Desi Perkins is not your average makeup artist. With over 1.7 million YouTube subscribers, she has made an incredible career out of performing in-depth makeup tutorials that cover everything from attaining the perfect smokey eye to contouring your face to resemble a Kardashian. With playful humor and a down-to-earth attitude, Desi gives viewers much more than an impressive range of knowledge on beauty techniques and products—her videos provide a peek into her life and make you feel like part of her glamorous world.
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There are plenty of Desi imitators who have hopped on the YouTube makeup tutorial train, but few have garnered nearly as much success as she has. Named a YouTube guru and having received an award for her huge social following, Desi felt it was time to create a dual space in her home with the power to function as a video studio, a lounge area for hosting meetings, and an office where she can keep her lively career organized.
Desi’s original vision for her space was a cross between industrial and glam style, but it was her Laurel & Wolf designer, DeAnna Mackensen, who refined this idea to create a space truly reflective of all things Desi. “We explored industrial glam through multiple style boards but it didn’t seem to suit her after all,” says DeAnna on the collaboration process. “I started watching her videos and could see her playful personality, her dedication to the beauty industry, and her sense of fashion. All of these things influenced me to design a space that was fashionable, functional, and playful,” says DeAnna.
“I’m terrible at putting anything together, which is how I imagine some people might feel while watching my makeup tutorials, and that’s how I felt with interior design,” explains Desi. “Just having somebody who has all of these ideas was really exciting.”
Clean-lined, contemporary glamor became the vision for the dual office and lounge, which DeAnna created through the use of gold accents, glossy finishes, and luxe textures. In Desi’s office, a polished brass desk sits on top of a neutral cowhide rug while a black accent wall adds drama and depth to the room. “I always think of lighting as the jewelry of a space,” explains DeAnna. To reflect the glitz and glamor of the beauty industry, she included a 19th-century Casbah chandelier above Desi’s desk, which plays against the gleaming golds and colorful accessories in the office. A wood tiled sideboard keeps the space organized, serving as both a storage unit for beauty products and a countertop for office supplies.
“Creative entrepreneurs can get a little crazy because we’re always working from home,” she says. The functionality of the new space makes it possible for Desi to stay on top of the business side of her career while the chic decor creates the perfect stage for her videos and Instagram photos.
Because she works from home, it was important for the space to be comfortable, personal, and highly functional. DeAnna took advantage of the room’s existing architectural elements by using the fireplace as a device for dividing the office from the lounge area. A soft, pink studded couch, a pair of faux lamb fur stools, and a hair on hide chevron rug transforms the lounge side of the space into a chic conversation area where Desi can relax, hold meetings with fellow vloggers, or even record videos.
Every good project has a curveball, and one requirement of Desi’s space was the ability to use several areas as backdrops for her videos. The coffee table in the lounge gives her the opportunity to lay out and showcase beauty supplies while a large, metallic-framed mirror allows her to touch up her clothing and makeup when filming in front of the fireplace. The wall above the fireplace is a central part of the design as it creates a focal point for Desi’s 24-karat gold YouTube ‘Play Button’ award. On the opposite wall is another relic of her achievements:
“The map of the world is a constant reminder of where her career accomplishments have taken her,” explains DeAnna. “She has the world to conquer and she does it one video at a time.”
Perfectly capturing her friendly spirit and cultivated sense of style, Desi’s fashionable new office is a space that inspires her to work hard every day. It’s also a foray into a new chapter of her career—one that highlights her successes, aids in furthering her commitment to sharing beauty advice, and welcomes her audience to become an even larger part of her glamorous life.