Designer Jane Waggoner Loves White Beds, Grey Paint, and Orange Velvet


Jane Waggoner is a bit of a renaissance woman.

After putting her art history degree to use with tenures at The Museum of Modern Art and Dallas Museum of Art, she shifted gears to become a sought-after designer (she graced D Home’s annual list of 101 best designers in Dallas in both 2011 and 2012).

Then for her next creative move, she launched a line of hand-knotted, Tibetan wool carpets inspired by a trip she took to Europe after her daughter Madeline left for college (travel being her antidote of choice for combating empty nest melancholy). Of late, in addition to launching several new highly covetable rug designs, she’s been whipping up some rather stellar necklaces.

Creative prowess aside, Jane is also a devoted mother, so smitten with her daughter that she’s placed her at the very tippy top of her list of favorites, calling her “my biggest fan, my toughest critic, my conscience, my teacher.” Lovely, yes?

You can take a peek at the rest of Jane’s favorite things after the jump…Enjoy.

1. Barcelona. Picasso, Moorish tiles, Gaudi; art is everywhere, in everything.

2. Collaborative Efforts. In steel and wood with local artists Shannah Frank and Dan Phillips.

3. White Beds. The perfect foundation for making a bold statement.

4. My (very own) John Dickinson Table. It makes me smile every day I see it and inspires me to incorporate iconic design pieces into my work.

5. Galbraith and Paul: Their hand-printing technique and glorious patterns raises textiles to an art and challenged me to create my own hand-knotted carpets.

6. My collection of September Vogue. 30 years of fashion, flair and photographs that are both a heritage for my daughter and constant source of inspiration for what has morphed into my digital field notes.

7. Gretchen Bellinger’s Orange Velvet. It was the key to bringing my grandfather’s old bamboo couch back to life.

8. Charcoal Grey Paint. My own high luster formula with a little help from Benjamin Moore.

9. Brancusi and Noguchi. My life-long love affair with them started in college and continues; all the tensions I love between texture, form, materials, and surface.

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