Instagram has made us all photo obsessed checking our phones constantly to stay up to date with the latest picture posts. One of our favorite Instagram accounts to look at for daily inspiration is the incredibly talented interior designer and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler. Her work ranges from residential to commercial and she even has her own furniture and home accessories line. Recently she has expanded into a fashion design vertical of her business with a collection of Ready-to-wear. Kelly always has a cool and edgy look in the design world. Her account Instagram.com/KellyWearstler offers a bevy of glamorous photos of homes along with fashion and her own inspirations. We chatted with Kelly to find out what makes her Instagram #InstaGold.
CollegeDormista: Where did you go to college? What was your major? Have you always known you wanted to be an interior decorator?
Kelly Wearstler: went to Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and later School of Visual Arts in NYC. I started out as a graphic design major, but changed to architecture my sophomore year. My interiors always have a strong graphic quality. It’s in my background.
CD: How do you use instagram as a platform for inspiration?
KW: I am constantly surfing the web and exploring for my blog MyVibeMyLife. I manage my own Instagram. It’s a mix of shots I’ve taken myself with my Samsung Galaxy digital camera and mood imagery I’ve found online. It’s really a fluid anthology of whatever is inspiring me moment to moment.
CD: You are not only an interior designer but also a fashion designer, do you feel the two are connected? What similarities to you see in the two worlds of design?
KW: To me I have always seen the two mediums as synonymous with one another. I collect vintage fashion and have always been inspired by what’s happening in that world – both vintage and contemporary. The pace in fashion is a whole different animal. It’s in constant flux and always being reinvented. With interior design – the aesthetic is meant to last. I love the challenge of creating designs that are chic and new but are also timeless. Working with denim is great. I’m a California girl. Denim is such an effortless, classic material. I live in a great denim jacket and staple vintage tees.
CD: Who are your favorite people to follow on Instagram?
KW: The Coveteur, Huffington Post, Gagosian Gallery.
CD: Is your personal style reflected in your designing of interior spaces?
KW: Yes, definitely. I always have on a mix of vintage and contemporary – which is the same aesthetic I cultivate in my interiors. I like to pull from a range of eras and styles to create a look that’s bold and contemporary infused with a sense of rich history. I am constantly layering jewelry from my collections with vintage finds. The look feels found and a little raw yet refined.
CD: Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
KW: Inspiration is everywhere. The internet is so vast. There are so many amazing sites and blogs out there. I love 1st dibs for amazing vintage finds. I’m constantly making mood boards for MyVibeMyLife. In fact, there is an entire wall at my office dedicated to just that.
CD: What is your favorite picture that you have posted on Instagram?
KW: I can’t say as I love them all equally. I can tell you the most popular with my followers are the ones of closets I’ve designed for clients. People love a good closet.
CD: What advice can you give to students on finding their own inspirations?
KW: Make mood boards. Play on Pinterest. It’s invaluable to figuring out your aesthetic and style. Start by collecting imagery and art that inspires you. Once you see it all laid out, patterns and color stories start to arise. It’s such a great tool to finding your voice.