Chris Barrett belongs to that rare breed of designer who creates spaces that mirror the spirit of every client while grounded in Barrett’s unmistakable brand of fresh, understated elegance.
She finds her roots deep in the California dream: natural Mediterranean light, spaces that morph easily between indoor and outdoor living, and refined palettes electrified by the occasional jolt of strong color.
In mid-2020, Barrett relocated from Los Angeles to Palm Desert, where she’s now putting her unique signature on her new home-- a salmon-pink, mid-century dwelling designed by the iconic John Elgin Woolf. And design being a family affair, she’s also collaborating on the remodeling of her daughter’s home in upstate New York.
Barrett is one of the designers participating in the upcoming Inaugural Showhouse by the Design Collaborative, (https://www.designcollaborativeusa.com/) Show House slated to open February 5, 2022 in Palm Desert. Barrett will design the master suite, and all outside areas including a fire-pit, dining area, and lounge seating.
Her upcoming projects also include a Spanish Colonial house in La Jolla, as well a new Hamptons-style home for long-time client John Stamos.
Barrett’s knack for making a space effortlessly stylish, yet comfortable has landed her a coveted spot on many an A-lister’s speed-dial, who often call upon her for multiple projects. Her clients include Mitt Romney, Sean Hayes, “Star Wars” co-writer Lawrence and Meg Kasdan, and James (creator of “Cheers”) and Debbie Burrows.
Homes she has created include a rustic horse farm in Florida, a modern home in Manhattan Beach, a sleek Manhattan apartment, an estate in Beverly Hills, a stately Tudor in Hancock Park, and a breezy villa in Cabo San Lucas.
She now helms a wool and indoor-outdoor rug collection for Mansour Modern. She also created a textile line that she has since sold to Theo Décor . She’ll continue to design for them under the Chris Barrett for Theo Décor banner.
The work of Chris Barrett Design has been featured in the pages of the industry’s most influential publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Milieu Magazine, and House Beautiful. Editors and clients alike remark on her ability to bring her singular vision – “I don’t do heavy” being her mantra – to an eclectic array of periods and regional styles.
Barrett’s refreshing, optimistic approach has never been more relevant than in 2021. She’s discovering that our uncertain times are a surprising catalyst to growth: her project list is growing, in spite of, or perhaps in response to, the headlines.
Homing, nesting and cocooning are top-of-mind in a time when travel and social life are curtailed. People everywhere feel the desire to re-imagine their space as they reinvent themselves, which is why Barrett’s phone never stops ringing.