Jeff Andrews, Designer for Kourtney Kardashian & Ryan Seacrest, Talks To Lonny

(The designer [above] and an entryway detail from one of Andrews's residential projects in Beverly Hills.
Photos by Kimberly Genevieve and Tim Street-Porter)
Name: Jeff Andrews
Occupation: Interiors and product designer
Resides in: Los Angeles
Best known for: Creating vintage and modern-leaning interiors steeped in cinematic romance for a client based including Michael C. Hall, Kourtney Kardashian, and Ryan Seacrest. Andrews's wallpaper collection with Astek will debut this spring.

1. Antique or modern?
Vintage, for the most part. I prefer things that have a history, soul, and character.

2. City or country?
City: for the energy and inspiration that comes from a fast-paced life.

3. Which colors do you use most?
Gray, white, taupe, and colors reminiscent of metallics, like bronze and white-gold.

4. Favorite materials or textures?
Heavy linen, antique brass, and ceramics.

(Kourtney Kardashian's master bedroom. Photo by Grey Crawford)
5. What is your favorite interior design-related word?
Balance, because it’s so integral to the harmony and composition of any living space.

6. Does your current home look like the one you grew up in?
Not exactly, but as in my family home, I surround myself with things that have meaning to me.

7. Does a room need a view?
Not necessarily a view, but every room does need a focal point—something that grounds and centers it; like a fireplace, an amazing light fixture, or a painting. I frequently use large mirrors to create a different perspective in a room.

8. Favorite designer or architect?
Frank Gehry for his constant creativity, inspiring work, and innovative use of materials.

(The library in a Pacific Palisades residence designed by Andrews. Photo by Grey Crawford)
9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
1stdibs for the immense selection of furniture and lighting spanning all periods.

10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
I most enjoy rooms with a soothing color palette and a real sense of personalization and comfort.

11. What is a forbidden word in your house?

12. Design rule you love to break?
If there really are design rules, I’m not exactly sure what they are; and if they do exist, I’m probably already breaking them anyway.

(The lounge in director/choregorapher Jaime King's house. Photo by Grey Crawford)
13. What is your favorite room in the house?
The bedroom, because it's the most interesting to design, as a private space with so many possibilities…

14. What is your most treasured possession?
My personal photographs.

15. What do you wish you could do without?
Carbs, for obvious reasons.

16. How does West Coast design differ from East Coast design? 
Design here on the West Coast is more laid-back, just like the people; the weather definitely influences the aesthetics. In general, I think that the West Coast tends to be more casual, while East Coast design is more formal. But at the end of the day, good design is universal.

(The lounge in a Pacific Palisades residence designed by Andrews. Photo by Grey Crawford)

17. What is your favorite thing about the West Coast—design-related or
The possibilities for year-round indoor/outdoor living.

18. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Billy Haines’s Los Angeles Spanish bungalow in its heyday, because of his groundbreaking design, not to mention the guest list.

19. On what movie set would you like to live?
Elizabeth’s Taylor’s Butterfield 8 for its wildly chic midcentury interiors.

20. To which city or country would you move for the design?
Italy for the extensive history of art, architecture, fashion, and design.

21. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
Wow, an inanimate object? I seriously hope that never happens; but maybe a chandelier in the re-design of the Ritz hotel in Paris….for the people-watching.
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