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From the top of the '80s music charts to an exclusive home line at Bergdorf Goodman, The Go-Go's lead singer, Belinda Carlisle, is stepping into the world of design with a decor line inspired by one of her favorite locales — India.
"I love everything about India — the colors, the art. It's really an interesting, exciting place to be," says the "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" singer.
Carlisle, 53, describes her line of blankets, cushions and tableware as bohemian yet functional. She's created an "unconventional" collection for the shopper with a "creative brain because it's a lot of mismatched fabric that all work together," she says. "It's one of a kind, hand-done, vibrant and colorful, and it's a good representation of what India is about," she adds.
After moving to France almost 20 years ago, Carlisle started to find herself visiting her India-based friends more and more, she says. Eventually, it just made sense to find a part-time residence there. "It's actually cheaper for me to have a place there than stay at a hotel," she says. And, for the past few years, the multiplatinum-selling artist has split her time between France and India, spending almost half the year in the exotic country.
Then, while promoting her memoir in 2010, Carlisle posted pieces and items she found abroad on her website. Eventually, high-end retailer Bergdorf Goodman took notice and approached her about launching a small textile line."For me, I've always had an interest in design, so it's kind of something that comes natural," she says. "In fact, I think that if I hadn't been a singer, I'd probably be in design some how for sure."
The songstress admits that she thought launching a home line would be easy. Instead, she has spent the last few years traveling and sourcing wools from Calcutta and linens from Kashmir. "It's not just me putting my name on it," says Carlisle. "I actually go to Calcutta and put together the colors. I have no preconceptions of what I'm looking for. I just go with my eye and my good gut instinct of what I like."
We're certainly impressed by Carlisle's new design venture and we're looking forward to seeing more from her. What's your take on this singer turned home decor designer? Let us know in comments below.