10.09.2020

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with Carlos Mota

I met Carlos Mota many, many years ago before I started John Robshaw Textiles. He was helping his friend decorate some houses and I was a struggling artist. Carlos came in one day to my painting studio in Soho and bought some paintings when I really needed the money. We have been friends ever since!
Carlos' career trajectory has been inspiring to watch over the years. He has been an influential eye at magazines from Elle Decor to Architectural Digest and is now working as an interior design consultant. His projects are always show stoppers. I am happy to land in his home with our vintage collection (see bedroom image below). I hope you enjoy the interview - and be sure to follow him @casamota for more inspiration!

 

@casamota



When did you know what you wanted to do?

I have always liked design, and always loved going to people's houses. So after being a stylist for publications for many years, the best transition was for me to become an interiors consultant.

What does a stylist do?

Stylists are indispensable on a photo shoot, most especially for shelter magazines. They are responsible for that extra touch or layer to make a perfect photo.

How is being a stylist different than being an interior designer?

Stylists work on shorter-term projects and interior designers on longer ones. If you have a good eye and good taste you can easily do both.

What makes a great client?

Someone who is curious and open to exploring my crazy ideas! I have a great client in Peru right now, also a beautiful young girl in LA. They both have great taste and are fantastic.

What and where inspires you now?

I am always inspired by my travels, but especially nature, flowers and plants. I always say nature is the best designer.

What's something not many people know about you?

Not many people know that I love to be by myself. I just spent 5 months in the Dominican Republic (due to Covid) and it was HEAVEN.

Any advice for someone looking to do what you’re doing?

Follow and trust your instincts and never lose curiosity.

Do you have any tips for styling your own home for a photoshoot?

Tips for my house or any house will always be to have lots of flowers, plants and orchids. Walk around and eliminate anything extra, such as very small items or accessories, as they don't read well in a photo. Also, press your sheets!

 

Congratulations on your house in the DR being on the cover of World of Interiors magazine! How did you find it? How much time do you spend there?

I found my apartment in the Dominican Republic online and I rented it without seeing it! It is in the oldest part of the island, the Zona Colonial, which is approximately 500 years old, and very charming. I was so lucky to get the cover of The World of Interiors (by far the best magazine out there!). Dreams do come true!

And don't forget to follow Carlos at @casamota!

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