. This affordable dipped bowl is from his collection for Target. Berkus maintains that multipurpose furniture like a classic Parsons table is always a smart investment.
Browse a photo gallery of Nate Berkus Interiors.
San Francisco-based John Gidding graduated with a master’s in architecture from Harvard, then appeared in shows like Knock First and Designed to Sell. He also opened his own interior design business in New York in 2005 (and still keeps an office and apartment in the Big Apple). His favourite front door colours are emerald, cerulean and robin’s-egg blue: “You don’t see them that often, but everyone comments on a beautiful front door. Fire-engine red has been done to death,” he says. When it comes to sprucing up your façade, Gidding offers some valuable advice: “You can change your mailbox, lighting, house number and paint the front door, typically for under $200, to achieve a new look. Make sure all the finishes match. These are the first things people look for when they come to your house.”
When it comes to balancing fabulous with formal, there’s no one better than Kathryn Ireland. She’s introduced her signature mix of bold patterns and elegant furnishings to many a million-dollar home, from the English countryside to the Hollywood Hills. The British-born, L.A.-based designer’s unique style won her celebrity clients — Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lindsay Lohan, to name a few — and her first collection of fabrics in 1997. Ireland’s line of textiles is sold around the world, she’s authored four coffee-table books, and is now on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. Despite three rambunctious sons, construction snafus and difficult clients, Ireland always keeps her cool — Champagne in one hand, fabric samples in the other. Her choice chair is a Gustavian, her favourite outfit is a Vince sweater, leggings and boots, and she couldn’t live without her Aga range: “I’ve got one in France and a pistachio-coloured one in L.A.”
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An expert in all things style, this Port Perry, Ontario native works doggedly behind the scenes in Hollywood making chic sartorial decisions, so his clients glide into the public eye in preened perfection. But, he’s adaptable in his approach, keeping the personality and shape of each star in mind instead of draping them all in the latest must-haves. He favours bolder looks than many of his clients would likely go for if left to their own devices. Goreski himself is a peacock amongst pigeons: His colourful style sees him wearing floral pants with ease, or a hot pink blazer with a blue and white gingham bowtie — his signature accessory. “It’s all dress-up for me,” he says. Made famous by his three seasons on The Rachel Zoe Project, Goreski now has his own star-studded client list and TV show; It’s a Brad, Brad World (premieres on Bravo March 6th) chronicles his adventures in the world of fashion styling. These days, Goreski is branching out as the brand stylist for Kate Spade. Things he loves? Statement sneakers: “I have four pairs of Alejandro Ingelmo Trons. They’re attention-grabbing and comfortable. They take a boring grey polo and jeans to new heights.” He also finds Danish modern furniture with clean, elegant and simple lines “very soothing.”
Designer and TV personality Mary McDonald is the epitome of a modern-day Los Angeles woman. Fans have come to know her boisterous, but not brash, demeanor and adept navigation of the oft-tricky world of high-end clients as one of five talented designers featured on the compelling Bravo show Million Dollar Decorators. She’s bold with colour and pattern (often at the same time), plays with scale to dramatic effect, yet also knows the impact of a space layered in nothing but serene whites. Her elegant looks come with a healthy dose of the exotic, and often, a bit of whimsy. With the show, a bustling design business, a book, a line of lighting for Robert Abbey, plus fabric and rug lines under her belt, this ambitious Angeleno might be popping up even more in the near future. She appreciates furniture with Greek lines, hammered metal hardware and timeless Hermès handbags: “I love the structure, and that it looks like a doctor’s bag.”
Browse a photo gallery of Mary McDonald’s Interiors.
There’s something very European about Jenna Lyons, the charismatic president and executive creative director of J.Crew — a very North American company. She has the laissez-faire tresses of a Parisian, the stature of an Italian model, and the allure of a Swiss heiress. Her home reads the same way: a dramatic black bedroom is cosy not harsh, and a mod kitchen is family-friendly not cold. Lyons’ innate sense of style has made her a sartorial celebrity. The well-heeled follow her every move, looking to see what the company’s “commander in chic” will choose next. And with J.Crew stores now open across Canada, we’re hooked on the brand, too. Lyons’ has this modern-classic light fixture in her own bedroom in Brooklyn. Life (2011 Little, Brown and Company) by Keith Richards is her must-read: “Such a full, intense, crazy life.” And her MP3 player of choice is Sony’s S Series Walkman Video MP3 player: “I like that I can figure out how to use this.”
Celerie Kemble imparts a polished sophistication to her designs that is well beyond her years. Born in Palm Beach, Fla., the quick-witted New York designer imported the Sunshine State’s joyful decorating slant to the gritty big city and beyond. Working on unique homes from Texas to Italy, Kemble teams with her mother, designer Mimi McMakin, who founded Kemble Interiors in the 1980s. She favours bold and soulful looks rife with texture and a sense of history. Her favourite book is A Fine Balance (1997 McClelland & Stewart) by Canadian author Rohinton Mistry, and she can’t resist a chic match strike: “Due to weird laws, quick-light matches and the strikes are hard to find in New York.” And she can’t get enough of luxurious materials like lacquered parchment, brightly dyed shagreen and antique bamboo.
See interiors from Celerie Kemble’s book Black & White in our photo gallery.