Cindy Crawford launched Cindy Crawford Home in 2005
When supermodel Cindy Crawford launched Cindy Crawford Home, her
signature furniture line, in 2005, she relied on more than two decades
of experiences around the world for her inspiration. The DeKalb, Ill.,
native says she hasnít lost her Midwestern practicality even though
she has lived a jet-set lifestyle. She says each dwelling has had a
different design sensibility, from her New York apartment to her
Malibu beach house where she now lives with her husband, hotelier
Rande Gerber, and their two children. Crawford and Gerber are
currently working with Mexican modernist architect Ricardo Legorreta
to build a vacation house in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Describe your home design style.
I donít just have just one style. I have the overall concept. I
want it to be comfortable for me and my family ó and for
entertaining. For example, I donít have coasters at my house. (There
are) lots of slipcovers and leather that we can live on and clean
easily. I tend to gravitate toward an updated look at traditional.
How has your style evolved in your adult life?
I learned to trust it more. I learned if I like something I can
find a place for it in my house. If you love something, itís going
to work somewhere in your home. Some people have that knack. For me,
it was much more learned.
What or who are your inspirations for your furniture and
My first inspiration is my family. Itís so important in this busy
world of ours to create a sanctuary for me and my family. Iíve
worked with my designer, Michael Smith, for 15 years. Heís taken me
to a flea market in Paris to museums. We travel together. He helped me
to develop an eye and look at things from that point of view. Iíll
take digital pictures of a chair in Florence or a carving on a piece
of wood or a texture and send them to the designers.
What was your biggest design mistake?
My very first sofa. I just started making money as a model and went
to a store in Chicago called Expressions, where you picked the frame
and fabric. It felt very luxurious to me. I had to wait six weeks.
When they delivered it, it didnít fit through the opening of my
apartment. They had to cut the arm off to get it in. I had that sofa
for like 10 years.
What was your biggest design accomplishment?
Building a house with my husband. Getting through that is one of
the hardest things on a marriage. It was a five-year process. My
husband has a very strong point of view, as do I. But we worked
together as a team and the house is better because of that.
What are your design likes?
I would want a blind person to feel just as comfortable in my home.
I want the fabrics to have a nice hand. I want it to smell good. I
want (a sofa) to look great, but most of the time Iím sitting on it,
so I want it to feel great. I would never sacrifice use and comfort
I donít like it when it is too perfect, too designed. I remember
staying in a hotel room in Miami. It was beautiful, but the minute I
opened my suitcase it was ruined. It didnít allow room for life.
What are your favorite design magazines?
Architectural Digest. Domino. Elle Decor.