John Douglas Eason began his career twenty five years ago working with a large firm on the grand homes of Greenwich Connecticut. In independent practice for over a decade, John’s projects extend throughout New York City and its surrounding communities. John consistently creates beautiful homes that his clients live in with comfort and pride.
What inspired this career path for you? After years in my home state of Texas working in a field that gave me no pleasure, I had a burning desire to find a professional life that I could love. And so, a heartbeat before my 30th birthday, I left for Manhattan with nothing more than the promise of a friend’s sofa for a two week stay. In a short 1 ½ years I found myself helping a new friend open her interior design firm and thus my career path was formed.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? My Pinterest boards are my greatest source of inspiration. They also help me to understand my own ever-evolving tastes. It’s so much more efficient than the old ‘clippings in a binder’ method and I love that it is public and shareable. The immediacy of it has also helped me to edit and refine as I go.
Tell us about your creative process. My client is always the beginning of the process. Nothing happens without my first knowing how they live, the colors they respond to, and how I can best accommodate their needs. From there I usually create a floor plan and select fabrics and finishes based on our conversations. Sometimes that may vary, one of the most wonderful things about creating is that it’s never static.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Handsome, seamless, layered, sophisticated, comfort.
What are the biggest trends you see in interior design right now and what are you loving (and not loving)? My own aesthetic is ever-evolving and I stay well connected with developments and ideas but ‘trends’ don’t matter to me. Vendors respond to trends and so inevitably I see them, but they are a lowly factor in my decision making process.
What’s a staple in your toolkit? Customization is my only staple. Each project is different and part of my evolution. I do have some very broad concepts that influence me including a love of muted color, contrasting textures and suiting fabrics.
Who do you look up to in the design world? I look up to anyone who produces original thoughts and sets themselves apart from the crowded field that this has become.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for who would it be? I would love to have an adventurous and design-driven client who loves contemporary but is not buttonholed by a particular style. I love working on homes that will be shown off proudly by a client who entertains. For them I would create a living and entertaining space of great depth and richness.
Tell us your favorite design related word, phrase, or quote. Edit, edit, edit
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? Elle Décor, always fresh and evolving