Every designer starts with different elements. For me, it’s all about fabrics. Here, I fell in love with a modern chinoiserie, then added color, pattern, and texture—jute, velvet, leather, and metallics. The faraway theme, plus the warm tones, reminded me of a well-appointed woman’s library—and of my grandmother, Thelma Ware, who passed away in 2013. I can hear her saying, ‘Dayka? This is G-Ma. I read your blog this morning and that room you did was very nice.’”
Bone-and-brass drawer pull, Anthropologie
A sugar bowl reminds me of ladies tea time.
“Donana” in Gris by Gastón y Daniela for Brunschwig & Fils; “Cline” in Rose by Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
The woodgrain texture of Ann Sacks’s Sepulveda Metallic tile blends with wood and metallic objects like these accessories.
I love books, the older the better.
This animal print “Bula” by Kravet, furthers the exotic theme.
A compact adds a feminine event.
Kravet Couture “Aomori” is the pattern that inspired my mood board.
Feathers are always fun (here, on a napkin ring).
“Mayar” velvet by Thom Filicia in turquoise for Kravet and Myers Carpet jute add texture.
Dayka Robinson is a California native and principal designer at Dayka Robinson Designs, the studio she founded in 2010. A graduate of Spelman College and former design assistant on the popular TBS show Movie and a Makeover, she is the editor of the lifestyle blog DRD. The award-winning designer’s work has been featured in Essence, Uptown, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Black Enterprise, and more.
- “Donana” in gris, Gastón y Daniela for Brunschwig & Fils
- “Cline” in rose, Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
- Sepulveda metallic tile in gold, Ann Sacks
- “Aomori,” Kravet Couture
- “Mayar” in turquoise, Thom Filicia for Kravet
- “Bula,” Jaipur Collection, Kravet
- Jute carpet, Myers Carpet
Photographs by Greg Dupree
This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.