Just in time for the onset of autumn, AD asked industry creatives to share their latest mood boards. From landscape designer Margie Grace’s au naturel palette to the monochrome chicness of Kelly Hoppen’s current inspirations to Tiffany Thompson’s thoughtful reflection on a forthcoming Minnesota residential project, read on for insights into the materials, products, and hues inspiring designers this fall season.
“This fall palette was inspired by Yakushima, an island in Japan that is deeply wooded and dense, while still giving a seductive feel. I’m working on a project in Minnesota that combines the rustic and deep tones of the Midwest with a Japanese inspiration and philosophy.
The palette has a variety of textures, including a leathered texture finish on a black Brazilian quartzite and a shou sugi ban–treated black oak paired with the softness of the Japanese linen. There are rich Italian leathers, Roman clay paints that are soft hues of autumn, high-pile shags paired with dried willow branches, and other foliage from nature.
My favorite addition is a special finish by a Darril Otto that mimics metal. It’s so beautiful and it adds a distinct feel. My aim with this mood board is to take on the very nature of fall, generating a distinctive emotional response to the seasonal shift. As the precursor to the likely harshness of winter, fall is one of our most emotional seasons. I am leading with natural materials celebrated in their most unique way.”
Romanek Design Studio
“Some people say there are no seasons in Los Angeles, but no matter where I am in the world, the day after Labor Day, I feel a visceral shift toward fall all around me. With the onset of shorter days, warm colors, and the changing quality of the light, I gravitate toward soft, textured fabrics and rich amber hues—dreamy year-round, but never better than in the fall! The relationship between indoor and outdoor, nature and livable functionality inspires all of my work, and never more than during this season when I love to play off of the warm, glowing quality of the afternoon light, mixing metals and other warm, reflective materials into my design.
To me, the dialogue between harder metallic surfaces, rich hues, and cozy textiles creates the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication, drawing from the beauty we see outside to create interior environments where we want to curl up with a blanket and never want to leave.”
Aline Asmar d’Amman
Culture in Architecture
“My fall mood board is about the healing power of amethyst and strong femininity. High-crafted materials, hand-woven, sculpted, or patinated with love and attention from the artisans and artists I cherish, echo the vibrating depth of the magnetic crystal, which transforms the energy into warm feelings of spiritual awareness and awakening.
I’ve paired the natural purple abstract pattern of Breccia Capraia marble and the mauve-hued stained glass by French Ateliers Duchemin, developed for a spectacular dome with 12-meter diameter, with the gracious movement of prima ballerina Marie-Agnès Gillot dressed by my fellow Lebanese couturier Rabih Kayrouz. The purple, fluid couture contrasts with the inflexible gravity of the iron and plaster wedding gown by artist Anselm Kiefer, inspiring the mix of fantasy, opulence, and raw beauty which constantly informs my work fed by poetry and concrete materiality. The whiteness of the Pierre Frey fabric in the background, embroidered with gold and bronze quintilles by Lesage Interieurs, embraces the lilac palette with delicate pearly softness, the same way these curtains will envelop the reception area of the private palace we’re designing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for a very special lady.
Artist Marie Khoury’s Arabic letter L for love is a miniature model for a bench. I’ve also included gold-leaf carved boiseries from Guillaume Feau, bespoke brushed patinas by Ateliers Gohard, pale gray raku from Marylynn Massoud and Rasha Nawam, custom velvet and cashmere fabric from Toyine Sellers composed with silvery creamy whites and pale pink silks, and velvets and cottons from Dedar, Lelievre, Le Manach, and Jim Thompson. The bronze branch by Hervé van der Straeten evokes the spirituality of nature.”
Brittany Peltz-Buerstedde and Vian Abreu
SENA Lifestyle Studio
“One of our favorite projects this fall is one that is very close to home and heart—the ethereal redesign of the sitting room of Brittany’s mother, Claudia Peltz. We wanted to give her a space that was truly hers, a space where she could turn inward to recharge. We turned toward a clean and neutral color palette that reflects the varying shades of white and hues of light French blue that speaks to the sky of a clear and crisp fall day. All materials were carefully selected for the unique energy they bring to the space. The crown jewel of the room lies within the custom blue calcite coffee table that was inspired by Brittany’s own crystal collection and the stone’s unique spiritual properties to relax, soothe and protect one’s aura. Warm wood tones were selected for the built-in millwork that will become the altars of the room—showcasing religious objects, prayers, and family photos. A gorgeous piled Moroccan shag rug was sourced from global artisans and serves to bring a beautiful cloudlike texture to this graceful and feminine room.
The final layer of this soft and sophisticated room lies in the gorgeous handmade dried floral arrangements, sage bundles, and palo santo accents that were all chosen for their protective energetic properties. And, of course, at the center of it all lies the muse of the project in the timeless photo of Brittany’s mother.”
“Nature is the inspiration for all gardens, of any style. This is an inspiration board for an outdoor dining room: rustic farm table, naturalistic table linens—burlap, woven date palm runner—candles, herbs, succulents, et cetera. The color palette includes dusty greens and blues with pops of dusty pink.”
Kelly Hoppen Interiors
“The success of a monochromatic palette lies in the subtlety and contrast of tone paired with rich textural combinations. The blend of suede and leather, in this signature tonal sand palette with hint of autumnal greens, earthy tones and fresh whites, is in perfect pitch with the linens and luxurious rug.
The association of contrasting elements such as raw natural stone and delicate organics, matte and shiny, rough and smooth, instils depth and sophistication. The timber woods, with the swirling patterning of their grain, add warmth to the composition while the Calacatta Oro marble exudes elegance and refinement with its fine light gray vein and amber notes.
Juxtaposing different textures is at the heart of my design process, as it brings life and energy to any interior. I love to explore the boundaries of what a material can offer, and I recently worked with Italian brand Pavoni to develop a collection of stunning leathers and suedes that will launch at the end of September. It offers a large choice of textures such as embossed designs and geometric shapes carved into the leather on a backdrop of linen. Different techniques such as Venetian weaving and others normally reserved for fabrics, were also used to create pleats, folds, ripples, chain-mailed and plaited effects.”
Young Huh Interior Design
“The board has materials for a project that we are currently working on as well as some objects from my husband’s desk that add to the inspiration. The goal is to evoke a feeling that is masculine, classic, thoughtful, yet natural. The primary thinking here is about texture and the integrity of materials.
On the board you’ll find a combination of materials, including wood, metal, and ultradurable Dekton, surfacing in two colorways: Liquid Sky and Entzo. In addition, there is a Deco shagreen inkwell, a 300 B.C. Greek covered urn, and antique trims. I’m thinking about the contrast between old and new, luxury and worn, and natural and luxe. The feeling is timeless, and my goal is to achieve a sense of timelessness with this project.”
These interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity.
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