As a long time collector of salvaged furniture and a flea market aficionada, Revitaliste founder Amy Frederickson has been transforming furniture for more than two decades. She took a few moments out of her busy schedule to talk to us about all things design.
Viyet: Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Frederickson: Eclectic, colorful, soulful, risk-taker
Viyet: What item can you not live without?
Frederickson: Hot tea and a warm scarf — SF is actually NEVER warm.
Viyet: What was your inspiration for Revitaliste?
Frederickson: By making the furniture revitalization process easy, more people will opt to revitalize existing furniture rather than buying new furniture.
Viyet: Aside from the positive impact revitalization has on the environment and local artisan communities, it results in a truly one-of-a-kind piece for your home.
Frederickson: A revitalized piece brings an entirely different level of personality and character into a room…and it’s so gratifying to admire a piece you uniquely designed.
Viyet: What are the three myths that you want to shatter about redoing a piece?
Myth 1: Only design professionals revitalize furniture.
Myth 2: Revitalizing a piece takes too much time and energy.
Myth 3: Comparisons between the cost of a revitalized piece with a new, mass-produced piece (it’s an apples to oranges comparison).
Viyet: Where is your favorite place to go for coffee, ice cream, drinks, quiet space, fresh air in SF?
Frederickson: The Presidio — it is my sanctuary.
Viyet: Who are your design icons?
Sasha Bikoff — fearless revitaleur
Miles Redd — color savant
Kelly Wearstler — pure genius
Viyet: What is your favorite room in your home and why?
Frederickson: Our living room: it’s the central hub of our home for socializing and togetherness. Each piece in the room has been found or inherited with a (usually funny) story of how it came into our life. We have revitalized each piece in bold colors and unusual textures. Each piece in the room is a snapshot of our history and our adventures.
Viyet: What do you love about Viyet?
Frederickson: It’s a wonderfully curated collection of QUALITY pieces. The furniture found on Viyet is built by venerable brands, constructed to last, and is worthy of being revitalized over and over again.
Amy also shared her trend forecast for what we can expect to see in textiles and décor this year.
Plant Life/Go Green
Green is said to elicit feelings of hopefulness — the perfect state of mind to kick off a new year. With Pantone announcing “greenery” as the 2017 color of the year, we expect to see a lot more green in interiors. We are particularly fond of fresh green botanical prints. Whether lush or sparse, these leafy patterns blend well with any décor style. Shop the look
Our home is our sanctuary — a welcome respite from the 24/7 intensity of life. We love the soothing yet sophisticated look (and feel!) of richly textured fabrics in a neutral palette. A combo of nubby, fuzzy, silky fabrics creates an inviting, cocoon-like interior. Shop the look
Velvet with a twist
While velvet is clearly having a moment in fashion, it has been a long-standing staple in the world of interiors. For a twist on this classic textile, we’re crushing on (pun intended) velvets with subtle patterns and color variations. They feel more modern and moody and memorable than their plain vanilla cousin. Shop the look
Our world is more interconnected than ever — exposing us to the richness of far-flung and diverse cultures. Whether you’re an avid traveler or an armchair traveler, the vibrant colors and patterns of traditional textiles are undoubtedly enriching our homes. Shop the look