by RACHEL BOWIE
If you ask Carlos Mota, a colorful approach to design is all it takes to brighten a room. As editor at large for Elle Décor and an interiors stylist for more than 20 years, he knows what he’s talking about. “Flowers are one of the only things that you can bring into a room and make the entire space come alive,” he says. “You don’t need to paint the walls, you don’t need to change the sofa. Just go get a whole bunch of peonies and, right away, the room is different.”
It was precisely this thinking that inspired the Venezuelan-born Mota to create the Casa collection—his own line of silk flowers for the Home Shopping Network (HSN). While styling the home of HSN CEO Mindy Grossman for a spread in O, The Oprah Magazine, Mota suggested finding a way to collaborate. “[Mindy] said that HSN had been looking for someone to design a silk flower collection, but still hadn’t found anyone they really liked,” Mota recalls. “She said, ‘Why don’t you make some samples for me?’ It was very casual, just like that.”
Two months later, Mota met with Grossman and she green-lighted his designs. From there, Casa—a collection of six bright and colorful arrangements—was born, a clear reflection of the design beliefs Mota holds near and dear. “The collection was inspired by the real thing, so it’s very lifelike,” he says. “In my opinion you cannot live without flowers. That’s why Casa is perfect—it makes it so you don’t have to.” Visit hsn.com or contact Carlos Mota at email@example.com.
NEW YORK FAVORITES
The People: Jaded New Yorkers— what’s new in the morning is history by night.
Convenience: Waking up at 4 A.M. and being able to order anything.
Motto: Anything’s possible here.
photograph by Sari Goodfriend
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