“Garden Variety” – seemingly the exact opposite of what Jeannette Whitson is creating in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Never one to be “of the ordinary” Jeannette has been an antique dealer for over two decades on the hunt for unusual pieces spanning centuries and countries but each having that “just so” quality.
“When choosing pieces to buy I am drawn to patinated surfaces rather than provenance -searching with the eye rather than the mind. Marrying a visual array of pieces across centuries through connected values of texture, structure, patina and tone is probably a much more organic way to collect and one that I must do myself because I could never explain exactly what I’m looking for to anyone else.”
Living for years in Jakarta and traveling extensively has given her an experienced eye to present a well curated storefront on her 1stdibs site. She sells to clients all over the world and loves to provide that special piece that can complete another designer’s vision.
Her own foray into interior design came from clients wanting to recreate her carefully curated vignettes. She is known for her layered and textural interiors, calming but with that feeling of soul that only these unique pieces can give. She designs custom upholstery, wallpaper and lighting for her clients using inspiration from bits and pieces found in her travels.
“I find inspiration everywhere and photograph all of it – ancient manhole covers, a particularly beautiful plate of food, old textiles and of course gardens and landscapes. I come from a long line of gardeners and digging in the dirt feeds my creative soul. I study gardens everywhere I go and try to bring a little garden into every interior – that’s the real meaning of “Garden Variety Design.”
She has been published in House Beautiful and Southern Living as well as a multitude of online magazines and blogs. Currently she is renovating a 115 year old Victorian house in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee to house her design studio and many of her antique finds.
“Call for an appointment and stop by and see us in the 12 South district this fall!”