We recently had the opportunity to chat with the creator of one of our favorite brands, Angelo Surmelis. He gives us his insight on design and and the angelo:HOME brand. Hope you enjoy!
Michelle: What is one piece of advice you would give to anyone when designing a space?
Angelo: Try something different. We all tend to stick with we’re comfortable with or what we know, but the unexpected is what makes a good room great. Experiment with the things you can afford to do that with. Accessories are an awesome way to try a new color, pattern or style you’ve been thinking about but were afraid of making a big commitment with.
Michelle: What is your favorite unexpected element you use when designing a room?
Angelo: It’s probably less unexpected and more eclectic, but I love to use things that you don’t expect to see together. I’m not a purist so I don’t want an all modern room (even though I love modern design) OR an all elegant hollywood bling room. When I can put a classic, simple piece up against something ornate, worn and rustic, with something shiny, smooth and regal, then I get excited about a room. A healthy mix of styles, periods, colors. textures and patterns make for the best kind of room for me. When I’m in a space that only has one note—I get nervous.
Michelle: What is your favorite angelo:HOME piece of furniture?
Angelo: That’s a tough one. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I can tell you where I spend the most time is in my living room. I work in there, read there and do most of my product development there and I’m either sitting on one of my Roscoe Chairs (in Parisian Blue Evening Velvet) or my brand new feather down sofa. It’s so new that I have the prototype. They’ll be out later this year.
Michelle: What color is your favorite to put in a room?
Angelo: So much depends on the room—natural light, and so many other factors. But, I will say that currently I have been leaning towards a lot of grey tones for wall,s because I can put any color, pattern, art piece up against it and it works. They grey I am currently loving is from Benjamin Moore and has a bit of lavender undertone in it. EBONY SLATE. It’s awesome!
Michelle: What is your ideal type of living space?
Angelo: One that feels like it tells the story of the people who live there. I love walking into someone’s living space and seeing aspects of who they are, their adventures and places they’ve been, being reflected in their style. It’s my favorite way to decorate and my favorite type of space to be in.
Michelle: Now we know you really like food and desserts, if you could eat anything right now, what would it be?
Angelo: Cake. A simple layer cake. Preferably moist, I only say that because I made one recently and mistakenly left it in the oven for a few minutes too long. It was a bit dry, but don’t think I didn’t eat the whole thing anyway–because I did.
Michelle: If you are having a dinner party with anyone in the world, who would you invite?
Angelo: Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Mindy Kaling, Viola Davis, Josh Groban, Authors Jennifer & Penny Niven, Andre Leon Talley, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Iris Apfel, Artist Wayne White
Michelle: What’s next in the angelo:HOME world?
Angelo: We will be introducing a brand new line of mattresses with fabrics and ticking that I designed. Also, we are entering the world of teen furniture–fun looks for a younger audience that loves sophisticated, playful style, AND of course, affordable.
Make sure to shop our selection of angelo:HOME products for your home! And those Roscoe chairs he was talking about earlier… you can find them here.