Houston-based interior designer Paloma Contreras has just unveiled her 19-piece home decor collaboration with Williams Sonoma Homefeaturing bedding, pillows, lighting and accessories.
She’s also the author of last year’s Dream Design Live book on interior design and a lifestyle blogger (she created the La Dolce Vita design website and has 130,000 Instagram followers). Having designed homes in the Hamptons, California, Connecticut and Texas that have been featured in the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and House Beautiful, Contreras was a natural choice for the home decor brand to turn to for this project. “This is a fresh interpretation of some of the classic elements of design I love most like Greek keys, fretwork motifs, black and white stripes, hexagonal shapes and ikat textiles,” says Contreras. The former director of marketing for lighting brand Visual Comfort believes that every piece in one’s space should be meaningful and her polished yet relaxed interiors are anything but precious and fussy. She believes in using color and mixing and matching periods and pieces to avoid looking like your interiors fell out of a design showroom. She offers her clients a “modern take on traditional style-gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of color.”
To this end, she sought to create a line of furnishings that “have a way of making traditional design feel very fresh.” The collection features bedding and throw pillows with an appliqué border, bold brass light fixtures (the modern and geometric Sweetzer pendant and the pagoda-shaped Lyford lantern) and assorted decor accessories like a brass-and-rattan tray and vase and an antique mirror accessories that work just as well in a grouping or on their own. Her inspiration for these designs came from century-old antiques but also sourcing trips to Paris, where she goes frequently for projects.
The collaboration with the legacy brand came together organically. “I have been a fan of Williams-Sonoma for as long as I can remember,” she says. “We have a similar point of view and passion for design, so the partnership evolved very naturally after getting to know the team there when we collaborated on the room I designed for the 2016 Southern Style Now Showhouse. We found that we worked really well together with a similar point of view and a shared passion for design. The partnership evolved very naturally out of this previous strong working relationship.” The company is also pretty evolved which appealed to Contreras. “They are also a very forward-thinking company with a lot of women in leadership roles and they have in-house product and art departments, which made the execution of every piece feel very personal and unique.” While the products are well-constructed with an attention to detail, they’re also versatile enough to work in anyone’s home and will complement existing furniture and varied design aesthetics. “The pieces in my collection mix really well together, but they each have amazing details that allow them to stand on their own,” Contreras says of the beautiful craftsmanship and signature style she espouses.