Palette and furnishings hewed to the architecture’s Asian demeanor. “To me, sage greens, terra-cottas, and grays all have a Zen feel,” says Willetts. “And the red nods to the Asian influence.” She was particularly resourceful with art and accessories, since antiques and paintings might tip the house too much toward formality. She sought a more organic feel and skillfully framed textiles and Indonesian shadow puppets and arranged indigenous artifacts on tables and shelves, imbuing the space with soul. For all the elements to find harmony—with the water, sky, and captivating views—Willetts’s design had to thoughtfully merge style and serenity.
Interior designer Dorothy Willetts spoke with HFN at market about the prominent blue trend, along with others, including one she calls “maximalism.”
For the upcoming High Point Market, the HFN Idea Book highlights four trends—Leg Action, Lighter Finishes, Blue Hues and Shibori, and Painterly—along with commentary from several interior designers speaking at market. The Japanese fabric dyeing technique called shibori, a subset of HFN’s blue trend, has the added benefit of having a handmade quality. “This is a reaction to technology and mass production,” said Dorothy Willetts of Willetts Design & Associates. “People are craving that human touch.”
The language of “art” can seem high and lofty, reserved for translation by a discerning few. (If only there were an app for that). From avant-garde abstracts to the raw, natural elements of realism, the diversity can be daunting when it comes to identifying the right piece. Couple with that, the perception that art is meant primarily for the “hallowed halls” of luxury environments.
I was very impressed with Dorothy: She's very discerning and methodical, and was great to work with. Dorothy has a good sense of what you like and finds a way to integrate that into the vision. We found her to be very authentic and sincere about her desire to satisfy us as a client. She is so good with people, and worked well with both me and my wife (who have different tastes) … Dorothy is very open to being collaborative and I personally like her as well!Marty Davis, president/ceo (owner), Cambria USA
Dorothy has incredibly creative ideas … I really like her energy and I found her to be very fun to work with. She pulled all the details together and gave the client far more than what they anticipated!Kristi Hanson, owner, KHA Architects, Inc.
I’ve been privileged to work with some of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and interior designers in the world; Dorothy ranks right up there with all of them. She has worked on projects for me in the Madison Club. Her innovation, communication, drawings and documentation are exceptional. And her execution is flawless.Mark Bradshaw, Bradshaw Construction, Inc.
Dorothy has been delightful to work with. So upbeat and patient … Dorothy is both personal and personable. Always extremely professional, with great ideas, and through it all, she is having fun. We asked for a referral for a “get it done” person, and Dorothy has truly been a terrific find. She worked very closely with the builder on the remodel and literally transformed the home’s interior … spectacular. We had to work remotely for much of the project, so we needed a designer who was reliable as well as capable (with Dorothy, you can add adorable!). Everything was where it was supposed to be, when it was supposed to be there. Her resources and subcontractors are wonderful; she did a lot of design and worked closely with the fabricator to ensure everything was done right. It was a happily ever after story. We enjoyed her as much as a friend as a designer, and very much look forward to doing more work with her.Sherry Smith
Dorothy is always a pleasure to work with. Her positive attitude and desire to meet the client’s goals along with great design is very important to me. Working with Dorothy helped us accomplish our goals within the timeline, with a high level of design and craftsmanship. Every client is different and many designers don't listen to their needs. Dorothy listens and then captures those ideas, along with her vision, which is wonderful.Tom Lathrop