Whitney van der Does is a style chameleon. There is really only one rule about design that she follows: “It just has to be done right.” She learned to design the right way first as a store designer for Barneys New York. “They really brought out my love of whimsy, fun, unexpected designs and desire to lead with originality rather than follow or fit in with the pack,” she says.
Following several years at Barneys, Whitney flew to Europe to fulfill a lifelong dream of living there. After four years, most of which was spent in the Netherlands, she returned to New York City and joined One Kings Lane, where she now helps clients live their style as part of the One Kings Lane Interior Design team. Her style, now honed through years in the design industry, is rooted in a classic sense of elegance. She may be a chameleon, but her true colors are those of a designer with luxury taste.
Get to Know Whitney
On her style: “The world of Ralph Lauren was a huge influence on me growing up, as were old movie sets and movie stars, the designers from the 1950s and 1960s, and the social swans of the ’50s and ’60s. Currently, Pierpaolo Piccioli never fails to blow my mind, as his designs take you to another world of elegance and whimsy all rolled into one.”
When decorating you should never skimp on…: “Quality of design. I think that if you pay a little bit more, you’ll get better-quality design and construction that will last you forever.”
Where she finds inspiration: “Everywhere—walking down the street, from magazines. I’m like a visual sponge.”
One decorating trick she swears by: “Everything should be in balance, whether you’re balancing modern and traditional, solid volumes with legs, colors, shapes, etc.”
Play Favorites with Whitney
Favorite paint color? “I think I lean toward greens.”
Favorite wallpaper? “I love wallpaper, I can’t even pick a favorite.”
Favorite movie interior? “Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell. She redid her interiors constantly.”
Favorite flower? “I love tulips, lilacs and peonies.”
Favorite candle? “I love finding and trying new things, so that goes for candles as well. Hints of gardenia, orange blossom, and lilac definitely please my nose.”