It’s no surprise to us that principle designer Lucie Ayres of 22 Interiors has won Best of Houzz Design and Service awards for the last 4 years. Her ability to dream up and execute gorgeous and thoughtfully designed interiors time and again is remarkable. And her LA based design office, where all the magic happens, is no different. You’re in for a real treat as Lucie gives us a glimpse into her chic African safari inspired office and shares her expert design tips on how to create sanctuary when decorating your own space.
How have you designed your office to inspire you & promote creativity?
My office is influenced by my backpacking trip to Kenya and Tanzania many years ago. All things safari – African materials and patterns, animals, masks, fabrics, wood carvings, anything tribal consistently both inspire and calm me.
What is your favorite item in your office & what item could you not live without?
My favorite item in my office is my Czech grandmother’s scarf framed (behind my seat). And besides the obvious (my mac), I could not live without my collection of bookstand magazine pages.
What is your design philosophy?
Push limits in every way, trust your gut, and make rooms as enjoyable as possible.
How would you describe your personal design style?
A mix of Cali cool and Euro sophisticated.
What tips can you give us on how to create sanctuary in our own spaces?
- Mix materials! No matter what your budget, you should have a mix of leather/pleather, linen, cotton, and metallic.
- Be daring – use color and pattern. Remember – with walls – it’s just paint! But if you’re still afraid, use color in accessories – pillows, throw blankets, objects, temporary wall stickers (faux wallpaper).
- Play and have fun. Rearrange your furniture and see how it feels. Put some paint swatches on a wall and try things.
Who are some of your favorite go-to artists and craftsmen?
- Galaxy Draperies are my go-to window treatment people. They all work incredibly hard and custom/hand make amazingly beautiful window treatments, which I think make a great impact on any room.
- Pop-o-Color on Etsy is one of my favorite pillow shops. Great fabrics, selection, and prices.
- Art is so important – I love Shana Frase watercolors, Lane Coder photography, and prints by Daylight Dream Editions.
What is one small design change that can make a big impact?
Paint. Biggest impact ever – always !