Q&A with DE­SIGNER LAU­REL PFAN­NEN­STIEL

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Spe­cial­iz­ing in in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign, Lau­rel Pfan­nen­stiel of­ten turns to pe­ri­ods past for in­spi­ra­tion, but she also takes cues from fash­ion run­ways and her clients’ own style sense.

Q: How do fash­ion run­ways in­form in­te­rior de­sign?

A: Fash­ion-de­signer fab­rics—new weaves and new pat­terns— in­flu­ence what we will see in­tro­duced in in­te­rior de­sign tex­tiles. I think it’s the lat­est printed fash­ion fab­rics that re­ally do it for me and my de­signs. De­tails mat­ter to me.

Q: How do fash­ion trends con­nect to this home?

A: We were start­ing to see sil­ver and gold shim­mer in knits, shoes, and bags, so we brought that sparkle into the house. Also, ab­stract prints were ap­pear­ing in fash­ion—we used fab­rics with sim­i­lar pat­terns on the din­ing room chairs. In fact, the side chair fab­ric is by fash­ion de­signer Chris­tian Lacroix.

Q: How do you get clients to take risks with color? A: First you have to gain their trust, be­cause they have to live and be com­fort­able in their spa­ces. I al­ways of­fer them three or four choices for fin­ishes, col­ors, etc. Then we can dis­cuss and col­lab­o­rate on the fi­nal choices. Beau­ti­fully col­ored tiles are a great way to show a client dif­fer­ent color com­bi­na­tions. Show­ing clients some­thing they haven’t seen be­fore of­ten makes them ap­pre­ci­ate a new idea. For ex­am­ple, I showed this home’s owner kitchen tiles with sil­ver and gold, and she re­al­ized we could mix the two met­als to cre­ate time­less looks in a modern way.

Q: What clas­sic cloth­ing pat­terns trans­late to dec­o­rat­ing?

A: I love an­i­mal prints—es­pe­cially leop­ard—be­cause they have an ac­ces­sory ef­fect. Like a pretty scarf or sparkling jew­elry, they stand out against neu­tral back­drops. I use lots of an­i­mal print pil­lows be­cause they are el­e­gant and no­tice­able, yet they can be switched when the home­owner wants to change up a room.

Q: What will be the next run­way-to-home trend? A: Look for more pink tones, in­clud­ing soft pink cab­i­net fin­ishes and up­hol­stery fab­rics. Leathers in mauves are also pop­ping up in up­hol­stery tex­tiles.

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