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.