Hello faithful readers! So motherhood. My lack of blogging certainly hasn’t implied a radio silence in my life. Just the opposite. It’s been packed to the brim with bleary eyed feedings, heartbreaking tenderness and, believe it or not, tons of inspiration. I’ve been parenting, working, and feeling infused with energy from my latest Moxie File discovery: Jenna Lyons. You may remember a few of my other Moxie File inspirations such as the Olsen twins and Daphne Guinness. They are powerhouses of fashion, decor, and unflappable flair. When I’m feeling drained or blocked of creative verve, I turn to these style icons for fuel.
Can we all just agree to stop saying “girl crush?!” To me, it’s akin to “lady doctor”. (As long as we are agreeing to the world according to Melanie, can we also stop karate chopping pillows?) Jenna Lyons is much more than a girl crush she is a full tilt design genius. I first learned about Lyons and her keen business acumen in articles like this one brandishing her ability to transform the J.Crew brand from preppy polo shirts to a thoughtfully curated fashion line. Lyons is the creative director of J.Crew but like most successful creatives, she’s more of a tsunami of talent splashing over into everything in her path.
Jenna Lyons was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year, she is a current judge of the very exclusive Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA Awards), and her creative hand is seen throughout the J.Crew line from clothes to the interior design within the retail stores. I recently read a quote from her saying “spending $8,000 instead of $2,000 on a light fixture” is better for the shoppers and the J.Crew brand. That commitment to quality and conceptual vision exhibits a design integrity that I really align with.
Another aspect to Jenna Lyons that earned her a place in the Moxie Files is her earnestness. She’s not frivolous but she can see the humor in fashion. I take the same approach to interiors: we aren’t saving lives but it does matter. Just as the extra time you take to put together a coordinated outfit can help you feel polished and confident, a well-conceived and planned room can help you feel relaxed, energized, or calm.
Jenna Lyons is a working mom, a former assistant who worked her way up the ladder, and has followed her quirkiness into the fashion mainstream. Her unconventional and truly unique design perspective really speak to me and my design practice. I value the personal qualities of each client and each house – there is no one size fits all. That’s what makes interior design so fascinating. It’s not formulaic but unabashedly individualized to each of my client’s tastes, interests, and personal stories.
In an article for Into the Gloss, Lyons states, “I was talking to Anna Wintour about this when we were discussing the red carpets last year, both of us wanted to go and just mess people up a bit. Everyone was so perfect! Everyone’s tan and primped and coifed and there’s no ease.” This couldn’t be more true when designing interiors. Matchy-matchy will be the death of any space. The most visually beautiful rooms always have one thing slightly off or unexpected.
To get a feel for how Jenna Lyons’ fashion eye has influenced interiors, take a look at some snapshots of her office from 2014. I feel like her power animal is definitely a shiny pony.
Her personal interior design is just as intriguing. In fact, her last house which sold in 2012 was featured EVERYWHERE but here are few of our favorite shots. I love that she turned her guest bedroom into a closet.
Rumor has it she is loft shopping in NYC with her girlfriend – we can’t wait to see what she does with the new place. Stay tuned!