Q&A with Jamie Drake

Name: Jamie Drake
Resides in: New York City
Occupation: Interior Designer
Best known for: His impressive roster of clients, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Madonna
Books published: Jamie Drake’s New American Glamour (Bulfinch Press, 2005, on Amazon.com)
Website: www.drakedesignassociates.com

Antique or modern?

Both! Together!

City or country?
City.

Which colors do you use most?
I try to give them all a chance to shine.

Favorite materials or textures?
Who doesn't love silk?

What is your favorite interior designrelated word?
Eclecticism.

Does your home look like the one you grew up in?
No, though it was lovely.

Does a room need a view?
Always a plus!

Favorite designer or architect?
I could never choose one favorite, but I love Jacques Grange's work.

Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I am a newspaper man!

What are the qualities you most admire in a room?
A mixture of pieces that vary in periods and cultures.

What is a dirty word in your house?
Couch. It is a sofa!

Design rule you like to break?
Most of them can be broken if done with sophistication and style.

What’s your favorite room in the house?
Living spaces. I love imagining them full of people enjoying drinks and music.

What is your most treasured possession?
My sense of humor.

What do you wish you could do without?
Paperwork.

What are you afraid to DIY?
Almost everything; the professionals do it much better!

Have you ever had a change of heart about an object or a style?
There is a chair I really liked at first, but by the ninth project I saw it used in, I realized I don't ever want to see that chair again! I'll keep the specifics to myself . . .

If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
The White House.

On which movie set would you like to live?
Anna Karenina, the perfect blur between a theatrical dream and reality.

What is your favorite design errand or journey?
Walking through a newly designed space with a client for their first time. Their happiness and appreciation makes it all worth it.

To which country would you move for the design?
I love me some French design.

What is your favorite hotel?
La Reserve Ramatuelle: pure modern magic on the French Riviera.

If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?
Perhaps a chandelier; then I could oversee all the action.

What does "accessible home design" mean to you?
Comfortable, inviting, personal.
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