Monday, October 29, 2012

An Interview With Jessica De Kler of Deakins Design Group

Jessica De Kler is the founder of Deakins Design Group, a fabulous interior design firm based in the oh-so-trendy Williamsburg, but she's also a fun, well-travelled gal with great taste and a unique sense of style!

I first met Jessica at the University of Miami where we studied theatre together. When I heard that she was launching a design business, I couldn't wait to see what she'd been up to and I'm not at all surprised that her work is amazing! This girl has a great eye and luckily, she's agreed to share some of her favorite things with us, from personal style choices to her favourite haunts at home and abroad. 
  • Signature Scent: Jessica layers Fresh Hesperides and Fresh Sugar perfumes for her own unique scent.
  • What's in Jess's Bag? YSL Gloss Pur in Black, bareMinerals Mineral Veil, Campo Marzio Business Card Holder & iPod
  • Shopping for Fashion: J.Crew, Anthropologie, Bloomingdales & Opening Ceremony
  • Shopping for Home: Horne & Holland & Sherry
Jessica sites Marlene Dietrich as her style icon and takes inspiration from the words of Vincent Van Gogh. Swoon!

Jessica was raised in Hopkinton, Massachussetts about 45 minutes outside Boston and has spent a lot of time during the summers in Cape Cod, particularly Falmouth & Woods Hole. While in Boston she enjoys dinner at Hungry Mother and the shops along Newbury Street, including The Society of Arts & Crafts, where her sister works. While on the Cape, Jess can be spotted at Roobar for drinks, The Glass Onion for dinner, Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium for an ice cream treat, riding a bike along the Shining Sea Bikeway or shopping at Maxwell & Co.

On the Scene in NYC
Though her roots are in Massachusetts, Jessica calls New York City home now, particularly Williamsburg in Brooklyn. She sites My Moon as a favorite eatery because it's immune to the hipster scene with its Polish and Eastern European clientele. For something different or romantic, she suggests Zenkichi, a Japanese restaurant that serves traditional cuisine with a modern twist.

Comforts of Home
While I had the chance, I asked Jessica what we as amateurs could do or buy easily to add a little polish to our homes! She suggests renovating a dresser or hutch by replacing the handles with pretty knobs from Anthropologie, investing in a great bar tools set and getting a Jade plant in a patterned planter.

Drink of Choice
In the summer Jessica wets her whistle with a Bourbon Sidecar or Gin & Tonic with 1/2 oz of Tomr's Tonic and a wedge of lime while in the winter she enjoys a dirty martini made with Tanqueray 10 and lots of olive juice.

Rather than lounging in a sunny beach oasis or a romantic jaunt through the European countryside, Jessica and her husband chose to visit Japan for their honeymoon and she recommends visiting Kyoto, particularly Fishimi-inari, the Zuishin-in Temple and the Gion District. While in Kyoto, Jess enjoys having a drink at 3F Sferabar Satonaka, shopping at Takashimaya Department Store and stocking up on stationery at Morita Washi.

Now Playing:
Jessica recommends any albums by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, confesses to currently having a Joan Jett moment and has "The Square Glass in the Wall" by The Four Legged Faithful on repeat.

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Favorite Flicks:

Be sure to check out Deakins Design Group online and on Facebook! You can also follow Jessica on Instagram!

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