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Q&A with Jennifer Boles

Jennifer Boles's latest book, Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, is all about the relationship between design inspiration and legacy. We spoke with the leading blogger and author about her latest publication, evergreen interior design trends, and where she finds inspiration every day.

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You were first inspired by photographer Victor Skrebneski's home and how it blended minimalism with traditional design. Are you still inspired by spaces with distinct dualities?

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It’s the tension between two seemingly opposite styles that can create such striking, and memorable, interiors. I think that certain antiques, such as a gilded French chair or an American highboy, look terrific when displayed against contemporary, minimal interior architecture. The restrained background makes the antiques seem sculptural, almost like pieces of art.

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Your book, Inspired Design – The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years, covers so many different types of people and styles. Was there a common thread among them?

A.

The common thread is that all of the featured designers have contributed significantly to the art and business of design over the past century. They may have created a new style of decorating or a new way of thinking. Some helped to make design a bona fide profession. Others might be responsible for singular rooms of such beauty and importance that we’re still talking about them today.

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You were one of the very first design enthusiasts to enter the world of blogging back in 2006. How has the online culture changed in the last 13 years for interior designers?

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When I started blogging, very few people were familiar with blogs and social media. Today, everyone has an online presence of some kind. Social media has, in a sense, leveled the playing field, meaning that designers who live far away from the design hubs of New York or Los Angeles now have the opportunity to reach a global audience and bring attention to their work.

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What are some of your favorite, enduring interior design trends that are always in style?

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I have loved Chinoiserie for years and years, and I think my love of it will never wane. Some say wallpaper is making a comeback. I adore patterned wallpaper and have quite a bit of it in my home, so I never realized it ever went out of style!

Q.

Where do you find creative inspiration?

A.

I find inspiration everywhere: books, vintage magazines, classic movies, travel, museum exhibitions, shopping, catalogues, and perusing the latest furnishings at my local design center. I have a very curious mind, so when something strikes my interest, I try to learn everything I can about the subject.

Images // @thepeakofchicthepeakofchic.blogspot.com

Join us Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our Wisteria Dallas store for a panel discussion and book signing featuring Jennifer Boles with her latest book Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years, alongside special guests Jeffrey Dungan and Patrick Sutton.

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