Decorating your home is a true art form. It takes time to find the right furniture pieces, artwork, and decorations to not only bring your home together, but to express yourself through your interior style. You want it to be a cozy, comfortable sanctuary that also reflects hints of your personality and charm. But finding a good balance can be hard with so many different styles, influences, and options. In fact, it can be overwhelming to even think about redoing your bathroom!
The good news is, there are professionals out there who watch the trends for us and help us to create the dream spaces we’ve always wanted. Many famous interior designers have taught us tips and tricks on how to achieve the perfect farmhouse kitchen, a fluffy, soft living room, or even a coastal inspired bathroom. Pulling from influences all around the world, it is the job of an interior designer to achieve your taste through elegance, class, and maybe a pop of color too. So who are the most famous interior designers? Many incredible interior artists have paved the way and shaped how we decorate today. However, no one does it quite like these folks.
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We may know her from HGTV show Fixer Upper with her contractor husband, Chip. Or from her incredibly successful magazine and interior line called Magnolia. Or from her interior collaborations with companies like Target and Anthropology. The truth is, Joanna Gaines is a designer to be reckoned with. Since the launch of her show in 2013, Gaines has built an incredible empire in a short amount of time (1). From magazines to books, TV shows to collaborations, even coining the signature shiplap walls and rustic farmhouse design, Joanna Gaines has an incredibly sharp eye for modern interior.
Her style takes a very bright and clean aesthetic. She decorates with layered textures, neutral colors, and inclusive patterns. Nothing she designs with is loud or bright, but rather rustic with a slight hint of modern minimalism. Aside from neutral colors and quality textiles, Gaines also decorates with gold metal accents throughout the interior. Whether it’s a light fixture, or the leg of a chair, you can find these small gold accents throughout her homes along with splashes of greenery, giving each place a sense of comfort, and family-style living.
Although Fixer Upper came to a halt in 2018, The couple proves unstoppable as they continue to build their interior empire. They even put their hometown Waco, Texas on the map with their Magnolia Market at the Silos, a massive 4.9 acre tourist attraction that includes home décor shopping and even dining options, drawing in 30,000 customers each week. In the near future, the couple plans to renovate a hotel in downtown Waco and eventually own their own cable network for future home design shows.
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While Joanna Gaines has centered her design around comfort and family, Peter takes another approach to the game of interior design. Peter Marino, fashion’s favorite architect, is infamously known for his incredible design work both residentially and commercially. He is founder and principle of Peter Marino Architect PLLC, an architecture firm he founded in 1978, and works with incredibly high-profile clients in the fashion and jewelry industry including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi, Graff, Dior, and Bulgari just to name a few. He is known for his impressive art displays and elegant materials, creating a true masterpiece to showcase high end luxuries (2).
It’s hard to find words to describe Peter Marino’s infamous interior work, but it is nothing short of breathtaking. Peter Marino, an artist himself, works with luxe materials such as marble, crystal, and gold, but takes each project on a client-by-client basis. While his work is extremely grand, he seems to capture the exact essence of the resident or company through his work. Playing with bright colors and gallery like hallways, to a grand marble stairways and even a giant jewelry statue in the entrance of the Chanel office, Marino does have one signature move when it comes to interior design – he draws the eye in to the center of the room, wall, or end of a hallway with a large and spectacular art piece, then works the room outwards from there.
Peter Marino is at the height of luxury when it comes to interior design. From exterior to interior, Marino covers his bases with incredible precision, playful lines, and splashes of color or texture among muted tones. Due to his high profile of clients and A-list status, Marino has earned a well-respected name in the world of luxury living.
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Another famously sought after interior design, India Mahdavi, dives us deep into a world of color. As The New Yorker famously coined her the virtuoso of color, Mahdavi quickly became renowned for her wondrous interior colors and whimsical designs (3). In. 1999 Mahdavi opened her design studio and debuted her first furniture collection and showroom a couple years after. She then opened her Petits Objets store in 2011, which includes her vivid and carefully designed lighting options, ceramics, and home décor accessories. Throughout her very fruitful career, Mahdavi has paired up with prestige brands names such as Louis Vuiton, Nespresso, and Bisazza.
India Mahdavi tends to work with heavy furniture, subtle patterns, and bright consistent colors. Typically her rooms will all be consistently along the lines of one color theme, such as all green like her designs from Ladurée Quai Des Bergues in Geneva, or all pink like The Gallery at Sketch in London. She uses clean heavy lines, thick furniture, and soft, easy materials to complete her interior work such a velvet, marble, and soft, comfortable textiles
The interior work she completes makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into an alternate storybook version of your life, with colors jumping off the pages. Her interior design work is so stunning, inspiring, and one of a kind, it’s no wonder she is so highly sought after by private residential and commercial clients around the world.