Photography: Marie Cox
We’ve all come to love Jamie Meares’ eye catching blog and ubiquitous store, Furbish Studio so when we heard she was making a few changes in her personal home, we couldn’t resist a peek inside! Jamie’s strong design sense is evident everywhere, from the monogrammed shower curtain to the carefully curated bookcase display. Jamie is a master at layering textures, patterns and colors and we find her bold designs so inspiring!
What was your inspiration for starting Furbish Studio?
When I first started Furbish, I tried to imagine what it would be like if I could bring Domino magazine to life, in an environment where you mix high with low, where everything has a certain ‘can’t live without quality,’ and just the thought of planning where a new acquisition would go in your home would get you excited to start decorating. I have fun mixing together whatever catches my eye at the time in the shop, and enjoy the outcome (usually!) and I hope I inspire others to try to be as true to their whims at home. I think that’s the key to happy and fun decorating—your style should reflect what you love, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel good about yourself.
We imagine it’s hard to part with most of the merchandise in your store—how do you decide what comes home with you?
I try to only bring home things that I absolutely love, and know that I’ll forever regret if I part with—I’m also mostly out of space in my current home, so that helps! There’s barely a speck of empty wall left, and definitely no room for more furniture, so that makes it easier.
“I’ve tried in the last few years to collect more classic pieces, that will outlive the flashier trends that I’m into. Bringing more timeless pieces into my home helps to temper the of-the-moment vibe I gravitate towards. For example, I brought home this antique tortoise shell etagere, but filled it with hello kitty collectibles, pink lacquer boxes and trashy novels. Collecting is the most fun part of decorating, and it yields the best results, I think, so I’ll never be done!”
“I don’t think you should force a bar if it’s not natural – but if you do like to entertain and enjoy mixing cocktails, I think pretty bottles and fun glasses are always eye candy in a room. It’s like fancy jewelry.”