Q&A with DESIGNER JANET GUST
Having had a self-taught decorator and avid seamstress as a mother, Janet Gust can’t remember a time when design and fashion weren’t part of her life.
Q: What excites you about helping people design a home?
A: I love to be the interpreter of my client’s visions, and to tell the story for them, even if they do not know how to get there. It’s important to me to deliver comfort and durability for a family, whether they have five dogs and/or three kids. I also love when a client has a collection of anything to inspire a project, even if it is just one thing that is special.
Q: What materials do you gravitate to and why?
A: I appreciate fabrics that are both beautiful and easy to maintain, such as those by Perennials, which offer luxury and high performance. Then of course, I love fabrics that are couture in both design and structure. They are like a fine dress—when they are made of the best fabrics and are timeless in design, they hold up to the test of time. On an accessories front, I try to curate handmade objects that are one-of-a-kind and that interest my clients. If a client does not collect anything, I try to encourage them to start. Even if it is books (which I love).
Q: How do you add depth to a room?
A: I always try to mix new and old items from yesterday and today. I love baroque, French, Italian, and midcentury pieces. I always start a room with an inspiration piece, whether it is art or a fabric with great depth from either a pattern or a solid color. I gravitate to items that are designed by artisans or handmade as opposed to machine made or mass produced.
Q: Do you always go bold and inject a pop of color in your projects?
A: I always try to find a “wow” in a room—it can be a bold color or fabric I start with as inspiration and build on. Each item is then curated with the others in mind. For example, the idea for the rug in my living room came to me after the other items were selected. I wanted an iconic rug, which is why I opted for one from an artist. The rug’s pattern is from a photograph of a bridge. We had it colored to our palette of neutral and navy.