California-Based Designer Matches Homeowners to Hues! With any project, Michelle Workman, owner of Michelle Workman Interiors, gives color a considerable amount of thought. “I want to showcase the personality of the homeowners,” says the effervescent interior designer, whose firm has offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. “With that parameter, there are different styles and colors that are like all these different things there are about personalities. . . . I put all these things in that contrast each other, so it’s not all one-note. It becomes sort of a symphony.”
What draws people to the seashore? For some, it’s to fly a kite in the wind; walk along the water’s edge, listening to the endless sound of the breaking surf; or see a blazing red sun fall below the horizon, creating coral clouds on a warm summer’s eve. For others, it’s the thrill of fierce winter rains, watching the dramatic chapters of a raging coastal storm play out from the comfort of a seaside cabin while sitting by a cozy crackling fire. In any season, it might be an afternoon stroll through a charming village, stopping at unique galleries and boutiques that tempt you to purchase a special remembrance. And a hankering for old-fashioned saltwater taffy can always be satisfied at the seashore.
If you’ve ever walked into a room and noticed that the people somehow look more beautiful than in another space, it may not be your imagination. In fact, it probably has much to do with the color of the walls.
Vancouver, British Columbia–based interior designer Patricia Gray believes that if they are neutral, walls create a wonderful backdrop for the life in the room, as well as the objects and furniture that decorate it. “Then, people can wear all their colors and look marvelous in the space,” she says.
For architect Christopher Grubb and interior designer Jamie Rueb, the project was rare. Most of Arch-Interiors Design Group’s clients come to them with a home in need of design or structural help, not to mention most clients have existing furnishings—artwork, antiques, furniture—that they want to incorporate into the finished product. So when a twentysomething bachelor approached the Los Angeles–based firm for help furnishing and decorating his completely empty circa-1942 Hollywood Hills home, the duo was understandably excited. “It really was a start-from-the-beginning opportunity,” says Grubb.