IN PROFILE: BRIGETTE ROMANEK

Interior designer Brigette Romanek, of Romanek Design Studio, recalls the decorating of a friend’s Malibu home as being her first interior design project. Now one of Los Angeles’ buzziest designers and a recent addition to Architectural Digest’s AD 100 list, it boggles the mind a bit to learn that Romanek, a Chicago transplant, is entirely self-taught. One look at Romanek’s Laurel Canyon home; however, shared with her husband, filmmaker Mark Romanek and two daughters, proves that unconventional is Romanek’s MO. Her home, rife in color, mood and texture establishes Romanek’s style as both fearless and endlessly luxe. Her ability to sync visual extravagance with fixed function has resulted in a diverse portfolio, ranging from Hollywood chateaus to Malibu bungalows, and see-and-be-seen-style eateries. To go along with her recent DECASO curation, Romanek recently took time to share some of her handy tricks of the trade, from the classic print she’s vetting for a comeback, to why you’ll never find her skimping on a room’s area rug.

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THIS VERANDA-INSPIRED BREAKFAST ROOM WILL HAVE YOU PINING TO BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Fresh flowers and wicker furniture aside, how does one bring the outdoors in? San Francisco designer Eche Martinez  shed light on that question at this years SF Decorator’s Showcase, creating a verdant breakfast room that radiates alfresco appeal (with nary a wicker chair in sight). Ahead, discover the inspiration behind Martinez’s elevated breakfast room and learn his insider tricks for bringing a dose of the great outdoors into your own space.

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THIS STUNNING, MODERN FAMILY ROOM WILL HAVE YOU RETHINKING THE HUMBLE SITTING ROOM

Sitting rooms—the most superfluous room in the house or an necessity every household needs? At this year’s SF Decorator’s Showcase, San Francisco-based designer Heather Hilliard made a compelling case for the latter by introducing a new kind of sitting room. Filled with a mix of antiques and contemporary finds; new and storied art, Hilliard’s room proves that sitting rooms aren’t a bygone artifact, but rather they can be compelling and dynamic spaces worthy of any floorplan’s extra square footage. Ahead, Hilliard shares her inspiration for her modern sitting room and reveals ideas for creating your own contemporary sitting room that feels nothing like the musty dens of yesteryear.

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IN PROFILE: LEXI TALLISMAN OF GREYSCALE INTERIORS

For designer Lexi Tallisman, it’s all in the details. Lexi is the founder and principle of NYC interior firm, Greyscale Interiors, which specializes in the art of je ne sais quoi.  Since opening in 2010, Lexi has led her boutique firm in constructing richly layered interiors that exude a warm yet artful sophistication. With an eye for the details, her projects are never without touches like custom upholstery, vintage art, or unique hardware. When she’s not jetting between projects in locales like Amagansett and Paris, Lexi is boots on the ground (or on DECASO!), sourcing the antiques and specialty pieces that make her work feel so utterly charm-filled. To go along with her collection of DECASO favorites, Lexi recently took time to discuss the ins and outs of her design process, including how she channels “understated drama” and the most unexpected place she’s ever gone for design.  

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