Stylist and interior designer Jessica Klein of Oh, I Design (@ohidesignblog) relocated to Boston from San Diego two years ago. Since then, the 26-year-old Oklahoma native has embraced bright, preppy interiors while adding her own flair for quirk and California classic along the way.
Q. Have you noticed a bigdifference in trends here versus on the West Coast?
A. I feel like it’s been a really good transition for me, largely thanks to social media. It’s connected me to the right people in the area. In Boston, there are a lot of different types of housing you can decorate in — like brownstones and unique, historic spaces. That’s been a huge difference for me in a good way. I love it.
Q. Are there any trends you’ve seen transition here from there?
A. On the West Coast there was a love for simple and mid-century modern spaces, and I hate to use the term beachy, but you know, airy-feeling spaces. Here, people are just starting to get a little more comfortable with making their space feel that way, even if their [homes’] bones are traditional in a sense, they’re more open to bringing in mid-century and contemporary pieces.
Q. How did you get started in design?
A. I knew what I wanted to do for a really long time. When I was growing up, I had always been interested in art and design and I was able to get into the interior design program at Oklahoma State. From there I just took off with it.
Q. Who was your first client?
A. My first major project on my own was this beautiful home in San Diego. We worked on a nursery and an outdoor space, so it was really fun. Taking on clients for the first time on your own can be challenging, but she was a business owner as well and we were able to connect on that level and learn from each other.
Q. What advice do you have for new designers?
A. I’d say, taking risks and finding what you like about design is important. A lot of times when you’re in school, you think you’re supposed to go a certain route or work for a certain firm and that makes you a good designer, but I think finding out what works for you is really important. Also, make sure you travel. It opens your mind.
Q. Has social media played a large role in your business?
A. I actually just got a project from social media connections and then flew out to oversee the process. It’s definitely helped me grow as a business.
Q. Who do you like to follow?
Q. Advice for students who want their dorms to feel like home?
A. I think bringing in picture frames of the people you love is an obvious but huge thing. And also creating a space within your shared dorm or apartment that’s your own. Add a rug under your bed, add layers to make it comfortable, and let in as much daylight as possible.