Jocking Val's Style : Design Inspiration from 'VH1's Hit Show Single Ladies'
This could easily fall under the category of "too much time on your hands", but on the contrary, I don't have time for this. I wish I had time to point out all the amazing details that have gone into the set design of Val's home and boutique on the VH1's new hit sitcom Single Ladies. Even as I'm writing this, I feel that I'm not doing justice to the rich color palette and the smart blending of modern and traditional furniture, along with fabulous accessories. I am so in love with the added architectural details of her front doors, that I want to create a post about that alone. This is a post about living with your personal style. It's something that I think is truly missing in most people's home's design. If this were a blog followed only by interior designers, we'd talk until exhaustion about the use of wallpaper, the mixing of art and accessories, and the magnificent way in which Cheryl Adams used painted furniture alongside traditional finishes. And even to top it off, how she had the nerve to do what I'm pushing my clients to do, which is to embrace velvet. But since this is for the onlookers, the ones who just enjoy pretty...Lets talk about Val.
Val's character, played by Stacey Dash, is a young recently single lady living in Atlanta. She's a former personal stylist turned high-end boutique owner by day and a millionaire-dating, champagne sipping, fashion trendsetter by night. From the very first scene, you can tell that she loves to mix things up. One evening she might be joining a guy friend for drinks followed by a spontaneous trip on his private jet and the next, looking for fashion inspiration at a college house party. There's no putting this glam goddess in a box. This juxtaposition of style also shows up in her Buckhead condo. Known for it's ritzy night clubs and as luxury shopping haven, Buckhead is the perfect setting for Val who's in the middle of it all.
The first comment my sister made as we watched the pilot was how sexy the cast and the set appeared. Now, this is huge for her because she never notices things like that. Of course, I notice everything design because that's my job, but when my right-brained, nurse practitioner of a sister is moved by the decor, then you know you're on to something.
My original thought was to identify the things from the show and tell you where to purchase it. Like this: "The above sofa from her living room is available at Macy's for about $900.00". I decided against this approach when I started to realize that many of these items are things that walk by every day as you are out shopping. Therefore, what you need is to know why to buy, not where to buy.
The space you create should evoke a mood. An atmosphere that's a backdrop to a lifestyle that already exists. It shouldn't be trendy, but instead it should be a natural representation of your personal style. I showed a guy my portfolio the other day at a party. When he got to the image of a bachelor pad with a platform bed he asked, "When did you do that one?" I started to say "2005", but he completed my sentence for me. It's true. When I designed that space, my client was a young single doctor living that life. Now he and the guy looking at my portfolio have both moved on to a different phase of life. But that's the joy of it all. The collecting of memories and the evolution of your life. After a while, you house transforms itself into a home and starts to look like you because it naturally has to. It has to fit in order to function.
So what type of mood is your home setting? We talk a lot about living with the things that you love. I'm even using my psychology degree to work to understand where your road blocks are. I'm here doing my part. Now, what about you? Have you stopped looking at how your neighbor lives in their house and started to focus on how you're living in your own home? Have you stopped wondering what others will like when they come over and started to focus on what you like and will see every day as you move through your home? Have you given any thought to the set you're living in while you play out the scenes in your own life? If so, then chime in because I'd love to hear your thoughts. If not, then there's no time like the present to get those creative juices flowing. So, let's begin. Ready. Set. Action!