Photo credit: courtesy of Josh pickering

Photo credit: courtesy of Josh pickering

From House Beautiful

Photo credit: VINAY PANJWANI

Photo credit: VINAY PANJWANI

If there’s one adjective Dallas-based designer Josh Pickering he wants his interiors to elicit, it’s “peaceful.” To do so, Pickering, who founded Pickering House in 2016, deftly marries a quiet attention to detail with an easy functionality—skills honed during his years working for design icon Bunny Williams.

In one apartment for a downsizing collector, for example, he lined built-in shelves with hardwood and tucked bedside “tables” within custom millwork surrounding the bed. As meticulous as his interiors are, though, they are never overdecorated. When asked what sets his work apart, Pickering says “Restraint. I don’t shy away from formality, but it’s important to edit, in both modern and traditional settings.”

Speaking of modern and traditional, Pickering’s work hovers between the two, looking to classical influence but with an eye towards modern livability. And though the designer has a soft spot for 18th-century antiques, he maintains that “that there has never been a better time to design than now. We have all eras and styles available to us, and we can create harmony with diverse pieces.”

Tell us…

How did you get into interior design?

I’ve been interested in design as long as I can remember. As an adolescent, I commandeered my parents garden shed as my own personal decorating laboratory of sorts, and in high school, I started drawing plans part time for a designer. My path was set from there…

What or who has made the biggest impact on your career so far?

Definitely my time working for Bunny.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (from family, mentor, boss?

When I started my company, a designer friend of mine told me to just design any little ol’ thing that came my way, and the larger projects would follow.

Where do you look for inspiration?

History and my peers in design. It’s both important to learn from the past, and to learn from one another.

For under $100—or even for free!—what decorating trick that has the most impact?

A little grosgrain ribbon! Trim out your walls, curtains, pillows or a lampshade for maximum impact at minimal cost. (If you’re feeling impulsive, try a pleated ribbon!)

What’s overrated in decorating?

Pastels on pastels! Too much of a good thing…

What’s underrated in decorating?

The value of an informed architectural background.

Photo credit: courtesy of Josh pickering

Photo credit: courtesy of Josh pickering

What’s your favorite—and why?

Thing to collect: Table linens – I like to mix and match, so my guests might never experience the same combination twice.

Design era/style: Pretty much anything 18th century, but I have to say that there has never been a better time to design than now. We have all eras and styles available to us, and we can create harmony with diverse pieces.

Paint color: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue – It is such a calming color, but still full of life!

Local shopping destination: Saturday antiquing at Nick Brock Antiques is a favorite ritual for me. It relaxes me, and there is so much to learn and discover with antiques!

Online store: The tabletop section of Moda Operandi

Item to pick up when traveling: Scarves! Scarves! Scarves!

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