The Southern Belle
More than two decades ago, interior designer Leslie Jenkins had the savvy to shop European markets with Cynthia Collins, bringing treasures home in trunks to sell out of her house. (Friends clamored for her finds.) Her prowess has since evolved—she now co-owns Uptown interiors boutique Blue Print and adjacent Blue Print Gallery, and she mixes her Parisian and English finds in all sorts of projects through her design firm, Jenkins Interiors. A Dallas native, her own home embodies her aesthetic: an effortlessly cultivated, collected style that feels sophisticated without pretension.
(Left) Jenkins loves interiors that appear “curated and cultivated with a fresh, contemporary approach—my goal is to create timeless spaces that have a mystery surrounding when they were designed,” she says. Her mantra extends to every detail in her own home, where a French wine-tasting table in her dining room holds butterflies encased in glass found in Paris, as well as other European finds including a silver tray with several tortoise, mother-of-pearl, opaline, and lapis boxes, which she collects. The lamp was originally a celadon vase she had mounted on Lucite and converted into a light fixture.
(Right) “Maybe he’s a deer, but we named him a reindeer,” Jenkins says of her Parisian butler sculpture. “I originally intended to put him in my entryway but realized his place was in the dining room.” At Blue Print, several similar white terracotta animal heads can be found. “I always wanted one of [the artist’s] full-body sculptures and finally decided I had to have it,” Jenkins says.
(Left) An avid and frequent traveler, Jenkins is rarely home on weekdays. On the weekends, you’ll find her in the kitchen. “It’s my favorite place when I’m here and when both my sons [who are in their 20s] come home,” she says. “That’s where we all hang out because everybody loves to cook with the exception of my husband, who just loves to eat and reaps the benefits. There’s a lot of time spent at my range.”
(Right) Jenkins’ family room overlooks the backyard, so she added a breakfast nook where she can sit to watch the sun rise. The brass chairs and table are from Blue Print; the painting is by Memphis artist Cathy Lancaster, also represented at the store.