Ron Woodson, co-owner of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, visited Atlanta during the Top 20 African-American Interior Designers Conference at ADAC in 2014. Now he and his business partner Jaime Rummerfield are back as Keynote Presenters during Design ADAC April 27-30. Woodson is known for designing the homes of rockers such as Christina Aguilera and Courtney Love. When he isn’t working on a fashion inspired project for the House of Versace, Woodson is turning the homes of the rich and famous into luxurious hideaways. His fashionable, yet, tasteful panache makes him a go to among the L.A. in crowd. The West coast aficionado explains why great design requires an eye for personal style. Tell me about your style as an interior designer? I gravitate toward timeless fabrics that I incorporate into new contemporary spaces. I like a mix of old and new. I might mix an 18th century desk next to a grange chair. I’m not hung up on the trendy and what’s new in fabrics. We have really classic elements. I am not a big fan of beige in the home I love color everywhere Infusing color is beautiful even it’s black and white. We always add animal prints and warm sumptuous fabrics like mohair. Our designs aren’t typical; we love good winter whites that can be incorporated into the home nicely. All of our work is so different, because our clients are so different. I like good quality pieces. Classics work in any type of space. You said once you love working with Courtney Love. Why is Courtney one of your favorite clients? She has amazing taste and great style she loves to push the envelope. She wants the best, but not because it’s the best, she knows the value of good pieces. She loves Prelle fabric she has two chairs done in Prelle fabric, which is about $1,000 a yard. People are always shocked when they see how she lives. They expect it to be quirky like her, which there is some of that, but it is also beautiful and sophisticated. How has fashion influenced your work? Clients usually pick Jamie and I because we bring elements of personal style. They see us before they see our work. Many of our clients are very fashion forward. The nerd client doesn’t gravitate toward us. Have you done any fashion inspired spaces? We did a pinstriped powder room for a bachelor client with accents of brass. The pinstripe was a like a pinstriped suit and the brass felt like a good watch or cufflinks. Some of the fabrics, materials, and metals, when you look at some of the classical furnishings they have an air of fashion. Christina’s house was also very fashion inspired. Our first meeting with her she said I don’t care what you do;.just don’t be safe. We did a custom salon closet and put a poof in the middle of the room so she and her friends could sit around and talk and admire her shoes. It was over the top. What is your must have in a home? You have lamp shade line with Lamps Plus, how important is lighting? I’m obsessed with good quality lighting. Lighting is key with me. You can trick the eye with not so expensive fabric, but good lighting shines through. Bad lighting hurts me yes and souls. Good lighting really shows you are thinking quality. Quality is first and key. You don’t have to have a $100,000.00 Baccarat chandelier, it just has to have thought and work with the home. Tell me about your personal style. My personal style is really classic. I don’t do trendy or of the moment. I like vintage clothing in my closet I’m not a label whore. Being a label whore shows a lack of creativity. I prefer Canali, Dunhill and Ferragamo shoes. I’m obsessed with shoes and cufflinks. I have over 200 pairs of cufflinks and a shoe closet in my bedroom and basement. I love a good loafer. I also like a good coat paired with a turtle neck and a boot, because I love layers. I wear pink pants and a Kelly green top. I love classics in color. I wear all black with a splash of color, like a pocket square. 90% of the time I’m wearing a blazer with a bowtie. Tailoring is everything and shoes have to shine. The way I dress is the type of client I attract.