Designer Kim Myles won HGTV’s “Design Star 2” in 2007, and followed with three seasons of the home makeover show “Myles of Style.” Through her lifestyle brand Kim Myles Design, she currently has the Global Glam Collection, a bestselling line of modern wall stencils, and is planning the Real Life, Real Design charity fundraiser gala in New York that benefits Youth at Risk, a nonprofit organization that provides bridge services and life skill training to young people aging out of the foster care system. Next up, Kim is working on a line of lighting, furniture and home accessories to hopefully be available at home improvement and department stores in late 2013. Kim lives in Los Angeles with her husband Scott, their giant dog Ollie and a tiny cat named Pig.
What smartphone do you use?
I have an iPhone 4S. I’ve been an iPhone user since the first one came out, but I am, like, old school. My phone is for talking to people and scheduling things. It’s not for lack of trying, though – my husband [has tried to sell me on apps] and said smartphones are wasted on me [laughs].
What apps do you use most often and why?
I use what the phone already came with, but not all of it. I use the weather app, my banking app (Partners Federal Credit Union), my photos and my calendar. I use the Everlight Free reading light app, but it took downloading four or five of them before I found one I liked. I tried Lantern Light and iBooklight, and they were both duds. Honestly, I have found some apps I feel might be useful, but every app I need is already there. There are so many apps out there that I am just not interested in searching for them. I do not have app pride. My friends will show me some app they really like, and I usually say, “Wow, that is a really fun time-waster!” It’s entertaining, or it’s a novelty, but just inside my head is a fun place to be already.
Which apps interest you?
Color-matching apps. For me, as a designer, that is interesting. But I’m not going to spend an hour tracking down this app when my superpower is that I have a great eye already [laughs]. And I do occasionally use the Delta app for flight info.
What’s on your screensaver?
My screensaver is an image from Griffith Park here in Los Angeles, this really vibrant green picture of a rock covered in moss. I hike four to five times a week, and that photo is from a hike I take a lot with my baby – my dog Ollie. That photo is like my Zen moment. I look at my screensaver and it makes me take a deep breath.
What’s On Your Phone? is an occasional blog series that asks business leaders, celebrities and plain ol’ folks to tell us about their smartphones and apps.