February 14, 2014

fess up friday - the design daredevil

Happy Friday my Valentine's! Today's Fess Up Friday features the lovely Jessie from The Design Daredevil. Girlfriend has style in spades (check out her latest reveal here), she's been on TWO shows on HGTV, and lucky for me she's local. Oh, and her apartment is pretty much my dream pad. And a warning to all of you St. Louis retailers - Jessie and I are hitting the streets together soon. Prepare.

So Jessie, Fess Up!

Hello hello hello LBD readers! I am excited to be Elizabeth's guest, as she is my fellow St. Louis blog sister. I'm not even half the blogger she is, so I'm sure most of you have not met me yet. I am a 32 year old interior designer working under the firm CURE Design Group. Here are a few looks at projects I've either completed, or am in the middle of working on...
Preppy Chintz 4Preppy Chintz 5HeatherMaggie 2Maggie 3Design Daredevil Jon Adler Inspired 4

Fun and cheerful, full of color and pattern. Cute, right? Well...it's all a lie. A big, fat COLORFUL lie.
That's right folks; I, Jessie D. Miller, do not like color.

GAH! I'm sure that I just lost 99% of you. Come back. Please? I have my reasons, I swear.

You see, working as a full time interior designer, with anywhere from 4-10 different projects going on at one time, I am visually assaulted with color and pattern on a daily basis. I am constantly selecting paint colors, accent colors, and coming up with a "pop of color"; so in my personal space I crave NO color.
But don't get it twisted, I didn't mean that my home is neutral. Oh no, I want high contrast by way of black, white, and gold/brass.
Here is a peek at my still-not finished apartment by way of crappy, un-styled iPhone pics. Don't judge me. At least not until its done.

Jessie Miller Apartment 4Jessie Miller Apartment 3Jessie Miller Apartment 1Jessie Miller Apartment 2 Yup, not a "Pop of Color" in sight. Just the way I like it.
But I'm not completely heartless. I did add some green to my balcony, the only "done' part of my home.
Patio Reveal 2
I mean, I'm not a total hater.
Plus, I love to go all out decorating for the holidays. My home is adaptable to all kinds of different themes.IMG_2604_FotorThanksgiving 9Thanksgiving 1Gold Christmas Tree 5Gold Christmas Tree 16

Okay, still not a lot of color, but you get the idea. So, do you think I'm all Patrick Bateman, or are you willing to give me a chance? I may live in a stark home, but I lead a colorful life.

Thank you so much for having me Elizabeth! And when the heck are we going to get
drunkdrinks and go thrifting? Hopefully we can report back on that soon, but in the mean time follow my design adventures on IG @designdaredevil

Jessie, we are going to have some colorful drinks in honor of this post! So what do y'all think? Do you live with a lot of color? Or just enjoy it from 9-5?


  1. Oh I love the dining room table and am so jealous of that chandelier! Love black and white!

  2. So many gorgeous spaces! Beautiful work :) xo Kristin

  3. Eeeeee!!! Black and white - my fav no color, color combo :)

  4. Wow!! LOVE her style and her home makes me want to go add some moulding detail ASAP!!

  5. OK....OMG IT'S MY LIFE! I LOVE IT....
    If any one has seen my home it's black, white and gold.......dah! How could I not love this!

  6. I'm really loving Jessie pad, there is some serious moulding & trim happening! This is a great series.

  7. Love love love her home! That dining table is too die and so are the etageres. And the molding, le sigh.

  8. I love her apartment! The dining room is to die for, no apology necessary.

  9. This is a girl after my own heart. I love and admire the color in everyone else's homes but it's neutrals for me!

  10. I think I love you even more. Too much color is like too much exercise, it hurts.

  11. Happy Valentine's Day!

    I think anything you love is what makes your own home perfect. If you prefer the white/gold/black look with the marvelous fresh flowers and plants -- and not the other color type things (like the blue brick wall which I loved), then you go for what makes your heart happy:)

  12. um holy wow. i need o see this blog. i am so drawn to black and white lately!

  13. I love her black, white and gold home...and how fun is that balcony. Great post. Happy Valentines Day!

  14. Thank you SO much for having me Elizabeth! This was A LOT of fun to write and share. I can't wait to get in to some trouble soon! XO

  15. I am a h-uge fan of all that black and white - how cool is the big piece of art in the dining room? LOVE. Thanks for sharing these fab spaces, Jessie and Elizabeth!

  16. I've always been a color girl, but just recently (like a few weeks ago), I decided that I wanted to dabble with neutrals in our master. This gives me that little push that I need - along with a few other fellow bloggers/designers for inspiration. And fun to get intro'd to a new to me designer.

  17. I have been a fan of Jessie's for a while now, but I now that I know she loves banana leaf fabric, black and white, AND has a Chihuahua I love her even more!! What a great post!

    The Glam Pad

  18. Great style she has. Lots of eye candy to feast on!

  19. Get out of town! Your home is AMAZING! I love your lack of color - even as someone who loves color - because there is so much other visual interest in the spaces, you don't need it. All that trim and woodwork…I'm a bit envious over here. So nice to meet you and I can't wait to see more!

  20. Oh my god, punch me right in the face - that girl has SERIOUS style. I am all about the colour over here but if I could kit out my own place using such a restricted palette and it look THAT good? Oh yes, happily I would relinquish all the colours. That dining room is just to die for. Major space (and object) lust! xxx

  21. LOVE her apt and her style. Yes, I'm a color girl but I adore black & gold and I could just move in. The balcony is just perfect! I really need for her to come to Texas and help me out. :)


  22. Love it, LOVE IT. She had me at black and white. I may have just found my newest cyber stalking victim (that sounds a bit illegal and creepy lets call me a new follower instead).

  23. that was fun!! I can see how being around color can make you go the opposite direction. Your pad is amazing...those etageres and dining room are amazing!

  24. Jessie is FANTASTIC. And I don't blame her a bit for needing a respite from color. Her space is to die for!!

  25. Here is a peek at my still-not finished apartment by way of crappy, un-styled iPhone pics. Don't judge me. At least not until its done. pearl necklace canada , pearl necklace australia


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