“Everything from my past, present and future comes into play when I’m designing,” says Lulu deKwiatkowski, founder and designer of Lulu DK. “I like to mix old with new, traditionalism with modern whimsy, and everything has to have a strong sense of hand-craftsmanship.” Although deKwiatkowski studied fine arts at Parsons in New York and trompe l’oeil painting in Paris, she attributes her creativity to childhood influences including her mother and her upbringing in the Hamptons and the Bahamas. “The Bahamas and Hamptons are so rooted in my psyche that they come out in everything I do, wear and even eat,” she says. Now, working from her home on Mulholland Drive, the prolific designer continues to draw from the world around her. “Nature is my biggest source of inspiration,” says deKwiatkowski, who interprets her surroundings into exuberant designs ranging from her own textiles and wallcoverings to children’s fabrics for Schumacher, dinnerware for Neiman Marcus and bed linens for Matouk. “I love all that Mother Nature has to offer. That is what truly gets my creative juices flowing.”
LX: I got started...
LD: When I went to a tromp l’oeil school in Paris after college. Following my first day in this very rigorous painting school, I felt like my life had just begun. It was an incredible moment, and I remember it distinctly.
LX: Design muse:
LD: My mother. I also love the attitude of the Bloomsbury era, Babe Paley, David Hicks, Matisse, Katharine Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
LX: Favorite decorating sources:
LD: Jayson Home, One Kings Lane, eBay and all of La Cienega Boulevard for a good long walk.
LX: Current project:
LD: I just finished working on paintings for a documentary called 10x10. My pieces are the fantasy world of one of the girls featured in the film.
LX: Treasured keepsake:
LD: The original artwork from my book, Lulu.
LX: Dream client:
LD: Valentino, but I noticed in his documentary that D. Porthault already covers him!