Interior Interview: House of Hipsters
Meet Kyla Herbes, the brains behind home décor blog, House of Hipster, and previously held the position of art director within a furniture company. We spoke to Kyla about home styling and how to find interior inspiration.
How would you describe your interior style?
It’s eclectic, quirky, and modern, yet vintage too. I tend to lean towards mid-century modern furniture but add in boho chicness and unique vintage finds.
When styling my home, I want to portray my unique personality. I live in a cookie cutter suburb of Chicago; all the houses look the same. I love it when people walk into my home and ask, “Where did you find this?” It’s the best compliment ever. My home is a place that my guests remember.
If I see something at the flea market and my heart starts to pound and I think, “Oh man, I love that!” I know somehow it’s got to fit it into the space. I’ve been known to design an entire room around a vintage find.
I also look at other bloggers and stylists like Emily Henderson, Justina Blakeney and Bonnie Tsang. Emily Henderson has a very fun, yet sophisticated look to her vintage modern style, while Justina Blakeney brings boho to another level.
Bonnie Tsang is an incredibly talented photographer. Her clean lines and ability to showcase negative space inspires the way I style vignettes and look at colour.
How did being an art director influence your interior style?
Interiors have been something that always interested me. Growing up my mother worked as a seamstress for a local interior design and furniture company. I loved going to the showroom, sitting in chair after chair, touching all the bolts of fabric and looking through books of wallpaper. I understand now that these were things to keep me occupied while my mother worked, but at the time, I would sit and imagine how I would makeover my bedroom.
When I got the art director position, I was working in their marketing department on the print materials.
Being on-set and working side by side with professional stylists taught me so much. Grouping items in threes, the proper height to hang artwork, don’t over clutter and how to fit a rug into a space. Photographing the furniture and the studio itself had a profound effect on my style and home decor.
You wouldn’t think there would be much of a difference, but there is. When you look at a room from the angle of a camera, the depth and scale is completely thrown off. Coffee tables are pulled out further and side tables are more scrunched towards the arm of the sofa. All objects on the same plane are tighter than normal and items in the front or back look off when standing on set.
You also have to be aware of the product. If you’re selling a sofa, that sofa has to shine, not the amazing lamp you’re in love with. There’s little room for showing your unique personality. It’s all about the brand and being on-trend.
My home is another story. I love sofas, but it’s rarely the hero of my space. My home is a direct reflection of me: confident, bold and unapologetic. I love what I love. It can be trendy, hippie or even a bit punk rock.
How does your house reflect your lifestyle?
I’m presently the creative director at an advertising agency in downtown Chicago. I honestly can’t imagine life without freedom of creativity. Even at 40 years of age, I enjoy bucking the system. Not living in the social norm invigorates me. My home is a direct reflection of that ideology. My living room took the social norm and flipped it on its head.
The mugshots by Lani Lee are by far one of my favorite pieces in the house. My guests usually say, “I wouldn’t have them in my home, but I really like them.” It makes me chuckle. Three years later, they still talk to me about the three random dudes I have hanging on my wall.
What tips do you have for people who want to create a stylish house that fits into their daily life?
Don’t waste time trying to find the “it” lamp or “it” vase. You’ll find it…eventually. You might even have it already. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There’s a very simple way to style your home. Keep moving things around and then move them some more, again and again. My husband never knows if something is new or old because the space is ever changing.
Do you have any rules on how to introduce colour and patterns?