Unsure How to Hide Your Big-Screen TV? This Fledgeling Designer Had the Perfect Solution

Bebe Howorth
·2-min read
Photo credit: Stephen Pagano
Photo credit: Stephen Pagano

When asked to describe her design sensibility in two words, Lily Dierkes comes up with “optimistic and unassuming.” Though the New York–based decorator’s response may be demure, she is now entering the spotlight. Five years after working for ELLE Decor A-List designer and contributor David Netto, Dierkes has struck out on her own, opening her own firm, LK Studio.

Dierkes first developed her eye working in the film industry in Los Angeles, where she worked on the sets of music videos and short films and was an assistant to Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. It’s no surprise that, given her cinema background, Dierkes cites color and pattern as key touchstones in her work and hopes to translate those passions into her clients’ homes.

Photo credit: Stephen Pagano
Photo credit: Stephen Pagano

But just because she is drawn to modern aesthetics doesn’t mean she isn’t comfortable working in traditional contexts, too, which is what the Nashville clients of her first solo project were looking for. Dierkes was given plenty of creative freedom with a few important exceptions: The green color in the study had to stay. And so did the new television in the family room (the screen was as large in inches as the client was old—a gift on one of his birthdays).

To draw eyes away from the giant set, Dierkes strategically arranged a set of framed etchings from Swann Auction Galleries around it. She also flanked a Palladian window in the living room with two vintage artworks to create the illusion of a higher ceiling and to draw the eye across the room.

Photo credit: Stephen Pagano
Photo credit: Stephen Pagano

In addition to the new pieces, Dierkes incorporated items that the clients had lived with and cherished for years—with a contemporary twist. She updated a chair (given to the couple as a wedding gift) with a windowpane check and refinished a set of beloved bookshelves.

The clients, for their part, did embrace a few of Dierkes’s less traditional suggestions. She covered the dining room ceiling in Talikari Silver wallpaper from Wolf Gordon and placed an Eero Saarinen oval tulip table in the breakfast nook.

“Each room is really its own world, but sometimes you’re not thinking about what’s going on in the next room,” she says. “Then when you pull back, it really does all work.”

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