First/Person: Hilary Matt

Cara Gibbs

09 February 2022

StyleSubstanceHILARY MATT

Known for her graphic approach to design and fearless material mixes, New York-based interior designer Hilary Matt has long been one to watch on our list of rising stars. With function and comfort at top of mind for every custom interior, she takes an individualized approach that speaks to her clients’ creative palates and lifestyles. With projects in New York, The Hamptons, Los Angeles, Miami and more, her signature artful, sophisticated style is leaving its mark from coast to coast. Here, Hilary weighs in on the importance of collaboration, what she looks for in a textile, and how the world could use a little more love and a lot less hate. Photos via Hilary Matt Interiors




Coffee or tea… coffee.

Mantra… everything happens for a reason.

New without… my cell phone.

BLANK is the new BLANK... ivory is the new gray.

Color you couldn’t live without… black.

Fave color combo… black and white.

Fave flower… anemone.

Design muse… Kelly Wearstler.

Favorite museum… The Whitney.

Last book you read… Live your Life by Amanda Kloots.

Favorite restaurant (for design inspiration)… Ci Siamo in NYC.

Favorite hotel… The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Design is… ever-changing.

Art will always… complete a space.

If you were a color it would be… pink.

If you were a texture it would be... boucle.

I’m a firm believer in… karma.

I’m deeply grateful for… my family and friends.

The world needs more… love and less hate.



The pandemic and constant Covid shifts have definitely made me more addicted to my phone and social media. I am constantly browsing websites, Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. I thrive in my environment and love the constant inspiration and energy that NYC gives me. I have definitely been trying to get out more. The big plus now? I’ve proven I can work from anywhere!



I am very collaborative with my clients and want to make sure that I give them something that feels like home to them. It usually starts with mood boards and then transpires into concrete ideas. When scheming up designs, the vibe is very collaborative with my team and we have so much fun! We love coming up with new and exciting ideas for our clients.


My source of inspiration is everyday life. I want to be able to live in my spaces while also making them feel special. I am constantly drawn to black and white—I think it’s such a bold and chic look in the home. I also love an unexpected pop of color in a space. I LOVE wallcoverings, they are my absolute favorite. Nothing transforms a space like a wallcovering does. Lately, I have been into more textured wallpaper but I am always into a bold pattern. I also love a fun trim to jazz up a window treatment or a pillow. I like to look for something that is cool and unlike anything else I have seen.



My enduring design admiration has to be attributed to the one and only Kelly Wearstler. I am always in awe of her style and how much she has grown her brand. Her look is unlike anyone else’s and she doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. She is bold and a force in the interior design world.








"This bold pattern will make a statement in any room."



"Fringe is a favorite of mine, especially a dip-dyed fringe. This would look so chic on white draperies or even as an accent on a pillow."


"Textured fabric always looks incredible in a space and I love the colors mixed in this one."



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Cara Gibbs

Cara is a freelance design and lifestyle writer, editor, and stylist residing in Manhattan. Formerly the principal style editor at Luxe Interiors + Design, she now is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Wallpaper, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is also the co-founder of the artisan marketplace, In The Pursuit, a platform that marries content with commerce through a lifestyle lens.

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