Interior designer Jessica Buckley has a fresh, sophisticated and elegant design style born out of a life long passion for beautifully decorated homes. After a career in real estate investment in London and Asia, Jessica turned her attention to interior design and studied at the Sydney Design School. Following internships with high-profile design companies Thomas Hamel & Associates and Diane Bergeron Interiors, Jessica Buckley Interiors was born.
Jessica Buckley Interiors boast an impressive portfolio of work from family homes in London and Edinburgh as well as international projects in Sydney, USA and Kuwait. Each projects reflects the clients’ unique personality and lifestyle, paired with a Jessica Buckley aesthetic.
Their interiors are warm and welcoming. They cleverly bring together an eclectic mix of cultural references and design styles of different eras into a beautifully balanced and layered look. As Jessica tells House & Garden magazine,
"Rooms look and feel so much better when they deliver more depth than that which first meets the eye.”
Jessica Buckley designed interiors feature a confident use of colour, pattern and texture on all surfaces, but textiles in particular feature prominently in her work. We asked Jessica Buckley about the role of textiles in her interior designs.
We love your layered use of textiles. What role do you feel textiles play in our homes?
"Thank you - we love to use lots of different textiles (in various textures, colours and patterns) when we design a room. For us, textiles are an opportunity to be expressive: they are a great way to inject warmth and personality into a scheme. Choosing an array of different fabrics for the various soft furnishings in a room creates a look which can look as though it has evolved naturally over time (this is best achieved by purposefully mismatching your colours and patterns so nothing looks too well matched)… it takes courage to do but the results speak for themselves."
In conversation with Judith Wilson of House & Garden, Jessica Buckley explains how she likes ‘to start with a fabric’. For a Georgian flat in Edinburgh, Jessica chose a traditional yet bohemian kilim by Andrew Martin to upholster the stool that forms the centre-piece of the sitting room.
"textiles are an opportunity to be expressive: they are a great way to inject warmth and personality into a scheme" Jessica Buckley
The palette of grey walls offset by pinks and yellows creates a fresh and lively aesthetic in this room. Cast your eye around and the multi-textural layering draws you in different directions. Tall glass mirrors contrast the dark grey paint and bounce natural light around the room. The warm colours and textures of the yellow lampshades and velvet sofa with patterned pink upholstery add a lighthearted playful edge. Every viewpoint is considered. Contemporary furniture juxtaposes with antique French ceramic pots, and decorative Georgian coving seems perfectly at home with the contemporary textile patterns.
We asked Jessica about the inclusion of art in their interiors as it looks so integral to the colour and design style, for example in the Edinburgh Georgian Flat.
Do you source art for your clients, or are your designs inspired by your clients' artworks?
"We are often asked by clients to assist with buying artwork for their home which can be very good fun. Artwork is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle: only once the art is on the walls does a room feel “done”. My own personal taste varies from contemporary photography and modern abstract art in bright bold colours to delicate watercolours and pretty oils - I quite like the junk shop buys just as much, if not more, than the more expensive pieces."
Jessica Buckley Interior schemes are full of interest, and eclectic styling, but always look balanced. This is in part due to the way colours are used in careful proportion and placement around the room, with a good range of light, dark and mid tones. And, the equilibrium of patterned and plain colours is just right, so that one object does not shout too loudly and pull too much attention from another. Everything is in harmony.