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Tuesday
Nov092010



Good evening, loves! I was just ticked to have the opportunity to interview Miles Redd (Rita Konig was kind enough to e-introduce us!). He is the most charming man. I am inspired by both the decorator's remarkable eye and his dedication to living well. I delighted in getting to know the individual behind the genius a little better-- I wish the same for you!

I read that you studied film at New York University. In your opinion, which films have the most intriguing sets? Which films inspire you?
So many - but I love "The Fountainhead", the lush lighting of "Gone With The Wind", "How to Murder Your Wife," the films of Merchant Ivory, "Last Year at Marienbad," (but turn the sound off), and Stanley Kubrick.




Do you have any new and exciting projects on the horizon?
I love all of my projects. I am currently working on some apartments in New York City, Chicago, and a project in California.

I’d love to see a Miles Redd book in the future. Is this a possibility?
I hope one day.


Mr. Redd's famous bookshelves

New York Social Diary reports that you have a “general dislike of technology.” Is this still the case? Have you thought about getting involved with Facebook and Twitter?
For me, 2010 has been about trying to embrace technology, and while I see it as a necessary part of life, I am shy of social media. I suppose I value privacy, and my friends are really my friends, but never say never!




What are your favorite design books?
I love the World of Interiors, Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People, and the Jansen books.



a exterior shot of Miles' New York townhouse

What advice do you have for those who are in the midst of decorating their first “adult” apartment?
Use it like a laboratory - don't buy junk, comb flea markets, have a floor plan, get your walls, floor and doors right!



the decorator in his outdoor living room, as shot by Paul Costello for Domino

Could you name a few of your favorite little luxuries?
A bath in the morning, ironed sheets, linen napkins, a carafe of water at the bedside, a garden in the city.


Miles' bedroom, as shot for the Wall Street Journal

Who makes your bed linens?
Leron, Porthault and Schweitzer.



above, a Jean Cocteau drawing

Do you have a favorite gallery? Who are your favorite artists?
Sargent, Goya, Velasquez, Picasso, Carot, Berard, Cocteau, to name a few. The Met is my favorite gallery.

I'm dying to know-- Does Miles Redd ever run out of inspiration? If so, what do you do when this happens?
Inspiration breeds inspiration - go and look at others…



'60s jet-setters Princess Lee Radziwill, Truman Capote and Jane Howard; Pierre Boulat for Life

What decade, person, place or thing currently inspires you?
I love the elegant lines of the 1930's, the casual chic of the 1960's jet set, and the madness of the 18th Century, I am always inspired by anyone who makes an effort!


David Mullen, Owner of Save Khaki; photo by Unabashedly Prep

What are you wearing this fall?
J. Crew, Tom Ford, Save Khaki.


Monday
Aug302010



A few weeks ago, I was privileged enough to have an hour-long phone interview with Rita Konig. The T Magazine blogger and former Domino Editor-At-Large is just as charming and lovely as one might imagine! As she was having a pedicure (how fabulous is that?), Ms. Konig and I talked about her experience at Domino, what it’s like to do what her mother does, and of course, style and design. Read on for more details!


Fallon: First, I’d like to discuss Domino. I think I speak for all Domino fans when I say that the folding of the magazine was absolutely devastating! Can you talk about what happened?

Rita: Well, I think Domino was slightly ahead of its time. In 2009, Domino was still in its youth and costing money. The advertising had still not yet gotten its hold. You know, magazines cost money for about five years. Unfortunately, 2009 was a bad moment to be starting something new because people needed to cut the budget. Condé Nast virtually gave those magazines away. I don’t think they quite knew how far-reaching Domino’s success was. I don’t think they realized how quite loved it was and what a thing they had.
The sad thing about Domino was that, unlike the Flair magazines of the world--those sort of very artistic magazines with special features like crimped edges and things that opened which were very expensive to produce--Domino was a magazine that was made to go mass market. Its appeal was so huge. Those Flairs and things, their appeal was too small because it was too sophisticated. It’s a shame that Domino came out when it did. I feel like if it had launched a couple of years earlier, it would have weathered the storm.



A scan of Rita's "Destination" guide for the city of San Francisco; Domino Magazine, April 2008


F: How did you become involved with Domino?

R: I knew Deborah from her time at House & Garden-- I had written some stories for her there. And when I moved to New York, a friend of mine, James Truman, told me that I had to meet Deborah Needleman because she was starting this great new magazine. I said, “I know Deborah!” You see, very often in magazines you don’t meet your editors because when you’re a writer you do all of your business over the telephone. So I knew her by name and I knew her by voice, but we first met in person at this Jonathan Adler book launch she was doing. It was so funny to meet, and we just connected immediately. She loved the scent I was wearing and I loved her. It was great working for her. I adored working at Domino. We had a very good time, actually. My involvement there just grew and grew.



Ms. Konig's gorgeous bedroom. Photograph by James Merrell


F: Your mother, Nina Campbell, is a very successful interior designer. I'd love to hear your thoughts on what it's like to do what your mother does.

R: Well, I didn’t set out to be an interior designer. Actually, I tried everything to avoid it. It’s only been in the last eighteen months or so since Domino closed that I really took it up, and in a serious way. I did it a bit when I first moved to New York City before I started at Domino. But it never felt like my main career.
I did work for my mother for a long time in her London shop. I’ve always been more interested in the sort of things that go into a house rather than things like reupholstering a chair or picking out paint colors.. My mom is so good at making sure the trim fits fabric, you know, those kinds of details. And I just can’t be bothered!
And then I was always writing. I always felt that my involvement in the interior design world was somewhat opposing to hers.. somewhat in other areas. Like I was buying all of the accessories and things for a store. Or I was involved in magazines. It’s from that area that I approached interior design, rather than going about it in a traditional way. It’s nice being able to call her up and ask for her advice about things. There are things that I suppose I do feel very confident about just because it’s been in my background; I grew up around it. It’s nice being in the same industry without being in the same business. I didn’t like being in a family business. This feels like a slightly different approach.



Her Greenwich Village living room, as shot by Todd Selby for New York magazine.


F: Do you ever see yourself opening up your own shop?

R: I’m not sure. It’s one of those things that everybody slightly dreams about. But when it comes down to it, I always end up being turned off by the practicalities of it. The idea of holding stock fills me with dread, although I love the idea of designing the packaging. I love the idea of owning a pretty shop-- I love thinking about what the awning of the shop would look like, and what the bell as the door opens would sound like.. all of those things I find very appealing.
But, I know the realities of having a shop. You know that film Chocolat? That’s the sort of fantasy of having a shop. Chocolat is charming, but it’s not like that in real life. I’ve experienced the ghastly people that come in and steal or break things, or just act rude. Of course, there are the fun things, too. Like wrapping the thousands of parcels to go out at Christmas.
It’s very hard to make money by running a shop. It really is a labor of love. I think I got it out of my system when I was quite young.

F: Do you have any new and exciting projects on the horizon?

R: Well, funnily enough, I’m working on a project in Chicago. It’s a gorgeous apartment overlooking Lake Michigan. I’m also working on something in Antiqua and in Florida. It’s been wonderful working on places in the heat. You can do things that you can't do in the northern cities. There’s a lot of cane, banana leaves and bright green.. It’s very fun. And I’m doing work for Pret a Manger. We’re opening stores in Chicago, too.

F: When you are fresh ideas, where do you turn for inspiration?

R: Well, I usually I just go out. This happens more when I write rather than when I work on a project. I very rarely sit down to design a room. That’s something that I think about constantly until I’ve worked it out. Or I’ll go up to the D & D and go through fabrics. It’s sort of a whole process. But with writing, it’s like, “What am I going to write about? What am I going to say?” I find that if I leave my office and go out, if I stop thinking about it, something always comes up. You bump into somebody, you find something wonderful. Everything actually comes through the outside. It’s so hard to do anything from your desk other than the process of what you do. But that’s not where your ideas come to you. In fact, it’s better if they don’t because then you can get on with what you’re doing!



Ms. Konig has a cocktail tray set up in her living room.
Photograph by Rita Konig for the New York Times


F: In terms of interior design, what are your favorite trends this season?

R: I don’t know! I’ve never really followed trends. And when there are trends, like there’s been a big ikat and suzani trend lately, it becomes a shame because you feel like can no longer use that particular item. And I still want to continue using those things!
I like mixing.. I mean, I don’t know! I don’t really follow trends. I just kind of blindly go on doing my own sort of thing. I keep buying pairs of antique chairs. I just put a pair of arts and crafts chairs in one house. I put a pair of mid-century leather and chrome chairs in another. That is something that I keep finding myself doing over and over again—a pair of funny chairs.
I feel like when I decorate, I want the home in question to be comfortable. That usually involves a really comfortable sofa. A drinks tray, a good bookcase, good lamps.. And, if we could have outside living space, that’s the biggest luxury. That’s what I’m really loving at the moment. But in terms of trends, I don’t know. I like using pale gray a lot. I like a splash of yellow in a room.




F: What are some of your favorite design books and magazines?

R: I love the World of Interiors, always. I used to love Australian Vogue Living, and I still do sometimes. Spanish Architectural Design is great. And French Marie Claire Maison is very good. I’ve just been given a new book by Lars Bolander called Scandinavian Design, which is wonderful. It’s archived photographs of Scandinavian homes from the sixteenth century to now. I’m very interested by that clean look.. It’s not something that I naturally know how to do. It’s fun to be able to pour over things like that and to see what elements you can take from it. I love Thomas O'Brien's book, too, because he also does that very clean white look. Right now, I enjoy studying how one can do a white room that is interesting and keep it interesting without seeming flat.

F: What are you going to be wearing this fall?

R: I’ve decided that I might as well realize that I have a uniform [of jeans and jackets] and stick with it rather than trying to break out of it. I bought a very pretty jacket by Stella McCartney. After that, I can only afford to wear t-shirts underneath! I like layering with vests and thin blue sweaters. And I always wear good sunglasses. It’s a nice accessory to finish off your whole look.



Photograph courtesy of Jak & Jil

F: What is your favorite Diptyque candle scent?

R: It changes. I love Baies, and I think Freesia. Jasmin is always good. You know, I haven’t gotten any Diptyque candles in ages. I friend of mind just started doing their PR.. I’m going to have to ask her if she can give me some samples!

F: What is your favorite historical period of design?

R: I think the Georgian period of design. I love the combination of strong architecture with feminine details. And then you have that in a very rugged landscape… I find that beautiful. I also love Georgian furniture, china, silver… it was really a great moment.



A Hugo Guinness print above Rita's fireplace.
Photograph by Rita Konig for the New York Times


F: I’d love to know your favorite films and artists. Could you name a few?

R: I adored The Painted Veil. I loved Amélie. When it came out, I watched it two nights running but I haven’t watched it since. I’m not sure if I’ll bother watching it again, but I did love it at the time. There was so much wallpaper it in. Manhattan, I love, too. I love films that are made to be drank like soup. In Manhattan, nothing much happens but you’re just drinking up somebody’s life for a bit.
In terms of artists, I’ve always loved Hugo Guinness. And I love things like Rothkos, with all of those beautiful colors. There is a gallery here in New York called Sears Peyton-- they have the most beautiful work. There is also a sculptor named Manuela Zervudachi who does gorgeous bronze sculptors. She’s a new favorite of mine.

F: What advice do you have for girls like me who are in the midst of decorating their first “adult” apartment?

R: Don’t rush through it! You only do it once, and all of these things you buy stick with you. So, don’t buy too much junk because it’s quite hard to get rid of stuff. Remember to purchase some good things alongside the things that are budget-driven.
Some people say, “You can’t buy the little things. You have to concentrate on buying the important things first.” I don’t think that is true. I think it’s the small things that make a place your own. And they’re the things that you can kind of wrap your head around. Because there is so much to buy. So, buy your sofa because you’ll need furniture sit on. I bought my sofa in an antique shop and I didn’t recover it for two yours. That’s where you can save money or spread your costs. If you see some beautiful plates, do buy them. Don’t think, “Oh goodness, I need to do the curtains first!” Because you don’t. Those plates will stay with you a lot longer than the curtains. And they’re much more fun. And they mean that people will come and have dinner with you at your apartment. You know what I mean? Don’t get hung up on the big things. You can certainly indulge in the small things, too.




I'd also like to thank Ms. Jenna Fain for her
brilliant additions to my list of interview questions!
Tuesday
Jul202010



A few weeks ago, I met with Crystal Gentilello, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Rue Magazine, and Alaina Kaczmarski, the magazine’s Art Director & Co-Founder, to get the inside scoop on their latest and greatest project. Over dinner and drinks, we discussed design, social media, and what’s to come in Rue’s premiere issue (it’s going to be fab). Read on for more details!

Fallon: Tell me the story behind Rue Magazine. Where did the idea originate?

Crystal: Well, my 27th birthday was in April. At the time, I felt somewhat unfulfilled in my career and I knew I wanted to get into interior design somehow. Suddenly I thought, “Why don’t I just start a magazine?” So that night, I went to Barnes & Noble and bought literally twenty-five magazines. I started studying them, noting what I loved—what typefaces I loved, what articles I loved—and thinking about how I would want my magazine to be. And it started going from there! I think Alaina was the first person I talked to about Rue. She’s a fantastic graphic designer, and I knew she’d be a great addition to the team. Anne got on board shortly after I booked my first photo shoot for Rue (with a famous NYC designer at that!). Knowing she shares my love for magazines and has a keen eye for style, I asked if she'd like to come to New York with me and help out. As soon as she agreed, we started bouncing ideas off one another for the shoot as well as brainstorming other people we could contact about home tours while in the city. Pretty soon, Anne, Alaina and I were up to about 100 emails a day fleshing out the details of the magazine. Before we knew it, it was taking shape. A short while later, we’d let our blogging friend Caitlin in on our secret [at the time] endeavor. Caitlin offered her support and a helping hand if we needed it. We were thrilled to have another person help out with the overwhelming workload! So, we asked her to join our team.

Alaina: My two cents, and I feel that I speak for all of us here, is that we shared Crystal’s dream of launching a magazine but were not ready to take the first step and make it happen. Crystal took the initiative and got the ball rolling. And we were all ready to hitch our horses to her wagon! We have our blogs because we have a desire to be a part of the design world. But to start a magazine, you need so much more than your own thoughts and an online database of images that other people have taken.



Crystal and Alaina with interior designer Tobi Fairley at an event earlier this year

Fallon: How do you feel advances in technology and the Internet have changed the design industry?

Alaina: People like me can get involved! I think in terms of networking, that has been the biggest difference. I was never good at networking because I don’t like asking for things. You know, you meet someone once and you think, “Can I send you my resume now?” and they’re probably thinking, “Well, I kind of remember you.” Using the Internet, it’s so much easier to forge relationships with other people who share your interests. It’s easier to get in contact with professionals in the field. I have no design background other than a passion for it. It was a hobby and now it’s hopefully turning into a profession. That’s the goal. But, I guess the Internet has changed every industry in the same way.

Crystal: It’s leveled the playing field in many ways because people like us who are design enthusiasts can build a name for ourselves and build credibility through blogging. And now we’ve had opportunities to meet top designers who are on the covers of national publications. Without the background of a blog or twitter or facebook, we would have never been able to get into that role. Designers have realized that bloggers are valuable to them, as well. We can cover their work, showing it to new audiences and demographics that otherwise might not have seen it. Before blogs and social networking, all we had were magazines. But now, you can post about news the minute it comes out!

Fallon: You ladies at Rue are such strong advocates of social media. How do you view the role of social media, and how does it play into Rue?

Alaina: I am floored by twitter. When twitter came out everyone thought, “What’s the point when there’s facebook?" And I was like, “But I can follow the cast of Twilight!” It used to be the days of instant messaging, and now it’s tweeting. I mean, doesn’t it make less sense? I guess with IM you used to have to carry on a five or ten minute conversation with someone. Twitter is simple. One tweet will suffice. With email, it can be difficult to get to the right person. But people can message Rue Magazine and we see that right away. We can message big companies, and their PR people see that right away. Plus, the power of a retweet is incredible. That’s how the news about Rue first spread. One person retweeted our message, and then another and another.. Pretty soon, we were reaching so many people and all of their followers. It was exponential!

Crystal: We see social media—twitter, facebook, and our personal blogs for that matter—as an extension of our entire presence. We love that we can post pictures or photo albums, and fans of Rue can comment and let us know their opinion.


A twitpic of Crystal and Anne taken shortly after the two wrapped up their final NYC photo shoot for Rue

Fallon: I think it’s so cool how you were tweeting and updating your facebook statuses during your New York photo shoots. It makes everyone feel like they are a part of Rue, as well.

Crystal: Yes, we really want everyone to feel like they are a part of the process. We want to feel accessible to them and we want to get feedback. And facebook and twitter allow for a fantastic online dialogue. We love that social media is a two-way street. We’ve been introduced to some really amazing vendors through our facebook and twitter page that otherwise we may have never known about.

"I mean, when was the last time that
Vogue featured an Etsy seller?"


Alaina: You know, people who may have never had the chance to get into a magazine can be in a magazine. Vendors will send us their link on facebook, we’ll check it out and if we love it, we’ll feature it. If their products are online, even better. I mean, when was the last time Vogue featured an Etsy seller? People on Etsy and other similar websites are crazy talented and they deserve a voice. That is what Rue has been able to offer. And bloggers, for that matter.

Crystal: We’re really cognizant of that. We want to show a broad range of talent. Rue will have the famous designers that everyone knows and loves, but we’ll also have those people you may not have yet heard about.

Alaina: When an issue of a magazine comes out, everyone is excited and people will post about it for about a week. Images from the magazine will continue to pop up now and then like they always do, but excitement inevitably dies down. For the first several months, Rue will be a bimonthly publication. After we launch Rue in September, eight weeks are going to go by where there isn’t news. And this is where social media comes into play. We plan to use facebook and twitter to keep readers interested during that time by giving them new information, thus staying relevant. It’s going to be a huge asset.



Fallon: Do you think that digital magazines are the wave of the future?

Crystal: That’s the million-dollar question. I think that both will always exist. There’s something that people love about the brick and mortar of a magazine. But, our society spends so many hours on the Internet each day that digital magazines make sense. And the two serve different uses. With digital magazines, you can instantly save an image and put it in your inspiration file on your laptop. But with a paper magazine, you can get cozy with it in your bed and travel with it.

"I'd say that nothing is out of the question.
We like to dream big."


Fallon: Do you ever see yourselves going into print?

Crystal: I’d say that nothing is out of the question. We like to dream big. But, I feel like online will always be a big part of our publication.

Fallon: I can’t tell you how excited I am to have another shelter publication!

Alaina: You know, we love Lonny. I met Michelle Adams in New York – she’s like a role model to me! I was a journalism major in college so it was like meeting a celebrity. When we announced Rue, I think one or two people were like, “Uh oh, another up-and-coming magazine. Is there room for two?” And we thought, “Is there room for the 20+ shelter publications currently in print? Of course!” That is the beauty of media. The more ideas, the better. We all share the same goal: to bring inspiration to the world. It’s like bloggers. I don’t look at other bloggers as competition; I look at them as my friends. My grandmother was noticing my home décor the other day and said, “Where do you come up with these creative ideas, Alaina?” And I answered, “I saw it on blog!” I can’t tell you how much I use the phrase, “I saw it on a blog,” in my daily life. The more inspiration, the merrier. I never think to myself, “Oh shucks, another creative person inspired me.”


The gorgeous Seattle Skyline

Fallon: What is your inspiration behind the first issue of Rue?

Crystal: Well, our premiere issue will be our fall issue. We’re going to focus a lot on how to get your home ready for the change of season. That will also lead to our market pieces. We’ll be showcasing fall trends and using fall colors.

"...cities like Seattle have so much to offer.
Because it's not just in New York!"


Alalina: So much of the design industry is out of New York, L.A., Paris and London. Our biggest goal was to not have it all focused in one place. We want to show our readers that design is accessible to everyone. Which was kind of Domino’s thing, but I think they meant it on more of a price point level. We wanted Rue to be more on a geographical level. I mean, look. Coco+Kelly, one of the biggest design blogs out there, is based out of Seattle. Who thinks of Seattle as a hub for creativity? True, New York has quadruple the resources that any other city has, but cities like Seattle have so much to offer. Because it’s not just in New York! We’re featuring homes on the East Coast, West Coast, in the Midwest and in the South. We feel like we did a good job covering our bases. And, we’re hoping to take it to an international level in issue two.

Crystal: Also, we want to utilize our digital platform. We’re including video, downloadable items, and a variety of multi-media experiences. This includes playlists. Music is such an integral part of the creative process! We want to give our readers a whole experience beyond just the visual.



Ms. Kate Middleton

Fallon: I want to know a little bit more about you two. Who are your style icons?

Alaina: Kate Spade. I only own one article of Kate Spade clothing, but it’s more about the company’s branding for me.. the overall look that Kate Spade is known for. I love their ads! The colors, the preppy.. The entire company is fantastic.

Crystal: Well, mine is kind of cheesy, but Kate Middleton. She’s classic and elegant, and very sexy but not at all showy or flashy. She has such an understand beauty and elegance. I just love her style.

Alaina: That’s not cheesy! Put her down for me, too. She’s my fave.

Crystal: And she’s sort of a mystery. She doesn’t do interviews. I think that’s another attraction for me.



Sara Ruffin Costello's famous living room

Fallon: Can you talk about your interior style?

Alaina: My two favorite living rooms belong to Deborah Needleman and Sara Ruffin Costello. They’re both in the Domino book. There’s no single color theme, and that’s my favorite look. I like a space that’s been developed over time. I’d never encourage anyone to go out to the mall and get everything at once. You know, collect antiques, collect family heirlooms, go to thrift stores and make over something. That’s my style.

Crystal: That’s what my apartment is like, too. More expensive antiques mixed with pieces from ikea and $10 treasures from Salvation Army. That look doesn’t have to be outrageously pricey. And we’re incorporating that into Rue. Not everything in Rue will be budget living, but there will be elements of that from the beginning to the very last page. We want what we feature to be obtainable. I think it’s going to turn out well.

Thank you, Crystal and Alaina! I think I speak for the entire design community when I say that
we are eagerly awaiting Rue’s launch on September 16th. We wish you, Anne and Caitlin the best.


P.S. -- Rue Magazine can be found on facebook here and on twitter here. Be sure to follow!
Tuesday
May252010



I’m so pleased (and over-the-moon excited!) that Caroline Scheeler, the buyer and creative director of Jayson Home & Garden, was gracious enough to sit down for an interview with me last week. Caroline has an amazing and unique sense of style + design. Her home has been featured in both Country Living and CS Interiors-- I’m sure you’ve seen the photos (they went viral!). Under her leadership, Jayson Home & Garden has developed a cult following, and if she has anything to do with it, will be expanding to the great cities of NYC and LA in the next few years. Before you read the interview, be sure to click here to take a quick tour of the store. Once you see it, you'll know what the fuss is all about!


Have you always been interested in design? When did you know that you wanted to enter the field?

Caroline: I have to acknowledge the home that I grew up in. My dad was an architect, and my mom was (and is) extremely creative. My mom brought beauty to everything. Every package she wrapped, every meal she cooked was so beautiful. Her style was very gypsy-eqsue. She liked to collect antiques and was into ethnic, more global things. My dad’s sort of sensibility was very modern. He was an architect at the height of Chicago modernism. The combination of me being exposed to my dad’s work, that really clean and iconic design, and my mom’s gypsy/bohemian style, had a huge influence on my sense of design.

I read that you’ve been working at Jayson Home & Garden for almost seventeen years. How did you get your start at the store?

When I started here, I was pretty much finishing my degree, well, my second undergraduate degree, at The Art Institute [of Chicago]. I was a semester away from graduating, so I was looking for jobs and I found one as an assistant buyer at Jayson Home & Garden. The job involved traveling to New York City a couple times a year and I was like, “I’m in.” I mean, I had no experience buying but I had a ton of retail experience. You can probably name a store and I’ve worked there.. I’ve worked at J.Crew, Nordstrom, just to name a few. I learned a lot of different skills while retailing. Nordstrom was a great experience because I learned so much about customer service, and that is really important to us at Jayson Home & Garden. When I got this job, I decided that I really didn’t want to be an interior architect after all! And I’ve been here ever since. When I first started working, I was opening boxes and working on the floor and doing visual merchandising. Seventeen years ago, the store was nothing like it is now. Then, it was a tiny little store across the street. Slowly, over time, people left, things changed, and Jay (the owner) had a lot of faith in me and my vision. Basically, he let me create the store of my dreams.



Is this what you imagined yourself to be doing?

When I was a kid, my favorite thing to play for sure was store and decorating/design. I mean, I’m very lucky. It’s the perfect job for me. You can’t necessarily go to school for this. You can go to school for buying and merchandising and business and art, but it just sort of happened for me. I’m very obsessive and passionate about my job.. I just really love what I do! I’m very, very lucky.

It seems like much of the design world is centered around New York and Los Angeles. Can I ask why you chose to stay in Chicago?

I’m hoping that we do open in New York and Los Angeles. As a kid, I always thought I would get out of Chicago. But the more I got out, the more I realized how much I love this city. As long as I can still travel to Europe and New York and Los Angeles, It’s a great place to live. Chicago has a really interesting and sound sense of design. One of our strengths is that we’re not super trendy, but we’re aware of what is happening in the world as far as music and trends go. Being Midwestern and being from Chicago, it’s less about being a fashionista and more about being genuine while still knowing what's current.



What is your favorite part about your job?

I love that I get to go around the world collecting unique items for the store that our customers then take into their homes and really cherish. That is gratifying for me. Also, I am an obsessive shopper. After a long day of antiquing while on buying expeditions for the store, we’ll shop for ourselves. It’s so fun.


(the picturesque l’isle sur la Sorgue)

Can you reveal your favorite destination for antiquing?

France. It really is amazing. Paris is its own thing, and then you go down to Provence and it’s really special. The l’isle sur la Sorgue market in Provence is increadible. The town looks like a movie set. There are the most beautiful antiques; there are also olives and breads and people sitting around drinking wine in the afternoon. And there is this little river going through.. It’s just everything that you could imagine and more.

Are you inspired by the work of any modern interior designers?

Honestly...I would have to say that I'm way more inspired by set design in film and even some t.v. (mad men), and in real living environments that have never been touched by an interior designer. To me, the most interesting spaces are those that are curated and collected and culled by the people who inhabit the space. I definitely have a deep affinity with English and French country home aesthetic. The best designers create spaces, I think, that look like they weren't "designed". So, I am deeply inspired by interiors that I have come upon or recall from my life and my travels. Such as cottages in New England, Irish Country Manor homes, Tuscan villas, Paris hotels, New York bars and apartments, Indian villages and palaces, Midwestern farmhouses.. I've been really fortunate to have been exposed to so many really rich and varied interior spaces. And, I'm a sponge. Not much escapes me—it’s a blessing and a curse!


(photo by Sally Mann)

Could you name a few of your favorite artists?

Sally Mann, Richard Avedon, Yoshitomo Nara, Rothko, Warhol, Dutch Masters, Elizabeth Peyton, Luc Tuymans, Julian Schnabel, Pipilotti Rist, Maya Deren, Eugene Atget, Edward Weston.. this is impossible!! There are too many to list. In the last year or so, I've been studying a lot of Portraiture from early oil paintings to modern photography. I'm starting a portrait project, and I hope to be able to put a book together in the near future. It's my pet-passion-obsession project! I started out thinking I wanted to be a screenwriter, and as that became unrealistically daunting it evolved into the portrait project.
Music is a huge part of my life. I couldn't possibly begin to tell you which music inspires me as it drastically shifts from day to day. For example, today I've listened to Fugazi, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Bach, The Stooges, Patsy Cline, The Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, Jimmy Cliff and some random Indian folk music.. you get the picture. Someone needs to invent a new "non cliche" word for eclectic! With a dash of crazy!

What do you see in the future for Jayson Home & Garden?

My dream project is that we open a store in New York. That would be awesome. I think we’re going to. We have a pretty strong clientele there right now, and I’m so up to the challenge of really meeting the needs of that market. I think it would be really fun. And then LA, too. They are very different markets, but I eventually I'd like to expand in those cities.



(Caroline's home, as featured in CS Interiors)

Do you have any decorating advice that you'd like to share?

Yes. The best kind of job that you can have is doing what you love, no matter what it is. It’s the same thing with your home. When your home looks like someone else's, you're trying too hard. The best way of decorating is genuine and happens over time. You should collecting things that speak to you and make you happy, whether it’s something that you would see in a design magazine or not. Inevitably, your personality will shine through, and that’s what you want. And what feels the best over time. The worst thing you could do would be trying to decorate all at once. I think that is part of the success of our store. It’s about collecting, that thrill of the hunt. You’re really never done.

Sunday
Apr252010



Good morning! I am very excited about today’s behind the curtain feature. I’ve been a huge fan of Caitlin McGauley’s work since seeing it in the first issue of Lonny Magazine-- the fact that she agreed to a short interview is an absolute dream! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Ms. McGauley’s fabulous blog. She pairs each post with an original watercolor-- her artistic talent blows me away. I hope you enjoy!


Can you talk a little about your background? Are there any artists in the family besides yourself?
My grandfather was an artist later in life. I have one brother and my parents always joke about how different we are. I am the artist, and he has served in Iraq and Korea in the Army.

Have you always been interested in art? What drew you to watercolor?
Yes, always! Watercolor was the first medium I ever took classes in (we are talking 10 years old) and it just stuck.

Where did you go to undergrad, and what did you major in?
I went to Syracuse and did a little of everything, from textiles to fashion to illustration.


(Caitlin's work in Lonny)

How did you get involved with Lonny Magazine?
I left a comment on Michelle’s (editor of Lonny) blog and she went to my blog consequently.

What has been your most memorable experience working as an artist?
I posted a painting I did of a stranger on my blog because I liked their look, and they contacted me with their picture and said ‘that was me you painted!’. You never know who is looking at your work!


What is/are your favorite book(s)? design book(s)? magazine(s)?
I live for the day Vogue appears in my mailbox. I am reading Life with Picasso by Francoise Gilot. I highly recommend it. That time period was so important for art and literature. Now I am obsessed with reading every bio or memoir from that era.



Who are your favorite musicians?
My all time favorites are David Bowie (I love him as much for his style as his music), and Bob Dylan.


Being in college and on a budget, I'm all about little luxuries. Can you name some of yours?
Kerastase shampoo, Whole Foods coffee, and good sushi.

How would you describe your style?
My style is pretty basic. I wear jeans every single day, but I do like prints and I’m always looking for colorful printed tops.

What are some things that you can't live without?
J brand jeans, Dr. PH Martin’s watercolors, good paper, and of course my husband and family.



(All watercolors courtesy of Macau trực tuyến BaccaratCaitlin McGauley. Photo of Ms. McGauley from here).