We’ve seen the designers’ best work — now let’s get to know them better. A fan of glitz and glamour, interior stylist Hilari Younger loves to add shine and lots of bright color to rooms. I asked her (and the rest of the season 7 cast) what else she likes (and loathes) — see below for her answers and confessions.
Is there something that you do in every space you design?
My signature is the unexpected color palette. I like to think of myself as a forecaster. In my fashion days I was always rocking things at least two seasons ahead of the mainstream surge. I usually have the eye for next hot color scheme, furniture or accessory trend, and so far I am still spot on with what’s yet to come.
You’re shopping a thrift store. How do you know which pieces have potential and which are duds?
Thrifting is much like adopting a pet…the piece with the most potential often finds you and you fall in love and the others pale in comparison. You feel like you have to take it home. These pieces usually are the most unusual and unexpected finds. If the details are awesome and the quality and integrity of the piece is spot on, wrap it up — I’ll take it.
How particular are you about your home? What is the one spot in the home that is the messiest or least designed?
I am not particular at all, my family lives there and now that I am a mom and wife, I don’t allow people to show up unexpectedly. If you come to my home for a dinner or party that is not how I live day to day. The messiest room in the house is Haili’s (my daughter’s) closet — can you say cyclone?!
Who’s your celebrity crush? John Legend.
What is the number one mistake most people make when trying to design their home?
Most people do not research or plan properly. Have you measured? Have you collected pictures and ideas? Have you compared prices? So many questions need to be answered before you set out on a mission to design your space. Most people just start shopping and make a big mess. Save your money and call me.
What is the most trouble you’ve gone through to get a piece for yourself or a client?
I have driven from Washington, DC, to South Carolina in a day for some datgum hand woven baskets by the Gullah, a group of African Americans indigenous to the coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina who are known for preserving a large part of their linguistic and cultural heritage.
Lightning round! Yes or no…
Jacuzzi tubs: No, unsanitary.
Barcelona chairs: No, overexposure
Dogs on the bed: Yes (Shhhh, don’t tell my husband.)
Mixing woods tones: Yes, relax!
Paneling: Yes, it’s back.
Wire hangers: No! Mommy Dearest said it best.
Taxidermy: Yes, I live in Texas, come on!