Interior Designer Southampton Home

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Cylindrical vase, Calvin Klein Home. 1960s ceramic vase, Antonio Lampecco.

Ever wonder how creative Interior Designers live? Their personal choices when it comes to their own residence? Personally, I gravitate to the minimalist style (and white) when it comes to my primary home. I guess that after a day of filling everyone else’s life with color… it is nice to come home and relax in a simplistic clean palette.

So when I found out that famous New York designer Lisa Jackson and I were kindred souls chose the minimalistic style for her Southampton home… I just had to take a look, I mean come on… Southampton… Minimalistic… that just screams me, right? And boy I couldn’t wait to share this with you. Simply Gorgeous, of course (no pun intended).

Ms. Jackson is one of the top Interior Designers to the stars. With a client list that includes Michael J. Fox, Renee Zellwegger, Tory Burch and Vera Wang, it is an easy to see that her Southampton home would be an example of minimalist perfection. Ms Jackson says, "I love design, and I love a comfortable lifestyle. I put it out there every day for everything." (Yep, Kindred Souls!)


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Lisa Jackson wearing one of her LJ Cross necklaces (Photo: Patrick McMullan.com)

Check out her Southampton home, it is pared to serene perfection without forgoing an ounce of comfort.

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She is known to describe her approach as "severe." But if you look closely, it's clear that her's is a severity softened by considerable warmth.


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1920s Iranian jajim rug (on wall).

"Art can make or break any interior design," says Jackson. The right piece "gives a room dimension, makes it sing," but a bad choice can ruin it. (She is pure genius!)

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A pair of plush, deep-seated sofas soften a living room that has been streamlined to the bare essentials. Sofas in Belgian linen and custom ceramic box by Christiane Perrochon, Lucca & Co. Vase, Calvin Klein Home. 18th-c. French limestone mantel. Art, Richard Serra.

The interior of her home is so restrained in appearance and so calm in mood that it seems more like the setting for a quiet retreat.  Pulling off a minimalist scheme takes confidence and discipline. There's no room for error, since dubious objects and poorly chosen furnishings can't be camouflaged by visual distraction.

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Table, Vincent Van Duysen. Chair, Lucca & Co. Lamp made from an 18th-c. Spanish vessel. Art, Renaat Ivens.

Belgian linen upholstery skims ebonized wood floors, antiques from French monasteries show centuries of human care and wear, and the few sculptural objects form poignant silhouettes against the blank white and gray walls. (I mean, come on... pure perfection!)

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A trio of modern pendants becomes a sculptural element in a dining area. Custom table and 1960s Danish pendant lights, Lucca & Co. Vintage chairs. Apple matting rug, Bloom. Art, Tria Giovan.

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Chaises in Belgian linen and table, Lucca & Co. Lamp, Luceplan. Vases, Antonio Lampecco. Throw, Hermès. Art, Paul Sunday.

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A study in black and gray in a guest room is surprisingly calm. Linens, ABC Carpet & Home. Chair, Poul Kjaerholm. 18th-c. French limestone mantel.

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Armchair and 18th-c. French table, JanGeorge. 18th-c. French chair slipcovered in Lucca & Co. Belgian linen. Basket, Bloom.

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Chaises, Paola Lenti. Umbrellas, Hildreth's Home Goods…yes, this says Home Goods!

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On the terrace, a built-in banquette and long dining table invite leisurely afternoons outside. Oak table, Bloom. Cushions upholstered in a Sunbrella fabric, Design House of the Hamptons.

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An English Garden in France

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Spring has sprung and with it comes all the beauty of the Gardens. I have been searching for quite a while to find the perfectly beautiful garden to share with you and trust me; this one is worth the wait.

This garden is the most picture-perfect garden I have seen in quite some time. Disclaimer: These images should come with an oxygen tank because whether you have a green thumb or not… I promise you, they will take your breath away. (Too corny? Yes, maybe but I bet you will agree after you see them.

A French English Garden
When Dee and Pete Jackson retired to southern Burgundy from England, they purchased a large plot of land surrounding a 19th-century stone farmhouse known as “The House with Four Chimneys” in a picturesque village called Culles-les-Roches.

Ok, ready or not, here we go - (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

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One of the many highlights in their garden is a ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ rose in deep pink.    Part of this rose's palette includes blue, yellow, and purple.

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The Jacksons fell in love with the house’s vista, a wide view of the Grosne Valley. At   purchase, there was nothing in the yard to draw your eye from the view. The land fell away from the house in a steep slope, rocky and bare, past a series of tumble-down barns. But the Jacksons, who love to garden together, were looking for a challenge. They’ve visited many of the major public gardens in both England and France, mining them for ideas.

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The sloping lot, with the house set off to the side and the village church towering above, did not lend itself to formal French design but seemed ideal for a casual English cottage garden. The exuberant French vegetable gardens and geraniums spilling from window boxes of the stone houses in the village made the perfect backdrop. The couple transformed the barns on the property into a guesthouse, a workshop, and Pete’s “man cave.”

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Fitting for their new home, the purple iris is an emblem of French royalty.

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When Dee lived in England, she learned tips on growing roses from her neighbor, renowned rosarian David Austin. Here in their French garden, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ roses cascade from Pete’s garçonnière  the French version of a man cave.

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A former biology teacher (ok,  so coming from non-green thumb person: "this whole garden thing with them is starting to make sense, right?"), Dee has “green fingers” (the English version of “green thumbs”).

Spontaneity is the nature of an English garden, even with French influences. “English gardens,” Dee says, “are loose and blowzy, with things flopping over.

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Landscaped French gardens are more structured than their English cousins, their colors more controlled. In the Burgundy countryside, vegetables are the focus. Gardeners there love flowers but plant them in pots and window boxes or next to the tomatoes.

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The Jacksons got into the French spirit by planting a large vegetable garden on a lower terrace, framed by a bank of tall lavender irises above it. Pete says with a chuckle, “We got cow manure from the local farmers and paid them with bottles of Champagne.”

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Can't you just envision sipping wine under the pergola and enjoying the views on a warm summer evening?

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The garden is built around barns even older than the house. The Jacksons converted them into a workshop, greenhouse, and garçonnière.

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Their rose in pale pink is ‘Michèle Meilland.’

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Another blooming outdoor dining area overlooks vineyards of the Côte Chalonnaise wine region. The Jacksons also grow fruit and vegetables, making jams and jellies and preserving overflowing harvests.

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Small touches, like an authentically aged bust, reflect the refinement of the Jackson's property.

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Metal gates painted blue lend charming, distinctively French touches throughout the property.


Are you still breathing? I think I might have fainted a couple of times during this post but I do what I have to do for my readers and in the name of design...

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Happy Earth Day


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Each year, Earth Day - April 22 - marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.



Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.



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Focus on the Bathroom

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It seems that I have recently been focusing solely on the Kitchen space of the home. Spring is a time of renewal and all of my clients seem to be focusing on the renewal of their Kitchen, so (i.e.) I am focusing on Kitchens.
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But, I thought I might just take a little break today (although not really needed or wanted) from the Kitchen and add a little Bathroom time to my focus.
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When it comes to Bathrooms, it is probably second on my list of “Love to Redesign”. Although it might be a small room in some homes, the square footage of a Bathroom will never dictate the design impact that it can make on a home.
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Check out some of these Jewels of the Home (small and large) from Veranda. And don’t forget – It’s All in the Detail… so be sure to focus in on some of the amazing details:
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Now wasn’t that a nice little break from the Kitchen focus?

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