Sophisticated, contemporary style that never sacrifices practicality: That’s Michelle Peluso’s design requirement. We asked Gilt’s CEO, who dubs her preferred aesthetic “comfortable-modern,” to choose her favorite home decor pieces (including some for the kids) that exemplify that look. We’re selling them in the kickoff to our Gilt Influencer Picks series: The sale — which features everything from statement chairs to metallic accents to ebullient throw pillows — starts Sunday, April 13th, at 9 p.m. There’s truly something for everyone in this selection of versatile, contemporary styles that effortlessly blend function and personality. Here, we chatted with her for a spell, about her design likes, creative inspirations, and beyond:
How do you describe your design style? I love the idea of “comfortable-modern.” I like clean greys, blues, and creams with bright accent colors. We entertain a lot, so I love that we can completely change a look with table linens, serving platters, throw pillows and the like.
You have a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old — how do you keep your home stylish yet kid-friendly at the same time? Kid-friendliness is paramount! Soft edges, their own space, storage bins, chalkboard paint, hanging lines and hooks for their art projects so we can swap them out regularly — and the golden rule: we all have to clean up at night before bed!
Do you design like you dress? Any connection between your fashion and design styles? I love chic dresses with sleek lines — clean and modern with a feminine touch (I love designs from Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta). And I’m increasingly unafraid of color, so I guess there’s a real connection between my fashion and design styles.
Any particular place or space you always think about, when designing yours? A few: The Rothko room at the old Tate Gallery in London, the emerald tones of India, our beach home in Amelia Island.
Besides home decor, you’ve chosen plenty of kids’ furniture and artwork for this sale. What qualities do you look for when shopping for your kids on Gilt? Our children have wonderful imaginations, so we love choosing things for them that encourage them to think about the world and to be creative and kind. My daughter Auden Grace loves dresses, and my son Cole loves superheroes — and Gilt has accommodated their fashion sense over the years!
What’s your biggest Gilt splurge so far in your tenure as CEO? I’m going to keep that a secret in case my husband is reading this. But I will say my closet is way, way more stylish since I was first introduced to Gilt.
What’s coming next for Gilt? New brands, greater personalization, better shipping policies . . . stay tuned!