This Is How You Decorate Like a Fashion Designer


Courtesy of CB2

We constantly turn to the Brits for style advice. Whether on runways or in homes, Londoners seem to have an innate sense of style—one that’s bold and unapologetic but always rooted in tradition. From stately, classic designs to fearless décor choices, the British have showcased time and time again their flair for the dramatic and intuitive sense of comfort. So when we caught wind that British fashion designer Matthew Williamson—previously creative director at Emilio Pucci—was creating a new line of furniture and homewares for CB2, we had to investigate further.

While the esteemed fashion designer is no stranger to interior design—having collaborated with British brand Osbourne & Little on a line of wallpapers and, more recently, launched his own furniture collection—the CB2 line is his first foray into American design. The brief was simple: “They wanted me to do my thing and have the freedom to create products that really embodied my brand and spoke to my aesthetic,” says the designer. “It was a really free lovely personal brief. So that’s what I did: I designed things that I felt I would want to buy myself, very selfishly.”

For Williamson, crossing over to interior design was a natural progression: “I’ve always been fascinated with people’s homes as well as their clothes—and really this approach of lifestyle. I’ve always thought that a lady that buys one of my dresses probably has a very lovely home, and she’s probably as concerned with her pillows as she is with her outfit.” We chatted with the fashion designer on his unique perspective on all things décor and design. From how to mix prints and colors to how to decorate on a budget, learn all about how a British fashion designer decorates at home.