Jessica McCarthy Reveals the Collecting Habit She Can't Quit

We’re back with a new guest tastemaker for some quick-fire questions and a mini-curation of some fab Chairish finds!

This week we are joined by multi-talented designer Jessica McCarthy. Jess flexes her design muscles both as the Creative Director of online decorating platform, Decorist, and as founder of her interior firm, JAM Creative Studio. With nods to Old Hollywood, fine art, and classic fashion, her work seamlessly weaves old and new to create some seriously glam spaces, which have been featured in Architectural Digest, ELLE Decor, and Vogue Living, to name a few. Amidst her design double-duty, Jess answered a few of our burning questions and selected a few of her Chairish faves. Read on to learn which Sex and the City character she is and the location of her dream flea market!

Last show you binge watched?
The only fortunate thing about catching the flu a few weeks ago was being able to watch every season of Sex and the City plus the movie and the sequel! I definitely relate most to Carrie Bradshaw as the first designer item I ever purchased for myself was a pair of hot pink patent leather Manolo Blahniks.

Coolest vintage piece in your house?
I own these insane vintage Italian lucite and sheepskin dining chairs from the 1970’s. I love to fantasize about what fabulous person owned them before me and can only imagine the dinner parties and conversations these chairs have witnessed throughout the years.

Where’s next on your travel bucket list?
I am planning a birthday trip in February and am considering either the French Riviera or Santorini, Greece. Although I dream of shopping the flea markets of Morocco, so I have a lot of decisions to make!

Do you collect anything?
Does clothing count?! But in all honesty, my father collects vintage dinnerware and always has, so it’s in my blood to be a collector. I am a collector of vintage as almost everything at Maison De JAM (my studio in SF) is vintage. I live for browsing the flea markets, scoring pieces off Craigslist, making my weekly rounds at thrift stores, and of course searching daily on Chairish!

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January 11, 2019

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