For House Beautiful’s 125th anniversary this year, we are dig in some of our favorite spaces in our archives—Including, until now, decorator Sister Parish New York Apartment and the West Hollywood home and studio of designer extraordinary Tony Duquette, nicknamed “the house of a magician”. Here we revisit an article about Kelly Wearstler’s bungalow in Los Angeles from 2001, which first appeared in our June issue of that year.

Home offices have turned out to be a staple over the past year and a half, but a lucky few had a head start on the tendencyincluding designer Kelly wearstler. As seen in Beautiful HouseIn the June 2001 issue, the designer transformed a bungalow in Los Angeles into the headquarters of her brand new design company Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, which she had founded just 6 years earlier.

Housed in a Spanish-style house built in 1936, the Kelly wearstler the headquarters was a labor of love. “I looked at a few suites in these anonymous towers, but they all looked so corporate,” the designer said. Beautiful House in 2001. “I spend so much time here that I wanted it to be a home away from home.”

See the whole home-tour-office for yourself below – and maybe find some deco inspiration for your own home office ?! (Could we suggest adding a few pops of color, like the many Wearstler yellow bursts incorporated?)

Read the original story below:

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Breathtaking palette and freewheeling pattern make Kelly Wearstler’s design office so appealing that no one wants to leave at the end of the day

Millions of us have desks in a room or corner of the house, where we strive to create a professional atmosphere. Kelly Wearstler has completely changed this practice. In Los Angeles, behind the gray walls of a 1936 Spanish-style bungalow with a khaki front door, she works in an office decorated to feel right at home. “I looked at a few suites in these anonymous towers, but they all seemed so corporate,” says the young South Carolina-born designer, who instead decided to convert a house into a head office for her growing staff. “I spend so much time here that I wanted it to be a home away from home.”

Some designers have to sell themselves through their wallets, but Wearstler simply allows customers to save the zebra rug and Chinese scalloped screens and acrylic conference table perched on red lacquered legs to show off its adventurous style. It’s not just a world tour of cultures – an ersatz Louis XIV chair next to an elegant Italian chrome lamp – but also an excursion to unexpected corners of the color chart such as lime green, coral and graphite. .

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If the combinations are unusual, so is his past. Wearstler, daughter of an interior designer, trained as a graphic designer and interior designer and then worked on film sets. With a cultured eye from the cradle, she doesn’t hesitate to use pops of bold color and patterns to create theater rooms with a daring mix of furniture styles, all set against a backdrop of wallpaper that sometimes protrudes. the ceiling. “Wallpaper is much more interesting than paint,” she explains. “It adds instant texture and another layer to a room.” With her graphic sensibility, she also knows that flat surfaces can say a lot, and her foray into scenography has taught her how to achieve a big effect on a small budget. Those bright blue tiles that go up on bathroom walls are actually coping tiles meant for a pool edge and only cost $ 2.50 per square foot, but see how good they look. dazzling air taken out of context.

Wearstler never repeats herself and loves to throw something unexpected into every room (she is especially good at eye-catching light fixtures). “It makes decorating difficult and a lot of fun.”

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