| December 1, 2009 | Lifestyle
Interior designer Moises Esquanazi has plenty of tips for creating and maintaining the perfect vacation abode.
ASPEN PEAK: You primarily design vacation homes for your clientele.
How did you get your start?
MOISES ESQUANAZI: I like to create fantasies and take risks when designing a home for a client, and I found that my clients are more creative and willing to experiment with a vacation home as opposed to a primary residence.
AP: What are some of your inspirations in creating a vacation home?
ME: I love to travel and I love to stay at great hotels. I try to incorporate simple luxury in my designs. If I’m involved in designing a home from the ground up, one of my suggestions for the client is to create a self-contained living suite. Rather than creating one huge master bedroom, I prefer a more modest
bedroom with a private study where a minibar and Nespresso machine can be housed. For example, I always need a coffee before greeting guests in the morning. A master suite should be a private retreat and allow an owner to escape guests and children.
AP: How do you go about designing a guest suite?
ME: I think it’s important that a guest have a sense of independence and a sense of his or her own space. I aim to design guest suites with a daybed and a desk so that the suite becomes a sanctuary for the guest. This year I designed the Olin desk, which is made of Lucite, white oak and suede. It’s perfect for a guest suite. An iMac on the desk gives guests their own way of keeping in touch and finding maps and information as well.
AP: Any other suggestions for creating guest independence?
ME: I recommend that a host print instructions on personalized stationery
and enclose these in an envelope with a welcome note. It’s important to include information like wireless codes, the number of a local car service and the address of a local gym, yoga studio or spa. In Aspen I suggest some of my favorite haunts, such as Cache Cache. I also list the websites for the slopes.
AP: What are your favorite colors and accessories for winter?
ME: I love white in winter with charcoal and cream accents. Maybe a touch of navy! I’ve been eyeing the new Jaime Hayon collection for Baccarat. The Nuclear Pomegranate vase (left) is so chic.
AP: What are some other trends you see in vacation-home design?
ME: There is an evolving design style called gypset, which embodies the bright colors and funky patterns and textures of gypsies with the chic styling of the jet set. A vacation home should feel like a departure from the ordinary, a place that inspires and rejuvenates the mind.
AP: What else creates a successful vacation home?
ME: Games, karaoke and Wii, which are all fun for adults and kids. In winter a lit fire is a must. Lots of liquor and beautiful crystal!
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANTOINE BOOTZ