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6 Questions With Skylar Berkus Of Skylar Hope Design

Catch up with Los Angeles interior designer Skylar Berkus.

Skylar Berkus, founder of Skylar Hope Design

Great design should not only reveal the hidden potential of our living spaces but also uplift and heal us. Easy to say, but not so easy to make happen. Enter Skylar Berkus, founder of Los Angeles design studio Skylar Hope Design. 

Infusing every project with her unique combination of lifelong construction know-how, elevated aesthetics, and extraordinary life experience, she’s established an expanding, distinct niche in the Southern California design community. We sat down with Skylar to learn more about the design philosophy, personal journey and powerful narrative that resonates with a growing roster of clients seeking not just beautiful spaces, but environments that support their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

“My designs are crafted to evoke a sense of tranquility and joy, fostering pride and a feeling of belonging within your home. Design transcends more than furniture and decor—it's an expression of your essence.”

Modern kitchen by Skylar Berkus

Snyder Diamond: In work and life, what are you most proud of?

Skylar Berkus: In both work and life, I take pride in my ability to connect with others and make a positive impact. Professionally, I'm proud of the projects where I've been able to lead teams to achieve ambitious goals, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment along the way. Personally, I'm most proud of the relationships I've built and the moments where I've been able to support friends and family through both joyful and challenging times. These experiences have shaped me into the person I am today, and I continue to strive for meaningful connections and contributions in all aspects of my life.

Elegant living room design by Skylar Hope Design

SD: Did you always want to be an interior designer? What was your journey into the world of interior design?

SB: With a grandfather involved in real estate, design, and development, and a father who is a builder, I was immersed in the world of home remodeling from a young age. Surrounded by drawings, renderings, and the energy of the industry, I didn't fully grasp the significance of these experiences at the time. However, looking back, I see how they ignited a profound passion within me. Designing spaces is not just a profession, it's a calling; a gift that I am privileged to share with my clients.

Chic dining area by Skylar Berkus

SD: What would your typical workday look like? 

SB: My typical workday starts with a healthy habit of drinking fresh water with lemon, followed by a meditation session to set a peaceful tone for the day ahead. I then prioritize my physical well-being by heading to a workout, which could be yoga, walking, Platefit, or Megaformer, about 3 to 5 times a week. As I prepare for work, I make celery juice and matcha at home while also managing calls and preparing for the day. Throughout the day, I stay closely connected with my clients, vendors, and assistants, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. I believe in being hands-on, so I make it a point to visit my job sites, especially on installation days. To stay current with the latest trends, materials, and technologies, I often attend design and networking events. While I enjoy socializing and meeting friends for meals, I also cherish quiet evenings at home, where I enjoy cooking. On some evenings, I prioritize my mental and emotional well-being by taking breath-work classes. I recognize that unresolved issues buried in the subconscious won't heal on their own. These sessions help me release anything that doesn't serve my highest good, whether it's related to people, places, or things. I strive to not go to bed too late because sleep is important to me. 

A modern kitchen featuring sleek lines and minimalist design

SD: What makes you smile and what scares you the most?

SB: What scares me the most is the negative energy projected by others, but focusing on spreading kindness and positivity is a powerful antidote. By prioritizing self-healing and personal growth, you can cultivate a positive energy that uplifts not only yourself but also those around you. Reflecting on your own thoughts and actions allows you to consciously project positivity and attract it back into your life through the karmic force you put out. Everyone has darkness and shadows so remember, what we focus on expands, so let's continue spreading love and light to create a brighter and a more uplifting world for everyone.

Los Angeles interior designer Skylar Berkus of Skylar Hope Design

SD: How does sustainability and eco-friendliness factor in the interiors you design? 

SB: As an interior designer and a member of the GFDA, Good Future Design Alliance I recognize the significant impact the industry has on waste generation. I'm passionate about reducing waste and am actively collaborating with manufacturers to design products with longevity and sustainability in mind. Educating clients about the benefits of purchasing higher-quality products and incorporating antiques not only adds character to spaces but also promotes environmental responsibility by reducing waste. Every small step towards sustainability counts, and dedication to reducing waste in interior design sets a valuable example for others in the industry. I am excited to continue to inspire others to join the journey towards a more sustainable world.

A modern living room with contemporary furniture & minimalist decor

SD: What do you see as being some popular design trends, philosophies, or points of discussion in 2024? What is new and next?

SB: Tech-integrated spaces, multifunctional furniture, flexible workspaces, wellness-centric design, and more virtual design services. Additionally, there's a continued emphasis on luxurious comfort, natural elements, tranquil color palettes, relaxation spaces, and decluttering for clarity. These trends prioritize comfort, well-being, and sustainability, contributing to clients overall happiness and quality of life.

A beautifully designed kitchen with stainless steel kitchen appliances range

Contact: [email protected] | 818-943-4748 | www.skylarhopedesign.com 

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