DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT 4/16/20
A Fresh Take on Traditional
with Whitney Campeau
Whitney Campeau Living Room
Whitney Campeau Living Room
Whitney Campeau is an LA-based interior designer who is known for creating beautiful spaces with a fresh California twist. We chatted with her about the décor trends she’s loving right now, her 3 steps for mixing patterns, and why the design style “grandmillenial” is one to be on the lookout for. Check out her fabulous work below and read along to learn how she brings that casual, coastal vibe to all her spaces.
Whitney Campeau Side Table
Whitney Campeau Living Room Cocktail
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California style means natural colors, indoor-outdoor living, and making sure things are comfortable and never too formal, even if it is traditional.
Can you tell us a little bit about where you're from and how you got started?
I’m originally from Canada, and I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 10 years. My mom was always moving things around and redecorating, so I guess I ultimately got my love of design from her. I worked for Leslie Hunt and later Leslie Denham, and I learned so much from the two of them. After four years of working for others, I started my own firm, Whitney Campeau Interiors.
How would you describe your personal style in your own home?
I would describe my style as a very Californian take on traditional design. I love that new phrase, “the grandmillennial.” I think I’m a little bit of that, but also mixed with a bit of that coastal, Serena & Lily look.
What does California style mean to you?
California style means natural colors, indoor-outdoor living, and making sure things are comfortable and never too formal, even if it is traditional. People want to feel relaxed, like that nice California vibe.
How do you make traditional style feel fresh?
I would say mixing it with more modern pieces or adding natural textures. I love the raffia and other woven furniture that Serena & Lily offers, like the Blake Coffee Table and Console. Those really help to make a traditional room feel fresh and updated.
What is one thing you love about being a designer?
The creativity, the flexibility, and pretty much everything about it. Even the boring paperwork is to get beautiful things ordered that will make people happy and feel settled in their homes. I just love it.
Do you have any favorite pieces to layer?
I think artwork is so important. A lot of the time, I'll find clients’ vintage paintings (maybe a landscape or oil painting of some sort). I think that just really adds to a space and helps it to feel layered and lived in.
What do you ask your clients in order to set a project up for success?
I really like for clients to send me their Pinterest boards or any inspiration photos that they have. Sometimes they'll say, “I really love traditional style,” and then you see, okay, maybe their style is actually a little more modern than they thought. Or they say they love prints and colors, but every photo they have saved doesn't have any of that. Mood boards help you see the big picture, design-wise.
What would be your dream project?
I would love to design a hotel in my hometown in Canada one day. It’s just the most beautiful little town that overlooks the lake and reminds me of Napa or Tuscany.
Whitney’s Tips for
Pattern Mixing
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Make sure there's a good mix of large and small scale patterns.
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Play around with background color. Think one white base pattern paired with a few bolder color base patterns for added interest.
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Tie everything together with at least one common hue that runs throughout.
Whitney Campeau Patterns
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Sometimes just restyling, moving things around a little bit, cleaning out a bookshelf, or adding in a few accent colors can change the vibe of a room so much.
Your portfolio has a lot of beautiful, subtle pastels. What draws you to this color palette?
I’ve always loved prints, patterns, and colors, but I lean towards a lighter, calmer, and more approachable palette. My favorites are light blues and greens – the hues that you find in nature that are beautiful to live with. I love a fun, vibrant pattern, but usually in smaller doses.
Do you have any favorite decorating tricks?
Sometimes just restyling, moving things around a little bit, cleaning out a bookshelf, or adding in a few accent colors can change the vibe of a room so much.
Are there any trends that you're loving right now?
Natural fiber wallpapers are so popular, and they help to zhush up a space without the commitment of a floral or graphic print. They just add that nice texture and help make a room look more finished.
Who have been some of your biggest style influences?
Some of my favorite designers are Cathy Kincaid, Veere Grenney, Mark Sikes, and Meredith Ellis.
What are some of your go-to Serena & Lily pieces?
I love the South Seas Bar Cart. I just installed the Balboa Shelf for a client. Your sheets and bedding are also beautiful and super soft.
You have so many amazing projects under your design belt. What’s next for Whitney Campeau Interiors?
I offer e-design and have been increasingly doing design from afar. I’m working on a condo in Vancouver right now and recently helped design an apartment in New York. Each city has its own style, and I enjoy that challenge. I’m also blogging again.
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Photography courtesy of Amy Bartlam