Chicago area interior designer Jessie Davidson is one of my design idols. Her homes exude elegance (and I love her take on color) but even better, they feel like real homes, homes where kids (and dogs) are welcome. Whenever I’m ready to take on a new project at home, I refer back to her online portfolio for inspiration. My favorite has to be Jessie’s house. It has such a Southern feel to it: the layout evokes New Orleans shotgun style, and the interiors, well, they’re simply perfect. I feel a sense of calm just looking at the them. (Jessie and her home are also featured in the Jan/Feb issue of Victoria Magazine: of course, I ran out to get a copy the instant I found out.) I hope you enjoy this peek inside her house, and scroll down for my second “Getting to Know” feature with Jessie!
Getting to Know: Jessie Davidson
I start my day …. I start my day at 5am because I am a “morning person” and I absolutely have to get an hour of exercise in before I start my business day. I also like to take my dog to the park so she can run AND I love to eat breakfast! So, when I refuse to meet anyone before 9:00am it is not because I’m sleeping in! Early morning is my “sacred” time.
Inspired by …. I am constantly inspired by nature, the ever-changing personality of Lake Michigan, our four seasons, artists, writers, and architects to name just a few. I have a photographer friend who says he can get inspiration from a puddle of water on the sidewalk! I completely understand that.
Favorite place …. I think my favorite place is my home. I also LOVE Paris, and New York, and Camden, Maine and that wonderful part of the country where Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee come together……now THAT is a totally inspiring part of our beautiful country!
Never without …. I am never without fine bed linens, fluffy towels, great smelling soap, dark chocolate, dry white wine, and my iphone and ipad. And, I am rarely without my sidekick, Phoebe!
In 2011, I hope to …. In 2011 I plan to take on more challenging work with clients who have a sense of breaking the rules; and, I also plan to hone my kayaking skills.
images courtesy of jessie davidson
note: jessie also curates juicy finds: an online boutique filled with antiques and custom pieces for garden & home.