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Kelly Wearstler’s 8 Tips for Finding Design Inspiration

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Jun 16, 2021 • 4 min read

Kelly Wearstler is one of the world’s top interior designers, and her design work has been featured in publications the world over, from Architectural Digest and Elle Decor to Vogue and The New Yorker. Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she moved to Los Angeles in her early twenties and rose to fame by redefining the look of West Coast design. She has designed everything from Hollywood homes to boutique hotels (like the Viceroy in Malibu and the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills); has created collections of everything from home accessories to fine china to wall coverings; and also runs her own firm, Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (KWID), and eponymous luxury lifestyle brand.

Kelly draws inspiration from many different areas of design, including (but not limited to) fashion, architecture, graphic design, landscape design, art, and jewelry. Whether you’re looking for home decor ideas for a living room makeover or interior design ideas to start your career, here are a few of her tips for finding inspiration of your own and getting those creative juices flowing.