Interviewing HGTV fave Kim Myles for Williams-Sonoma’s Designer Marketplace was like catching up with an old girlfriend–even though we’ve never met. She has a refreshing perspective on…well, many things, actually. When our convo was over, I was inspired to chillax a little, and maybe you will be too. Read the main interview on the WSDM blog, and enjoy these bits that I reserved for Fu For Thought:
I was really impressed that Kim never said anything bad about anybody while she was competing on Design Star (admittedly not my forte)—even out of self defense. She was very accepting of everyone, regardless of their personality issues.
Well you know what, it’s a big wide world out there and I didn’t trash talk because I don’t believe in it– I think its just intrinsically unfair. I really believe you should do unto others as you hope they do unto you. I’m human and gossip with my girlfriends but I’m not going to get on camera and trash somebody’s work or trash somebody’s personality. I have not walked in their shoes and I don’t know why they are the way that they are. I may not like the way that they are and trust me there were a couple of people that fell into that category, but I felt like you know what, who am I to judge, honestly? I hope that that’s the kind of love and compassion that I am afforded if I’m ever having an off day. My hope is that someone takes a breath and says wow, I don’t know what happened to Kim this morning but I’m going to give her a pass. If I put enough of that out there, I’m going to receive that back and you know what, it’s actually made my life very easy to navigate. I don’t have to watch my back. I don’t have to worry about what I said here or there. It’s just about being, having integrity, and avoiding negative energy that I don’t want to engage in, because I don’t think that’s effective. Like I say, I’m no saint and if you are with me and my girlfriends on a Friday night with a bottle of wine you’ll hear some stuff, but you’ll never hear that on television!
Kim had this to say about the difference between designing for reality and designing for TV:
Although I personally tend toward minimalism in my own life, that does not work for television. What I will do for a client in life is very different from what I will do on TV. The aesthetic is the same, but as far as how you fill a space for TV, the camera flattens everything. Good Lord—it flattens and widens your hips and your belly and the room and everything! It’s very unkind! A three foot wall in life looks like six feet on camera. It stretches, so you have to know how to work with that.
Room Fu Decorologist, Claire Patrick, is one of Kim’s biggest fans. She told me she’d read somewhere that Kim used to design hats–something I used to do myself—so of course I wanted to hear about that!
I would like to say that my hats were the coolest, but they weren’t. They were very “Blossom.” Of their time, but not the hippest. I made one for Easter when I was 14 or 15, and my Grandfather just loved it, so I made it a bit of a tradition. Each Easter, a random felt hat. What I wouldn’t give for pictures of that!
Uhh, me too!
Kim blogged about an upcoming move on her website. I asked her what she has planned for her new home’s décor.
I will never repeat a look because I’m kind of a design schizophrenic—I’m not a monogamist when it comes to décor! A new space is an opportunity to do something totally different. We’re selling our house and I’ll be back in a rental for a bit, which is close to my heart since I grew up in them. I love the creative freedom that comes with not owing or being married to a space forever. We’re planning on having an “HGTV Designer” estate sale—we’ll keep all of our basics, but sell off a TON of the décor and furniture that I’ve amassed over the years, so we can start fresh. It’s very exciting!
*The following content originally appeared on Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace.*