Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exclusive Interview With Erriette Lenas

It takes skill, a keen eye, and a great listener to manifest your dream home interior. For designer Erriette Lenas, this comes effortlessly. She focuses on developing timeless design that caters to her client’s individuality, which coalesces to create a completely authentic and luxury space. Lenas’ aptitude in balancing sustainability and sophistication has intrigued clients from Los Angeles, New York and all over Europe. Her designs have graced the pages of Vanity Fair, Apartment Therapy, and now ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, Erriette Lenas.

In this Turquoise Hygge living area, Erriette started with the pleated blue chairs situated in the corners and let the rest of the room fall into place around them. In the center of the room sits a 1980s vintage table which compliments the chairs’ legs and other metallic elements found throughout the space.

Andrew Joseph: Describe your design style as if you were explaining it to someone who cannot see.
Erriette Lenas: I love to design spaces that relay an innate feeling of calmness and balance. Incorporating a rich variety of textures, finishes, and art to be explored, enjoyed and authentically lived with beyond merely decoration.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or a series, what would it be?
Erriette: Hands down Diane Keaton’s classic beach house from Something’s Gotta Give. The subtle off whites, and pale blues of the interiors, the big white modern-traditional kitchen, the windows, doors and stairs leading to the beach. It’s timeless and dreamy.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words or less?
Erriette: Fresh, modern, chic.

The anchor of this room is the silver metallic coffee table by Karl Springer. Having such a unique piece in the center of this living area allows for all of the colors to pop with pride.

Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing?
Erriette: My Balenciaga black leather motorcycle jacket.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
Erriette: Beauty is grace, intelligence, kindness, and compassion.

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Erriette: The best advice I’d give my teenage self would be to have confidence and follow my instincts and passions. Make choices for yourself – not to fulfill other people’s expectations. If you do what you love in life, it’ll never feel like work!

This impressively plaid dining room is accompanied by breathtaking lake views. It’s equal parts charming and refined, creating a welcoming atmosphere you never want to leave.

Andrew: What’s your design pet peeve?
Erriette: I hate to call anything a design pet peeve, because something that I may not care for may be someone else’s dream space. I feel that interior design is all about personal expression and creating a surrounding that is pleasing to each individual. With that being said, however, my personal pet peeve is a “matching set” of furniture in a room. Many people feel that buying a full matching set of furniture for their bedroom, living room, or dining room costs more, and therefore is the best option, it somehow always comes off as looking unimaginative and cheapens the look. It’s much more interesting to have different pieces that work well together for a unique and more well-designed space.

Andrew: How would you describe your personal style?
Erriette: I would describe my personal style as relaxed, minimal, chic. I love to invest in quality pieces that I can combine in different ways and accessorize for different occasions. Quality materials like cotton, silk, linen and wool are sustainable, look wonderful and are comfortable to wear! This philosophy parallels my interior design ethos, which I view as a fashion-based approach. I think a well-designed home is similar to a well-dressed individual. The ideal finished look should convey quality, ease, and elegance.

About The Designer | In today’s ever-evolving world, Erriette Lenas utilizes a multi-disciplinary design approach to create her distinctive, signature style, mixing contemporary and classic elements to provide fresh, chic, sustainable environments and convey timeless sophistication. Drawing inspiration from art, architecture, and travel, Lenas curates her projects by incorporating the lifestyle and interests of her clients, resulting in an authentic environment for easy, stylish living.

Collaborations with architects, real estate developers and art gallerists have allowed her to explore and merge these key components to push the boundaries of artistic design and expression. In an industry where trends often change and overshadow personal style, Lenas focuses on developing individuality and timeless design while creating chic, luxury environments for today’s modern home.

Her personal style and modern interiors have been featured in media publications such as Vanity Fair, New York Living, BC Magazine and Apartment Therapy. As an influencer of design, fashion, and style, Lenas has worked on residential, commercial and hospitality projects in New York, Los Angeles and Europe.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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