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Inside design: Allegra Hicks

Designer extraordinaire, Allegra Hicks, talks about her design rules, love for textiles and her new collection for West Elm.

Allegra Hicks is a textile genius whose trademark style has made her an influential tastemaker. Her creativity and business savvy have helped her conquer the worlds of both interior design and fashion – and the results are nothing short of stunning.

Textile-Whisperer-Final-Medium.jpgStyle at Home: Tell us about your decorating ground rules.
Allegra Hicks: Textiles are important, especially in Canada, where the summer season is short. Soft, textural elements like rugs, throws and window dressings make a home inviting and give it interest.

S@H: What’s the most important element when decorating a room?

AH: Lighting, and it should always be planned in advance. Different rooms have different lighting demands. Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or relaxing in the bedroom, lighting really shapes a room in terms of both mood and functionality.

S@H: Describe the perfect room.

AH: There’s no such thing as the perfect room, but to create the best room, the first thing you should ask yourself is: What do you want to get out of the space? It’s necessary to establish how you live before making decisions about decor. For example, if you eat out at restaurants all the time, why create a big kitchen? The best room is one where functionality and creativity live in harmony.

S@H: How important are accessories in terms of finishing a room?

AH: Accessories make a room feel lived in. Every room needs a personal touch, and those touches are even more special when they’re meaningful gifts from friends. One of my favourites is a Tom Dixon mask that was a birthday present from him.

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