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Q&A with Erin Conway from Kismet House

We spoke with design blogger & product stylist Erin Conway from Kismet House on what she loves about two signature Wisteria pieces and how to style them! She also gave us some inspiring insight into her craft.

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What do you love about this table?

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What don’t I love about this table?! It is the perfect soft wood tone and has just the right amount of distress and character. It definitely feels like it has a story to tell.

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How did this piece complement the surrounding space?

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I like to mix in natural wood tones that help the room feel more earthy and lived-in. If a piece has character and imperfections, a home immediately feels more welcoming and well-loved.

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Where do you find inspiration?

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I find inspiration from nature and landscapes. I like to design with a lot of texture and a color palette in mind. We can often just go outdoors, depending on where you are in the world, and be confronted with so many different color palettes and textures, effortlessly working together organically. You don’t even have to think about it, the world is sharing its palette with you.

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What are some other ways this piece could be used in a home?

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This piece could be used as an entry console in a small space, a makeup table in bedroom with a great stool or chair tucked underneath, or even as a small island in a kitchen. It is such a charming piece.

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What makes this cabinet unique?

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This cabinet has so much texture and variation in wood tone. It truly looks like it has been around for a hundred years!

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How did you decide where to place this piece?

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I knew I wanted to use this piece for kids’ shoe storage. We don’t have a proper entry, and those little shoes pile up by the door. Placing this in the living room, just off the front door, we have a chic and stylish place to set keys and mail, plus store their shoes.

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What is an unexpected way to use this design?

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I think the way we use it is unexpected; shoe storage is likely not what comes to mind when looking at such a stunning piece. Another great way to utilize it would be in a bedroom as storage for undergarments or in a large-scale kitchen with a dining nook to house spices and baking goods.

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What’s your go-to design tip that applies to most homes?

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Get the appropriate scale furniture for the room. Furniture that is too big makes your space feel smaller. Furniture that is too small makes your space feel unfinished.

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Finally, in your online course, An Every Home Design Guide – Kismet House Method, you talk about design FOMO. Can you explain what that is?

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Design FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is a concept I coined for my course. We are bombarded with images of homes, design, and style on social media, and we feel like we have to keep up with whatever is getting the most saves, shares, tags, and likes. This leads to impulse purchasing and not ever allowing yourself to truly embrace your own style, which creates a lot of soul-less homes that all look the same. In my course, I always remind my students: your style will not always be what is trending, and that’s more than okay. You need to love your home, not strangers on the internet.

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Follow Erin on Instagram at @kismet_house and explore her blog at kismet-house.com.

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All images courtesy Erin Conway.

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One Room Challenge™ with Designer Jana Bek

For this blog, we’re thrilled to let designer Jana Bek take over and explain her creative process and show us her utterly fabulous makeover result!

As one of my go-to sources for fresh, beautifully crafted furniture, it’s no surprise that Wisteria’s pieces shine in our new Brooklyn apartment. I designed this space for the One Room Challenge™, a widely anticipated biannual event that partners with a myriad of companies and designers. Twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space while documenting their process, sources, and advice over six weekly posts. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding, and I was honored to take part. So, without further ado, if you’re a fan of vibrant colors and pattern, you’ll enjoy touring our new Brooklyn place!

Oslo Burl Wood Veneer Coffee Table

I wanted to go big and bold for our Brooklyn apartment, and I’m delighted with how it came together! In the living room, Wisteria’s Oslo Burl Wood Veneer Coffee Table adds rich texture and a vintage vibe with its mid-century design. In small spaces especially, you want to minimize too many furniture “legs” to keep the space feeling clean and uncluttered. This waterfall-style table is a perfect piece to do just that!

The Disappearing Console

Crafted of luxurious acrylic, Wisteria’s Disappearing Console is so versatile and easy on the eyes, creating a focal point in our Brooklyn apartment. This is actually the third space we've included this piece. Originally, we used it as a buffet table in our Atlanta apartment, then turned it into a storage station in my Ann Arbor home office. 

Brooklyn Apartment
Atlanta Apartment
Ann Arbor Home

French Modernist Armchair

In any space, the more materials and finishes in the mix, the more lived-in layers of character. In our bedroom, Wisteria’s French Modernist Armchair masters this mix; the rope abaca and sleek curved arms create an elegant statement chair. The light linen bed frame pops against the deep plum grasscloth wallpaper, and sumptuous bed accessories add soft texture to complete the layered feel.

And that’s a wrap! Thanks for visiting. I hope our city abode inspires you to create your own fun and fearless space full of personality and style.

Jana Bek is an interior designer based in Ann Arbor, MI and Brooklyn, NY. She is a product designer of home decor, textiles, and hand-painted brushstroke lamps made in the USA. You can follow her on Instagram at @janabekdesign.

Interior Designer // Jana Bek@janabekdesign
Photographer // Lindsay Brown@lindseabrown

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3 Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home

Pantone’s color of the year famously inspires interior designers and decorators alike to mix up their palette each year and try something new. For 2019, Living Coral is the new hue du jour. Equally bright and bold, coral automatically refreshes any room and provides a lively touch. Because it’s such a powerful shade, we’re providing you with three ways to make the 2019 color of the year work for you, no matter your comfort level.

1. Big Statement – Paint

Give a mudroom door or a forgotten wall a chance to pop by painting it coral. This is perfect for those who want to embrace this color in a big way. Here, an entryway is given new life by a coral door that immediately attracts attention.

2. Playful Pops – Art, Rugs & Decor

Use coral-hued artwork, rugs, or a lamp to brighten up a room. Coral seamlessly blends with neutrals and other colors for an easy interior update. In this room, bold, minimalist artwork and a fun rug both incorporate coral and work together to liven up a living room.

3. Everchanging Accessories – Textiles & Florals

For those inspired by coral but hesitant to make the first move, accessories easily bring this color to a room without the commitment. Pillow covers, throws, and stunning floral centerpieces effortlessly instill the energy of coral into a space while being easy to change up when the mood strikes. Here, vivid color is added via beachy coral sculptures and coordinating throws and pillow covers.

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Q&A with Jennifer Boles

Jennifer Boles's latest book, Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, is all about the relationship between design inspiration and legacy. We spoke with the leading blogger and author about her latest publication, evergreen interior design trends, and where she finds inspiration every day.

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You were first inspired by photographer Victor Skrebneski's home and how it blended minimalism with traditional design. Are you still inspired by spaces with distinct dualities?

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It’s the tension between two seemingly opposite styles that can create such striking, and memorable, interiors. I think that certain antiques, such as a gilded French chair or an American highboy, look terrific when displayed against contemporary, minimal interior architecture. The restrained background makes the antiques seem sculptural, almost like pieces of art.

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Your book, Inspired Design – The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years, covers so many different types of people and styles. Was there a common thread among them?

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The common thread is that all of the featured designers have contributed significantly to the art and business of design over the past century. They may have created a new style of decorating or a new way of thinking. Some helped to make design a bona fide profession. Others might be responsible for singular rooms of such beauty and importance that we’re still talking about them today.

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You were one of the very first design enthusiasts to enter the world of blogging back in 2006. How has the online culture changed in the last 13 years for interior designers?

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When I started blogging, very few people were familiar with blogs and social media. Today, everyone has an online presence of some kind. Social media has, in a sense, leveled the playing field, meaning that designers who live far away from the design hubs of New York or Los Angeles now have the opportunity to reach a global audience and bring attention to their work.

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What are some of your favorite, enduring interior design trends that are always in style?

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I have loved Chinoiserie for years and years, and I think my love of it will never wane. Some say wallpaper is making a comeback. I adore patterned wallpaper and have quite a bit of it in my home, so I never realized it ever went out of style!

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Where do you find creative inspiration?

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I find inspiration everywhere: books, vintage magazines, classic movies, travel, museum exhibitions, shopping, catalogues, and perusing the latest furnishings at my local design center. I have a very curious mind, so when something strikes my interest, I try to learn everything I can about the subject.

Images // @thepeakofchicthepeakofchic.blogspot.com

Join us Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our Wisteria Dallas store for a panel discussion and book signing featuring Jennifer Boles with her latest book Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, alongside special guests Jeffrey Dungan and Patrick Sutton.

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