TOWERING ABOVE AUSTIN IN ONE OF THE CITY’S TALLEST BUILDINGS, THE BRAND-NEW 3,900 SQ-FT SPACE WAS A LITERAL BLANK CANVAS OF WHITE WALLS, CONCRETE FLOORS, BOXY ROOMS AND VERY LITTLE CHARACTER. ONE OF KELLY’S PRIORITIES WAS TO MAKE THE APARTMENT AS OPEN AS POSSIBLE AND BRING THE VIBRANCY OF THE SURROUNDING LIFE OUTDOORS INSIDE. THE DESIGNER KNOCKED DOWN WALLS AND CREATED AN EXPANSIVE LIVING AREA, FLOORED IN A COOLING COMBINATION OF DIFFERENT STONES LAID IN GEOMETRIC PATTERN THAT BECAME A SEAMLESS EXTENSION OF THE OUTSIDE VIEWS.
PERFORATED BRASS DOORS LEAD TO A VERTIGINOUS FIREPLACE WALL OF NEGRO MARQUINA MARBLE THAT ANCHORS THE LIVING ROOM AND FEATURES AN ABSTRACT JOHN WILLIAMS PAINTING THAT PROVIDED THE STARTING POINT FOR THE DECORATION: CUSTOM VELVET AND LAMBSKIN SOFAS, GEOMETRIC HAND-PAINTED WALLCOVERING AND MARBLE AND BRASS TABLES. NEARBY, ZEBRA-PATTERNED CHAIRS SURROUND A CRACKED-ICE GLASS DINING TABLE AND A GLEAMING BLACK MARBLE AND BURNISHED BRONZE BAR.
MIXED METALS, LEATHER, SILK, PARCHMENT AND OTHER ARTISANAL ELEMENTS ADD LUXURIOUS DETAIL AND SUMPTUOUS TEXTURE TO THE ARTISTIC AND AVANT-GARDE AESTHETIC THAT RESONATES THROUGHOUT THIS COLORFUL AND EXPRESSIVE HOME. PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHAN JULLIARD, PRODUCTION: IAN PHILLIPS.
“I want to take risks. My aesthetic is raw and refined. Colorful. Always something old and something new. Masculine and feminine. A mix of important history and fresh contemporary voices. The tension between opposites is sexy.”
Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. The brand’s breadth of influence spans from residential and commercial interior design to curated collections of furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics and trims, wall coverings, luxe bedding, fine china, decorative home accessories, jewelry and objets d’art. With a signature style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds color, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and seamlessly blends diverse periods of furniture under one roof, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design.
Wearstler’s designs attract and inspire an enviable roster of A-list clientele from the film and music industries, as well as top celebrities, and tastemakers worldwide. Her trademark sumptuous and vibrant interiors imbue luxury hotels and grand residences from Beverly Hills to the Caribbean and around the globe. Among Wearstler’s expansive and diverse lifestyle portfolio are collaborations with some of the most respected global brands across the luxury market space. Wearstler’s lifestyle brand boasts its own bespoke furniture collection as well as a favored and long-standing presence on vintage and antique online retailer 1stdibs.
Showcasing the definitive world of Kelly is the brand’s flagship Kelly Wearstler boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Hand-cultivated by Wearstler, the stylish enclave houses a curated art, fashion and design library, artisanal furniture, curiosities, one of a kind vintage pieces procured from travels around the world as well as Wearstler’s own design collections. Exclusive pieces of the designer’s collections are available at the illustrious Kelly Wearstler Boutique on the Decorative Home floor at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and her extensive collections are sold internationally at fine boutiques, premier department stores and Wearstler’s robust online boutique kellywearstler.com.
Wearstler has published four coffee table books: Rhapsody, HUE, Domicilium Decoratus, and Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style, earning her a place on the Los Angeles Times’ bestseller list.
Standout accolades for Wearstler include Architectural Digest’s preeminent Top 100 Architecture & Interior Design list, French AD’s World’s Top Interior Designers, Wallpaper Magazine’s Top 20 Designers, TIME Style & Design’s elite “Design 100” group of global creatives and Vogue’s Best Dressed list. Wearstler served as a judge on Bravo’s popular interior design television competition series, “Top Design,” and has penned monthly style advice columns for InStyle, The Huffington Post, The Coveteur and Domaine . Her work and profiles have been featured in Vogue, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily and The New York Times. International press includes the French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Indian editions of Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration UK, Wallpaper, Vogue Paris, Vogue China, Residence, Belle, Vogue Living, House & Garden andHong Kong Tatler.
Wearstler resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.