We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!
This week, we are joined by Houston based interior designer Veronica Solomon of Casa Vilora Interiors. Veronica’s interest in design first sparked 20 years ago while taking in design shows on TV. The programs not only showcased the principles of design, but awakened the design maven that was in her all along. Veronica’s firm operates under the ethos that everyone deserves good design, and that individuals get to define what luxury means to them based on their needs and the elements that make their heart sing. And her design blog acts are a resource for those who want to learn more about the process of working with an interior designer.
Read on to find out the current trend she’d like to bid adieu, and why she believes that when it comes to design, more is more.
What is the most memorable career moment you’ve had so far?
Hiring my two children without having to bribe them! They genuinely wanted to join the family business, and nothing makes me happier. I view it as legacy-building. After all, they were the inspiration behind starting the business and working to see it succeed over the years. It is my proudest moment. Not just as a mom, but as the President of the company.
Who is your ultimate style icon?
Tony Duquette. The way he mixes patterns and color luxuriously. I share his “more is more” philosophy to some extent. My version of it is to surround yourself with all the things that you love by artfully arranging them in a way that is pleasing to the eye. Life is all about the layers of things that tell your story.
What kind of design additions or changes have you recently made to your home?
I recently bought a builder basic home and completely redid all the rooms in order to make it a representation of my brand and personal design aesthetic.
Do you collect anything?
I collect a lot of things: Chinoiserie ginger and temple jars for instance – I just can’t get enough of them – and books; especially vintage and design books. I have a collection of almost 1500 at this point, which is even piling up on the floor in some areas of my home.
What’s a current design trend that you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years?
I hope we get rid of that trend of throw-away furniture – and fast! I think consumers should be more mindful of the pieces they bring into their homes. Understand that furnishing their homes is a long-term investment in their comfort and lifestyle.
Headshot Image by Colleen Scott Photography