Interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who recently published the book "Modern Glamour: The Art of Unexpected Style," is known for ideas that are bold, bright and fun. At Avalon, Maison 140 and Viceroy, the Los Angeles-area hotels she's collaborated on with her husband, real estate developer Brad Korzen, she juxtaposes apple-green chairs and houndstooth wallpaper, for example, and places toile-upholstered furniture near Asian-style mirrors. Here Wearstler talks about how she applies her colorful, cheeky style to entertaining.
How do you do your invitations?
I always send out a formal invitation, even to a small party. I'll usually go to this place in Beverly Hills, William Ernest Brown, because they offer a wide variety of styles and their turnaround time is quick (442 N. CanonDr.; 310-278-5620). They printed my wedding invitation and are doing the invitation to my husband's 40th birthday party.
What are your favorite cocktails and wines?
I love mojitos, especially the ones at The Ivy (113 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-274-8303)they're yummy, though loaded with sugar. When I was pregnant, I couldn't wait to have the baby so I could go and get a mojito. I'm a fan of Syrahs, like Penfolds Grange from Australia, and wines that are mostly Syrah, like the RC Reserve from Niebaum-Coppola in Napa.