Meet the Editor: Mrs Lilien


Kelley Lilien is a graphic designer and stylist who creates packaging and branding for a diverse array of clients. She is the creator of Mrs. Lilien, an aspirational brand renowned for its leading lifestyle and décor inspiration. She also authors Mrs Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook- a book packed full of drink inspiration perfect for any occasion and the latest in the series Mrs Lilien’s Dessert Cocktail Swatchbook which features even more delicious drinks with a twist, so you can imagine how excited we were when she decided to check in for a quick chat.

Mrs Lilien is the latest in a series of high profile collaborations with Farrow & Ball to create a City Palette; with her vibrant interpretation of the sunny West Coast being rich in bright hues all so typical of The Chromologist.

TC: How would you define your personal style?

ML: Bright, bold & vibrant with a pinch of crazy. I’m all about pairing prints, over-baubling & throwing on bold headscarves for every possible outing.


I’m dreaming of (re)decorating…

My kids room – I’m scheming up a really great plan to productively bring a third into the space. All my inspo comes from here.

What does your perfect day in Southern California look like?

A day spent poolside in Palm Springs or beach side in Coronado with the family / libation in hand.

When and where do you feel most inspired?

The above two places. Between the vintage shops, mid-century modern architecture & plethora of pool to people ratio in Palm Springs and the always beautiful, always fresh + never dull Coronado, I find my inspirational peaks completely fulfilled.


In my past life I was…

The prissiest, head flamingo at the San Diego Zoo- I absolutely love

Ultimate dinner party guest list?

Liberace, Liz Taylor, Richard Simmons, my cooky next-door neighbor, my manager Reesa Lake & Don Featherstone, Jonathan & Simon, my childhood BFF & Diana Ross. It would be THE ULTIMATE.

Fail-safe signature cocktail to get any party started?

Anything with gin, fresh citrus & basil. It always does the trick.

What’s on your cocktail party play list right now?

You can find my go-to cocktail party playlist here.


Follow Mrs Lilien’s blog here.


The Chromologist


The Chromologist is a colour whisperer. He understands and knows them better than they know themselves, translating their pleas to be used beautifully for humankind. It's unknown from whence he came. Some say the fraction of space between a prism and a spectrum, others say he toiled in the fabled colour mines of Svalbard for years untold, deep underground, speaking only to the reds and blues, cerises and aquas, bronze and golds...

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