Creative consultant Khristian A. Howell (now style editor for Atlanta magazine) injects joie de vivre into all of her creations, which have included motifs licensed for everything from pillows to stationery found at the likes of West Elm and Bloomingdale’s and, now, her own line of wallpaper. Boasting perfect color vision, Howell has served as a design expert and trend forecaster for Better Homes and Gardens and AmericasMart. Here, the inspiration behind her new launches—and how to use them.
Mad About Plaid
The classic buffalo plaid has legs as long as your favorite Cabernet (it’s been around since Woolrich launched a version in the 1850s modeled after traditional Scottish tartans). Once firmly in Lincoln Log territory, checks have embraced a fashion-forward tone and can be used as a statement neutral. Layer on bright color, menswear-inspired patterns, and, yes, more plaid. (I like to call this look “modern lodge.”) It can also set a cozy tone for a nursery or game room.
The design world can’t get enough of a big, moody floral on a dark base. Still need convincing?
- The dark background takes the tone from saccharine to sophisticated and sexy.
- Strategic placement in small areas is a good place to start. Try playing with a bold floral in a powder room, closet, or at the back of a bookshelf.
- Think balancing act. The most interesting spaces play with tones of masculine and feminine.
From the rebirth of the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Martinique banana leaves to California designer Justina Blakeney’s coining of the portmanteau “jungalow” (jungle bungalow), interior design is in full-on plant lady mode. It is truly timeless, and there really isn’t a space that can resist a little leafy treatment. Invite a green pattern (and live greenery to go with!) into a dining room, a living room, or even an accent wall in a bedroom. It’s all about bringing the outside in.
This article appears in our Spring 2019 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.