The Style Files: Conversations with Creatives
By Paloma Contreras
The Style Files: Conversations with CreativesApr 15, 2020
Ariel’s portfolio ranges from traditional to contemporary, with a focus on elegant, livable spaces. A deft use of color, an emphasis on clean lines, and a mix of bespoke and antique items are hallmarks of her aesthetic; she believes every home should reflect its owner’s personality.
A graduate of Columbia University and George Washington University, Ariel has been featured and profiled in Elle Decor, Domino, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine, among others.
Ariel is a contributing writer to Vogue.com, Architectural Digest and Domino, and was named one of the top 20 Interior Design Instagram accounts to follow by Domino.
Current projects include a full floor gut renovation on the Upper West Side, an Upper East Side pied-a-terre, a hospitality project in Palm Beach, and multiple homes in the tri-state area.
Dewberry Group founder and CEO John formally started Studio Dewberry in 2014 to handle everything from architecture and interiors to product development and procurement, as well as graphic art and branding, for all of the real estate and hospitality properties within Dewberry Group’s portfolio. Their most distinguished project to date is the opening of the five-star Dewberry hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, Mrs. Dewberry divides her time among the family’s homes in Charleston, Atlanta, and Doonbeg, Ireland.
Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and immediately started his interior design company. In 2003 he launched his eponymous fabric and wallpaper collection, now sold through 16 showrooms worldwide. To house a growing collection of handcrafted, made-to-order furniture, textiles and vintage finds, Peter opened Hollywood at Home in 2007. Located in the Los Angeles design district, it has become a leading destination for design lovers. In 2020 he established his third product arm, Peter Dunham Home, venturing into stocked, indoor/outdoor furniture.
At the firm, Peter and his design team split their time between restoring landmarked houses and collaborating with renowned architects on ground up projects. Current projects include a modernist Marmol Radziner house overlooking the Pacific in Montecito, residences in Los Angeles, the Bay area, Newport Beach, Montana and an iconic 1963 Horace Gifford house on Fire Island.
The Wall Street Journal described his style as “Merchant Ivory Moderne” and “restraint with a kick.” His international style embraces color and pattern, mixing bespoke furnishings, vintage finds and modern luxuries. His design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, WSJ, Veranda, Domino, Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, and more. Peter is on ELLE Decor’s A-List and included in Vendome Press’s new book, Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years.
India has always made bold life choices, which have led to a multi-faceted, unexpected life journey. She has authored four design books, modeled for Ralph Lauren, among others, and been an on-air personality for networks ranging from Bravo to the BBC. She has had her hand in the design world for over two decades – from hotels to home collections.
In 2015 India launched her eponymous Direct Sales brand. British Heritage and a fresh perspective on island life informed this exclusive lifestyle collection. Despite closing its doors after 5 years of trading thousands of women saw talents and qualities in themselves that had been undiscovered.
More recently India launched a Podcast series - a look into the life her extraordinary mother Lady Pamela - recording wonderfully intimate conversations between mother and daughter. With over 100,000 downloads already the Podcast repeatedly sits at the top of many charts.
The India Hicks company had a strong focus on Giving Back as has India herself. Having run 3 marathons in aid of Bahamian children’s education and cycling two 100 mile races raising funds for breast cancer in the Bahamas - a cause close to her heart as this disease took the life of her adopted son’s mother.
Living in the Bahamas for the past 25 years India is in the position to now partner with Global Empowerment Mission as an on the ground force, bringing awareness to the continuing crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
British-born, pre-eminent interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland is a true citizen of the world. From her legendary “sympathetic restorations” of landmark architectural houses and hotels to extraordinary homes for the Hollywood elite, the star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators brings the best attributes of grand European style and cool California chic to every project. A die-hard fan of bold color, the layering of pattern and texture, and the beauty of imperfection, Ireland’s interiors convey an easy, elegant vibe that is worldly and chic, yet effortless. Kathryn has also established herself as a major force in product manufacturing and has been dedicated to producing her bespoke textile collections, weave collections, and upholstered goods all locally in the United States.
Beyond her eponymous lines of textiles and furniture, Kathryn has most recently set out to disrupt the digital design industry with her newest venture, The Perfect Room. Backed by three decades of experience in luxury interior design, Kathryn has – through TPR – introduced the first luxury online concierge design service, providing curated products and unparalleled design expertise in a simple online platform. Kathryn has also authored 6 best-selling books, including her most recent, Kathryn At Home, and has collaborated with several home furnishing brands including Grange, Scalamandre, and C2 Paints. Kathryn has also acted as the North American Brand Ambassador for beloved European appliance brand AGA Rangemaster.
Adding to her long list of credits over her multi-hyphenate career, Kathryn has long developed and hosted Design Retreats each summer at her home in the south of France, and regularly hosts design bootcamps in Los Angeles. At each she offers insight on her favorite local resources, professional expertise and storied experiences to help others succeed in the design industry.
Kathryn has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, Good Day LA, and E! News. A shelter magazine favorite, Kathryn’s design work appears frequently in Elle Decor, World of Interiors, House Beautiful, Veranda, Architectural Digest, Vogue and InStyle. Kathryn is consistently featured on Elle Decor’s A-List and is one of the Top 25 Interior Designers as listed by The Hollywood Reporter. When she’s not designing or entertaining, Ireland divides her time between her home in Santa Monica, CA and her restored farmhouse in southwest France.
Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen
Though Paolo and Philip are equally passionate about design, neither of them set out to be a designer. Born and raised in Italy, Paolo studied Political Science in Florence. It was at the age of 23, after university, that he came to stay in London for a few months. He ended up running an interiors shop—and never left.
Philip, who was born and raised in Belgium, says his parents gave him three choices of profession: doctor, banker or lawyer. However, during his first year at university, he found ten years’ worth of a design magazine in his grandmother’s library and eagerly read every issue cover to cover. (This might have been a clue to his real interests.) After studying Commercial Management Engineering in Brussels, Philip began an accomplished career in marketing in the financial-services sector which took him to far-flung spots across the globe.
Philip eventually settled in London, met Paolo and started to help him with some interior design projects. Not long after, Philip’s passion and natural instinct for design began to influence the direction of the firm, and over the past decade, his work has been pivotal to the company’s growth. Now leading the Design Studio, he oversees numerous residential, hospitality and commercial projects around the world.
Years ago, whilst Paolo was running the shop, he and Philip renovated and reconfigured a rambling, unconventional apartment, one that has since been photographed and published in countless top design magazines. Customers and friends would visit the apartment and then go to the shop to ask, “Won’t you please do my house?” That’s how the design business launched, expanding organically; today the firm has projects on every continent.
Inspired by the fusion of old world elements married with bold, modern-day techniques, he has been experimenting with an avant-garde approach to classical portraits since 2009.
Josh has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Vogue Italia, GQ Italia, Domino Magazine, MyDomaine, O, The Oprah Magazine, House Beautiful and The Maryn. His collaborations have included work with Nate Berkus Associates, Paloma Contreras, Kate Marker and large-scale commercial projects like the newly built Draper Hotel in New York City and the Bulgari Hotel in London.
He has also collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma Home, Circa Lighting and CB2. Josh is scheduled to show at next years renowned Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Michael S Smith
His work has been featured in a variety of print media, including Architectural Digest US, AD Italy, AD Russia, House Beautiful, the New York Times and in a variety of home decor books including House Beautiful The Home Book, The Find and Living Retro. You’ll want to check out his Instagram page #davidjimenezstudio. The photos are breathtaking and he shares entertainingly written, usable advice for creating glorious rooms.
Dallas based designer Jan Showers believes, “Design should relate to the way we live—it also should be beautiful, glamorous, comfortable and luxurious, even when very casual.” Showers style has been described by one of her clients as, “The interiors of Jan Showers & Associates are chic and timeless. They exude glamour and grace with an approachable and at ease feeling, much like Jan herself.”
It’s fitting then that Jan has written two books on the subject: Glamorous Rooms and her follow-up, Glamorous Retreats, both published by Abrams. Glamorous Rooms is now in its twelfth printing. Together, her books display a cross section of the styles and decorative preferences that have made Jan and her firm one of the most prominent in the country. Jan’s third book, Glamorous Living, will also be published by Abrams in Fall 2020.
Over the course of her career—spanning three decades—she has received many of the profession’s highest honors. Her magazine credits alone place her in the highest echelon of designers. They include Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, House Beautiful, InStyle, Traditional Home, British Home and Garden, Harper’s Bazaar, and Luxe.
Architectural Digest has named Jan Showers & Associates to the AD100, its preeminent directory to the international world of design.
Jan’s to the trade furniture and lighting collection, the Jan Showers Collection, highlights her signature style. The Collection was created over 20 years ago and is available at showrooms throughout the U.S.
Jan Showers & Associates announced a furniture line, the 1308 Collection, in the fall of 2018 which is available only at her showroom in Dallas Design District at 1308 Slocum Street.
For more than 20 years Showers has been a pioneer of French antiques for the Dallas community and designers. She travels internationally in search of antiques she imports both for her Dallas showroom and for the specific needs of her design clients.
Collaboration is very important to Jan and her team. She has created a complete lifestyle collection for Kravet Couture, a line that includes fabrics, wall coverings, rugs, furniture, and lighting. Showers second Kravet furniture collection was introduced in 2019. Being released in spring 2021 will be her second line of fabrics with Kravet. Her other partnerships include a hand-knotted rug series for Moattar, Inc., a lighting series with L.A. based designer Joe Cariati and a cowhide rug collection for Kyle Bunting.
Tina Ramchandani Creative (TRC) designs warm, modern interiors that fully capture our clients’ polished lifestyles. The firm's passion -- Soulful Minimalism® -- allows their clients to experience life surrounded by the things that matter, so they can focus on the people that matter. Tina’s work has been nationally recognized by publications including Elle Décor, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Cottages & Gardens, Lonny, Gotham, and Cover. She was most recently named a “2018 Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful, the winner of the 2019 IDA by Cottages & Gardens and Rising Star 2019 by NY's D&D Building.
Mr. Whealon's design philosophy finds its roots in classicism; however, he approaches each project with a fresh, 21st Century eye that makes them both modern and timeless. He layers items from different periods and cultures, artfully mixing the pristine and the patinated. Each interior is unique, often incorporating custom pieces specific to the client and the environment. His work is enhanced by both his extensive knowledge of the international art and antiques market and by his team of skilled artists and craftsmen who adhere to Mr. Whealon's commitment to quality and attention to detail.
Timothy Whealon is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he studied English Literature and Art History. He moved to New York to begin a career in banking and completed a credit training program on Wall Street before pursuing his passion for the arts and design. Mr. Whealon completed the Sotheby's Works of Art course in London and the corporate management training program with Sotheby's New York before opening his offices in 1994. His work has been published in ELLE DÉCOR, House Beautiful, Veranda, House and Garden, Architectural Digest, Domino Magazine, The NY Observer, The New York Times – Home Section and numerous books.
Mr. Whealon serves on the board of the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. The first monograph of his work, "In Pursuit of Beauty: The Interiors of Timothy Whealon," was published by Rizzoli in 2015.
Roxy Te Owens
In 2011 Roxy Te Owens founded Society Social, the next generation e-commerce furniture brand that rose to prominence on Instagram. Roxy predated the direct-to-consumer movement and offered all the customization usually reserved for designers - color matching in any Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore finish at their North Carolina factory for grasscloth furniture pieces as well as custom tape trim, tassels, customer's own material, contrast piping and fringe to anyone ordering upholstery. Society Social is also known for their classic bar-carts, colored grasscloth furniture, and rattan pieces.
Roxy is a decorator in her own right, having appeared on national TV and hosted her own pilot "Carolina Reno" for HGTV. She has been featured in the press for her holiday cocktail recipes, bar-cart styling and fun colorful decorations. This fall she opened her first flagship store in Charlotte, North Carolina, and this spring Roxy debuted her first designer furniture collaboration with Ariel Okin. The collaborative collection marries traditional design with stylish and affordable customization options for the next generation.
Michael Amato, Creative Director of The Urban Electric Co.
The brand has recently expanded their headquarters in Charleston to add an additional 40,000 square feet and has opened their first showroom in Charleston and has launched their second volume of their printed book The Current, which pays tribute to the destinations and the perspectives that guide the company forward.
Thomas A. Kligerman
Kate Rheinstein Brodsky
Kate Rheinstein Brodsky grew up in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of decorator Suzanne Rheinstein she grew up immersed in the world of interior design. After graduating from NYU, Katestayed in New York working for Jeffrey Bilhuber, Ralph Lauren Home, and Elle Decor magazine. In the fall of 2014, Kate opened KRB. Offering a curated selection of antiques, vintage furniture, and exclusive home accessories, the store combines the traditions of classical decor with Kate’s uniquely charismatic and colorful point of view. Located on East 74th street in New York, KRB brings a fresh perspective to timeless designs.
Carrier and Co.
Season 1 Finale
A special message from Paloma as we wrap up our first season!
A decade later, reuniting with Bobby McAlpine, his former professor, Ray returned to McALPINE as a partner in its interior design firm. These days, Ray divides his time between the firm’s Nashville office and its expanded New York office, which allows him to keep one foot in the city and other in his native south.
Ray is the author of Evocative Interiors, his bestselling first book published by Rizzoli in 2018. Ray’s work has received significant recognition from the nation’s most prestigious publications, including covers of Architectural Digest and features in Elle Décor, Veranda, Milieu, Wall Street Journal, and Vogue.com.
This year, Ray launches his inaugural furniture collection with Hickory Chair and his first accessory and lighting collection with Arteriors.
With an undimmed passion for beauty, Ray shares his life and homes in New York and Nashville with his husband, John Shea.
Bonus Episode: Dennis Scully & Paloma Contreras
In this special bonus episode of The Style Files, Paloma chats with industry veteran and fellow podcast host, Dennis Scully about the way the design industry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting their businesses for the future. Paloma and Dennis turn the tables on one another and the hosts become the interviewees, sharing the stories of their respective career trajectories.
Dennis Scully is the host of the weekly Business of Home podcast, where he explores the changes and challenges facing the interior design community through interviews with industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives. In his Market Watch columns for BOH, Dennis calls upon his background as an analyst and longtime securities trader as he explores the ins and outs of the home industry’s publicly traded businesses. With a marketing, advertising, and business development career in the home furnishings space that spans more than 20 years, Dennis has helped some of the finest companies in the industry to manage their teams and grow their brands.
This episode begins with a personal message from Paloma regarding our mission with The Style Files and the ways in which we plan to be more inclusive moving forward before we delve into our chat with the talented Alex Papachristidis.
The work of interior decorator Alex Papachristidis, featured in this month’s Veranda, has been described as thoughtful, personal and eclectic. Having mastered the skill of fusing modern and traditional elements, editors, designers and clients alike use the word “sophisticated” to define his elegant approach, color palette and the delightful details that make a room sizzle with style.
Born and raised in New York City, Alex Papachristidis traveled widely in his youth, helping to cultivate his eye for interior decorating. Papachristidis established his own firm in 1987 and today is known for arresting, elegant interiors that meld classical motifs with a modern perspective and sophisticated details. Alex Papachristidis’ work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Southern Accents, InStyle and The New York Times. He has also been featured in a number of published works, and in 2012, his own book The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis was published by Rizzoli. Now in its 4th printing, the book has garnered praise from readers and critics alike. Papachristidis has been named to ElleDécor’s “A-list of Interior Designers”, and for several years, including 2020, the Architectural Digest’s AD100 List. His second book is slated to be published in 2022. Join us as we talk all things decorating, entertaining, and the future of design!
As an adult, Caroline is sought after by her friends to help as equally with their daily fashion and entertaining decisions as with their interiors. Guided by her own creativity coupled with the principals that she learned first hand from her mother and in the pages of her enormous personal design library, Caroline turned away from a career in the business world and opened her own design firm when the interest and requests became a full time job. In today's episode, we discuss Caroline's transition from a successful law career to opening her own design firm.
In today's episode, we discuss Amy's background in fashion, taking a leap and pursuing a new career, and what it's like to work with her husband everyday while running a successful design firm and a beautifully curated store.
Interiors and architecture are in Weiss’ blood. With an accomplished interior designer for a mother and a father in real estate development, Weiss spent much of her childhood touring construction and job sites. Though she was always toiling away in her mom’s sample closets and dissecting design trade magazines for inspiration, Weiss didn’t formalize her design career until 2002. Instead she held jobs in investment banking and retail merchandising. She believes her experience in the business world has helped her immensely in managing client budgets and meeting key project deadlines. She feels these attributes are as important to a successful client relationship as making inspired creative choices.
Weiss attended Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school, Brown University with a BA in History of Art, and received her MBA at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. As an avid supporter of the arts, Palmer serves on the board of Spoleto Festival USA which is one of America’s premier performing arts festivals and held in her hometown of Charleston, SC. She resides in San Francisco with her husband, a cardiologist, and their two daughters.
CHRISTOPHER’S ICONIC CERAMIC LAMP DESIGNS draw inspiration from classical forms and traditional gem like glazes. He began his career in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. where he worked out of an old school house near Dumbarton Oaks. Shortly thereafter, his work received critical acclaim and his reputation as a noteworthy ceramicist began to emerge. In the summers, he worked from Mecox Gardens in Southampton as an artist in residence and such designers as Albert Hadley, Richard Keith Langham and Suzanne Rheinstein began to commission his work.
Since 1996, Christopher has been concentrating his efforts on his unique lamp designs. In the fall of 1999 after outgrowing his Washington studio he moved to New York City where he now creates his one of-a-kind lamps with his crew of skilled artisans. The lamps are of timeless appeal and luxurious quality. Beautiful classic forms are drenched in bold vibrant rich glazes. Each one of a kind lamp is set in a hand turned hardwood base, which is water gilt with 23k yellow gold or 9k white gold for a silver finish. Currently, Christopher recently expanded his designs to table ware and other ceramic accessories.
Christopher’s work is often featured in celebrated publications such as Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Departures, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has had the honor of making lamps for the past three White House Administrations, as well the Blair House and other distinguished American homes.
When not in the Studio, Christopher can be found at his farm in Millbrook, NY gardening, bee keeping, making jam, cooking for friends, or tending to his flock of heritage breed chickens. He also enjoys the pleasure of giving back to the community by serving on the board of the local time-honored Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and as the Vice Chair of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club President's Dinner. In today's episode, Chris shares how his lamp business came to be and also tells us all about cooking, baking, gardening, and tending to his animals on Clove Brook Farm!
Suzanne’s work has been published in major design magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor,House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda. She has been named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List. Her award-winning interiors have been captured in three books with Rizzoli, Inspired Interiors, Timeless Style, and her most recent title, Sophisticated Simplicity.
In addition to designing timeless interiors for her clients, Suzanne has produced signature lines for Ballard Designs, Hickory Chair, La Cornue, Lee Jofa, and Visual Comfort.