JILLIAN O'NEILL COLLECTION

Paris (enough said)

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The Bar at Hotel le Saint, Paris

The Bar at Hotel le Saint, Paris

I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris this past January, my second time attending Paris Deco Off and first attending Maison & Objet. I'm writing this post in April mostly due to the fact that I'm longing to visit in the springtime rather than in freezing temperatures. But, really, no complaints here as I look back on such a fantastic week.

Must have travel items…This trip was easy packing due the freezing temperatures - My Calvin Klein wool coat, Acne Jensen booties, a small Tumi sling bag and my phone for a camera and FaceTime made up most of what I needed all week! Plus a few wool sweaters and leather leggings for extra warmth.

 

Favorite meal…A yearly lunch at Les Climats hosted by generous and talented friends! In addition, a casual bistro meal with good friends from Houston was a highlight.

 

Best cocktail…Champagne, of course, luckily in abundance at all of the events, namely The Americans in Paris yearly soiree.

 

Favorite museum…I visited the Picasso Museum in Le Marais for the first time this trip. His work and the environment were stunning, but the work of Giacometti stole the show for me...

 

Best view... the Eiffel Tower at night from the Seine on a lovely dinner cruise thanks to Holland & Sherry and The Design Leadership Network.

 

Favorite store…I had the opportunity to explore Le Marais for a bit one day after taking a food tour by the company Paris by Mouth. Although there’s no shortage of amazing shopping where I was staying in Stain Germain, my favorite purchase was made at a small boutique in Le Marais called Les Petites. The Isabel Marant boutique around the corner is always amazing as well.

 

Hidden gem…My hotel! A very unassuming perfectly Parisian boutique hotel called Le Saint. The environment, the bar, the rooms and the people were the most charming you can imagine.

 

Bon soir!

-Jillian

What to consider when selecting furniture - Side Table Edition

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Side tables are a much more complicated purchasing decision than they appear to be. When designers use them well, they look like they were always made for the pieces they are beside...however when that occurs the designer has given this selection a whole lot of thought. Here are a few things we consider when selecting a side table followed by some of our favorite finds over the years.

1. Scale. Generally, the scale of the side table should be in line with the scale of the piece it is beside. There are occasionally times when you want a scale that is unexpected...perhaps you found a vintage piece that is just too good to worry about scale interfering... But for the most part, by following these rules of thumb you'll be on your way to selecting a piece that is right. The table top should be even with the arm height or up to 3 inches below. The best width is about 1/3 of the width of the sofa (up to 32" maximum). Be thoughtful about what you want to place on an end table, even if this changes by season. Does it fit your favorite lamp base? Does it allow room for a small vase of flowers or a candle? Do you need it contain storage within? 

2. Style. If the side table is beside a sofa that is skirted and has clean lines, you have a lot of options for the direction of the side table. But if the piece has legs and a certain shape to the arms this is the time to be very considerate of what lines your side table has. My best trick is just to look at photos of the pieces next to each other. It is very easy to get a sense as to whether or not the styles flow. I am not concerned with "matching" wood tones from the sofa to the table, but I am concerned that the wood tones seem to harmonize with one another. Or perhaps choose something that is a juxtaposition such as a wood sofa frame with a metal end table. 

3. Cost. This will very much depend on size. But for a standard size side table for a sofa I would estimate our average cost is $1800. Anything under $1000 you are generally not getting solid wood, but instead getting a wood veneer. Prices going higher than this tend to include solid wood with other detailing like metal, glass or stone.

Here are our top five end tables from our past projects...

Happy Shopping!

The X Table by Julian Chichester. A very nicely designed table...one I actually have in my own home. A nice overall scale and very interesting finish options. Available via certain boutiques across the country or through your designer.

The X Table by Julian Chichester. A very nicely designed table...one I actually have in my own home. A nice overall scale and very interesting finish options. Available via certain boutiques across the country or through your designer.

A lovely side table from Donghia that is smaller scaled. The bronze base has a beautiful onyx top. This would work well between two smaller scaled chairs in a living room or beside a chaise in a bedroom. Available to the trade.

A lovely side table from Donghia that is smaller scaled. The bronze base has a beautiful onyx top. This would work well between two smaller scaled chairs in a living room or beside a chaise in a bedroom. Available to the trade.

Jonathan Round Side Table from Oly Studio. Offering various metal finish selections and antiqued mirror surfaces (a finish that never gets old and can go from traditional to contemporary), this table is very versatile and beautifully classic. Available at various boutiques and to the trade.

Jonathan Round Side Table from Oly Studio. Offering various metal finish selections and antiqued mirror surfaces (a finish that never gets old and can go from traditional to contemporary), this table is very versatile and beautifully classic. Available at various boutiques and to the trade.

From one of the most anticipated new collections of the decade, the Labradorite Lamp Table by Jean Louis Deniot is sleek and beautiful. Proportioned perfectly for a modern, low arm sofa. Available at Baker showrooms.

From one of the most anticipated new collections of the decade, the Labradorite Lamp Table by Jean Louis Deniot is sleek and beautiful. Proportioned perfectly for a modern, low arm sofa. Available at Baker showrooms.

Our Daniel Side Table is a large scale, meant to be placed beside a sofa with higher arms. We love the 28" diameter that will hold a nice sized lamp and a few personal accessories, with room to spare for a glass of champagne!

Our Daniel Side Table is a large scale, meant to be placed beside a sofa with higher arms. We love the 28" diameter that will hold a nice sized lamp and a few personal accessories, with room to spare for a glass of champagne!

What to consider when selecting furniture - Sofa Edition

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We at Jillian O'Neill Interior Design are well aware of how difficult it is to choose the perfect sofa. As trade professionals we get a bit of a break as we get to see pieces that are the highest quality available so that we can focus solely on aesthetics. We also have experience in custom making pieces with our tradespeople so we can offer something completely unique. So, as an end user, if you are in the market to purchase a sofa on your own, or with your interior designer...what questions should you be asking?

1. Let's begin with cost. I am a firm believer in that you get what you pay for. In other words, most inexpensive sofas (under $2000) are not going to make it past a year and still hold their comfort level. Every single one of my clients over the last 13 years have had children or pets so they are striving for quality without breaking the bank. That puts my sweet spot for them between $3000 and $7000. More than likely, those at the higher end of this range are upholstered in a better quality fabric and perhaps have a more unique design to them. The handful I have specified that are above this price range are priced that way based on aesthetics and designer name alone, which in my world, does count for a lot. I never sacrificed on frame quality, fill quality or any element within the "bones" of the piece. There are dozens of vendors that offer sofas with a solid frame (solid hardwood so it will be heavy!) and the availability of down in their cushions (the exact amount is up to the client's comfort request). Although tempting for pure comfort, I almost always advise against a full down seat cushion due to the fact that it will never keep it's shape and will begin to look quite disheveled after just a few months. 

2. Now that we have discussed the bones of the sofa...what about scale? A sofa for lounging should be approximately 84" long and 40" deep. That is the size I specify most often and will be suited size-wise to the most amount of rooms. Sofas that are a smaller proportions are well suited for more formal sitting rooms. In my experience, if you choose a sofa deeper than 42" it will be difficult to stand up from and guests may feel awkward sitting in it. As far as length is concerned, mark off your floor with tape to indicate where the sofa will go. Make sure there room enough to comfortable move about the room once you have focused on an ideal length. 

3. Now for the fun part...looks. My portfolio makes it clear that my taste runs on the more contemporary side, as do the pieces I've designed. So in accordance to that, below I've included my top five well designed (and of course well made) sofas. They are all sofas I have specified for projects in the past and been extremely happy with. Some are available to the trade only and some directly to you, the homeowner.

The Douglas Sofa by Lawson Fenning. Very sexy and the top pick for quality at an amazing price. Available online.

The Douglas Sofa by Lawson Fenning. Very sexy and the top pick for quality at an amazing price. Available online.

The Dunne Daybed designed by Diedre Jordan for Troscan. I used this sofa for my very first project 13 years ago and it still looks so current. Available to the trade.

The Dunne Daybed designed by Diedre Jordan for Troscan. I used this sofa for my very first project 13 years ago and it still looks so current. Available to the trade.

The Lax sectional designed by Kara Mann for Milling Road. Perfect for a family room - comfortable yet sleek. Available at Baker.

The Lax sectional designed by Kara Mann for Milling Road. Perfect for a family room - comfortable yet sleek. Available at Baker.

The Eno Sofa designed by Douglas Levine for Bright Chair. The only sofa I have used more than once (I try to source new for each and every project) because it is that perfect. Available to the trade. 

The Eno Sofa designed by Douglas Levine for Bright Chair. The only sofa I have used more than once (I try to source new for each and every project) because it is that perfect. Available to the trade. 

The Cara Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A beautiful piece that is very versatile and at a price anyone can appreciate. Available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams stores. 

The Cara Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A beautiful piece that is very versatile and at a price anyone can appreciate. Available at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams stores. 

Our Story

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This collection represents my entire career in design. I always strive for subtle elegance and classic modernity through my interiors work and with this collection my thoughts were no different. They are pieces I would get excited to show any of the clients I have had over the years. They are pieces I love using in my own home. 

In this saturated market there are very few shops making high quality furnishings. I am immensely appreciative of those who do. I remember the first Troscan dining chair I specified, the first Jonathan Browning sconce, the first sculpted dining table from Gabriel Scott. I am thankful for these craftsmen for adding such beauty and quality to my clients' homes; it is in part what has built my reputation. 

So now I find myself on my own journey that has become so exciting and personal. I hope you find it as inspiring as I have...

Functionality

I began with functionality and practicality. The first six pieces in the collection - a bench, a side table, a console table, a dining chair, a lounge chair and an ottoman - are all extremely versatile. Pieces that I'm continually seeking out for clients and that every home needs. We made sure the scale was very carefully thought out. For example, the Emma Bench works perfectly in an entry, at the end of a bed, or in front of a fireplace. The Coco Ottoman makes a lovely extra seat, a footstool or cocktail table. And the Daniel Side Table is scaled large enough to hold your favorite lamp and also work as a nightstand.

Design

Design really is at the heart of this project. I have heard over and over again, piece by piece, "Jillian, this piece is so you". I designed all of these from not only my experience in design, but from my heart. I sketched them for years, I dreamt about them, I obsessed over every detail. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed bringing them to life.

Materials and construction

I am so proud of the team we have put together to make this collection. They have worked tirelessly on each prototype and will continue through each and every custom piece. Most of the materials and craftsmen are local to Houston and I'm so pleased to have partnered with Holland & Sherry Interiors to provide you with the ultimate luxury in upholstery materials. Solid woods, exotic marbles, luxury upholstery...all of the elements that create a luxury piece for your home.

Now... on to shopping...we look forward to your comments and questions!

Thank you for stopping by!

-Jillian

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