Interior designer, world traveler, and purveyor of gorgeous vintage finds, fourth-generation Californian Nathan Turner has an eye for beauty. From creating beautiful tablescapes for parties to stocking his LA showroom with unique home art and furniture, the man has an impressive sense of style and design. Starting in 2011, he'll highlight these attributes when he joins the cast of Bravo’s new series Million Dollar Decorators.
This Saturday, Nathan will also be hosting a Tastemaker Tag Sale for One Kings Lane. The sale will feature furniture, textiles, accessories, and artwork from his personal collection. I caught up with Nathan to ask him about his style, holiday tips, and numerous projects. Let's check out what he had to say.
CasaSugar: You grew up in Northern California. How has the region affected you?
Nathan Turner: I loved growing up in Northern California. I still get so much inspiration from SF and the surrounding areas. People live well there, especially with regards to food, which is my real obsession!
CS: You now live in Los Angeles. What inspires you about LA?
NT: I’m a total Californian; I love LA as much as I love SF. It's all about the outdoors for me. I spend every weekend I can in Malibu, and I love to hike. I find the laid-back, casual-but-stylish vibe of LA so inspiring.
CS: I love the Whitby sofa from your line for Elite Leather. What inspired its design?
NT: I love the Whitby too . . . that is the name of the English seaside town that my great-grandmother is from. It was inspired by the comfy tufted sofas one would find in the English countryside.
CS: Your shop in Los Angeles features some really amazing vintage finds. How do you source these items?
NT: I personally travel the globe to find the things that are in my shop . . . in fact, the shop was really just my justification to keep traveling and shopping.
CS: How did you get involved with Dutch Touch? Can you tell our readers a little about it?
NT: I met Sean Silver (from Dutch Touch) and her mother through the photographer Oberto Gili, whose work I sell in the shop. She is so talented and lovely. We hit it off right away, and she loved my idea of a “California Collection.” All of the paintings are inspired by the Golden State — beaches, desert, ranch — it was so fun. Sadly, I don’t have any Nate Turner for Dutch Touch on the One Kings Lane sale as we just got the inventory in . . . I promise next time!
Keep reading for Nathan's advice on holiday decorating.
CS: Your entertaining photos are so beautiful! What’s one of the most interesting parties you’ve created designs for?
NT: I recently did an Indian extravaganza at my shop for One Kings Lane . . . Imagine a truckload of marigolds, raj tents, and lots of pink and orange. It was really fun to do.
CS: How are you decorating for the holidays?
NT: I am actually traveling to New Zealand for Christmas, but I am doing a little tree in Malibu, so something really simple . . . white lights and handmade straw ornaments.
CS: What advice do you have for readers who are interested in creating an unusual holiday decorating arrangement this year?
NT: I love old fashioned Christmas decorations. Think 19th century Gilded age: big wreaths with real fruit, lots of real leaf garlands everywhere.
CS: Any must-have decorating items you’d recommend readers use this year in their holiday decorating?
NT: I honestly think you can create a stylish Christmas easily with very basic ornaments. Pick a color and run with it — and it doesn’t have to be red and green. I’ve done an orange Christmas, and it was modern and chic.
Check out the gallery for photos of Nathan's interior design, party design, paintings from Dutch Touch, and items from his sale with One Kings Lane!