Meet Jennifer Garrigues! An interior designer in Palm Beach who is originally from London. She came to the United States in the ’60s and landed in New York City sporting “the London Look’ which was all the rage at the time. She was invited to come over by Yardley of London to be Miss Yardley and tour the states promoting Yardley products and British fashion. She toured all over the country and met her husband in 1967. They lived in New York where she worked as a fashion model and helped to put on fashion shows. This career took her all over the world traveling with the designers.
After 15 years, she decided to get serious about her love of interior design. It was a natural fit transferring her fabric sensibilities derived from her previous career to the world of interiors. She has a gift for combining chiffon and tweed and enhancing it with fabulous jewelry. She went to The New York School of Design School, learning the business side of things and started an interior design company shortly thereafter. It was off to a successful start thanks to all of her previous connections. When her husband was transferred to Florida for his job, Jenny picked up and moved her business to the sunny island of Palm Beach. She now designs in New York and Palm Beach where she also curates her beautiful, eponymous retail store. It is a treasure trove showcasing some of her favorite finds from her worldwide travels.
Jenny now lives with her 2 1/2 cats, Consuela Brunella Gabriella Garrigues & Mr. Jingles. Dusty Muffin is the 1/2 cat who lives outside only and refuses to step even 1 paw indoors. She has one sister who was a midwife at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London and now lives in Vancouver.
Thank you, Jenny, for taking the time to share your story with us and your love of The Palm Beaches.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: “My mother inspired me. She was a wonderful inspiration and had great taste. She had an exotic flair which I inherited as well. She was the sort of person who, when her father would go away on a conference, would completely redo the house to match the current fashion. She took our dining room and painted the whole thing Chinese Red and then all of the brown furniture black. My father came home and would say “what happened?” She would say, “come on in and have a nice Chinese dinner.” When white came in, she then painted everything white.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in The Palm Beaches, and what do you love there?
Q: How long have you lived or worked in The Palm Beaches?
A: “Since 1980, I believe. So about 40 years.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in The Palm Beaches?
A: “The most interesting person I met while in New York was Dianna Vreeland. She was a fabulous lady and was the editor of Vogue and Harper’s Baazaar. Here, in Florida, we have a lot of interesting types come through. The funniest person I met was Rod Stewart. He came into my shop looking for “hats for lamps.” He was looking for lampshades which I don’t sell so I sent him to another shop.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “I want to go to Israel & Petra. It’s at the top of my list. I really want to see that.”
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: “My favorite movie was 2001: A Space Odyssey. The music was fantastic.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Learn to be interested in history. Understand how it repeats itself. Go forward and do the best you can. Don’t be fearful. Make some mistakes if you have to because that is how we learn. Be yourself and try to reach your dreams. Never underestimate yourself. Do not do a job if you don’t love it.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “Be around for another 20 years so I can do a lot.”
Q: What is your favorite music or 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “I love classical music. Sonata in the field and Joshua Bell. I still love The Who, The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Armstrong. I just love jazz. I like music of all kinds except heavy metal.”
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about The Palm Beaches?
A: “Au Bon Gout, a gourmet shop that was on Worth Avenue. They were phenomenal. Also, the Ace Hardware that was on the Island. ”
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in The Palm Beaches would you have lunch?
A: “Margaret Mead, she was an anthropologist. She had an incredible mind. She went on these incredible digs and would be fascinating to talk to. We would have lunch outside at the Sailfish Club. I would also like to have lunch with Barrak Obama.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about The Palm Beaches?
A: “Palm Beach is a wonderful island. It’s fresh & clean and draws a lot of interesting people. We have The Society of the Four Arts which is sensational. You can meet any kind of person of interest here. The town has a nice heartbeat.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: “Probably still right here.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I’m very sentimental and very loyal. I like to help and mentor people. Also, I’m an ardent animal lover. I was a very lucky girl and modeled for Galanos, Christian Dior and Yves St. Laurent.”
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Home is where the heart is. Home is a respite and where you surround yourselves with the things you love.”
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: “I already have the best housekeeper ever. She does all of the things I don’t have time to do. ”
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: “Maggie Smith. She would make me laugh all the time.”
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