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20 questions with Jessica Waks

Bold graphics and vintage glamour make Style at Home's design editor Jessica Waks the go-to girl for opulent, luxurious living.

To know Style at Home design editor Jessica Waks is to witness a harmonious marriage between bold graphics and vintage glamour. With a striking palette of black, white and gold, Jessica's design aesthetic is the perfect projection of her own personality and style. 

Jessica's dining room reinforces her favourite colour palette. To see more of Jessica's apartment interior, check out Interior: Old Hollywood decor. Photography by Stacey Brandford.

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?
Jessica Waks Right now it would be a three-way tie between Miles Redd, Mary McDonald and Kelly Wearstler.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
JW A walk outside. Mother Nature knows what she’s doing when it comes to colour combos.

3 Favourite restaurant?
JW North 44 - great food and great presentation. It’s also sentimental because I had both my bat-mitzvah party and engagement party there.

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?
JW The living room - I love to get fancy! Silks, velvets and passementrie all the way.

5 What’s your current paint colour obsession?
JW Really into greeny-blues right now, but I always have love for my purples. From aubergine to lilac - they always appeal to me.

6 If one song could be the soundtrack to your life, what would it be?
JW What Ever Happened by The Strokes.

7 What’s the one store you could spend hours browsing?
507 antiques.

8 London, Paris or New York?
JW The glamour and history of Paris certainly appeal to my decorating senses, but I love the immediacy and ease of decorating in NYC. It’s all there for you!

9 If money were no object, what's one thing would you buy?
JW Right now it would be the Lobmeyr Metropolitan chandelier. It’s bananas how nice it is.

10 What do you consider to be the most iconic design piece of the past century?
JW The Saarinen tulip table seems to have bridged the gap between hardcore modernists and traditionalists seeking that unexpected touch of contemporary in their space. I think the fact that both styles take to it so easily makes it truly successful.

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