Exciting news today at The Glam Pad… I am delighted to announce Lacelliese King has joined as Home & Style Editor! Some of you may already know Lacelliese from Instagram, and now she has taken an active role in overseeing content @theglampad. We are excited for you to follow along! She will also be writing and contributing new content for The Glam Pad’s website. Lacelliese’s career began in Washington, DC, where she also earned her law degree… but she always maintained a passion for interior design and style. Prior to joining TGP, she has served as a contributing writer for Paper City and and shares her occasional musings on her own website. Lacelliese lives in Dallas by way of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and she just so happens to be the epitome of Grandmillennial Style! She has a passion for entertaining, tablescapes, and of course… classic, timeless design. Let’s get to know more… Welcome, Lacelliese!
Q: With a background in law and much of your early career in Washington, DC, what inspired you to turn your attention to interior design and style?
A: The early years in DC — particularly during a time at the White House— were so important in shaping both my personal and professional values, and I am forever grateful for the near-decade that I spent working and studying there. I have always been drawn to elegantly designed spaces and beautifully made things, so throughout the years it became clearer that these were areas within my “domain” that I could share with others through thoughtful writing and visual creativity. Embracing that sense of domain eventually led here to The Glam Pad — and I am thrilled!
Q: When did you become interested in interior design?
A: There is much, much more to this story, but I believe that the heavily European-influenced interior of the house where I lived for most of my life in Jackson Hole was likely designed by John Saladino, around 1989. I don’t know for sure, and while I no longer call the house home, to this day, very little about it and its interior has changed, right down to the original fabrics. It is aging so gracefully and is as timeless, comfortable, and well-appointed as ever. The design of the house and the antiques throughout it most certainly made the earliest and most significant impression on my taste and attention to design detail. I hope one day to make a home as special and timeless as this house is to me.
Q: Who are your favorite designers and style icons (past and present)?
A: Designers: There are far too many to play favorites, but through her writings, Alexandra Stoddard has been the single most influential upon my design philosophy and mode de vie. I treasure the now dog-eared books of hers that are in my library, and we are so lucky that she continues to add to her canon by publishing a monthly letter containing pearls of both life and design wisdom. I also have grown to love Mario Buatta, and am inspired as much by his legacy of wit and humor as much as I am inspired by his design! Rubber cockroaches, anyone? It was such an honor to cover the Sotheby’s auction of his estate for Paper City Magazine in January.
Style icon: Aerin Lauder. I am such an admirer of her understated, elegant personal style, and I especially look up to her as a model of grace, strength, and savvy as a woman entrepreneur. I had the pleasure of meeting Aerin in Dallas last year on the occasion of the launch of her latest home collection, and she is just as lovely and engaging in person as in her interviews. Her new book is exquisite.
Q: How do you describe your style?
A: I would love to be able to describe my style as timeless and elegant — at least, that is the aspiration! At home, I tend to select antiques for our furniture, but at times I will also pair something traditional, like our dining room table, with something more contemporary, like a Cassina chair. In dressing, I often wear a simple, tailored pant paired with a shoe such as a mule, a Chanel flat, or a pump; a structured handbag; and a wool or cashmere sweater in the winter and a looser-fitting blouse in the summer. I also find myself seeking out classic silhouettes like Molly Moorkamp shift dresses, LaVie Stylehouse tunics, and Oscar de la Renta knit dresses.
Q: What are five things you could not live without?
A: This year has given new perspective on what truly matters and what we can and can not do without! On a serious note, I could not do without my family, including my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. But on a lighter note, I’d prefer not to go without the following:
– Morning coffee and croissants … from Sant Ambroeus in New York whenever possible!
– Cocktail hour. I absolutely adore cocktail hour—and in winter, it’s après! I don’t need the stiff cocktail: for me, cocktail hour is simply a sweet chime that sounds the end of the day when it’s time to relax, unwind, and chatter with friends and family during the golden hours before dinner. (Not that I’d say no to a crisp linen cocktail napkin and a dirty martini, though!)
– NYC-style jazz. Any time of day it will almost always lift my mood, or set the mood for a less-than-ordinary evening.
– Snow. Winter is my favorite season!
– A good, eye-watering laugh. Can one think of anything better?
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas and Jackson Hole?
A: In Dallas, we joke that all we do is shop and eat, which isn’t too terribly far from the truth! There is wonderful shopping and dining to be had here, and I especially enjoy looking for antiques at the showrooms in the Design District and at estate sales. I exercise outside every day, which usually means long walks around historic Highland Park.
At home in Jackson Hole, truly nothing compares to a full day on the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, finished with après at the Four Seasons or the Mangy Moose, and dinner at Old Yellowstone Garage. That is my perfect day.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: Needlepoint, downhill skiing, French and Alpine cooking, talking on the phone (or via messages!) with friends, walking and hiking with our dog, Lily, and spending time with my husband. I dearly miss entertaining and traveling.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in your role as Home & Style Editor at The Glam Pad?
A: I am absolutely delighted to be part of The Glam Pad, and am most looking forward to getting to know our friends and readers more! I can’t wait to shop for and share beautiful, timeless items for our homes, tablescapes, and wardrobes that I hope you will love.
I am also especially excited to connect with small businesses and interior designers alike for collaborations and new ideas, so please do not hesitate to send me your calling card!
Please join me in welcoming Lacelliese! And do let us know if there is any new content you would like to see at The Glam Pad. We are so excited to be working together. 🙂