“Beautiful presentation!” “So glorious!” “I adored looking at everything!” On April 28, 2021, these were some of the enthusiastic comments from the Zoom attendees watching the very informative and lively interview of interior designer Krista Everage by publicist Christine Anderson, President of Communication Arts + Design, Inc. at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. Education co-chair Leslie Kavanaugh introduced Krista, a longtime Friends member, along with her friend and colleague Christine. Christine aptly remarked that the common thread in all of Krista’s work “from interiors to furniture to gardens to jewelry is luxurious romance suited to the indoor/outdoor California style.”
Impressively, Krista’s first project published in Architectural Digest was designed around William Janss Jr.’s major art collection. Krista noted that in such instances, it is fun to design elements to complement the important artwork to create a subtle, poetic, and lyrical conversation between the furniture and the art. Also published in Architectural Digest was a rustic farmhouse whose interiors she designed for actor Dennis Quaid. Of her other notable clients, she said they embodied the Californian dream with their optimism and exuberance. Throughout the interview, the guests were able to savor images of the beautiful interiors she designed.
Krista also created interiors for Garden Tour six times!
When asked by Christine whether she prefers a white minimalist interior or a colorful one for her own home, Krista responded that she feels elevated by color and finds joy and is uplifted by it. However, for “my bedroom, I like white; it’s all about the light and textures, and I feel like I’m floating on a cloud.” Her favorite designers include John Saladino, Michael Taylor, Tony Duquette, Rose Tarlow, and the architect Julia Morgan who designed Hearst Castle. In the castle, Krista’s favorite is the Roman indoor pool which she describes as “transformative and otherworldly. It is luminous, magical, and delightful.”
In terms of her sources for her interiors, Krista said that she would take some very fun buying trips with her clients to Europe, but that now one can find the same sources online. Moreover, “Los Angeles has become a mecca, truly much like Venice or Istanbul or Prague – a crossroads,” she added. Krista said there are so many beautiful galleries, showrooms, workshops, and creative minds here. One can find a treasure trove of wonderful textiles from all over the world. It is the machine-made, mass-produced items that are detrimental to the timeless California romantic feeling, she explained.
Krista has a workshop downtown where she creates her own jewelry line – a personal joy, saying, “It is a primal urge to ornament our interiors and ourselves.” She has also designed a line of candles using essential oils. For those who miss using their fireplaces, she created a winter/fall scent that brings the warm aroma of a fireplace into your room. “I like all the senses to be expressed,” Krista added. “Along with its luminosity, the candle’s perfect scent of a season enhances your life.”
When asked about Robinson Gardens, Krista said, “This group of women, like Leslie and Clare (Wagner) who are with us today, are angels on earth as are Joan Selwyn who founded the Friends, Jeanne Anderson, Maralee Beck, and so many others. It attracts angels because it is a beautiful place. The ladies who have adopted Mrs. Robinson’s beautiful 6-acre estate put all their love and joy into this place. “
Leslie graciously thanked her fellow Education co-chair Clare for all her hard work and persistence to organize these beautiful programs and our wonderful President Betty Goldstein. She also thanked our IT expert JC Griffith for facilitating the video. We are so grateful to Betty, Leslie, Clare, JC and to Krista and Christine for bringing us an afternoon of such joy and uplifting beauty! To see more of Krista’s work, please click on her Garden Tour Star Highlight here and her website here.
Post by Linda Meadows
Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member
Editor of the VRG eNewsletter, the Happenings