Back in November, I made a trip to the east coast and was lucky enough to stay with my old friends Jessica and Luke Williams. I met the couple while studying at Maryland Institute College of Art and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Jessica Williams is an interior stylist/ designer and is currently running her own business in the New York area. Since I had some time with Jessica, I decided to sit down with her and catch up / learn some of her secrets to success.
What kind of projects are you working on at the moment? I have a variety of exciting projects at the moment! A handful of residential clients, a coffee shop in Philadelphia, and exciting restaurant spots here in Brooklyn. The most recent being a juice bar in Carroll Gardens that I’m designing with my husband. It’s a project we’ve been working on from scratch and we’re nearing completion in the coming month!
How did you end up in New York? I collected NYC memorabilia as a kid and always dreamt of moving here one day. My husband and I lived/worked in Baltimore and Chicago before making the hop to New York. It naturally felt like the next (and possibly last) move for us.
What’s your favorite coffee shop in New York? There’s delicious coffee around every corner in New York! A few of my neighborhood favorites are Cafe Pedlar, Smith Canteen and Bacchus Bistro.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?I typically don’t aim for a style with my clients and rather incorporate meaningful moments of the old and new, while adding personal touches with family heirlooms. When creating my own spaces, I refer to raw textures and historic architectural details inspired by my upbringing in Frederick, MD and layer it with contemporary art and objects collected from places we’ve lived or traveled to.
Where do you see your business going in the next couple of years? I hope to see the scale of my projects grow, so I can focus on fewer clients at a time. Having a studio space/bespoke shop are part of the plan too!
What advice would you give to someone looking to switch up the interior design in their home? Where do you start? Some of the ways to refresh your home without a big overhaul are to change up the paint colors, rearrange the placement of art, dispose items without personal meaning/memory and reupholstering soft pieces.