Adventures in Design: Livable Luxury
Kate Lester is a Los Angeles based designer who has been practicing luxury residential interior design for over 15 years.
Clientele include professional athletes, entertainment industry insiders, and the Hollywood elite. Kate aims to create spaces that are carefully crafted, thoughtfully curated, and the embodiment of livable luxury. With a diversely talented design team in her studio, and now a home store in Hermosa Beach, – Kate is spreading that vision of livable luxury and creatively curated interiors with the masses.
Often times I am inspired by what’s trending in fashion when I am sourcing for a new project. Other times it’s a fantastic photograph, or a one of a kind textile that sets the creative process in motion. This summer I have been really inspired by neutrals, textures, and globally inspired patterns. Maybe it’s a little bit of what’s happening in fashion, maybe some of what I am drawn to when I travel- but I think more than ever, there is a luxury in simplicity. I find that I am constantly sourcing high quality pieces with unique details to give our spaces a more curated and less “decorated” look.
For this client it was all about mixing textures and materials to create a space that felt calm, inviting, and effortless. The Grammercy Sofa by Four Hands is not only comfortable, but also visually appealing with its clean lines and steel base detail. I carried that metal element right through to the sculptural Tawnton Side Table from Dovetail, as well as to the sleek and sophisticated Dot Articulating Wall Sconce by Circa Lighting. I really think light fixtures have such an easy ability to add wow-factor to any space. I am a firm believer in letting shape, form, and finish speak for a piece and this sconce speak volumes to me.
Relief from the metal elements comes through reclaimed wood & bluestone in the Fischer Bunching Table by Four Hands. Two coffee tables add versatility to the room and draw your eye up to the Mas Amor Photograph also by Four Hands. I constantly gravitate toward art and photography that doesn’t feel too intentional and is a little more unexpected. Another unexpected detail is the wrapped rattan peel that covers the arms of the Duvall Lounge Chair by Palecek. A statement chair should be just that, and Palecek has so many amazing options!
I added softness by layering in a mix of block printed pillows from Four Hands & Injiri (via Aesthetic Movement) and grounded everything with the hand-knotted Himba Wool Area Rug by Solo Rugs. A neutral space shouldn’t be completely devoid of color, so I always add just enough to keep things fresh without overwhelming the eye and distracting from the design as a whole.
Twice a year (and sometimes more) my team and I have such a blast perusing, and shopping Las Vegas Market to decide what will make its way into our designs and home store. Seeing everything in person is critical as is meeting the amazing vendors, craftsmen, and small business owners who bring all of these unique products to life. That’s a wrap for Summer, we’ll see you in January!