Apartment Therapy Interview: Trina Turk Part 2

Apartment Therapy Interview: Trina Turk Part 2

Rebecca Orlov
Jun 25, 2009

Yesterday we posted part 1 of our interview with the lovely Trina Turk, fashion and home designer. We have more in store for you today with Trina chatting about her best tips for creating an outdoor room, her favorite things in her home and her design trend opinion for 2009. Check out part 2 of our Apartment Therapy interview with Trina after the jump.

We often talk about "outdoor rooms" on AT and we know you enjoy living this way. Can you share your favorite tips for creating a welcoming outdoor space?
A welcoming outdoor space has almost everything a welcoming indoor space has! When entertaining outdoors, you need to think of your guest's needs, and they are the same as if you were entertaining indoors. It's all about creating a defined space. In the daytime, you need to make sure your guests have the right amount of sun and shade, and at night you need to make sure there is enough lighting and flattering
lighting. We have wired a large jacaranda tree in our backyard so that we can hang different chandeliers from it for outdoor parties. Just think of the elements that make a great room indoors and do a simplified version outside.

What are your favorite "things" in your house that make it a home?
The accumulation of personally selected objects, art and furniture over a long period of time is what makes a house a home. The patina of wear on furniture can be very appealing. There's something a little showcase house-y if every single thing is brand spanking new. If you only have things you love in your rooms, it somehow always seems to work. We love to shop, so there is a constant flow of new (new to us—they are usually vintage) objects to combine with old favorites - although sometimes it's out with the old and in with the new. We continually edit.

We'd love your opinion on home design trends for 2009. What else do you think we can expect this year?
I am loving black again. I haven't really figured out how to make it work in our house, but I'm thinking about it!

Check out Trina Turk's online boutique right here.

Images: Schumacher and Trina Turk Residential

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