Interior design and architecture is a job that is torn between the demands of form and function, between creativity and practicality. For Dorothy Willetts, founder of Willetts Design & Associates, managing these opposing forces for her clients usually means more than just having a great artistic vision.
House Tipster Chats with Dorothy Willetts from Willetts Design & Associates at High Point Market.
Traveling is what strongly influences my design. And much like travel, interior design is a shared experience between you and the people you are interacting with. Seeing the world, introducing yourself to new cultures and sharing those experiences with the people you encounter is part of the joy of travel.
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.