Photography by David Land Image by: Photography by David Land
Brett Walther: How do you “winterize” your home from a decor perspective?
Vern Yip: Texture is your friend when it comes to warming up a space. Texture can be tactile—chunky knit throws and pillows layered on your sofa—but it can also be visual. People don’t often think of how lighting showcases the visual texture of a space, but dimmer switches and various levels of lighting are very important. I also recently refloored my New York apartment in cork, which warms up a space in wonderful ways. It’s soft, shock-absorbent and comfortable underfoot, and it's a fantastic insulator. So, even if your taste is really contemporary and you like things pared down, you can still make your home a space in which you’d feel comfortable hibernating.
BW: What holiday decorating trends are worth trying?
VY: The ‘natural’ trend—feathers, bark and antlers—is making a huge comeback, but you don’t want it to look like little forest animals are dwelling underneath your tree. It’s important to incorporate natural elements in a restrained way, and to pair them with things that are a bit cleaner. When you juxtapose organic with slick, the two are better for it. It’s all about creating balance.
BW: What does your own Christmas tree look like?
VY: I’ve been to 47 countries in the past seven years, and everywhere I go, I pick up a unique thing to put on the tree. What ties all of these souvenirs together is a colour theme: As long as it’s red, white or clear, it can go on the tree. Once you’ve established a thread of continuity, you can incorporate a wide variety of ornaments that makes your tree feel genuine. In that way, the tree is just a microcosm of what your entire house should be: ornaments and accessories that tell your story and the story of your family.
For some more interior design advice, check out our interview with the creative director of West Elm.
|This story was originally titled "Five Minutes With Vern Yip, Designer" in the December 2014 issue.|
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