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Design in Mind: Paloma Contreras

March 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

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Paloma Contreras is an award-winning interior decorator, tastemaker, and design influencer based in Houston, Texas. Paloma’s design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamour and an infusion of color. Paloma has honed her distinct eye for style through a decade in the design industry and a lifetime of appreciating beauty in all of its various forms. She has developed a reputation for designing beautiful interiors in a broad range of styles which are executed in a manner that is polished, refined, and effortless.

Paloma has been repeatedly named to the prestigious ELLE Decor “A-List” of the top interior designers in the world. She has also been recognized as a “Next Wave” interior designer by House Beautiful and has been named to LUXE Magazine’s “Gold List.” In 2017, Paloma was named #4 on the Forbes List of the Top Social Media Influencers in the Home category and is one of the Top 10 Instagram accounts to follow for interior design according to ELLE Decor. Paloma and her work have been featured in numerous publications and websites including ELLE Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Vogue, Domino, Luxe, Traditional Home, Southern Living, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, Paloma recently debuted a licensed collection with Williams Sonoma Home and has also worked on special projects with top brands such as One Kings Lane, Bravo Television, American Express, Kitchen Aid, Nest, Kohler, Auberge du Soleil, and Peninsula Hotels. Paloma’s first book, Dream Design Live was published by Abrams in September 2018. In her free time, Paloma enjoys traveling with her husband, Fabian and spending time with their sweet dog, Tate.


Decorator Paloma Contreras proves that living a happy and satisfying life starts at home. In Dream Design Live, the decorator and tastemaker goes beyond interior design to show readers how to inhabit their homes in fulfilling and beautiful ways. Contreras takes readers through the design process and encourages them to seek inspiration from the approach that works best for them. The book begins with “dreaming” creatively to improve both your life and home. Then comes “designing” a space that turns your dreams into reality. Finally, the author reveals how you can take the welcoming home you’ve created and “live,” spending meaningful time there pursuing the things you love. Suggestions for choosing furniture, lighting, fabrics, and even day-to-day accessories are made simple with helpful grids that cover designs from “Classic” to “Modern.” Contreras walks you through every step, and shows that the most enjoyable spaces are also the most personal ones.