Designer Crush: Lizette Bruckstein

1. Who is your biggest role model?
In the interiors world, Kelly Wearstler, and in the fashion world, Alexander McQueen.

2. Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?
I wish I could have designed the set for Sex and the City. The film is the perfect blend of interiors and fashion. Good taste goes a long way!

3. What is the best way to gauge a client’s personality before starting a project?
The best way to gauge a client’s personality before starting a project is via casual conversation. Talking about life in general is a great way to preview your client’s persona.

4. What new design trends are you excited to integrate into your work?

5. How do you completely unwind?
I completely unwind with a high intensity workout! Barry’s Bootcamp is my favorite. The other extreme is a day at Indian Springs in’s the only way to feel like I’ve gone on vacation in one day!

6. If you hadn't become a designer, which career would you have pursued?
If I hadn’t become a designer, I probably would have pursued a career related to music. I really enjoy creating experiences and music is another great way to do so. Other than music, I might have pursued a career in food for the same reasons.

7. What’s the worst pre-designer job you’ve ever had and why?
I worked at a Bebe clothing store in college. It was great for my closet but really bad for making money. We were given a 40% discount so I basically recycled all my money back into the store.

8. Who has your favorite client been and why?
My favorite client is The Scott family. I love them as people and I love their respect for the design process. They let me create my visions.

9. Create your perfect playlist for us.

Lightning round!

10. Would you rather shop new or vintage? 


11. First celebrity crush?

JTT – Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

12. What’s your hidden talent? 

Blending perfumes.

13. Best restaurant in your area? Where is it? 

Coqueta on the Embarcadero.

14. SF or LA?