William Lyon Designs is more than just a studio—it’s the culmination of interior designer William Lyon’s evolution from childhood design ventures to a space that effortlessly harmonizes comfort, inspiration, and creative flair; shaping homes that authentically mirror his clients’ unique personalities.
Norwalk, Connecticut – On the historic Wall Street, interior designer William Lyon has crafted a studio that seamlessly blends comfort, inspiration, and a dash of creative chaos. As the founder of William Lyon Designs, his journey from a childhood design business to establishing his own studio reflects a passion for turning houses into homes that embody the unique personalities of his clients.
A Creative Journey: From Childhood Ventures to William Lyon Designs
William Lyon‘s journey into the world of interior design began in middle school when he and his older sister started a design business for fun, aptly named L&B Designs. Fast forward to his senior year of high school, and his interest in design led him to pursue a degree in interior design and home furnishings at High Point University in the “Furniture Capital” of America – North Carolina. After working with a family firm in Connecticut for six years, he launched William Lyon Designs, bringing a love for fashion, furnishings, and a deep understanding of international design to his clients.
Photography: Julia D’Agostino Pierce
A Studio with History: From Bar Chat to Wall Street Space
The story of William Lyon’s studio begins with a casual conversation at Troupe 429, a bar on Wall Street. The owner, intrigued by William’s design prowess, proposed the idea of a studio space for his business. The rest, as they say, is history. The studio, located in Norwalk, became a reality in October 2022, with an official opening celebration alongside New England Home magazine in February 2023.
Studio Aesthetics: A Second Home on Wall Street
Walking into William Lyon’s studio feels like entering a second home. Exposed brick, wide plank floors, and a modern blown glass fixture set the stage for a comfortable space. The warm neutral tones of Skyline Steel SW paint on walls and trim create a seamless look, extending to custom built-ins and the desk. The studio’s heart is a cork board wall, a creative hub for inspiration and project development, surrounded by open shelves and a carefully curated furniture vignette featuring sellable products.
Projects that Tell a Story: From Blush Retreats to Playful Basements
William Lyon’s recent projects showcase his versatility and ability to bring clients’ visions to life.
Cos Cob Retreat: A formal living room transformed into a haven for reflection and entertaining, featuring pale blush and dusty blue tones accented by captivating floral wallpaper. Challenges? Convincing clients that wallpapering the entire room was the right choice.
New Canaan Playroom: A vibrant, multi-functional play zone in a basement, fulfilling the client’s vision for four imaginative kids. A strategic use of color and custom artwork from William Lyon’s collection creates an organized and playful space.
Glenville Kitchen: An elegant kitchen transformation for a repeat client, balancing high-contrast finishes with warmth. Taj Mahal quartzite slabs and brass hardware add character, while custom stools from Shaker-to-fit complete the polished look.
Sneaky Decorating Tips: The Art of Flexibility
For William, the finishing touches are crucial. His sneaky decorating tip? Keep moving things until it feels right. Experiment with greenery, switch up décor between rooms – a home should be a flexible space that evolves with its inhabitants.
Turning a House into a Home: The Homeworthy Touch
What makes a house homeworthy according to William Lyon? When you can see the client’s personality reflected in every corner. For him, the essence of home lies in creating spaces that uniquely embody the individuals who inhabit them.
In the world of William Lyon Designs, every project is a canvas for storytelling, blending fashion, furnishings, and a deep appreciation for individuality. His studio on Wall Street stands as a testament to a designer whose love for design began in middle school and has grown into a thriving business that transforms houses into homes, leaving an indelible mark on the world of interior design.