The Style Files: Jared Hughes

My good friend, Jared Hughes is a rising star in the world of design. Based in Atlanta, Jared was raised in the South, and his penchant for all things Southern has undoubtedly had a tremendous influence in his design work. His penchant for antiques and architecture are at the heart of his work, and his fascination with fabrics is the starting point for nearly all of his design projects. With over ten years experience in residential, floral, and event design, Jared’s breadth of experience allows him to produce projects that feel timeless and classic with an unexpected twist, such as the stunning Gracie wallpaper-clad parlor he designed for the Southern Style Now Showhouse in Savannah last year which became an instant sensation. In addition to his design talents, Jared is a thoughtful and supportive friend. Good things happen to good people, especially those who are good and talented, so keep an eye out because there are lots of great things to come for Jared!

Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Jared Hughes: Classic. Layered. Colorful. Global. Collected.

PC: How has living in Atlanta influenced your aesthetic?

JH: I grew up in the south and continuing to live here has only added to my love of antiques, collecting, color, pattern, very classic southern with LOTS of details!

PC: What does your home say about you?

JH: My home is very colorful. I have an ochre bedroom filled with blue and white porcelain and indian fabrics and art. My living area is layered with chintz, Syrian boxes, abstract art and tons of collected and inherited “junk” and my foyer is wallpapered with an indigo bamboo a antique mirror ceiling and a big chinoiserie screen on the wall. I love mixing finishes, materials, eras, and different cultural pieces! Overall my home says a sophisticated kind of fun without too many precious things.

{A Snippet of a Vignette in Jared’s Home via his Instagram @jaredhughesdesign}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

JH: Honestly anywhere! I have been as equally inspired by priceless artwork as I have by the graffiti in MJQ and underground dance club in Atlanta. I love flipping through old and new design books, current and old auction catalogues, Instagram, museums, architecture especially classic and especially Charleston, Mother nature is one of my biggest inspirations-shapes and colors that are found naturally together can be easily transferred to interior inspiration!

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

JH: Michael Smith, Mary McDonald, Michelle Nussbaumer, Alex Papachristidis. All classic, all great at incorporating global touches, and all INSANE talents.

{An Iconic Moment by Michael S Smith}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

JH: Flexibility because it is something I am not good at and constantly am working on.

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

JH: Eating Taco Bell while watching Gilmore Girls.

PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

JH: My parents are a huge influence on me professionally. They are both insanely hard working and selfless humans. Mallory Mathison has also played a vital role in helping me learn to operate my own business and has become a best friend personally and professionally. I also probably call Melanie Turner, Lindsey Coral Harper and Denise McGaha way too often for professional advice.

{A Project Completed by Jared Hughes with Matthews Furniture}

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

JH: Doing what I do every day-making things beautiful. It is a lot of work, not all glamour, and can be extremely frustrating but I am not sure what else I would be able to do daily! Living your truth is the ideal la dolce vita.

{A Project Completed by Jared Hughes with Matthews Furniture}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

JH: I am working on a historic Pringle and Scott Home in Atlanta as well as a historic home on Tradd street in Charleston. I also have a couple of super exciting, top secret things brewing that I can’t wait to share with everyone!

Go-To Outfit: loafers, cropped jeans, pattern button down shirt.

Style Mantra: simple for outfits more is more for interiors

Scent: Le Labo Santal 33

Piece of Jewelry: I wear a gold watch my mother got me for my 21st birthday daily and that’s the only jewelry you will catch me in.

Color I Never Tire Of: GREEN in all shades

Flower: I couldn’t ever pick one-peonies, garden roses, poppies

Indispensable Design Element: Chinoiserie

Era for Design: Georgian England

Dream Project: any historic home South of Broad in Charleston with a nice budget

Fabric/Textile: Michael Smith Grace in Willow anything from Zak+Fox, Gracie Studio Wallpaper.

Hostess Gift: orchid planting

Meal: I am a sucker for Pizza. But I am a huge foodie and couldn’t pick just one.

Drink: Gin

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: cocktails with a dear friend

3 Things I Love About My City: 9-10 months of patio weather, the insane amount of design and antique showrooms, the food scene!

Weekend Destination: Charleston

Hotel: Hotel Jerome, The Breakers, The Dewberry

City: Charleston

Museum: The Met

Artist: William Mclure

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: M83 Midnight City

Actor/Actress: Jessica Chastain

Prized Possession: an antique tortoise and bone box I found in Palm Beach

Risk Worth Taking: starting my own design business a year ago this month

Greatest Extravagance: keeping the a/c on 68 in a historic home in Atlanta during the summer. Ironed sheets, Caviar.

Go-To Color Palette: ochre and green

Rule to Break: ALL OF THEM

Movie Set Design: The Duchess

I can never have too many… Christopher Spitzmiller Lamps

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  1. That green bedroom with the floral upholstered headboard! Those vignettes! Accessories like blue and white china, oncidium orchids and minerals! His rooms just speak to me – I’m in heaven.

  2. How refreshing to see this change interiors. I loive in Atlanta and have been so bored lately with the trend in decorating. Jared obviously is a true artist and is so much like the designers in the past who werent afraid to ” push the button.” Love his work!