Photo courtesy of Ryan White Design.
Has your upbringing in Colorado and Montana influenced your decorating style?
Absolutely. I spent a lot of time in Vail and Aspen, and that mountain-lodge-y and comfortable type of vibe will always be in my blood and part of my style. The seven years I spent in New York and the three years I’ve lived in LA give me a city vibe, too.
Your portfolio definitely screams “upscale comfortable.” Do you prefer designing informal over formal rooms?
I don’t ever like to walk into a space and feel like it’s informal or formal. I prefer neither. If those two ideas could marry, that’s what I would prefer. I don’t want to call a space any one thing—that doesn’t excite me. I’d rather walk into a room and feel a lot of different emotions and a lot of different styles within the space.
You’ve expressed an interest in other interviews of having a show on a TV network like HGTV. What would be the focus of your show, if you had one?
I did an episode of Open House for the NBC affiliate in LA and it was great to be in front of the camera again. If I did a show for HGTV, I’d want to show the audience how a design firm runs from its beginning stages. I still feel like a beginner in this business and think it would be interesting to see how someone starts out or transitions from one career to another. I’m not into personal drama, so I wouldn’t want that element in the mix, but something informative that captures those wonderful moments in a designer’s day, shot in a sexy, chic way, with the city as a backdrop to the whole thing.
Do you still want to act?
I’ve put that on the backburner for the past two years. Design is the spot where my heart is now. Hosting might be a better fit. That whole Nate Berkus thing.
Which supermodel’s house would you most like to design, and why?
The one and only Carolyn Murphy. I follow her on Instagram and feel our styles would mesh very well together.
What are you working on now?
I just started a house in Beverly Hills three weeks ago. It’s a 7,500 square foot Mediterranean and I’m doing every square inch of the house. It’s life-changing for me because the budget is the largest I’ve ever had and the work going into it is something I haven’t quite experienced before. I wake up every day with a panic attack—that fear thing—but I take a deep breath and get through it because it’s going to be a really great part of my portfolio that will take me to the next level.
See more of designer Ryan White’s stunning work at RyanWhiteDesigns.com.