Jan. 11, 2021
Designer Q & A with Kyla Herbes of House of Hipsters

Kyla Herbes

Kyla Herbes

Q. Last year you teamed up with Ultrasuede® to reupholster your beloved vintage Pierre Cardin chairs, transforming from pretty in pink to Ultrasuede® HP Pine green. Now we’d like to know if the grass is really greener on the other side. How has the color shift to green influenced the vibe in your dining room?

A. I’ll admit, I was pretty nervous to change the color from pink to green on those chairs, but I’m happy to report that yes, the grass is greener! Pink was fun, but the pine green gives the dining room another level of sophistication. The space looks and feels richer.

Q. Tell us about living with high performance Ultrasuede®, after the reupholstery project. What are the benefits of using Ultrasuede HP fabric on dining chairs, in particular?

A. The original chairs were a light blush. Because they’re vintage, they arrived with a few stains. Over the course of the last 6 years, my then 2-year old and 4-year old, now 8-year old and 10-year old children spilled a lot on them. Now that we have high performance upholstery, I don’t make them sit on towels to protect the fabric. So far we’ve had mash potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and ham dropped on them, and they look as good as the day I picked them up from the upholsterer.

Ultrasuede®  High Cleanabilitye

Ultrasuede® High Cleanability

Q. From the looks of your gorgeous living spaces, it does not appear that your two lovely children are making too many messes. But of course we know that kids add to the wear and tear of any home. Aside from choosing stain resistant and luxury performance fabric Ultrasuede® for a high use area like the dining room, what are ways you manage to maintain that high-end look while remaining family-friendly?

A. Well, those kiddos are definitely mess makers, but every night before bed, we do a family clean up of the house. If their rooms are destroyed, we reorganize together and put away the toys unless there is an intense battle scene in progress with Barbie and GI Joe. Most importantly, they also know to eat snacks and meals at the table, and both are really good about washing their hands. In fact, they ratted out the babysitter for eating pizza on the white sofa. Cooper and Zoe are for the most part well behaved kids who respect their momma’s home decor because they know it’s important to me. However, we just adopted a puppy over the holidays, so check back on my home in a few months to see if it still looks as spiffy.

Q. You’ve tackled major projects, including a kitchen reveal and home office/gym makeover, during this really difficult time of social distancing and isolation. What helped you to keep your eye on the prize and stay motivated?

A. Because we were stuck at home, I just had more time on my hands. More time meant more time staring at rooms in my house. I made mental lists of things I wanted to do. Pushing into May, I knew this stay at home…I’m going to call it opportunity…was here to stay. My office and the home gym were definitely spaces I needed to be happy spending time in. We have one of those Peloton bikes, and it lived in a storage room that looked like a bomb went off in it. Not motivating and not inspiring to work in. With the gyms closed for the pandemic, I decided to organize the storage room and convert it into a full fledge (non-bro) gym. It was, more or less, “no time like the present”. Once the office and gym projects wrapped, it was onto a mini makeover in the guest room and new wallpaper for the primary bedroom.

Ultrasuede®  Pine

Ultrasuede® Pine

Q. What are your top three favorite accounts to follow on Instagram for interior design inspiration?

A. Oh man, this was really hard to narrow down to just three, but here goes.

I love Sarah from Room For Tuesday Not only is she my friend, but she’s incredibly talented, has great style and most importantly teaches her process.

Alice Lane Home is another favorite. Not only do I find inspiration on their Instagram account, but I also love their podcast.

Steve Cordony rocks my world. His style is luxury with a laid back look and feel. His home is absolutely magical…oh and be sure to watch his IGTVs for teachable videos.

Q. We love your @ihavethisthingwithpink experimental IG account where you fulfill the cravings of the pink obsessed. You were actually torn about shifting your color direction from pink to green with the dining chair project. Was there a rosy-hued Ultrasuede® contender to Pine green that almost made the cut?

A. Were you in my dining room while I was looking at the color swatches? There was a part of me that said, “keep them pink”. I was strongly looking at Nectarine. It’s less bubblegum pink and more coral. Terracotta was also in the running. In the end, I decided to push out of my comfort zone with the color Pine, and I’m so glad I did.

Learn more about Kyla Herbes at House of Hipsters and follow @houseofhipsters on Instagram.

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