kelley carter: apartment full of style
meet this style maven and explore her inspiring aesthetic.
Published Jun 29, 2015 5:00 AM
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Contributing Style Editor for O, The Oprah Magazine
What inspired you?
That’s a question that I hate. Nature does not inspire me. When I see other people’s genius ideas, that inspires me. Really good work makes me inspired to do something good as well. Or some really pretty color palette that I didn’t think of myself? It triggers something in me.
What makes you happy?
I am a little out of touch with my emotions but when I first saw a Kehinde Wiley painting, I remember feeling something. I’m very visual so if I see something that really speaks to me, I feel like my pupils start dilating and my heart starts fluttering or grows bigger and bigger, kind of like a cartoon character. I felt that way when I first saw a picture of the cat (Tom Ford) I rescued. He makes me very happy. He’s so cool and chic. Artist and tabletop collaborations make me happy too like the Kara Walker for Benardaud pitcher or the Kehinde Wiley plates. A dope queue on my Sonos app also ranks high on happiness scale.
How does your home make you feel?
It makes me feel rich in style, poor in money. That was a joke. But I’m definitely much richer in style. It really makes me feel how I like to feel at all times-warm, inviting, cool, creative, and independent.
What is one thing every small space should have?
Every small space should have something built in, retro-fitted to the space. And dark walls.
What is your most prized possession?
It was my Celine bag till it was grabbed off my arm the other night as I walked home from a friend’s house after watching the “Empire” finale. I’m not ready to talk about it yet.
What’s your favorite spot in your home?
My apartment is so tiny. It’s all one spot!
How do you decorate in a small space without compromising on style?
Just don’t compromise on style. Fill the space, do whatever you want. Because if you leave it empty because it’s a small space it will just look like you live in a closet. But if you fill it with stuff you look like a chic hoarder, or as some would call it, a style maven.
What is the square footage of your apartment?
About 600 square feet. If you include the shared roof space that no one else really uses, it’s 3,000.