The Style Files: Kristen Buckingham

Kristen Buckingham Portrait

I have admired the work of Los Angeles-based interior designer, Kristen Buckingham for several years now. I remember seeing her beautiful home published in ELLE DECOR and admiring how full of life it was. Each piece within its walls looked special and felt like it formed part of a very personal collection of items that formed the Buckingham home. Kristen’s aesthetic puts a subversive spin on otherwise traditional design elements. I love the way she marries pieces from various periods, design movements, and cultures to create a perfectly layered look. Ultimately, Kristen fuses the modern and traditional, looking to the past for inspiration while creating harmonious spaces that suit the needs of present-day families.

Kristen’s eponymous showroom is one of the chicest shops in Los Angeles’ La Cienega Design Quarter, and is always one of my first stops when I am in town. Over the past several years, Kristen’s work has been featured in ELLE DECOR, C Magazine, and Traditional Home, among other publications. Last month, she was named to ELLE DECOR’s exclusive A-List. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Kristen about her signature style, the things that matter most, and about some exciting projects she has in the works. Enjoy!

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Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Kristen Buckingham: It’s definitely personal; I love a beautiful space with a sense of collected elegance, but it has to have livability and humor. Also edgy, not overtly feminine.

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PC: What does your home say about you?

KB: That I love nice things and I am not afraid to use them.

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PC: How has living in Los Angeles influenced the way that you decorate?

KB: By giving great attention to indoor/outdoor living spaces. Also, the flow from inside to outdoors.

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PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

KB: It sounds lame – my own design library and Pinterest.

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PC: Who are your personal style icons?

KB: There are so many. In no particular order: Babe Paley, Givenchy, Kate Moss, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Jacques Grange, Lauren Santo Domingo, Oscar & Annette de la Renta, Axel Vervoodt

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{Hubert de Givenchy’s Bedroom at his Iconic French Villa, Le Clos | Image via The Art of the Room}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

KB: Weekly massages and a great tequila, but not at the same time!

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PC: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

KB:“Listen with the intent to understand; not to reply.”

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PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

KB: There are just too many to name.

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PC: What is your idea of “la dolce vita”?

KB: Family, love, and a lot of laughter

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{Kristen and A Few of Her Loves: Her Husband, Legendary Fleetwood Mac Guitarist and Vocalist, Lindsey Buckingham; Darling Dog, Henry; Gorgeous Daughters, Leelee and Stella, and One of her Beautiful Horses | Images via Kristen’s Instagram @kbchrush}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

KB: My designer room at this year’s Maison de Luxe: Greystone Estate. The launch of KB textile line. Continuation of my new blog, Chrush.

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{The Chic Kristen Buckingham Showroom in Los Angeles}

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Go-To Outfit: LA Style; jeans, blouse, and cute shoes

Style Mantra: Keep it simple

Scent: Kiehls Musk

Piece of Jewelry: Wedding ring

Current Obsession: Horses and tequila (again not together)

Color I Never Tire Of: White

Flower: Peonies

Indispensable Design Element: Lighting

Era for Design: 20s, 30s, 40s, 70s, now

Dream Project: A boutique hotel in NYC, Paris apartment, Villa in Italy

Fabric/Textile: Printed linen and wovens

Hostess Gift: tequila

Meal: Steak frites

Drink: Tequila neat, red wine

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: a drink, watching The Voice with my kids

3 Things I Love About My City: Sun, beaches, early nights

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Weekend Destination: Montecito

Hotel: Four Seasons Paris

City: New York City

Museum: The Metropolitan

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: 1999 by Prince

Actor/Actress:  Emma Stone, Meryl Streep

Greatest Extravagance: My horses

Go-To Color Palette: not sea foam

Rule to Break: I don’t believe in rules, so all of them!

Movie Set Design: Anything Wes Anderson

3 Dream Dinner Party Guests: Vince Vaughn, Steve Jobs, Jane Goodall

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{Images Courtesy of Kristen Buckingham}

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