Is there anything better than a virtual home tour? Designer Digs is a series featuring the living spaces of our favorite interior designers and home decor influencers, where they give us the full lowdown on how they live. It’s all the things we love about browsing virtual real estate listings, with the added benefit of hearing exactly what it is that makes these dream homes so special.
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Beth Diana Smith, CEO and Principal Designer of her eponymous design firm, bought her 1200 sq ft New Jersey townhouse when she was only 22 years old.
Her lush home is a perfect example of her personal aesthetic. “I’m an eclectic maximalist with a heavy Boho infusion,” she said. “I love so many design styles that I prefer to layer them together rather than have them stand alone, I believe more is more, and I love global style and showing cultural influences within a space."
02 of 09
Angelique Velez, the founder of a design firm, has a passion for travel, splitting her time between LA, Bali, and Dominican Republic. She shares the space with her partner, Alex Nimier.
The home is gorgeously eclectic and inspired by Angelique’s travels, making it difficult to stick into one design box. “It is hard to put a name to it,” said Angelique. “I guess it’s a mix of Boho, Scandinavian, and biophilic."
03 of 09
Dabito, the mononymous founder of a fun, funky, and colorful creative studio and online design resource, is a true force of the digital design world.
Dabito and his partner split their time between LA and this stunning ranch home in New Orleans.
04 of 09
England-based interior designer Emma Sims-Hillditch's second appearance on 'Designer Digs' features her London home. She and her family are based full-time in Wiltshire, where she runs her eponymous interior design firm, but as her business grew, Emma found herself spending more time in London.
“We explored opportunities to design a showroom. However, much of what a client loves about coming to our headquarters is the sense of homeliness. We felt we needed a base in London so the idea to design a 'Sims Hilditch Home' was born.”Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Austin-based designer Laura Britt is the head of a design firm that’s passionate about sustainability, wellness, and the environment. For her home, Britt also committed to designing it to meet WELL standards.“Some call it organic modern.” Described as “a warm, natural, clean-lined design aesthetic,” Organic Modernism is “more architectural than decorative.”
Laura prefers the softer elements of the style—you’ll commonly see “natural matte finishes, wood, and steel” mixed with “cashmere, linen, cotton, and mohair textiles.”
06 of 09
Interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch first appearance in 'Designer Dig's features her and her family's 2,600 sq ft beach house in St. Mawes in Cornwall—England’s stunning coastal county, forming the country’s southwestern tip.
“We first acquired our lovely home in St. Mawes in 2010. We have always loved Cornwall and absolutely adored this home’s stunning sea-view location, and saw great potential to reconfigure the existing space to work for us as a family.
07 of 09
California-based Interior Designer (and A-list celeb favorite) Chris Barrett describes her design aesthetic as "fresh, understated elegance," inspired by the beauty of California. She loves to play with natural Mediterranean light, spaces that morph easily between indoor and outdoor living, and "refined palettes electrified by the occasional jolt of strong color."
“I don’t do heavy” is her design mantra.
08 of 09
Ed O’Donnell, co-founder of an award-winning, London-based interior design studio, redesigned his and his partner's 758 square ft small Victorian workers cottage that “needed saving.” Because of the small space, Ed and his team needed to find creative ways to save space. The design for the origami-style folded metal staircase was born.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Alongside her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, Rich, Sara Combs is the co-creator of The Joshua Tree House. Their home is an old homestead, originally built in 1958.
“We loved the history of the home, and the southern facing wall of windows looking out to hundreds of acres of protected open land and Joshua Tree National Park.”
Sara describes their aesthetic as "natural and bohemian"—with a particular focus on the laid-back vibes of boho style.
Guided by these mantras, Sara and Rich designed the hacienda by considering their surroundings, and by "choosing materials and pieces that celebrate age and imperfection."