Friday Five with Venus Williams
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With 7 Grand Slam titles, 5 Wimbledon championships and 4 Olympic gold medals, tennis legend Venus Williams is not only a force on the court, but also an emerging star in the world of interior design. In 2002, after earning an Interior Decorator certification, Williams founded V Starr Interiors, a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm. Known for completing projects right and on time, with designs that are exciting and purposeful, V Starr’s team is fiercely dedicated, organized, and detail orientated. Recently the firm announced their partnership with Airbnb partner, Niido, to design their first-ever apartment complex. High-profile clients such as InterContinental Hotels, Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago, Curio by Hilton, Related Group and Howard University, and others have turned to V Starr Interiors to successfully translate their vision into reality. In this week’s Friday Five, Venus is sharing a few of her favorites.

1. Arte Flamingo Wall Covering
We live in South Florida, so why not a flamingo! BUT this is not your Grandma’s plastic front lawn ornament. The bold print with various colors draws your eye in and takes you directly to a tropical place. Nothing says fun in the sun like Arte’s Avalon Collection Flamingo.

Photo courtesy of Mosaic del Sur

2. Mosaic del Sur Custom Terrazzo
A material that has been used for centuries, terrazzo is making a comeback! Terrazzo is a very durable, environmentally friendly material that will last for years to come. With Mosaic del Sur’s customization capabilities, designers can create unique patterns to produce amazing tiles for wall or floor installations.

Photo courtesy of Yellow Goat

3. Yellow Goat
Yellow Goat is definitely one of my favorite manufacturers because they are constantly pushing the limits of creativity, while always ensuring functionality. Their team is made up of creatives as well, which as a designer is always refreshing to work with. From custom light fixtures to custom wall screens, all of their designs always showcase as focal artwork within a space.

Photo courtesy of Brizo

4. Brizo Litze Faucet
Brizo has some amazing new faucets and I personally love the Litze faucet in matte black and gold.

Photo Courtesy of Kettal

5. Kettal Vimini 2-Place Sofa
I love this collection from Kettal, the Vimini. It is a combination of island vibes with contemporary structure. It is also in reference to a classic from the 1950s, the basket chair by Danish designers Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.