Designer Crush Q&A: Estee Stanley

Big thanks to Estee for taking a minute to answer our Designer Crush Q&A!

1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space?

I live in Los Angeles. I based my home around a lot of inherited pieces of furniture and I tried to make it as cozy and sexy as possible.  

2. What's your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)?  

Yves Saint Laurent or Coco Chanel.

3. In real life, what's your favorite design project you've completed to date?

My favorite design project is a house I am building in Montana and isn't finished yet. It's my favorite because my client allowed me to step in and do what I want without micro-managing.   

4. You've been gifted a fabulously furnished dream home but can only bring one item from your current space. What would it be? 

I would without a doubt bring my big green jade table. It was my grandmothers and I have it in my bedroom filed and covered in family photos.  

5. What's your creative process when designing a space?

I like to get to know the person and who they are and how they live.  

6. Where do you score prized interior design items? Any shopping tips?

I can't disclose my secrets!! Always buy things that you know in ten years you will still love.   

7. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never take on again yourself?

No, I'm too type 1 personality to have a disaster. I just threw my son and incredible 5th birthday where I DIY'd everything myself. It was fantastic!!  

8. What new design trend are you excited to integrate into your next project?

As I stated before I am not really into trends.   

9. Lightning round!

Beach or mountains?


Twitter or Facebook?


Architectural Digest or Wallpaper?


Should you spend money on a fabulous bathroom or kitchen?


Would you rather shop new or vintage?


Great view or perfect pool?


SF or LA?


10. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the design world?

Make sure you collect money before you buy anything AND make sure you always get clients' signatures on EVERYTHING!!! 


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