In the same way that clothing can significantly impact your mood, so too can the design of your home. We're all familiar with the transformative effect of a new dress, power suit, or stellar heels, suddenly that grungy concrete sidewalk becomes a chic designer runway, and you strut to work like a supermodel. Creative directors of beloved fashion label The Great, Emily Current and Meritt Elliott have tapped into this sentiment with their work as celebrity stylists, and they regularly apply it to their homewares and furniture design, too—have you seen their gorgeous nursery collection for Pottery Barn Kids?
To celebrate the launch of their new website, ThisIsEmilyandMeritt.com, the design-obsessed duo collaborated with online vintage site Chairish to curate a cool collection of their favorite finds. "We gravitate toward warmth, familiarity, and that classic American style with something charming or a sense of humor thrown in," they told MyDomaine. "We love nostalgic shapes, indigo textiles, earthy colors, black and white stripes, graphic shapes, glazed ceramics, fun brass figurines. Our style is an eclectic mix, and we tried to encapsulate that in the sale." We quizzed the girls during their recent launch event in L.A. for some tips on how to add that fashionable flair and creative mood to any home.
MYDOMAINE: How does fashion influence your furniture design and vice versa?
EMILY CURRENT AND MERITT ELLIOTT: We approach home décor in the same way we approach styling a look. Things must be rooted in the classics but feature something new, fun, or off-kilter to make it your own. We love a silly twist, a red lip with Converse, something glamorous in an otherwise bohemian room.
MD: What are your tips for styling the high/low mix?
EC & ME: We both style and decorate the same way, balancing something new and perhaps a bit more modern with something vintage. We believe that mixing something tailored and clean with something a bit worn and faded gives the feeling of effortless and personal style.
MD: You never seem to put a design foot wrong. Do you ever break the rules?
EC & ME: We approach everything with no rules. While we tend to gravitate to the same themes, colors, or proportions when designing, we are equally compelled by things that feel emotional or humorous. We use this compass in evolving a look and feel of an outfit or a room.
MD: What are three things every room should have?
EC & ME: Something striped, something handmade, and something gold.
MD: Do you subscribe to trends?
EC & ME: We are constantly observing, analyzing, and playing with trends. While we honor trends in all that we do, we are rarely driven by them.
MD: Who are some of your favorite furniture and interior designers both in history and today?
EC & ME: A lot of different people from Alvar Aalto to David Hicks, George Nelson to Milo Baughman.
MD: You are both very close, personally and professionally, what tips do you have for working with friends in business?
EC & ME: Always be respectful and understanding. Communicate kindly and clearly. Be creatively uninhibited. And always, always laugh things off.
MD: How important are mood boards to your design process?
EC & ME: Mood boards are very important to us, hence our newly relaunched website of inspiration. We love finding inspiration in unusual places and having fun with design. We do everything together and have made a career out of creative riffing. We have a shared aesthetic and a very healthy way of working together.