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Mother of two and interior design mogul Kelly Wearstler, was once described by The New Yorker as the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design. This wisp of a woman reigns over her modern, technicolour, opulent empire with both panache and flair, and the seemingly unstoppable force of nature is now ready to enter the ready-to-wear battle field with her eponymous line of clothing and accessories being stocked at the ever influential Bergdorf Goodman (maker of tastes since 1899).

If there was ever one woman who has made me feel hugely inadequate, it would probably be her. She’s somehow managed to marry what she loves, what she’s good at, and what is useful, and then proceeded to make big bucks out of it, while thoroughly enjoying every bit of the journey. That illusive triumvirate is something we should all aspire to achieve in our work and personal lives at some point of time in life.

Oh and guess what, she did it all by her wee self! She wasn’t born a rich kid and she didn’t marry to make it up. She’s from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her dad is an engineer, her mom an antique dealer, she went to the Massachusetts College of Art, then modeled for playboy and worked as a waitress to earn money to pay off her student loans and get some start up cap for her little business that launched it all – KWID. Talk about making it on your own and making smart with your money and just generally being super incredible.

I take comfort in the fact that I have about 20 years to try and do that (that being marrying what I love, what I’m good at, and what is useful). Oh look at me, how very Singaporean to think of these things in timelines and as a game of catch up (*face palm*). Not to mention how very un-Kelly since her motto in life is to

Take risks; you don’t have a voice if you don’t. You have to
venture outside your boundaries. That’s what life’s all about

Cheers to that Kelly, it certainly should be.

And I know there isn’t a sliver of a chance I’ll meet you, but thanks for being hugely inspirational and influential and proving that it is possible to do what you love, and love what you do, and have two kids and a happy home while building an empire of your own.

If you’d like an inside look, check out this insightful WSJ interview with Kelly Wearstler. She also did a piece with Elle Decor on how she put together her Malibu Beach home.

Photos: My Vibe My Life (Kelly Wearstler’s blog)

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