Here at StyleWhipped, we believe that everything is influenced by style, and in turn, everything influences style. And that certainly includes interior design. And because neither Cindy nor I claim to be experts at interiors, we are so excited to introduce you to our very first Guest Writer, the incredibly talented interior designer (and my friend) Serge Van Lian! Serge is an LA-to-NY transplant, and just appeared as a contestant on the current season of Bravo TV's "Top Design." Based in NYC's East Village neighborhood, Serge manages to blend downtown edginess with uptown details, and while new to the interior design scene (he was asked by the show to be on "Top Design" after being in the field for less than a year!), he is without a doubt making his mark.
We are so lucky to have Serge posting a new installment every two weeks...look for tips on dealing with small NYC spaces, where to find new inspiration, how to create a new image through your home's design, and everything else he can share with our readers. In the meantime, Serge introduces himself below...and make sure you check out the photos from some of his recent work!
"Home should reflect and bring out everything within us that is beautiful. As a designer I consider life like a movie, and so many meaningful moments are 'shot' at home. If our 'set' decor is inspiring, warm, and functional, then we are too!
I view each and everyone's home as a subconscious reflection of their own identity.
Making changes in your space, from painting a wall to finding an old light fixture, can transform all other area's of your life. So Watch Out!
My own style is eclectic, functional, and sometimes experimental. Each space I design is like a blank canvas where anything is possible and conventional rules don't apply. I love to create balance between two contradictory forces, where bizarre juxtaposes traditional, and they ultimately play off each other.
If I could give any advice to aspiring interior designers or home/apartment dwellers, it would be to follow your instincts and let the design process happen naturally. So often I find that people's places are reflections of this current moment. Your home should be a reflection of you through the years and tell a story about you to anyone who enters it. And it should be constantly evolving, as you are in your own life.
I not only tailor spaces to suit who my clients are, but more importantly who they would like to become. When they hire me to redesign their apartments, it means they want to make an extraordinary change in their life. And it's special to be a part of that.
Most of all don't be scared to try new things in your space:
As I always say:
'break rules...break convention...break glass..break habits...make real change in your space and your life...' "