Jamie Herzlinger believes in mixing haute couture and ripped jeans, and works well within the framework of already established teams, whereby the builder and the architect are already on board.
Homedit: Were you always interested in design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
Jamie Herzlinger: Growing up in a family of four generations involved in designer women’s clothing, I’ve always had an interest in design. I knew that it was going to give me a broader opportunity to work in design as interior design focuses not only on furnishings but lifestyle. I had a client that loved and personally wore all of my clothing and had asked me to design their home. This was 20 years ago, I gave up fashion and I’ve never looked back.
Homedit: Where do you find your inspiration?
Jamie Herzlinger: I take my inspiration from anything and everything. Traveling, opera sets, literature, food, nature, architecture are just a handful of the elements that inspire my work.
Homedit: Can describe a bit your first interior design project ?
Jamie Herzlinger: My first design project was with a client who loved peach, salmon and silk. My job was to make pink and salmon for her as stunning as chocolate brown and lavender is to me.
Homedit: How would you define your personal style?
Jamie Herzlinger: My personal style is a mix between haute couture and ripped jeans.
Homedit: How long ago did you start your business?
Jamie Herzlinger: I started my interior design practice 20 years ago and my fashion business 30 years ago.
Homedit: What kind of people ask for your help?
Jamie Herzlinger: I am very fortunate to enjoy a clientele that as diverse as my tastes are in music. I like everything from Britney Spears to Chopin!
Homedit: What would be your recommendation for “what to do first” in a decorating project?
Jamie Herzlinger: The first thing to do is to identify the common theme that would run throughout the different living spaces in the project.
Homedit:What advice do you have for someone with a new house to decorate and perhaps a limited budget?
Jamie Herzlinger: They should work with my new company called JAMIE which will be launching the first week of November. JAMIE is a revolutionary new way for clients to access luxury interior design while working with my company. It brings my design to clients on a national level and launches the first week of November!
Homedit: What is your favorite book/magazine on design?
Jamie Herzlinger: My favorite book on design is Elsie deWolfe.
Homedit: How about your favourite site?
Jamie Herzlinger: I love Houzz.com.
Homedit: What you recommend for this year ?
Jamie Herzlinger: Shades of gray…simple but chic.
Homedit: What is the average time allocated to a project?
Jamie Herzlinger: The time allocated to the project depends on the scope of work.
Homedit: What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
Jamie Herzlinger: Get as much experience as you can.
Homedit: What are your plans for the future?
Jamie Herzlinger: I’m living my future as we speak as I love what I do and with the launch of JAMIE I will be able to bring my passion to the world.
Homedit: What do you think of our site?
Jamie Herzlinger: I love your website because it features so many different design styles!