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Luxury interior designer Jennifer Dyer has made a name for herself designing beautiful homes in Los Angeles and beyond. She shops multiple high and low sources to pull together a unique mix of furnishings. No two of her projects are alike. She is able to design for multiple design styles making each project special.
LAMPS PLUS: How would you describe your style?
JENNIFER DYER: Traditional with an eclectic twist. However, when it comes to lighting, I like to make a statement. It's an easy way to add a punch to your space.
LAMPS PLUS: Where do you find inspiration for your projects?
JENNIFER DYER: I find inspiration through fashion and travel. Every Spring and Fall, Vogue comes out with a special publication that highlights what debuted on the runways of New York and Paris. I always buy the magazine to look at textures and colors that are popular. Usually, colors you see on the runway will transfer to home fabrics within 6-9 months. Travel is always an inspiration because I think Europe and Australia specifically are way ahead of the US in design trends.
LAMPS PLUS: What do you love most about designing homes in Los Angeles?
JENNIFER DYER: I love the casual elegance of homes in Los Angeles. People live comfortably here yet they are still very stylish. Clients understand the necessary mixing of objects and furniture both old and new.
LAMPS PLUS: What is your favorite color? How does that color make you feel?
JENNIFER DYER: That is a hard question to answer. It changes a lot. A few years ago I would have said black. Last year I would have said blue. Now I am really into red and coral. They make me feel alive and vibrant.
LAMPS PLUS: Right now, I am obsessed with...
JENNIFER DYER: Fendi color block handbags and Silk Ethos rugs from ABC Carpet and Home.
LAMPS PLUS: How do you involve your clients in the design process?
JENNIFER DYER: It's their space to begin with so I remind myself that I am designing for them and not myself. I show them images from magazines and ask them to chose things they like. Based on their choices, I select furniture, colors, and a scheme that are presented in design meetings. I give them enough choices to make a decision, but not enough to confuse them.
LAMPS PLUS: What is the most common decorating mistake people make?
JENNIFER DYER: This is a twofold answer: first, people are always too concerned about things matching. Matching doesn't equal a better design and some of the best design schemes are unexpected combinations of furniture, lighting, and colors. Second, if you are hiring a designer, people have to trust in that designer. People often second guess the decisions their designer is making, but they hired them in the first place for their expertise. People must remember when only half the room is installed they can't make a judgement on how it looks because it's not finished yet.
LAMPS PLUS: How important is lighting in your designs?
JENNIFER DYER: Lighting sets the whole mood of your space. It's probably one of the most important elements in design. I always make sure to put my overhead fixtures on dimmers and a max of 60 watt bulbs in my lamps. Think of floor and table lamps like a piece of furniture and select ones that are just as beautiful as the pillows you are placing on your sofa or the art you are hanging on your walls.
LAMPS PLUS: What is the ideal combination of light fixtures for lighting a bedroom?
JENNIFER DYER: Personally, I have 3 lamps and a chandelier in my bedroom. Ideally, I wish I also had halogen high hats over my bed as reading lights. I always hang a chandelier in bedrooms if my clients let me. It creates a sexy and calming ambiance that you want in a bedroom. I usually do not match my lamps because I use the need for bedside lamps as another reason to be creative in design. It also makes it easier for me to move lamps around to a different space if I get tired of looking at the same thing or if I move to a new home.
LAMPS PLUS: What are your two favorite living room floor lamps from Lamps Plus?
Kathy Ireland Essentials Spinal Floor Lamp: I think this is a great lamp that would look wonderful in a Spanish Mediterranean design scheme.
Robert Abbey Doughnut Floor Lamp in Antique Brass: I love this lamp. I have used it for a client in the past. It's the perfect mix of glam and modern and can be easily used in a bedroom, living room, or office.
Images: Courtesy of Jennifer Dyer