At home with interior designer Kelly Hinchman

Interior designer Kelly Hinchman sits in the living room of her El Cortez home in San Diego, California. | (Eduardo Contreras / Union-Tribune)
(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

A Top Chef’s home kitchen, a master mixologist’s home bar, a stylist-to-the-stars’ home closet, a celebrated interior designer’s home décor and a prominent architect’s, well, home, beg the question - how do professional San Diegans bring their work home? Open their doors and see.

Kelly Hinchman knew she wanted to be a designer from an early age. She studied at Design Institute of San Diego, where she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree, she later founded the San Diego-based Studio H Design Group, which has completed residential and commercial projects nationwide. Recently, her firm was hired to oversee design of Barracks Hotel in Liberty Station, a boutique hotel set to open in mid-2018. The project is part of a plan to transform the former naval training center housing in Point Loma.

Modern meets vintage at Hinchman’s home, an 860-square-foot, one-bedroom and one-bathroom condo in Cortez Hill.

Floored me

“I just got this new rug and I adore it,” Hinchman says of her Isabella rug from The Rug Company. “I just love it in the room.” The rug is made of hand-knotted Tibetan wool.

Lorenzo Castillo’s handmade Isabella rug, from $85 per square foot, The Rug Company,



Picture this

An original work by Brazilian typographic artist and graphic designer Yomar Augusto, who has a studio in the Gaslamp Quarter, hangs in Hinchman’s living room. “I love that his work contains such depth,” Hinchman says. “Every time I look at it, I see something I haven’t seen before.”

Yomar Augusto artwork, prices vary,


On fire

“This candle is fig-scented, and I love that,” Hinchman says. “I got mine from Paris, but you can purchase these all over.”

Diptyque Figuier Candle, $62, Barneys,



Let there be light

Hinchman purchased this light fixture by Parisian designer Constance Guisset at the Museum of Modern Art store. “I was inspired by seeing this fixture in historical homes with modern furnishings,” she says. “It felt really right in this space. I feel like the scale is great in here, especially because I always say that bigger is better.”

Vertigo pendant lamp, $995, MoMA Store,




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