Entrepreneurs and creators inspire us in so many ways. While their homes are often a byproduct of their success, how they choose to decorate and design these spaces is often a reflection of who they really are. Here are the unique ways that fourteen different creators and entrepreneurs in a variety of fields from fashion and marketing to content and entertainment are uniquely decorating their homes right now.
There’s no creator that has a more uniquely designed home than Katie Mack also known as Candy Colored Home on social media. “I love patterns, color, and shapes and I love using them together in unexpected and fresh ways,” she tells me.
The concept for her entire home was inspired by the Cosmic Abstraction wallpaper by Photo Wall Sweden in the living room. “It kicked off my personality in the design world. Ever since then, it’s been a gradual and deliberate process of picking pieces that make my heart sing and pairing them together in meaningful and impactful ways.”
For those inspired to create electric and colorful spaces, Mack recommends gravitating towards the colors and the pieces you love. “Don’t worry about what others think or what’s popular. I usually start with the feeling that I want a space to have and pick a color based on that mood. [Then I’ll] pick a big focal point piece for each space first, like the couch or bed, and build everything around that.”
Tanner Manner is the home of Tanner Beard who is the owner of White Buffalo Golf and the founder of the Mammoth Film Festival. The Toluca Lake property is unique in many ways but the clubhouse room and mini golf course stand out the most.
“The room is hidden by a bookshelf in the hallway on way to the master bedroom. You push in the wall and it flips to be my golf trophy case inside the club room. Then there is another secret door we created that goes right into the master. [It] also doubles as the ‘pro shop’ for White Buffalo Golf, so we use it as a backdrop for sales zoom meetings,” says Beard.
The space was designed and built by Beard, Russell Cummings, and Mario Malgar. It features a painting of the entrepreneur by Krisdina Karady. While the chairs were custom-made in London by Bernardette Livingston, the rest of the pieces are vintage.
The five-hole mini golf course located in the backyard was designed by Beard and Todd Valcourt, who built the model for the third season of ABC’s Holey Moley.
Zach “Zackass” Holmes And Vinny “Skinny Vinny” Imperati
Jackass Forever star, Zach Holmes and media personality Vinny Imperati aren’t just best friends, they’re roommates and co-creators. Their living room has been the perfect place to work on their podcast, What The Fudge as well their latest television project, Your Pranks, Our Show, which debuts in March 14th, 2022 on Fail Army.
What could be more unique than a wall full of Bad Grease skateboards? There’s even a special board the brand crated of the duo, which Imperati calls “A dream come true.” “I’ve been hanging boards on my wall ever since I fell in love with skateboarding in 2001,” he says. “Everything about skateboarding is a form of art, from the graphics on the board to the tricks being performed.”
However, decorating been an interesting source of tension in the home. Holmes tells me, “Vinny keeps getting more boards all the time. I literally hid the hammer so he couldn’t hang up anymore. Then he bought a new one.”
As for how to decorate when you have a roommate, Imperati suggests, “Be creative with it. Your walls are something that you see every day so make sure you see what you love.”
On the other hand, Holmes believes it’s best to avoid any heavy lifting. “Let your roommate do all the work and sit back and see what they create. After they say they are done, if you don’t like it, just pack up your things and get out of there and never look back. Change your name, move to another state, try something new.”
Zev Norotsky is the CEO and Founder of Enter, one of the top experiential marketing and event agencies. His home is curated with a variety of original art pieces and vintage memorabilia. He tells me, “I think there is an element of ‘tribute’ that runs through each and every single piece in our home. Together they create this larger tapestry that honors my past and serves as a consistent reminder of the range of influences across design, sport, art, fashion, and music that inform my passion for all things culture.”
One of the most noteworthy pieces is a vintage 1970s scoreboard that was purchased from Merit LA.
The Vintage Coca Cola Machine is another showstopper. “I love this piece because it represents a time before events and digital marketing where something as simple as a logo could create consumer demand,” explains the trendsetting entrepreneur.
Lisa Landers is the founder of Swirl Boutique which has three locations in Southern California. While her store is known for being colorful and Instgramable, her approach to designing her son Jett’s nursery is just as stylish, albeit a bit more practical. The new mom opted to work with Modsy to make the process as efficient as possible.
“My favorite part of the room is the Borastapeter wallpaper, which features a classic Scandinavian herbal theme that was made popular in the early 1900s. We chose a botanical wallpaper over a common, nursery theme wallpaper because I wanted it to be timeless and chic. I found it interesting and it gives the room playfulness, character, and style without being overtly childlike,” explains Landers.
The blackout curtains were another important consideration and are more than just decorative. “We also added black-out linen flax curtains so we could put our son down for midday naps and get back to emails. The softness of the linen with the blackout lining is certainly where function meets design. To successfully be able to run multiple businesses, sleep has become such a precious commodity and we knew that the function of the nursery was equally as important as the design,” she says.
Atlanta-based creator, podcast host, and author Olyasha Novozhylova turned her spare bedroom into a very Instagramable walk-in closet. While one wall has a Murphy bed, the rest of the walls were designed to display her wardrobe and accessories. “I’m a huge fashionista, so I love clothes. I love to style outfits. It was very important for me to create a spot at my home where it will serve as my inspiration and where all my ideas will come to me.”
Like many of the pieces in her wardrobe, elements of the closet were sourced from accessibly-priced retailers. This includes bookcases from Target, as well as shelves and chic gold hangers from Amazon.
Founder of The Influence, a top influencer marketing, branding, PR and events agency, recently purchased a home in Palm Springs California she calls Casa Blanche after her late grandmother. While she meticulously chose all furnishings for each room, the creative-minded entrepreneur who has a passion for interior decorating, was very particular about the pool room. Lasky tells me, “I searched for a pool table with a gray wash wood finish so it would match the kitchen island and overall house aesthetic, as the design is meant to flow throughout all rooms cohesively. I wanted a black felt covering to ensure this clean design aesthetic was maintained.”
The wall features several kitschy pieces such as neons and a framed candy print from By Robynblair. The limited edition mint guitar by Fender on the outer wall was from the Rolling Stone hotel at Coachella 2018. The faux animal print rug gives the room an edge while the orbital chair exemplifies classic Palm Springs retro.
Erika De La Cruz
Author and editor in chief of The LA Girl, Erika De La Cruz, turned her color-blocked bookshelf into a physical vision board to help manifest her dreams. “I’m huge on energy, so I wanted to make sure that I could see things that energized me! Clothing definitely does. The shoes hold all different meanings. The Guccis were my first pair of statement shoes that I could buy myself. The boots were the first-ever gifted pair for Fashion Week. I’m collecting the others from Full Circle LA because I believe that everything comes full circle. Almost everything on the shelf has significance and empowers me.”
George Khalife, best known as “George The Jeweler” (especially to the Kardashians, who he has designed many pieces for) makes his home in West Bloomfield, Michigan. “Being a jewelry designer has an impact on my interior decorating style,” he tells me. “I walked in, and I said to myself, I want gold everywhere! I had to hold back a little not to get too carried away! We also have a gold sink and my friends asked if I was building the Taj Mahal.”
In addition to gold, the black shiplap mantle in his living room just pops. “It is my favorite part of my home. I built it myself with my partner. I didn’t want that traditional thin stacked stone slab to look that you always see over fireplaces. I wanted something modern, masculine, and different, and I wanted black.”
The color scheme was inspired by a black ceramic and gold ring that he designed. “I thought black, white, and gold really compliment each other and work together well in a space. And would give that edgy masculine vibe.”
Author and Chief Wealth Creator Kathleen Cameron lives in a home that she manifested not far from Toronto, Ontario. “When I first started thinking about moving into a new home, I knew that I wanted to move into something that was bigger, grander, more expansive, something that energetically would upgrade me from the current house that I was living in,” she tells me.
One of the best features of this grand property is the wine room. “The wine room came with the home, is temperature-controlled, and also adds beauty to the decor and overall feel of the expansive space.”
Best of all, says Cameron, “It is the perfect space for entertaining.”
Sometimes travel can inspire design. This is certainly the case for the founder of skincare line Love, Indus Surbhee Grover who currently lives near Bryant Park in Manhattan. “We’d visited Bali on our honeymoon and at that point, life was extremely chaotic. I wanted to bring something back that captured that time, place, the feeling of peace amidst the chaos. I picked these statues in Ubud— and while it was extremely impractical to travel with them, I’d fallen in love with the way they were carved by the artist,” she tells me.
The candles on the room divider are another outstanding choice. “When I’m celebrating a day or just need a bit of relaxation, I light a few lightly fragranced candles on the room divider. I love the contrast of bright light against the Manhattan skyline at dusk or even to complement the view of the Empire State Building from the apartment.”
Content creator, Adaleta Avdic has a stylish but comfortable outdoor living room in her Arizona home, but finding the right pieces was anything but easy. “The biggest challenge is finding furniture that’s not going to absorb heat. We like to preserve the furniture by having covers on it when it’s not in use.”
In addition to the elements, Avdic needs to protect her home from the many animals that also live on her property. “Our backyard is a mini desert zoo as we have all kinds of wildlife coming through during the year. Think bobcats, javelina, Gila monsters, snakes, deer,” she explains. “Packrats are a concern for the furniture itself, as they like to build nests and hide underneath. This provides them a cool space hidden from the sun, so the biggest thing to consider is to have elevated furniture so packrats cannot hide underneath it.”
It’s not surprising surfboards adorn the walls at the Calabasas, California home office of founder and CEO of Swiminista, Andréa Bernholtz. “I got the Surfboards from Chanel, years ago. I special ordered them for my house in The Marina Venice area. I used to attend the Chanel shows in Paris and was a huge consumer of the brand. I created this desk so I could have my fashion books on hand and create a personalized creative/business workspace.”
Another interesting feature of the room is the desk with stacks of books for legs. The front two legs of the desk are recessed to accommodate this.
Best of all, the custom chair was upholstered with Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent scarves, making this space truly inspired by designer fashion.