Another view of this bedroom.
Is there anything you would not put in a room, aside from beige paint?
I wouldn’t say never to anything. Never is a long time. There’s a time and place for beige paint! I’m constantly changing and evolving, so who knows?
I read that you spoke at the Surfaces convention. Did you see anything there that was a revelation?
I see a lot of really cool stuff at all of these conventions. I found this one product called Semco that can cover multi-surfaces in a concrete finishes and is 100% waterproof—it’s practically bulletproof, this stuff. There were all these great tiles and mosaics that came out. There’s so much new stuff out there that just blows me away every time I go to these conventions. It’s very inspiring.
You’re pretty different from your standard interior designer on television. Have you been embraced by that community or do they see you as more of an outsider?
I think everybody gets a kick out of what I’m doing and appreciates it. I have a lot of respect for everybody else. I did a thing at the Pacific Design Center with Kathryn Ireland, Martin Laurence and David Bromstad. Back in the day, I think they looked at me like I was a little bit crazy—at first, everybody talked to me like I was from another country. They were really loud and expected me to be this party guy, but now they realize that I’m just doing my thing and having fun with it.
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