Top 5 ideas from popular interior designers

Nick Olsen

After studying architecture at Columbia University, Nick Olsen got a job assisting designer Miles Redd and quickly shifted his career path to interiors. His influential style incorporates bold colors and quirky patterns in an accessible and cozy manner, and he’s known to use lots of cultural decorations like antiques and modern art. Specializing in home, with examples being a Greek Revival townhouse in Brooklyn Heights and an Upper East Side family apartment designed by architect Peter Marino, New York-based Olsen launched his own firm in 2010. His projects have been featured in magazines across the globe, including British Homes & Gardens, Wall Street Journal, and The World of Interiors.

Kathryn M. Ireland

Kathryn M. Ireland is a British designer currently based in Los Angeles. She has a diverse creative background, and before becoming an interior designer, she worked as an actress, clothing designer and filmmaker. Bringing worldly influences to an aesthetic that combines elegant European and cool California chic, her portfolio includes celebrity homes, hotels and architectual landmarks. Ireland shares her expertise and passion with the public by hosting regular design bootcamps and holding a design retreat each summer, as well as through her four books, each full of bold colors, eye-catching textiles and sophisticated bohemian vibes. She also has a line of textiles, decorations and furniture, and her online shop is a great place for unique finds including vintage pottery, antique furniture, and colorful eastern-inspired rugs.

Muriel Brandolini

Muriel Brandolini‘s international outlook and tropical inspired interiors are influenced by her upbringing between Vietnam, Venezuela and France. Her cultural and colorful approach has made her one of today’s most prominent designers, with works frequently featured across high-end women’s titles like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Elle. In 2012, Brandolini received the HUE Lifetime Achievement Award for her vibrant designs and remarkable sense of color, which she has also translated into Life by Muriel Brandolini, her lifestyle brand complete with playful apparel, fabrics, furniture, home décor and accessories. To best get insight into Brandolini’s artistic life and colorful work, get your hands on her book The World of Muriel.

Lilly Bunn

With a background as fashion editor of Town and Country Magazine, Lily Bunn is known for creating chic and livable spaces. Before opening her own New York-based firm in 2009, she worked for the interior design company McMillen, Inc. Her portfolio, characterized by optimistic colors and patterns against sophisticated backgrounds, includes stylish family homes and she has been featured in Vogue, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Veranda and Lonny. Earlier this year, Lilly Bunn’s eye for decorating earned her a spot on Vogue‘s list of young interior designers on the rise.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Branca has been working under her own name since 1981. Known for using rich colors and ornamental detailing, she’s been featured on Elle Décor‘s A-list every year since 2011 as well as House Beautiful‘s Master Class, and has been published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country and the New York Times to name a few. During her many years as an interior decorator, she’s filled her portfolio with a wide variety of different projects, including collections of textiles and furniture, private homes, commercial interiors and product development for clients around the globe. Branca’s elegant aesthetic mixes classical styles with elements of traditional craftsmanship, as seen in her inspirational book New Classic Interiors.

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