Get Inspired by Paul Smith

Scott and I were in London this past weekend. He planned the trip as an early birthday present to me to see my all-time favorite musical Jersey Boys, and it was just as fabulous as I had remembered. Scott really liked it too.

One of the other trip highlights was a trip to London’s Design Museum to see the Paul Smith (that’s him below) exhibit. It was a peek inside the fashion designer’s world of inspiration, creation, and collaboration, and the entire exhibit illustrated his sense of humor, his boldness, and his uniqueness. For those of you who don’t know, this design icon is well known for his colorful stripes. I was completely inspired.

Paul Smith


While this much artwork might leave some feeling a bit claustrophobic, Paul finds inspiration in all the prints and paintings he hangs on his walls. This is actually only a sampling from his extensive collection that hangs in his studio. I think that hanging portraits, photos and paintings from floor to ceiling on a narrow landing would look amazing.

Paul Smith OfficeOrganized chaos to some. This room is an exact replica of Paul’s office. He keeps trinkets from his travels everywhere because he finds inspiration in everything.

Color Paul Smith
I love this idea, and I am totally stealing it. To see how different colored stripes are going to work together on a garment, Paul and his team wrap pieces of cardboard with yarn. This is brilliant. What a great way to show clients how colors are going to play together in a room!

When I got home from this fabulous exhibit, I immediately searched for inspiration for rooms I might want to design in the future.

Striped entrywayPhoto via Be Interior Decorator

I love this entryway but think this (pricey!) multicolored stripe wallpaper would be fun in a small bathroom (where it would be totally unexpected), a closet, or one wall in a kid’s room.

Paul Smith kids roomPhoto via Domino

This actually is a Paul Smith rug, and it works so well in this kid’s room, but I would put one of these multicolored striped rugs in the entryway, kitchen, or home office.

Multicolored_RugsParallel Reality Patchwork, ($192)

Verona rug, ($249)

Tectonic Floor rug, (from $299)

Skye Monet multi stripe rug, ($145.99)

Off-set Chevron multi rug, ($255.99)

Antique Turkish Kilim Anatolia hand-woven wool rug ($475)

Where would you put stripes in your home?