Carlos Mota is one of New York’s most trusted tastemakers. He has been described as a “stylist extraordinaire” and is the Architectural Digest International Style Editor. His book, Flowers: Chic and Cheap explores tips and techniques in crafting beautiful arrangements with everyday items, and his Casa Carlos Mota collection is available on HSN.

Quote: “Don’t hate me because I am funny!”
Treasure: My passport
Escape: Anywhere with a beach.
Vacation: Los Roques, Venezuela, or Brazil.
Inspiration: Old master paintings, and anyone different or strong opinions.
Movie: Blade Runner
Childhood Memory: I hate memories.
Work of Art: Anything by Hieronymus Bosch, and minimal art.
Song: Anything by Queen
Designer (past or present): Balenciaga and Jean-Michel Frank
Misconception (about you): I am a big foodie. People think that I am not into food, which I am big time. I am always thinking about food and sex! 
Guilty Pleasure: Sleeping and being alone
Junk Food: Chicken Nuggets
Youth Remedy: Too old for that
De-Stress mechanism: Nothing! I am always stressed.
Cocktail: Scotch on the rocks
Party: Either my own or other people’s dinner parties.
Hangover Remedy: Sex!
Pals: Too many!
Crush: Any straight married man
TV Show: I don’t have a TV
Cartoon Character: Hello Kitty
Menu: Simple roasted chicken with mashed potatoes
Restaurant: La Pettite Maison in London and Chez Renee in Paris