Design Q&A with Erinn Valencich

Design Q&A with Erinn Valencich

Abby Stone
May 7, 2014
(Image credit: Erinn V Design Group)

Interior designer Erinn Valencich may be familiar to readers from her appearance as a contestant on the latest TV design competition, NBC's Dream Builders, hosted by Nate Berkus.

The show isn't her first brush with the entertainment world: some of the designs she's done for high profile clients include Jewel's Texas ranch, Jaime Pressly's Spanish home, Mischa Barton's Mediterranean mansion, and the set of the tv series Ghost Whisperer. Nor is it her first time in front of the camera; she's appeared on The View, Extra and Entertainment Tonight, hosted several specials for HGTV, and served as a tastemaker on e! and Access Holllywood. Among the other projects she's juggling, Valencich recently completed the 650-room Downtown Grand, a casino and hotel in Las Vegas, which includes five restaurants and nightclubs.

For her window at Egg & Dart for this year's Legends of La Cienega: Novel Interiors, Valencich chose F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night as her inspiration.

What inspired you to choose the novel/book you have selected for this year’s LCDQ Legends of La Cienega event?
I love the French Riviera, and something about the 1930's on the coast there holds such mystique for me. Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night was like being there. His words are so alive it's like you can taste them.

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What novel to movie adaptation got the production design/set design right?
I think The Great Gatsby was a visual treat!

Designers love to feature fashion, art and design books in their finished rooms. What are some of the best hardcover novels to display?
I choose my novels based on the color of the room. I don't have a go-to set. I think that they also have to fit with the client's personality. But mostly, it's the color of the cover!

Everyone loves a great deal. Tell us a quick story about the best bargain you’ve ever found at a vintage store or flea market.
I found a gorgeous five-foot tall mirror for $80. It's absolutely stunning, carved and painted, and would have been $3500 in an antique store!

Excluding fresh flowers in abundance, what is your favorite styling trick?
Keeping to a color palette really matters, especially when styling a bookcase, which is where most people have a hard time. Stick to white accessories, glass/crystal, and black and white books or white and blue books for the best effect.

Sometimes even the clients with the biggest budgets fall in love with an affordable item from a popular catalog or online store - what is one of your best affordable finds?
No matter the budget, there's always a budget. These days mixing high and low is the way to go. I am not a snob when I shop for accents or small side tables. I am a HUGE Homegoods fan. The usual shopping trip there for me is three hours long and 6 shopping carts full!

For more about Erinn, click here.

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