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
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
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!)
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.
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.
1920s Iranian jajim rug (on wall).
"Art can make or break any interior design," says
. The right piece "gives a room
dimension, makes it sing," but a bad choice can ruin it. (She is pure genius!) Jackson
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.
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!)
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.
Chaises in Belgian linen and table, Lucca & Co. Lamp, Luceplan. Vases, Antonio Lampecco. Throw, Hermès. Art, Paul Sunday.
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.
Armchair and 18th-c. French table, JanGeorge. 18th-c. French chair slipcovered in Lucca & Co. Belgian linen. Basket, Bloom.
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