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Brigette Romanek

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Interior designer Brigette Romanek. Portrait by Michael Clifford.

Livable Luxe hard cover coffee table book

Romanek’s debut book, “Livable Luxe” (Chronicle), is available at Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops.

By Amanda Eberstein

Since launching her eponymous studio in 2018, Brigette Romanek has quickly become one of the most sought-after interior designers in the world, with an enviable client list that includes everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Demi Moore to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. “I’m inspired by just walking down the street,” says the entirely self-taught talent, who lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters. “The colors, the shapes, the light, the buildings. That’s what being creative is for me.” These days, Romanek is busier than ever, with multiple residential and commercial projects in the works, in addition to the recent release of her first book, “Livable Luxe” (Chronicle), which features a foreword from Paltrow herself. So how would Romanek describe her overall aesthetic? “Forever pieces with a cool and eclectic mix, with a bit of whimsy thrown in,” she says. The same could certainly be said of her personal style.

How did you get started in interior design?
My career started organically, designing my own home in LA. From there, friends came over and asked for help with their homes. Who knew my passion would become my career? I’m very grateful.

What are some of the design trends that you are loving right now?
I think the love of comforting spaces, such as furry or nubby fabrics and neutral colors, is still important in design. I love it, but it will evolve as design does, and I anticipate seeing new colorways and patterns on those types of fabrics. I also anticipate rooms being more individualized, bringing unique and quirky styles to the client.

How has Miami’s style influenced your work?
Traveling to another country or environment and seeing how they live and embracing some of those attributes in my own practice is huge, and helps me grow as a designer. Miami has a massive voice in the design community. It’s directional, full of energy, and has beautiful light—everything that represents good design.

Santa Maria Novella Fresia Fragrance Bottle

Santa Maria Novella
Fresia fragrance

Christofle sterling silver MOOD

Christofle
Sterling silver limited edition MOOD

 

What are some of your favorite design finds at the Bal Harbour Shops?
There are so many! Frette’s pure cashmere throw is the softest blanket and looks good in any living space or bedroom—I’m loving the peach rose color! Diptyque’s Baies candle is one of my all-time favorite scents, and a must-have for any home. Haremlique Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Hamam bowl is so beautifully created and elevates any space. Michael Aram’s Mushroom lamp has so much whimsy and becomes a statement in any room. Santa Maria Novella has the best diffusers! And who doesn’t love a Christofle Mood egg?

Michael Aram mushroom accent table lamp

Michael Aram
Mushroom accent table lamp

Haremlique Istanbul’s Silver Sultanahmet Hamam Bowl

Haremlique Istanbul
Sultanahmet Hamam bowl

 

How would you describe your personal fashion sense?
I like to feel comfortable while looking my best. I love well-tailored and classic pieces, like a white Balmain blazer, and I’ve really been drawn to colored sets these days. But I’m not too serious with style; for example, I love Gucci’s playful platform rubber shoes.

What are some of the pieces and accessories that you are loving?
Chanel has some fabulous sunglasses, and I especially love a pop of color. Veronica Beard has the best shoes that can be worn night and day. Prada shoes are so modern, yet I can see wearing them in 10 years, too. And their new buckle bag is so sophisticated, and blends form with function perfectly. Lanvin is great for neutral shirts that flow—perfect for the office. And I’m obsessed with the shape of Isabel Marant’s Miyako boots!

White Rubber Gucci platform sandal with perforated G logo on front toe

Gucci
Perforated platform G sandals

A pair of red square Chanel sunglasses

Chanel
Square sunglasses

 

Lanvin Pink Button Down Shirt

Lanvin
Classic fluid shirt

Black Prada slingback pumps

Prada
Slingback pumps

 

What is your ideal daytime look?
I love a good suit. They are perfect for any season and can be easily adapted for any occasion. Isabel Marant has stunning suiting and some of the best tailoring.

How about for an evening out?
A great dress—I love Bottega Veneta and Khaite—jewels, and a smile.

What’s your go-to timepiece?
I was honored to design Audemars Piguet’s AP House in LA; they have some of my favorite watches. The Royal Oak elevates every outfit. I also love a classic Bulgari Serpenti.

What type of luggage do you use?
I don’t travel anywhere without the Rimowa Original compact suitcase. It’s so chic in black; it’s perfect for being on the go.

Beige Bottega Veneta asymmetric midi dress

Bottega Veneta
Asymmetric midi dress

White ceramic Audemars Piguet watch with rose gold and silver detailing

Audemars Piguet
White ceramic Royal Oak watch


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