Whether it’s an evening gown for a pop star, a piece of furniture for a client, or masks for essential workers, Christian Siriano approaches each design challenge the same: all in and with an open mind. After applying to Project Runway in 2007 on a whim and subsequently winning the show’s fourth season, Siriano has solidified his place as a design force to be reckoned with. His latest act of rebellion? Interiors. 

“I kind of have to produce color in my [fashion] collections now. Because that’s what our customer wants,” Siriano tells Domino deputy editor Julie Vadnal in the inaugural episode of Design Time: The Rebellious Ones (out now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts). “But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love beautiful creams and taupe. So I decided to move that to my interiors world. I am rebelling against my fashion brand a bit.”

During their conversation, Siriano shares how his mom first introduced him to the world of home decor, his secret to antiquing like a pro, and why he thinks everyone’s space should be “annoyingly opulent.” He also opens up about a few design trends he loves (and others he will forever avoid) in a game of Never Have I Ever. Here’s a sneak peek.


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Never have I ever…arranged my books by color.

No, I don’t do that. I love books, but I like more variation. I do take the covers off, though, because I think the inside bound linen book is more beautiful.

Never have I ever…bought something in chevron.

I definitely have bought something in chevron. Fabulous. I mean, the print can go from a rug to a beautiful blouse. I think chevron patterns are having a thing.


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Never have I ever…shopped at HomeGoods.

Oh, 100 percent. One, I shop at HomeGoods. Two, I have products in HomeGoods. I have bought my own throw blankets at HomeGoods. The person at the register is always a fabulous older housewife who is very confused at first, then screams—and we take a picture every time.