Designer Impressions

"My best decorating advice is to work with a professional and invest in quality pieces you love."

Shelley Johnstone
www.shelleydesign.com

Shelley Johnstone

the INTERVIEW

We looked to designer Shelley Johnstone for decorating advice and tips on hosting guests.

SHOP SHELLEY JOHNSTONE'S FAVOURITE HOLIDAY GIFTS BY FRETTE

What determined your passion for design?

My passion for design was influenced by my love and interest in architecture.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by travel, art, nature and architecture. I'm very fortunate to live in a place where David Adler created the most gorgeous homes and his sister Frances Elkins graced the interiors, Jean Michel Frank furnishings included!

How do you like to host guests?

I enjoy hosting guests in my home. Small dinner parties either in my dining room or by the pool when the weather permits.

What are memorable hosting gifts to ensure you are invited back?

I enjoy giving monogrammed linen hand towels or a lovely coffee table book and chocolates as hostess gifts.

How do you make your guests feel most comfortable?

I make my guests feel comfortable by creating a lovely, welcoming home.

What is the best decorating advice you can offer someone?

My best decorating advice is to work with a professional and invest in quality pieces you love.

What is your favorite book, magazine, or site on design?

My favorite books are lifestyle books. I love "Valentino At The Emperor's Table" and Aerin Lauder's "Beauty at Home."

What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette sheets or Frette bath?

It is truly lovely and luxurious to wrap yourself in Frette sheets and towels.

Do you prefer your sheets to be linen, sateen, percale, or poplin?

I really love cotton percale sheets.

Do you prefer your sheets to be linen, sateen, percale, or poplin?

My bedside table has fresh flowers, Aerin Lauder's brass peony and a small ceramic dish from Capri.