A Q&A with Scents Guru Jeremiah Brent

So you've established your own design firm, decorated the home of stylist Rachel Zoe, and gotten engaged to America's favorite designer—what do you do now? If you're Jeremiah Brent, you enter the home fragrances realm and curate a chic flash sale for Gilt.com. Last night, we met up with the interior designer to toast the launch of his new candle collection and chat about his latest projects and design inspiration.

1. What inspired the scents of your new candles: Rosa, Figo, and Fogo?
I believe that smell is the final touch in any room. Each one of these scents has a meaning in my life, whether it’s related to travel, a personal experience, or people that I love.

2. How do you use scent to enhance a home's design or experience?
Scent is a very significant part of a home’s overall experience that people sometimes overlook. You can be in the most beautifully designed room, but if you leave and it smells like cat piss, you will always remember it smelling like cat piss!

3. Antique or modern?


4. City or country?
5. What is your favorite interior design-related word?

6. Do you have any traditions in regards to holiday decorating?
Not really. I tend to decorate in a very non-denominational way, with metallics. In my opinion, decoration should never be too literal. That being said, I’ve got nothing against mangers!

7. What colors are you most drawn to right now?
I’ve been sticking to a fairly limited, neutral color palette. The truth is, I really think that black and white are timeless and always chic—maybe with a touch of brown.

8. Favorite materials or textures?
I am obsessed with ALL things textured! I love mixing fur, shearling, metallic glazed linen, and even a tweed if I’m in the mood. The more textures the better!

9. Are there any pieces you are currently coveting for your own home?
I’m obsessed with the Vintage Linen bedding by Matteo!  It looks like you’ve had it for 30 years, but it’s actually brand new and so comfy.


MATTEO Nap Duvet Set in Coal: $150-$170 ($280-$320 original); Control Brand OXO Pendant: $125 ($294 original)10. Does your current home look like the one you grew up in?
Absolutely not. I grew up in a house full of French Country, and there’s no antique yellow in my home currently. (Sorry Mom!)

11. Does a room need a view?
I don’t think a room needs a view as long as the room is done well and you can really enjoy the space—it shouldn’t matter what’s outside. Trust me, I know. I lived in some pretty questionable locations in my early twenties.  

12. Who's your favorite designer or architect?
Axel Vervoordt. Oh, and there’s this really cute guy named Nate Berkus...

13. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I’m obsessed with all of these design magazines: Lonny (duh), Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and Domino... and I live for the Harper's Bazaar's A Fashionable Life!

14. What qualities do you most admire about the design of a room?
I love when a room tells the story of the people who live there.

15. What is a forbidden word in your house?
Two words!  “Floral” and “No.”

16. Design rule you love to break?
All of them.

17. What is your favorite room in the house?
My new kitchen.

18. What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring.
A few of Brent's design picks, available now at Gilt.com
19. What do you wish you could do without?
I wish I could do without Sour Patch Kids (the berry version, they’re the best).

20. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
Henry Clay Frick’s house in New York, now the home of the Frick collection.

21. On what movie set would you like to live?
On the set of Overboard or The First Wives Club. Basically anything with Goldie Hawn.

22. To which country would you move for the design?
France, specifically Paris.
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