Nickey Kehoe, Los Angeles, CA http://nickeykehoe.com
(1) What UECo light do you like to use the most and why?
No harm in naming your new designs! Punch: It’s versatile applications — works as well as a sconce as it does a ceiling fixture. From mudrooms to powder rooms, this fixture tends to adapt to each space it’s placed in and feels original in each space. The L: In LA we work in so many architectural styles and the L finds its way into these spaces so seamlessly and unassumingly. Metro: Particularly love this fixture in a kitchen and the softer interpretation of industrial influences.
(2) Your six picks of favorite UECo lights?
(3) What is your design philosophy?
As much listening as possible to understand our clients and what they want from us. It’s exciting to find that "click" moment where a chemistry establishes itself and when the creativity really sets in. We like to say we are the editors as opposed to the writers. And by designing with a foundational layer and not specifying every last fixture in one swoop, we build upon the narrative and allow for surprising "turns" in the story. This allows for a more original story to be told, one that feels like our client's homes, rather than a typical “professionally decorated space”.
(4) What is something people may not know about your firm?
Usually most people know one side of the firm, either the interior design studio or the shop. Always fun to have design studio clients visit the shop and shop clients learn that there is a full-service firm in the same building.
(5) What is your favorite part of a home to design and why?
Love a powder room — we seem to take some of the bolder risks in terms of color, wallpaper, and materials. Addressing plumbing fixtures, lighting, and furnishings in a typically small space can be fun in a fast and furious kind of way, a little liberating whereas the rest of a residence tends to be slower in the consideration.
(6) Three design resources you can’t live without?
Pinterest, World of Interiors, 1stdibs.
(7) Best design tips you have learned from experience?
Try to avoid following trends. The world is so connected that once something good catches on, if it becomes too popular too fast the shelf life is usually short in terms of quality and artfulness.
(8) What do you collect?
Amy collects vintage textiles for both inspiration and using in projects and Todd has a growing Toby mug collection.
(9) What are your favorite paint colors to use?
Farrow & Ball has a good range of Salmon and Terracotta. Hague Blue, also by Farrow & Ball, is universally beautiful. Portola Paints & Glazes has a beautiful range of colors that are artful and well-curated.