Design 5 Swoon Worthy Things:

Kendra Smoot

There’s a whole lot of skill involved in transforming ordinary scenes into something super dreamy. This is the work of crazy-talented stylist Kendra Smoot, whose impressive roster of clients includes the likes of Real Simple, Bon Appetit and Kinfolk, among many others. Whether for brands or in Instagram photos of her home life (take a look — so much sweetness), Kendra never fails to make us wish we were right in the middle of her swoony settings.

I first met Kendra when she styled a shoot I was featured in for Lucky Magazine. I was immediately smitten! Kendra was also the inspiration for our very first indigo-dying DIY awhile back. More recently, we were both featured in the spring Anthropologie catalog, Kendra in styling my home once again, plus sharing entryway-beautifying tips, and myself in spilling entertaining secrets. I figured now is a great time to tap the former New Yorker and current San Francisco Bay Area resident on the items she’s currently coveting for her home. Below, see what the enviably-coiffed design pro picked and learn more about the her cozy-cool approach to styling.

Kendra Smoot

NAME: Kendra Smoot

PROFESSION: Prop Stylist

HOME BASE: Marin County, CA

ENDLESSLY OBSESSED WITH: Objects with a patina that reflect on a well-loved existence.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: Mix up eras, collect what you love, choose old over new.

YOUR AESTHETIC IN 3 WORDS: Earthy, cozy, cool


DESIGN TREND YOU LOVE?  Moroccan rugs. I keep thinking they will someday be overplayed but I still find them beautiful.

ONE YOU WISH WOULD GO AWAY? Interiors that don’t tell a story about their inhabitants.

COLOR OR NEUTRAL? Neutral (with a dash of pale pink).

DO YOU HAVE ANY DESIGN ICONS? Athena (every detail in her Hamptons home is perfect), Workstead, Roman and Williams, Robert Valentine, ABC Carpet & Home

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  1. Hand-Woven Moroccan Baskets: “Big Moroccan basket that can corral all the things.”

  2. Mineral Workshop Dyed Canvas: “A beautiful dyed canvas by a fellow Marin resident.”

  3. Wax + Cruz Ixchel Beach Blanket: “This gorgeous fair-trade hand-made blanket would look equally as good on my sofa, on the beach, or as a scarf on a cool, foggy evening.”

  4. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. Sawhorse Table: “To use as my dream desk — enough space to spread out.”

  5. Merci Soft Linens (shown is pillowcase in chambray grey): “The perfect nature-inspired shades for every room in the house.”

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