There’s a reason so many people turn to Nicole Gibbons for style advice. This tastemaker, interior designer and blogger blends classic elements with modern colors and a fresh perspective to create beautiful interiors that shine. This reason, among many others, is why we’re thrilled to announce that Gibbons is our In the Spotlight designer for February.
Keep reading to learn about some of Nicole’s best decorating and organizing tips and see her favorite Pottery Barn pieces, too.
(Image by Nicole Gibbons)
This month I can’t wait to…
Get back to LA!
A Vitamix blender
My go-to color for painting a dining room is…
I love using pale shades of blue or green in a dining room.
Most prized possession…
A collection of vintage watches I inherited from my grandfather.
My best entertaining tip…
Always keep ingredients for at least one signature cocktail along with a killer playlist on deck so you’re always ready for impromptu guests.
My go-to cocktail to serve at a party is…
A sparkling elderflower cocktail made with champagne or prosecco, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and pomegranate seeds.
One of Nicole’s top picks from Pottery Barn: The Owen Side Table
Q: What do you enjoy most about interior decorating?
A: I believe that having a beautiful, well-designed home can enhance your life in ways beyond measure and to know that I have the ability to impact people’s lives in a positive way by simply improving their surroundings is why I enjoy what I do so much.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as neo-traditional, which reflects a fresh, modern take on tradition. I like to create spaces that have timeless quality but are eclectic in terms of how I mix periods and styles of furniture together and are vibrant and fashion-forward in terms of how I use color and pattern.
Q: Which trends are you most excited about in 2014?
A: I’m starting to see more people investing in their homes, and wanting to create beautiful comfortable spaces as well as seeing more people entertaining at home — that is definitely a trend I can get behind.
One of Nicole’s top picks from Pottery Barn: Pebble Leather Desk Accessories
Q: What are your top DIY organization ideas?
A: I love using pretty glassware and tabletop dishes on a desk to hold pencils, pens, paper clips, etc. It totally beats a boring pencil cup from the office supply store!
Baskets and trays make for such stylish storage. Try using them to store stacks of magazines and other paper clutter.
Embrace wireless technology. With all of the gadgets and electronics we now have, keeping tracks of cords can be a challenge, so if you can, invest in wireless equipment. It will minimize the amount of cords to manage and free up space.
You’d be surprised by how clearing out clutter can also help clear your mind. When my home is organized, I feel more calm, think more clearly and focus better.