ONNE on Onne With Interior Stylist Jessi Eve
If you love a personal and relaxed approach to interior styling then Jessi Eve is one talented interior stylist that should be on your radar. Having her gorgeous work featured in magazines such as; Adore, Domain and Yen, as well as internationally, Jessi has a knack for creating spaces that are functional, comfortable and magazine-worthy. We sit down with Jessi to see; where she draws her inspiration from, what are her favourite parts the job and those all-important styling tips.
Tell us a little bit about your background, did you know from a young age that styling was what you wanted to do?
As a kid, I was always redecorating and rearranging my bedroom. As I moved through different phases of my life and developed different interests, my bedroom would reflect that. My mum is very crafty too so if I wanted a refresh she would happily whip me up some new curtains and cushion covers to match in one afternoon! It wasn’t until I moved out of home and had to furnish an entire apartment from scratch that I realized my love of interior styling. Once I finished my own apartment I thought “Oh, that was fun! What’s next?” It then occurred to me that this is actually a job and people will hire you to do the same for them, so off to ISCD I went!
What is your favourite part of your job?
Creating unique schemes and vibes for each client. I love learning about people and what they like, how they live, what’s important to them and then finding that beautiful balance of adding my own ideas and expertise into the mix to present them with the ultimate solution for their home and lifestyle. It’s rewarding to nail that and know that the pride in the space is mutual for both the designer and the client.
How would you describe your style?
My personal style is very relaxed, airy, warm and natural. My home feels like a holiday the moment you walk in the door. I call it COHO (a little bit coastal, a little bit boho, beautifully woven into one)! Haha
How has your work evolved over the years?
I’d say I’ve learnt to embrace practicality a lot more as opposed to looking at things purely from an aesthetic perspective. I’ve matured in that sense. Considering the lifespan of particular pieces, materials and trends etc. more deeply. Ensuring comfort and efficiency for my clients and the way they live rather than prioritizing the more superficial elements.
What are your top styling tips?
- PLAN! If you want to freshen up your home, you need to have a clear design direction and plan in place. Before you buy anything for your home, consider how it will work with the existing elements in the space. The future elements you desire for space and how it connects with the rest of the home to ensure cohesiveness and flow. The number one issue I hear is people getting overwhelmed and confused because they are trying to make the new items they have purchased work in their existing space. It’s usually because they have considered the item on its own, rather than as just one piece of a larger puzzle and so they are left disappointed when their home doesn’t look like the showroom they purchased from. This is where interior stylists, like me, can help! Better yet, hire us before you purchase a single thing to ensure you’re getting it right from the get-go.
- Add life and warmth. If you are wanting a light and airy vibe, don’t just buy all white everything and expect it not to feel sterile. Add life via greenery and warmth via natural materials and textures such as timber and rattan.
- Keep it simple. Buy/collect only what you love. Don’t be swayed by trends. If you buy something purely because it’s on trend or on sale, it will eventually feel like an imposter in your home. Remember: If you truly love it, you won’t regret it and it’s only a bargain if you would have bought it at full price anyway.
What is the most unique piece/s in your house?
I’d say the rattan buffet that I picked up from Salvos! I added new knobs to give it extra character and everyone asks me about it!
Who/what/where do you draw your inspiration from?
I usually come across one single element such as an artwork, a rug or even a colour palette in nature or at my local cafe and from there my imagination runs wild as to all the possibilities. I then explore those ideas further through research, creating mood boards etc. There is a lot of friends in the industry too who inspire me constantly with their amazing products and designs.
How do you balance time between the demands of your work, social/family time and ‘me’ time?
This, I am yet to master! Working from home makes the boundaries a little blurred. Generally speaking, work tends to take priority day-to-day and once I’m in “the zone”, good luck trying to get my attention for anything else! I’m pretty bad at taking breaks throughout the day but at the end of the day, I am good at listening to my body and recognizing if I need a relaxing bath or a massage etc. to unwind. Friends and family are very important to me so one way I balance work and social is by planning my work and social schedule accordingly. I have clients all over, so when I am conducting a consultation or site visit, I will usually make plans to drop in and see a friend on my way either to or from a meeting. I make the most of the days I leave the house!
Favourite travel destination/s?
My favourites so far have been Prague, Poland and Cornwall. I am wanting to go to the States next!
How can we stay in contact with you?
FaceBook Page: jessi.eve.interiors