Twelve questions with Vernon Caldera, designer and founder of Keep Houston Rich.
1. What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
My video blog, KeepHoustonRich.com. A video column in Art Attack, the Houston Press’ art blog. Attending (and covering) the first-ever YouTube and Guggenheim Play Biennial. But it all really stems from deciding to work for myself and chart my own course.
2. What is your most prized possession?
3. Who is the person who most embodies “style”?
David Bowie. Björk. Alexander McQueen. Sofia Coppola.
4. In what historical period would you most like to have lived?
I love my generation because, through technology, we’re becoming a global culture. I think it’s really exciting to see the changes occurring in our world.
5. You’re an artist, writer, curator, and decorator. Does your approach to interior design resemble, say, your approach to curating an art exhibit?
Yes. I think that everything requires editing until you find something that is lucid and gets your point across. I like to take a step back from whatever I’m doing and ask myself, “Does this add up?”
6. With what fictional character do you most identify?
Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray. Calvin (as in Hobbes). Elphaba.
7. Where do you feel most inspired?
When I’m running.
8. What do people not know about Houston?
That it has a soul.
9. In your next life, who or what would you most like to be?
10. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
11. What qualities most attract you to an interior?
I like places that are unique, interiors that make you think without being smug.
12. What makes a home beautiful?
A home is beautiful if it tells the owner’s story tastefully.