4 Lessons to Make Your Home Feel Timeless — These are the Tricks to "Staying Power" says Designer Ali Budd

The star of Hulu’s latest design docuseries, Ali Budd reveals strategic design tips for an eternally stylish, comfortable home

Ali Budd Interiors.
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If you’ve yet to indulge in Hulu’s latest design docuseries, House of Ali, prepare to be captivated. The show delves into the captivating world of million-dollar home renovations, led by Ali Budd and her talented team of female artists, interior stylists, and business experts at Toronto-based design firm Ali Budd Interiors.

'My design aesthetic is a reflection of my upbringing and experiences,' Ali explains. Drawing inspiration from her parents' entrepreneurial spirit, lifelong passion for creativity, and extensive travels, Ali infuses her designs with elements from 'diverse cultures, art, architecture, and everyday experiences.' The result? An interior design style that 'celebrates individuality, embraces uniqueness, and prioritizes comfort and livability.'

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Ali Budd

Through House of Ali, viewers gain a firsthand look at the decor, drama, and challenges inherent in the luxury home design sphere. Ali Budd, the President & Principal Designer of her eponymous firm, is the driving force behind it all. Her approach to interior design is as candid as it is innovative, reflecting a rich tapestry of lived experiences.

Ali Budd Interiors.

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While luxury living often conjures images of extravagance devoid of practicality, Ali says that it's part of her mission to redefine the concept. Whether showcased on her Hulu series or in her everyday work as a designer, Budd is committed to crafting spaces that are “not only visually stunning but also functional and tailored to each client's lifestyle.”

For Ali, luxury is not merely a superficial indulgence; it’s an opportunity for boundless creativity. Luxury homes serve as her 'canvas for creativity without constraints,' enabling her to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Through meticulous attention to detail, the finest materials, and innovative design elements, Budd curates immersive experiences where every aspect, from furniture to decor, exudes 'opulence and refinement.'

While not everyone may have a million-dollar budget at their disposal, Ali shares guiding principles that anyone can apply to their own home design journey. Discover how to infuse your space with an elevated sense of luxury.

Ali Budd's Timeless Design Rules

One thing you need to know about Ali is that she prides herself on a deliberate avoidance of trends. For her, trends are better suited to fashion — they come and go, often leaving behind a sense of transience. Instead, the designer advocates for 'making choices that are distinctive, captivating, and enduring.' She emphasizes the importance of selecting elements that personally resonate and 'possess staying power.'

Ali also challenges the notion that luxury equates to discomfort. Instead, she emphasizes comfort as a central aspect of design, advocating for functional and inviting spaces in every home. Basically, her primary design objective can be summed up in one word: inviting. With these principles in mind, let's delve into the guiding rules of home design.

1.Color Palette

Ali Budd Interiors.

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'Colors should not be chosen based on trends,' Ali tells us. 'Use what genuinely speaks to you because your living space should reflect your preferences for the long haul.' 

Ali doesn’t advocate for any one particular color palette; the key here is balance, thinking of your space holistically, and acting accordingly. 'Embrace a balanced color palette that harmonizes with the overall mood and function of the space,' she continues. 'Consider the psychological effects of colors and how they influence the atmosphere.'

2. Texture

Ali Budd Interiors.

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Touchable materials make for a cozy and dimensional home, according to the Ali. 'Incorporate a variety of textures to add depth and visual interest to the design,' says the designer. 'Mixing different textures creates tactile richness and enhances the sensory experience of the space.' Don’t be afraid to experiment with unexpected textures like rattan or mohair.

3. Functionality

Ali Budd Interiors.

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'Prioritize functionality alongside aesthetics,' says Ali, adding, 'Design spaces that serve the needs and lifestyle of the occupants while maintaining a sense of elegance and style.' There are a few ways of accomplishing this, but one is multi-functional furniture. Well-designed furniture items that open up for storage or extend to become larger will be your best friend.

4. Personalization

Ali Budd Interiors.

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At the end of the day, you want your home to feel like you. Don’t finish designing a room without infusing it with personal touches. 'Whether it's through custom furniture pieces, artwork, or accessories, personalized elements add warmth and authenticity to the space,' Ali explains. For example, the designer is a fan of conceptual furniture designer Chris Wolston, who turns ordinary home furnishings like chairs into bonafide art. She also likes things with faces, almost surreal. It’s incorporating those unexpected details that feel like Ali's style, but choosing your own details is for you to decide. Remember that luxury is all about the details. The more personal details you add, the more luxurious your home will appear.

Seeking more celebrity design tips? Explore Nate Berkus’ rules for timeless home decor.  

Julia Demer
Style editor

Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.