House Tipster Chats with Dorothy Willetts from Willetts Design & Associates at High Point Market.
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.”