Award-winning interior designer, Anita Yokota’s home is a true textile-lover’s dream. From pillows and poufs to macrame fiber art and vintage rugs, there are beautiful and unique textiles everywhere. She uses those pieces to bring some color to the neutral-colored rooms as a way to brighten them up without commitment. Unlike trendy patterns and prints on walls and floors, fun textiles can be moved to other rooms and changed whenever the room needs a refresh. You’ll find out more about Anita’s love of textiles, other helpful design tips and major décor eye candy in this interview and home tour below. We’re certain you’ll be inspired to add a few cool textiles to your space by the time you’re finished reading this post. Enjoy!
First off, congrats on your award for Domino’s Best New Blog! What has this whole experience been like for you?
Thank you so much! I am so grateful for everyone who voted for me and, of course, Domino magazine. It has been a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends as well as level up my creativity and passion for sharing amazing design inspo to my audience. Also, the Domino Design Blog Awards event back in December gave me the chance to visit New York City for the first time. I had such an exhilarating time exploring the city!
What 3 words would you use to describe the vibe of your home?
Effortless, vibrant and inviting.
Any room in particular in your house that was the most fun to work on?
The Desert room (really our guest room) is the first room where I creatively stepped out of my comfort zone. We had just come back from our first visit to Joshua Tree as a family. The desert scene was embedded in my mind and I wanted to translate the magic into our home. The DIY branch wall with the Spanish moss and air plants helps bring the outdoors in and the shelf lined with my darling cacti give me such joy.
As an interior stylist, you have a lot of great insight into design trends and fads. Which ones did you try to avoid when designing your own home?
Honestly, I am quite fickle when it comes to patterns and prints. So I generally avoid large patterns and prints that are permanent such as on flooring or walls. I know it is wildly popular and beautiful, but I am not certain in three to five years that it will maintain that trend. Instead, I intentionally design neutral backgrounds with different colors and themes that can be easily swapped later. For example, I am currently designing my master bathroom, and as tempting as it is to use the beautiful patterns of cement tiles, I probably will end up with something more neutral on the floor for longevity’s sake. The only exception is rugs. I love adding prints and patterns through colorful rugs!
You have some really fun textiles in your house. Where are your favorite spots to shop online or in person for those unique pieces?
Thank you for noticing! This is where I really love to shine! I tend to mix and match unique pieces from brands such as Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters and complement them with artisan finds such as Rebecca Atwood pillows, The Reserve Moroccan poufs, The Forest Fern macrame fiber art, and Rebecca and Genevieve vintage rugs. I also love visiting our local flea markets such as the Rose Bowl Flea Market and local wholesale rug warehouses.
Your house has the perfect balance of white and bright pops of color. Any tips for readers looking to include those vibrant pops without it feeling overwhelming?
As I mentioned before, I love using a neutral background, which doesn’t always mean white walls (see my living room, which is the perfect shade of greige). First, I start layering a base color from something larger like a gray textured sofa or the Eclectic Goods dark wood coffee table with brass legs. Then I incorporate more pops of bright hues and patterns with a kantha quilt and kilim pillows. As the items of home accents get smaller, the pops of color get brighter. I also love to dot the room with similar colors so that the room feels warm throughout, but I emphasize “dot.” Do not feel the need to incorporate décor in every nook and cranny. Negative space can be your friend!
Tell us about your bedroom! What goals did you have in mind when designing the space?
It is really a classic example of the battle of opposite styles. I am obviously very drawn to color and my husband is not. He is a minimalist at heart. So when I fell in love with a Victorian black-and-turquoise peacock-patterned removable wallpaper, he was hesitant. After enduring this for about 7 months, I gave him the best Christmas present ever! I agreed to take down the wallpaper and design something both of us would love. Our mutual goal was a spa-like haven to finally feel like we prioritized “us.” With three kids, our focus and budget always went toward their needs. Our room turned out to be the designated dump room for their toys and clutter. Finally, we decided we needed an “adult” room to relax in. The West Elm bed and Parachute Home bedding was the first time in 16 years we were able to fulfill our dream to have elevated design and a more luxurious feel. The perks of adulting!
You’re also a busy mama in addition to blogging and design work. Have you found any favorite spots to shop for décor for the little ones?
I tend to use more grown-up spots to shop for my tween because the longevity of the style was important to me. This was the case even when she was younger. It helped that she has a sense of sophisticated style, too. We both were a bit turned off by things that are too babyish or cartoonish. Some places I love to shop are Crate&Kids, Target and then I mix in a little of Etsy and vintage finds such as the embroidered name plaque and wicker storage chair. Interestingly, I use the same accents for my girls as for myself. For example, in the younger two girls’ space, it is obviously more colorful and fresh. However, the style of accents keep in line with the rest of the home.
You have so many amazing chairs in your space! Where is your favorite place to find those accent pieces?
I am obsessed with Article’s furniture design. My dad is an architect, and growing up, I used to love flipping through his large collection of Scandinavian design books. So, Article’s design and intentional style resonates with mine. Its variety from dining to accent chairs give me the opportunity to design for every corner of my home.
What’s the best piece of design advice you’ve ever been given?
Funny as it sounds, don’t be afraid to put nails in the walls and get your hands dirty. I have learned to be open-minded about what to add into our home. I also update placement often to keep things fresh. Many times what you think might be risky or have no space for, ends up being the perfect accent or theme. Also, practice the art of complementing high and low pieces together. This is my tried-and-true way to design. Some pieces of furniture are definitely worth saving up for. On the other hand, why pay $425 for a kilim pillow from an interior designer website when you can find them at the local flea market or a specialty vintage shop online for much less.
Any big plans on the horizon now that you can share with us?
My outdated ’90s basic master bathroom is in dire need of a major facelift. I am really looking forward to finishing up the design and starting the actual renovation. I love sharing the entire process step by step. Can’t wait to show you soon!
Photography by: Marisa Vitale
SHOP HER HOME
Suite One Studio Dessert Plates
CB2 Marta Lilac Double-Old Fashioned Glass
Anthropologie Bowls and Kitty Cat Pitcher
Tiffany and Co. Lily of the Valley Glass Pitcher
McGee and Co. Eugene Pendant
Kitchen Eating Space:
Anthropologie Throw Blanket over old sofa (similar)
Eclectic Goods Glenn Coffee Table and Side Table
Joybird Collins Chair Taylor Felt Gray
Target Project 62 Cantilever Brass Lamp
West Elm Moroccan Pouf
Pampa Monte Cushion
Royal Bohemian Home Indigo Mudcloth Pillows (similar)
Serena & Lily Hanging Chair
Serena & Lily Round Jute Rug
World Market Ladder
Amber Interiors Injiri Throw
McGee and Co. Morse Code Print
Kip and Co. Blue Tassel Throw
West Elm Antwerp 76” sofa
Wooden Round Mirror (similar)
Anthropologie Oscar Lucite Coffee Table
West Elm Martini Side Table
Loloi Jute Rug
Urban Outfitters Alder Rug
Article Malou chairs
West Elm Pillows
Desert Room (Guest Room):
Younger Girls’ Shared Room:
Minted Llama Art
Paper Source Global Basket
Etsy embroidered name plaque
Target Pineapple lamp
Paper Lantern String Lights (similar)
JCrew Crew Cuts purses
Crate&Kids Rainbow Dream Catcher
Crate&Kids Tassel Dream Catcher
PB kids campaign dresser
Ikea lamp DIY hack with tassel garland
Rugs USA pink bohemian rug (similar)
Rachel’s Room (tween):
West Elm Rhyan Bed
Rejuvenation Cypress sconces
Parachute Home Matelasse Quilt and Bedding
Rebecca Atwood Pillows
Loloi Eco Jute Rug
Rejuvenation Floor Mirror
Urban Outfitters Hooks
Magnolia Home Ladder
Anthropologie hat (similar)
Room and Board Moda desk
Urban Outfitters Wall Wire Grid
UO home planter and mini water can
Crate&Kids Domino Chair
UO Home At the End of the Day Art Print
M Quan Studio Large Domed Bell
Urban Outfitters Connected Stripe Rug