As Creative Director and SVP, Design for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, I spend each and every day inventing and reimagining living spaces that our guests can call their own – even if just for one evening.
While I’m tempted night after night to curl up in a room at, say, New York City’s Eventi Hotel (the fifth-floor suites and terrace would make anybody swoon), I’m happy to grab my yoga mat and return to my own place after a day of work. I surround myself with things that I love, be they functional, soothing, or simply fun to look at. In all cases, purity, artisanship, and authenticity are key. My day at the office is filled with so many design decisions and looking at product options that living in simplicity and purity are essential to helping me clear my head and keeping me grounded.
Want the inside scoop? Read on to find out what I hold most dear in my home.Matteo Bed Linens. For me, sleeping in linen sheets is the ultimate luxury. Matteo’s vintage-washed are my absolute fave; the softness and comfort are unbelievable. I have a couple sheet sets that I rotate (always in white because they feel so clean and fresh). Also, linen uses less water to convert to final product than does cotton. I’m so enamored that my towels are also from Matteo — pure white, gorgeous absorbency, complete decadence.
Books. I fall for any book filled with gorgeous, inspiring imagery. They are typically about hotels, restaurants, bars, retail shops, branding, architecture, and architects. The publisher Taschen has some of my favorites; not only are their books sublime, but you should see their store in Beverly Hills. It’s a sliver of a space and designed with true genius (oh, and they have the world’s best shopping bags for carrying books!)Keetsa Mattress. The last time I moved, I decided it was time to invest in a new mattress. I’m an insomniac and always searching for something that might make my nights a little dreamier. And I didn’t want something made with a lot of harsh chemicals. Driving through SoMA one Saturday, I found Keetsa, a company that manufactures mattresses with sustainability in mind (they use green tea extract and other natural plant oils). Sadly, I’m still not sleeping much, but at least it’s with a good conscience.
Heath Ceramics. I love the honesty and authenticity of these tableware pieces, which range from cups to bowls to covered dishes. The fact that they are American-made and based in San Francisco makes the line even more appealing to me because I like being able to support artists and craftsmanship!Joya Studio Gunpowder Green Tea Candles. Not only are they poured in beautifully shaped organic ceramic vessels, they have these fab-tough subtle skulls. I just love the juxtaposition of that. And the scent … not sweet, not feminine, not overwhelming… just clean and pure. I find them at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, so I stock up every time I go to L.A.x
Cowhide rug. I bought one about 10 years ago on eBay for less than $400. It’s such a timelessly chic rug that’s (sadly) seen me through about six different sofas in that same time period.
Hopefully these ideas inspire you to make your space a little more your own, however that may be.
—Ave Bradley, Creative Director and SVP, Design