The unsung hero of many an interior space, a stylist can add personality, enhance character or capture something hinted at in the architecture. A good stylist can make a space stand out without clamouring for your attention, finding the key pieces and elements and arranging them ‘just so’ to enable even the smallest corner of a home to shine.
You can imagine then our natural curiosity about the inclusions and arrangement of a stylist’s own home. What would they fill it with, and how would it be arranged? Perhaps most importantly – what advice can we draw on for our own (often admittedly in need of a style) interiors?
Luckily we have had our questions answered thanks to the lovely Danika Rehfisch, interior stylist and decorator. As one-half of
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How does your work influence your decisions around your space and interior style?
Danika Rehfisch: As a stylist working in Interiors, I am constantly exposed to old and new wonderful items for Interiors. It can be hard to resist a lot of what I see, and the editing process for my own home never ends; things move in and out, up and down. When we are working with clients we love to start that process for them.
What are your favourite spaces in the home and why?
Danika Rehfisch: My favourite space in our home is the living room/library. It has period details in the ceiling, old sash windows and the wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookcase is a never-ending stage set for all of my vignettes, photos, and of course hundreds of beautiful books. I love to spend time in here just looking and listening to music, reading or watching movies.
Tell us about four of your favourite pieces in the home. What makes them special?
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Why did you choose these particular pieces?
Danika Rehfisch: Sometimes things come into your home with a lot of thought and with practicality as well as aesthetics in mind (Tufty-Time Sofa) and sometimes the whimsy of a piece is enough to compel you to purchase (Jenette chair). I love items that are standalone hits but can also move around the home.
Who or what inspires your interior style?
Danika Rehfisch: I am inspired by my family – they give the best feedback about the comfort and practicality of my choices, and our clients, whose lives and homes are the first step in the process. My business partner Sarah Stiles is also a constant presence to bounce ideas off.
I love Instagram for the breadth of sources and the seemingly never-ending flow of glorious images, old and new books such as ‘Living With Design’ by David Hicks, ‘Haute Bohemians’ by Miguel Flores-Vianna, ‘Complete Works’ by Vincent Van Duysen. And of course design magazines and blogs like Elle Decor Italia, AD Espana, Vogue Living, The Design Files and Belle.
What makes a house a home to you?
Danika Rehfisch: I hope that it is not a cliche to say that a house becomes a home because of the people in it. The various characters in our home have decided what goes where, who sits on what, what colour it is and how much we laugh about it all.