Design Crush: Estee Stanley

I read a fun interview with fashion stylist/interior designer Estee Stanley on Beautiful Stranger TV yesterday and was enchanted.  She really is doing it all (all that I want to do, at least) in not only creating beautiful west coast interiors but also dressing celebs for the red carpet and magazine shoots. Can anyone say “fun”?


Many of her residential clients are celebs- recall Amanda Peet’s , Claire Forlani’s and Rashinda Jones’ homes seen in Domino and Glamour? All done by Estee.








Some of her other residential projects are below. She had a very laid back, eclectic mix to her look.








Some of her red carpet hits:




She styles for magazines as well, both commercial type shoots:


And gorgeous fashion shoots:


And gets PAID to make Brad look this hot. I would pay them to let me do this. GAH!


She also styled Kelly Wearstler for her book! Talk about a divine collaboration!



WhatI want to know—HOW DOES SHE DO IT ALL????

21 Responses to “Design Crush: Estee Stanley”

  1. Kate says:

    Wow, that’s amazing how much she does! And on top of that, those are some of my favorite rooms AND red carpet looks. She’s a styling machine!

  2. JenniferB says:

    Hi Erin- Not sure why, but the pictures on your blog take FOREVER to load on my reader and on your blog site. I would say this is recent in the past month or two. None of the other blogs that I read are having this issue . Just wanted to let you know.

  3. LD says:

    I’ve got a design crush on her now too (oh and that photo of Brad…yum!)! She has a great sense of style…love her…adding her to my list of inspirations that include Mary McDonald, Windsor Smith, Kelly Wearstler…the list just goes on and on…Thanks for the pics today!

  4. Julia says:

    She likely has a team to help in many, if not all aspects of her career/life. Realistically, a person can only do so much although some people have an amazing capacity for accomplishing a whole lot. Her work is beautiful, but so is yours. There’s only one of you, and clearly people appreciate your ‘brand’ that you’re building and the work you create. Thankfully, your work is different. I think we all like what you create and do because it’s gorgeous, but still accessible and understandable. I mean, recovering antique chairs? I can do that, just maybe not with Kravet fabric.

    Point being, her style is amazing, and her life looks really cool. But to many of us, so does yours!

  5. leigh ann says:


    love you blog and read daily but did want to second the commenter who said the blog is taking forever to load- much more than any other that I frequent. Joni at CdT is picture heavy too but hers loads in no time at all. I’ve actually missed a few of yours b/c of it : (. You are delightful.

  6. Camila says:

    Love her work, but I don’t think she designed Rashida’s home. I’m pretty sure her home was designed by her friend Katie Fine.

  7. Monica says:

    Caffeine + no sleep + tons of help?

  8. kelley says:

    beautiful work! pictures taking forever to load.
    also how does she do it… BIG STAFF.

  9. I’m sure she must delegate a lot of it–that’s a given. But she hired the right people. What I like about the interior design is that she doesn’t have just one signature “look”. It’s all comfortable, real and approachable but there’s variety. I’d happily live in just about any of these rooms. And I would die to wear that green dress Lea Michelle is in! (Of course, I couldn’t actually be waked in it….that’d be a bit too much)

  10. Erin, I know you’re a fan of Calypso. Well guess what? Hot off the presses: they’re coming to Target!

  11. She has my dream life! Not only that, but she does all of it so well. So glad you found her!

  12. A.S. says:

    What a charmed life! Would be awesome to mix it up like that and be creative in so many different outlets!

  13. Denise says:

    so jealous of her jobs! hot damn!!! love it all..

  14. Katie says:

    very busy and very gorgeous lady

  15. Jessica says:

    That picture of the pool is total pool porn!!! I am in love!

  16. Think the pictures of Kelly are whimsical and fun.


  17. Natalie says:

    LOVE your blog! I could spend hours on your blog. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  18. HannahJ says:

    Yeah- seriously- how DOES she do it all?! I can hardly handle what’s on my plate- not that I shoud lbe comparing:) Anyhow- amazing work!

  19. Oh my gosh I want to move in with Amanda Peet. Those pics are going in my inspiration folder – thanks for posting!

    Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

  20. Melissa R. says:

    W.O.W. She’s amazing!! She might be my favorite now!

  21. Larry Ruhl says:

    Thank You so much for sharing this. It’s not often that you get see such a cross section of style, design, and of course good old fashioned merchandising. Posts like this remind me why I love what I do.