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In a new series, What I Love, we’re asking designers to create a moodboard for us of what inspires them right now.
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A self-proclaimed “joker” in the Houston design scene, Emily Jun Spanos has made vibrant interiors filled with imaginative elements its business. “When I design a house, I want it to be cheerful and inspired,” she says. Home affairs. “I rely on cheerful colors to set the mood for the space and then mix them with unexpected pops of pattern or texture to elevate the overall feeling. “
Currently outfitting her own home, the founder of Emily June Designs is turning to saturated hues, playful prints and whimsical vintage decor items, many of which have been used in her design projects. “When I design homes for my clients, I always generate these exciting ideas and find things that I fall in love with,” says Spanos. “Now that I’m designing my own home, I can bring so many of these ideas to life with my personal inspiration board! “
True to form, the designer’s current moodboard is full of vibrant hues and energizing shapes that are simply exuberant. “While there are a lot of patterns, there is a richness in the colors that keeps the overall vibe both playful and sophisticated,” she explains. “Despite the number of colors, they move from one space to another in a smooth way. “
Here, Spanos breaks down her flat lay, from bold black and white fabric swatches to bright yellow checkered swatches.
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1. VINTAGE BRASS CHARGER
To bring a touch of warmth and texture to a space, you can’t go wrong with an antique metal decor piece. “I love weaving vintage objects into my designs, and brass in particular has an inviting effect on any interior,” says Spanos.
2. ALEXANDRIA WALLPAPER in Hypatia – CULTIVATING THE HOUSE
Graphic wallcovering with neutral flooring can energize a space without overwhelming it. “I love the understated background and the way the eyes create a pattern that only becomes evident once the wallpaper is installed,” says the designer.
3. BOOKS BY JOSEF FRANK
“Every house needs a multitude of books, and I love the colors and the letters in them,” she says. “I always suggest choosing books on topics that you or your clients like, and Josef frank is one of my favorite designers!
4. VINTAGE DOG STATUE
A speckled Dalmatian carving provides Spanos with a touch of inspiration from ancient motifs.
5. MIXED TAPE PUNK ROCK 77270 TRIM – SCHUMACHER
“When I saw this garnish, I knew I had to use it somewhere,” says Spanos. “The juxtaposition of a formal drape with unexpected, avant-garde trim adds character to any interior.”
6. SOPHIA VELVET 68187 TISSU in the Caribbean – SCHUMACHER
“Velvet is such a luxurious fabric, and this bold cobalt color is both classic and very avant-garde,” she says.
7. BANG 177123 FABRIC in black – SCHUMACHER
“This black and white pattern reads both abstract and striped,” says Spanos. “When used to upholster large-scale furniture or an accent piece, it’s a neutral that’s really eye-catching.
8. DAFFODIL Tile – FIRECLAY TILE
Handcrafted in Los Angeles using nationally sourced (and zero waste) materials, Fireclay Tile offers “the most exquisite colors and unique shapes.”
9. WOODEN FINISHES
“My designs are generally centered on the bold use of color, and I look to the warmth of deep wood tones to help balance it out,” says Spanos.
10. DIABOLO – THE COLLECTIVE OF PATTERNS
Packed with geometric shapes and vibrant hues, this graphic mural complements a variety of color palettes and patterns.
11. ACACIA RUST FABRIC – KRISTY STAFFORD
For a traditional floral design with a whimsical touch, Spanos recommends this eye-catching earth tone print.
12. TUNISIAN MANDARIN RIBBON – FRAGMENTARY MARKET
For Spanos, a striped border with wavy edges gives a playful touch to the classic fabric ribbon. “This cute zigzag design reminds me of a sophisticated rickrack trim from my childhood craft days.”
13. QUARTZ QUAR-004 UNION FABRIC – CLASP
“I grew up in the 1980s, and this fabric is totally reminiscent of paint splatter,” she says. “However, this colourway is sophisticated without feeling dated.”
14. FORNASETTI COASTERS from the 1960s
“These are a very special vintage find that I picked up at an antique fair, and they are the perfect example of weaving pieces that you already own and love,” says Spanos.
15. SUNBRELLA 6765 ENERGIZING FABRIC IN THE JUNGLE – PINDLER
If you’re looking for a fabric that can stand up to kids, pets, or the outdoors, look no further than Sunbrella stripe upholstery. “I love 100% solution-dyed acrylic fabrics for their durability and the fact that you can clean them directly with bleach,” she explains.
16. LUNA 179280 FABRIC IN RED ROSE – SCHUMACHER
Combining pink and red hues in the same print is no small feat, but this hand-blocked print does it beautifully.
17. LUCIDO LEATHER IN ORCHID – HOLLAND & SHERRY
“The leather has such a nice texture, and this one from Holland & Sherry is so soft and supple,” says Spanos.
18. MANHATTAN SOUK FABRIC – CARYN CRAMER
Made from 100% Belgian linen, this hand-crafted fabric by Caryn Cramer features a pattern that mimics the shape of Manhattan Island.
19. MATRIX # 22068 TAPIS – LANGHORNE TAPIS COMPANY
“This black and white stripe rug is bold but neutral, and perfectly balances all the surrounding colors and textures,” says Spanos.
Front page photo: A flat lay by designer Emily June Spanos | Courtesy of Emily June Designs