25 Questions for Thomas Jayne

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Thomas Jayne

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My Style

My astrology sign is: Cancer

If I weren’t a decorator, I would be a: Gardener

I’m most inspired by: Antiquity and color

My Favorites

Album: I love high-church music.

Museum: Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

Style Icon: Albert Hadley

Cocktail: Red wine is the mainstay, but always bourbon when I’m in New Orleans.

Restaurant: Fanellli’s Cafe in SoHo. I’m such a regular that when I fall asleep eating dinner, they don’t wake me up.

Hotel: The Biltmore Santa Barbara (before the remodel)

Flower: Dahlias and camellias

Hostess Gift: My partner is from Virginia, so I love bringing authentic Virginia peanuts.

Designing comfortable rooms that have a sense of history is very important to me. I strive to create homes that reflect their location and the personality of the owner and that can evolve over time.

— Thomas Jayne

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My Resources

Fabric: Claremont Furnishing

Decorative Accessories: J.F. Chen

Furniture: Antiques from 1st DibsChristie’sSotheby’s—you really have to go everywhere to get what’s right for the home.

Lighting: Christopher Butterworth, London

Florist: Zezé, NYC

Caterer: My partner and I love to make our own food and then hire waiters.

Favorite Local Shop: Paula Rubenstein in NYC has such an interesting and well-curated collection of goods.

Favorite Shop Abroad: Mallett, London


Favorite Paint Color: I pick specific paint colors for each project, but usually a lot of blues and greens.

Favorite Room to Decorate: Sitting rooms and libraries are the most fun and most versatile.

Favorite Pattern: Stripes

Decorating Cheap Thrill: Taking everything out of the room and putting it back in—it allows you to see the room in a different way, in a short time.

Favorite Decorating Trick: Using dark gray instead of black

You’ll Never See Me Using: Being a good decorator means being able to use everything but picking the right thing.

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