Well, when I followed the link I was blown away by the visual feast that awaited me and realized that I had to feature him on the blog!
I quickly discovered that David is an incredible designer, renowned across the United States for his classic visual underpinnings and clean, collected style. Born in New York, he has lived in San Francisco and now currently resides in a restored 1906 manor house in Kansas City. He is Vice President of Visual Merchandising for Hallmark and has enjoyed similar positions for companies like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. In this capacity, David is responsible for designing the look and layout of the stores, keeping in mind the design philosophies and themes of the retailer while never forgetting his own personal tastes and attractions, which guide his aesthetic.
David kindly agreed to a Martha Moments interview, which you can read below. He also graciously sent these incredibly beautiful photographs of his homes: a stunning manor in Kansas City with an adjacent carriage house, and a dreamy vacation home in Palm Springs. Thank you David!
How did you come to find your extraordinary home in Kansas City?
You’ve said your approach to decorating is organic and that it doesn’t follow a particular pattern of rules. What inspires you in design and how might you describe your style?
I am passionate about flea markets and thrift stores because I love the character and warmth that vintage pieces lend to a room. I often allow the items I purchase influence the color palette or point of view for a particular room.
A good example of this is the Chesterfield sofa that’s in my sunroom. It’s an old Ralph Lauren sofa I purchased at a thrift store. It was in terrible shape.
I had it reupholstered in brown velvet and added the dining table, vintage lamps, wing chairs and rug to the room.
So what was once a tattered-looking sofa became the anchor to one of my favorite rooms in the house. You'll notice the Ralph Lauren Chesterfield in the sunroom, seen in this photo.
The Carriage House behind the main house is such a beautiful and luxurious space. Describe the carriage house and your approach to designing it.
At the time I set it up with my furniture from San Francisco, which had a more contemporary vibe and created a nice contrast against the classic architecture of the main and carriage houses, both built in 1906.
After moving to the main house, I took most of the furniture in the carriage house to the attic and made the space warmer by changing some of the furnishings.
The spaces I created at Pottery Barn and Restoration reflected the same sensibility I loved in my surroundings at home.
The sitting room in the main house.
I wanted the house in Palm Springs to give a nod to the classic “rat pack” era of the 1950’s.
I chose an edited color palette and used the citron yellow color as an accent on a few walls throughout the house. For me, the key with working with such a bright color was to use it sparingly for drama. I also coated the floors in white epoxy to unify all the rooms and create a floating sense of lightness in the house. This also creates a breezy transition between indoors and outdoors.
You’ve said that flea markets, tag sales and second-hand shops have yielded numerous treasures for your own design. Considering these economically challenging times, many people might now consider interior design to be an elusive luxury. How can timeless interior design be achieved, even on a low budget?
Nothing gives a room more character than a unique, one-of a kind find that resonates emotionally. I look for interesting pieces that have unique lines, and often re-paint or reupholster the items to fit my décor. And not only is it less expensive than buying from a traditional furniture store— shopping thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets is also the quintessential way to “go green.”
A serving buffet in the dining room.
A reupholstered chair in the bedroom.
You obviously admire Martha Stewart otherwise you wouldn’t be a reader of this blog. What makes you a Martha fan?
Martha has said recently that a standalone Martha Stewart store is not out of the realm of possibility. How might David Jimenez approach visual merchandising for The Martha Stewart Store? What would I see if I walked through the doors after you had designed the space?
What are some things at home you can’t live without?
What are some things we would never, ever see in a David Jimenez interior?
The one thing you’ll probably never see in one of my interiors is plastic-covered furniture.
I have plenty of painful memories of being a kid at my grandmother’s and having my skin stick to the sofa while wearing shorts and a hang-ten tank top on hot summer days.