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John Derian

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My Astrological Sign is: Scorpio

Most Inspired By: Nature

My Favorites

Movie Interior: I Know Where I’m Going!. In the movie there’s a house in Scotland that’s very lived in with chintz, some maps, lots of animals, and everyone’s in cozy wool sweaters.

Album: I listen to the ’80s French film Diva soundtrack in my studio over, and over, and over.

Museum: I love the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It’s really more a pretty house surrounding a garden with some nice art.

Style Icon: My aunt Louise Minasian was a childhood inspiration. I can’t say who is iconic to me. Mother nature?

Cocktail: Margarita on the rocks with salt

Hotel: The Beldi Country Club, Morocco

Hostess Gift: Linen napkins by Libeco-Lagae

I think of them [decoupage] as a collection of specimens and I wanted them to look like imperfect fragments, even though they’re reproductions.

— John Derian

My Resources

Fabric: I have been shopping the Paris flea markets for antique ticking, which I am now hoarding and hopefully using for some furniture or pillows.

Lighting: I guess I am a one stop shop…

Florist: Polux Fleuriste, NYC

Caterer: Susan Simon Says, NYC

Favorite Local Shop: Paula Rubenstein, NYC

Favorite Shop Abroad: Merci, Paris

My Decorating

Favorite Paint Color: Clunch, Farrow & Ball

Favorite Room to Decorate: The living room is the one I move around the most.

Favorite Pattern: I like florals, polka dots, and stripes.

Decorating Cheap Thrill: Rearranging over and over. It’s like living in a new place.

Favorite Decorating Trick: Candles

I draw a lot of inspiration for my work from nature and from the sea—I'm a New England boy

— John Derian

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