Today, I’m bringing you Jessica’s 5 Favorite Design Elements. Her blog, Destined to Design, exudes a quiet confidence which I find refreshing and its uncluttered layout and imagery helps to clear my mind. Not only is Jessica an interior designer based out of LA, she will also be adding magazine editor to her list of talents. She just announced her upcoming magazine, Collected, that’s due to launch mid-May. I’ve already added my name to the mailing list as I’m sure Collected will bring us some well-edited design content.
I tend to gravitate towards somewhat sparse and minimal interiors, so one way to add interest is painting or tiling the floors in a geometric pattern. Especially in a subtle palette, I think the idea is timeless and provides a fun backdrop for simple furnishings.
While I'll always favor a mid-century architectural aesthetic, I'm also incredibly drawn to Spanish architecture, circa 1920's. The subtle details like plaster shelving, niches and grilles are unmatched and provide a display opportunity for artwork, pottery and books; little moments that create a personal touch.
There's something about white subway tile in a kitchen or bathroom that is so refreshing. It works with most any design style, though I prefer it paired with antique oak for a more rustic modern look. It can also take on a fun industrial vibe when installed with charcoal grey grout.
In keeping with my love for industrial elements, I've never seen a set of steel doors I didn't love. They can be very sophisticated when used in the right way. I love them amidst white walls and refined furnishings for a residential space, and as a contrast, enjoy them paired with exposed ductwork ceilings and industrial lighting in a commercial space.
I appreciate industrial lighting in most any form, though Serge Mouille really gets it right. The black matte finish on his fixtures add that little bit of edge that prevents a space from looking too traditional or too modern. The Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs are equally timeless. I love seeing them pulled up to a rustic farm table to create a bit of contrast.
Thanks Destined to Design. Can't wait to see more of your style in the magazine!