Illinois-based designer, Megan Winters isn't afraid to go bold. Decor can be traditional without being “old and boring, been-there-done-that,” Winters tells Chicago Home Magazine. Winters started a high-end printing firm that quickly went global exposing her to some of the world's leading luxury retailers which enabled her to transition into the interior design world with ease. Winters is known best for her fearless use of colors, high end antiques, and luxury interiors. Winters isn't the average stuffy interior designer, she adds a bit of humor in her design schemes while at the same time isn't willing to compromise her true style. Here are a couple keys to getting her designer look in your own home.
1. Great Antiques
“I don’t believe everything has to cost a gazillion dollars,” she says. “If it’s all at a certain taste level, that’s how you create a space that is beautiful and a reflection of you.”- Megan in Chicago Home Magazine.
"That's what spaces need—jeans with platforms,"she says. "Or rather comfy couches and chairs with
gilt crystal chandeliers and every accessory so the room smiles."
"That's how I design my spaces: I find things I love, which fit me, and then find a place for them" she tells Romantic Home Magazine
Invest in a few great pieces that you love and design the room around them. Less is always more. Remove the clutter and showcase that great antique that you felt you scored on. Great furniture doesn't have to cost a fortune, but you have to love it. Choose pieces that you don't mind investing some money into. A chair that possibly needs upholstering may cost you a bit in labor, but in the end you get the fabric, paint finish and overall look that is pleasing in your eyes.
2. Paint it Gold
You don't need gold everywhere to make a statement, as some of the smallest details on furniture are often not overlooked by guests. What I love about Megan, is she isn't afraid of decorating with gold. Too many people shy away from gold, because they may think it is excessive. Megan spills in one magazine interview that she loves to gild everything.
Spray painting with metallic gold paint can really transform a set of chairs, nightstands or accent accessories. If you want to make your pieces look even more expensive, consider gold leafing these items.
In this post I give some basic tips to Gold leafing and Gold Restoration Tips. Forget paying $10 dollars at Michael's Crafts for 20 sheets of gold leaf when you can buy imitation Gold Leaf sheets for $30 Dollars. I am sure with that much gold leaf you will find yourself leafing everything in your home like Megan.
3. Go Bold In The Library And Kitchen
Forget about white cabinetry, go for color. The more dramatic the better. If you are working around a white scheme, think about cabinetry in a dramatic color and white furniture. Play around with glossy finishes, and specialty hardware. Miles Redd lacquered his cabinets in a high gloss green paint that couldn't be more sensational. If you have very basic box looking cabinetry, consider copying the campaign furniture. Bulk hardware is available off of ebay and will transform any cabinet from boring to "wow" in a weekend. The heavier the hardware the better.
4. Greek Key & Patterns
Greek Key has become a staple in Hollywood Regency interiors. You can't look through a magazine without it being represented somewhere. Greek key is so versatile that it makes it easy to incorporate other patterns into the mix. Megan's traditional home structure didn’t stop her from covering the entire entry and stairway in a bold zebra stripe wallpaper. Find a pattern you love, and jump into it!
Megan adds her flair for neoclassical furniture by adding a pair of roman Napoleon statues in the entryway, leading into the living room. Her living room continues the simple color palette of white, black and gold from the furniture, to the throw pillows.
The Madeline Weinrib Atelier Black & White Buche Rug adds pattern and brings in the Hollywood Regency style known to be the style the movie stars lusted after. Custom upholstery gives the home a rich feel. Black framed chairs are upholstered with black fabrics, while the white framed chairs feature white upholstery and gilt details. Borrow her looks for your own home. You can find a lot more inspiration on her website.