An L.A. interior designer's eye for style influences what she wears to impress a client and what she gives as business gifts.
Name: Kelly Wearstler.
Occupation: Founder and principal of kwid (Kelly Wearstler Interior Design).
Age and home: 35, Los Angeles.
Projects: The homes of Ben Stiller and Universal Pictures chairman Stacey Snider; Avalon and Maison 140 hotels in Beverly Hills; the high roller suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; fashion designer Trina Turk's flagship store in L.A. A store can take six months; a house, up to three years. "I look for something challenging that I can learn from and a client who is open to ideas."
Design style: "Classic modern with an unexpected element like color, texture, or juxtaposition."
Personal style: "If you show up in a fashion disaster, people will think twice about hiring you."
Influences: Wearstler takes up to seven research trips a year, especially to Asia and Europe, for inspiration.
Up next: A design book for ReganBooks to be published in February, a line of textiles and wall coverings next year, and the birth of her second child this month. Son Oliver is 17 months.
Work-life balance: "Oliver can be my lunch date. When I put him to bed, I sit with him and sketch designs. You need to make important things a priority."
Fantasy commission: An airline. "I would love to do everything, from the plane's interior to flight attendant uniforms."
Things I Can't Live Without...
CASIO EXILIM 3.2 MEGAPIXEL ZOOM EX-Z3 DIGITAL CAMERA
$399: "The two-inch LCD screen is big. I take pictures of Oliver, and it's amazing for business. I'll pull over to take pictures of vegetation to e-mail to the landscapers."
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SHOES
$400 and up: "I have 30 pairs. I love wearing heels, and these fit me best. He's an original."
PRATESI CASHMERE THROW
$1,200: "They're the best for watching television or sitting by the pool on nippy evenings. They are made from quality cashmere and come in great colors. I give them to clients and friends as gifts."
...And What I Covet
Garrard Superstyle white gold and Part Eternal princess-cut diamond ring, $9,000 and up: "It's very simple, more graphic, with a bit more weight than other rings."