The fashion connoisseur and E! presenter partnered with Viyet and Decorist to design a dreamy nursery for her daughter, Honor. Like all things she curates, the space has an approachable warmth with a natural elegance, this time inspired by the English countryside.
How would you describe the style of your home?
Elegant and cozy. It has a lot of character to it, we fell in love from photos online, before even stepping foot inside!
Who are your favorite home designers?
Nathan Turner, and some fantastic British brands such as CLJ Home and Barneby Gates, all of whom I count as friends and am very proud of!
What room or space do you spend the most time in and why?
The living room. Especially during the winter, we light the fire (even though it’s not really cold enough here in LA, we pretend…), and snuggle on the sofa.
How do you tend to entertain in your home?
Outside. The backyard is gorgeous, very private, and surrounded by bougainvillea, with hanging lights and a big old wooden dining table in the center. When we moved in, we bought navy and white brasserie chairs and a little matching bar, so guests can mix their own cocktails when they arrive.
What type of vibe did you want for the nursery?
Not too babyish! Of course I wanted it to be pretty and feminine, but it’s the parents who really spend so much time in there, so I wanted it to have a very English country house feel.
What makes you the most nervous about becoming a mom? What are you
most looking forward to?
I think like any first-time parents, we are nervous about getting everything right. Which is probably impossible, so we will just take everything day by day and do our best. We are most looking forward to meeting this little person and falling in love with her. *And I’m excited to have a cocktail again!
Where do you go or what do you do to get inspired?
I really get most inspired by history, so just walking around European cities and soaking up the cobbled streets, the old chimneys, the little galleries. My mum always says, “look up” – and she’s so right. You learn a lot more by looking up, rather than down at your phone.
What recent project are you particularly excited about?
The holidays have been busy! We have been shooting non-stop for Front Roe (www.LouiseRoe.com), and I’m so proud of all the stories we have created. I just learned about the American tradition of cookie exchanges; I baked chewy ginger biscuits and the recipe just went up.
What do you put on when you want to feel like yourself?
Diptique perfume and an old Audrey Hepburn movie.
What makes you feel glamorous?
The above! And sitting at the bar with Mackenzie, sipping red wine talking about our week.
What do you love about the pieces from Viyet?
They have so much carácter. I love imagining who owned them before and how they were used. To me, there’s no contest with antique furniture, it’s so special and stunning. The chest of drawers is a real focal point in the room, and I love how the 1920s encyclopedia prints look very chic, but also have a childhood nod.
Jessica McCarthy, Decorist Design Director
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I am constantly on Pinterest; it has always been my number one source for inspiration. I have the Pinterest app, so I have made it a part of my daily routine to give myself at least 30 minutes a day scrolling through inspiration. I also love the way Pinterest links to different websites where I can then discover new design blogs and interior designers all over the world!
Tell us about your creative process.
In full transparency, I usually go from “wow this is an amazing idea!” to “I have no idea what I’m doing”, and back to “this is brilliant”. I typically go through multiple iterations of designs, but I always try to trust my gut. My first design or first idea always tends to be the best one. Trust your instincts, especially as a designer. It is usually always right!
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote: “No one is you, that is your power.”
I relate this quote to design because it is easy to doubt yourself and your abilities in such a competitive industry. Always stay true to your beliefs and design aesthetic as a designer. Clients will hire you and appreciate you specifically for your own style. Your aesthetic will also become your Brand — be confident and be you!
Favorite piece of furniture in your home?
I tend to only purchase vintage furniture because I love the stories they tell. I found this incredible oversized Moroccan sectional on Craigslist for an insane price. The sectional is so large, it literally fills the entire perimeter of the living room. I layered it with vintage oushak rugs and it’s truly become my bohemian getaway!
What is the peanut butter and jelly of design?
I always think a throw is necessary on the end of your bed. Such a small detail can make the biggest difference when creating a completed look in your bedroom. I especially love big chunky knitted throws or faux fur throws for a touch of luxury. A good throw can become a statement piece and allow the rest of your bedding to shine!
Favorite neighborhood hangout?
I am drawn to anywhere that has organic eats and artisan coffee. As Quoted is a gem tucked between some of my other favorite interior decor stores on Sacramento Street in Pac Heights. It is my favorite place to bring my laptop, drink a delicious coffee, and get my creative juices flowing. Not to mention the interior is beautiful and totally Instagram worthy!
How was this project different from other nurseries you’ve worked on?
Most nurseries are predictable when it comes to themes. Either pink or blue, elephants or bows, but Louise had a vision to make her nursery more high style, elegant, and timeless. Being able to work with Viyet to source one-of-a-kind, vintage, and high-quality products was refreshing compared to the mass-produced nursery items that are usually sourced for nurseries.
What were the biggest design challenges for this room?
Creating a more sophisticated nursery has its challenges, as my goal was to create something beautiful and reflective of Louise and her English country style, while still making the space baby-proof with a touch of youthfulness. It was all about finding a balance and thinking outside the box of your traditional nursery.