The Style Files: Amy Meier

Amy Meier is a talented interior designer based in Rancho Santa Fe, California, near San Diego. I met Amy many years ago at a design event and we have been friends ever since. With a fierce eye for editing and ability for creating warm, luxurious spaces, Amy has completed projects throughout California and back on the East Coast, where she is from originally. Amy earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder and subsequently earned a Master’s in Fashion from Parsons School of Design, a foundation which has had a clear emphasis on her design work. Amy has an innate ability to mix pieces from various periods beautifully. She is adept at bringing together unexpected pairings with great style. Amy founded her design studio in 2009 and her work has since been recognized by Luxe, House Beautiful, ELLE DECOR, and Traditional Home who recently named Amy to their New Trads list in 2017. 

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Amy Meier: Edited, tailored, refined, but also warm and inviting.

PC: Has living in Rancho Santa Fe, California influenced your aesthetic in any way?

AM: I am hugely influenced by my surroundings; but apart from me, I believe every home’s design should be informed by its environment. Specific to Rancho Santa Fe, I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about and blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. Plus, with our proximity to LA, my aesthetic has definitely been influenced by my access to wide array of artists, artisans and craftspeople.

PC: What does your home say about you?

AM: It says I love my family, antiques, and change. Sometimes to my husband’s chagrin, my home is ever evolving, creating layers organically as I collect and edit.

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

AM: I find great inspiration from my design peers. I have been lucky in forming great relationships and finding wonderful platforms that open lines of communication between design.

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

AM: Rose Uniacke and Rose Tarlow. I Guess I just love Roses.

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

AM: Sincerity.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

AM: Definitely “The Bachelor”.

PC: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

AM: Rose Uniacke, and not just for her transcendent design, but for the ways she has combined different aspects of her life: family, passions, and businesses. Take her antique business, for instance… her parents were dealers so she grew up loving and learning about antiques. So of course, after building a fabulously successful design firm, she creates a separate antique business that operates both independently and in collaboration with the design firm.

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

AM: Having a great team and inspirational projects, and a healthy family… basically it’s about loving what I am doing, where I am doing it, and who I am doing it with!

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

AM: We just finished a great collaboration with Stone Yard, Inc. on a line of custom geometric sculptures and I cannot wait to see how designers across the country use and style them. Also, last week we installed a fabulous loft in Tribeca which I will be revealing on the blog soon… and we have some fantastic upcoming projects including one in Jackson, Wyoming!


Go-To Outfit: Navy and blue stripes

Style Mantra: Edit

Scent: Gardenia

Piece of Jewelry: Engagement ring

Color I Never Tire Of: White

Flower: Tulip

Indispensable Design Element: Window Treatements

Era for Design: Late 20’s

Dream Project: Old estate in wine country

Fabric/Textile: Bouclé

Hostess Gift: Wine

Meal: Cheese & crackers

Drink: Hendricks Gin

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Rosé

3 Things I Love About My City: Equestrian history, year-round indoor/outdoor living, proximity to the ocean

Weekend Destination: Montecito

Hotel: Ojai Valley Inn

City: Boston

Museum: Cooper Hewitt

Artist: Margaret Boozer

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: The Climb by Miley Cyrus

Actor/Actress: Julia Roberts

Prized Possession: My Kids

Risk Worth Taking: Online dating

Greatest Extravagance: clothes and hotels

Go-To Color Palette: White on white

Rule to Break: White after labor day

Movie Set Design: Great Expectations

I can never have too many… Shoes

{Photography Courtesy of Amy Meier Design}


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  1. Adore Amy and her stylish interiors! You captured her and her work eloquently. Especially love her eye for antiques and and her use of them in her work. Thank you for the dose of inspiration!