shoptalk | Jennifer Leonard
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WHAT’S TOPPING YOUR INSPIRATION BOARDS?
Textures of Shagreen, mohair and grass cloths. Gold tones and Gilded Finishes. Stones of Quartz and Malachite. Wallpaper of all kinds, from hand painted silk papers to simple textured grass cloths.
WHO’S INSPIRING YOU RIGHT NOW?
Leonard: In fashion, I’m drawn to the edginess of many Dries Van Noten designs, as well as the classic lines of Ferragamo. In design, Alexa Hampton, Suzanne Kasler and Barbara Barry are favorites of mine. Their classic styles always feel fresh and relevant.
WHAT ARE YOU READING
Leonard: I’m reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. It is my book club’s selection and an amazing read.
MY SECRET DESIGN TIP(S) IS…
Leonard: Window treatments are a must! Many people want to ignore window treatments or they think of them only as the last step in a room, but adding fabric to windows, whether a classic wool drapery or a patterned print on a roman shade, can make a room more comfortable and inviting. That and a great rug.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CITY?
Leonard: Rome. The art, history, architecture and fashion are amazing. This past summer we rented an apartment inside an art museum near the Piazza Novona in the heart of Rome. It was fabulous.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGN SHOP?
Leonard: Kush Rugs in the Pearl. Owners Brian Robins and Rebecca Lurie curate an outstanding collection of hand knotted beauties.
WHAT DESIGN PERIOD DO YOU FIND MOST ENGAGING? Leonard: The present! The range of materials available and the quality of American craftsmanship is incredible.
AND YOUR GREATEST INDULGENCE?
Leonard: David Yurman jewelry! I love his classic, tailored jewelry designs. His Starburst collection is a particular favorite right now; this collection was inspired by fireworks over Paris, and it shows. This collection creatively captures the City of Light.
YOUR GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT?
Leonard: Fresh flowers from my garden. If not in season, I love giving Italian-milled bath soaps, which I get through SDH.
FAVORITE LONG-WEEKEND GET-AWAY?
Leonard: The Allison Inn located in Newberg is my favorite escape for a relaxing weekend away. The spa is a must – I highly recommend their signature Mimosa Massage!
IN THREE WORDS, DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN SPIRIT. Leonard: Classic, authentic, tranquil.