Featured Design Project: Hillary Thomas LA Chic

Recently transplanted from Good Day New York to Good Day LA, anchor Julie Chang was anxious to get her much more spacious two bedroom condo up and running. Despite a limited budget, creative designer Hillary Thomas was able to work her magic and create a chic, eclectic, and glamorous LA haven. Julie brought two Merida rugs and several Roberto Dutesco prints from NYC, which Hillary used as inspiration for the apartment.

Hillary Thomas & Julie Chang

Hillary drew upon a variety of sources, from irresistible vintage pieces to Ikea style bargains and garage sale finds. Among the secondhand items used were the rope chandelier, dining table, TV console, and accent chairs. She also used several items from her own decor collection, including finials in the bedroom and barware.

Hillary Thomas barware

dining room

Excitingly for us, Hillary used the two Celerie Kemble by Merida rugs that Julie brought as jumping off points for several rooms:

“The minute I saw Julie’s Merida rugs I knew they would serve as the inspiration for both her living room and bedroom. ‘Catalyst‘ has such a bold, striking pattern so I knew that I would use that as the statement piece and build the rest of the space around it. By mixing shades of gray and using different textures we created a stylish and glamorous atmosphere that wasn’t too fussy. As for the Master Bedroom, ‘Tremor‘ really inspired the color palette and gave it a sexy yet peaceful aesthetic.”

catalyst rug hillary thomas

Catalyst in Blue Stone


Tremor in Fickle

She painted the bedroom with Benjamin Moore Elephant grey, which Julie describes as, “not quite purple, not quite grey, its just perfect, and it matches my Merida rug.”

Its always exciting to see how designers use their talents to achieve a unique look. We can’t think of a more inspiring use of our products than as a jumping off point for a project, and are grateful for the opportunity to serve as inspiration for Hillary!

To purchase Catalyst and Tremor, log in to our customer center or call 800-345-2200.

All images by Hillary Thomas.

One comment

  1. Love the dining room and living room. The bedroom looks a little blah for me! But nonetheless, cute decor!