Bunny Williams is considered one of the most important interior designers of our time and has been incredibly influential to many of the best interior designers working today. When interior designers are asked which of their fellow designers they most admire and have had the greatest influence over their own work, the name Bunny Williams always comes up. Known for her relaxed approach to elegance, Bunny creates beautiful spaces that are timeless, chic, and inviting. Never one to do something avant-garde or solely because of the way it looks, the rooms designed by Bunny are effortlessly livable.

Front Exterior, SL Idea House

Bunny has designed the 2015 Southern Living Idea House in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am anxiously awaiting the revelation of the interiors because I know the house will be beautiful with Bunny's unparalleled talent. I recently chatted with Bunny about the importance of inspiration. Most of us are constantly in pursuit of our muse and seek out various ways to stay inspired. Naturally, with her impeccable eye and lengthy career inspiring so many of us, I knew Bunny would have some great insight on this universal topic. You can read my full interview with Bunny on La Dolce Vita!


Paloma Contreras: Where do you turn when you need a dose of inspiration?

Bunny Williams: I am most inspired by travel. I love immersing myself in another culture and soaking up everything I can possibly absorb. I try to find the best shops in every city I go. And undoubtedly, when John and I travel, we end up in the local market. I'm also constantly reading, and love to watch movies.


Paloma Contreras: What advice do you have for a homeowner who is looking for inspiration for their own home?

Bunny Wiliams: Keep a scrapbook or visual diary of things you like – tear pages out of magazines and take pictures of things that peak your interest. Take notes and learn from people whose style you admire, extraordinary hostesses, and people who really care about their homes.


Paloma Contreras: Do your various homes-- in the city, in the country, at the beach-- inspire you in different ways?

Bunny Williams: Absolutely! My homes are all different because the designs start out with the place and its spirit. My house in Punta Cana is all about the outdoors, and the bright aqua and sand color palette is one that I would never use in NYC or Connecticut. In the country, my gardens inspire me. I'm always excited to get there on the weekend to see what's bloomed while I was away. And, my NYC apartment is all about the wonderful things that John and I have collected over the years. Every object is meaningful because it has a story attached to it.

For the full interview, visit La Dolce Vita and be sure to follow along on Instagram!

Below Bunny shares what inspired the color and style of the 2015 Southern Living Idea House. Watch now!