Who Is Pickering House’s Josh Pickering? Meet Dallas Designer Josh Pickering

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Josh Pickering

If there’s one adjective Dallas-based designer Josh Pickering has that his interiors are supposed to evoke, it’s “peaceful.” To this end, Pickering, who founded Pickering House in 2016, cleverly blends a calm attention to detail with simple functionality – skills he acquired during his years of working for design icon Bunny Williams.

In an apartment for a downsizing collector, for example, he clad built-in shelves with hardwood and hidden bedside tables in custom-made mills that surround the bed. As meticulous as its interiors are, they are never over-decorated. When asked what sets his work apart, Pickering says: “Restraint. I am not afraid of formalities, but it is important to deal with them in both modern and traditional settings.”

Speaking of modern and traditional: Pickering’s work hovers between the two and looks to classical influence, but with a view to modern viability. And while the designer has a soft spot for eighteenth-century antiques, he claims that “there has never been a better time to design than now. We have all eras and styles available and can create harmony with different pieces. “

Tell us …

How did you get into interior design?

I’ve been interested in design for as long as I can remember. As a teenager, I commanded my parents’ garden shed as my personal decorating laboratory, and in high school I began drawing part-time schedules for a designer. My path was determined from there …

What or who has influenced your career the most so far?

Definitely my time at Bunny.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received (from family, mentor, boss?

When I started my company, a designer friend told me to just design anything that came my way and the bigger projects would follow.

Where do you look for inspiration?

History and my colleagues in design. It is important to learn from the past and learn from each other.

For under $ 100 – or even free! – which decoration trick has the greatest influence?

A small grosgrain ribbon! Cut out your walls, curtains, pillows or a lampshade for maximum impact at a minimum cost. (If you’re feeling impulsive, try a pleated tape!)

What is overrated in decorating?

Pastel colors on pastel colors! Overdressed…

What is underestimated in decorating?

The value of an informed architectural background.

Courtesy Josh Pickering

Courtesy Josh Pickering

What’s your favorite – and why?

Thing to collect: Table linen – I like to mix and match so my guests may never experience the same combination twice.

Design era / style: Pretty much everything from the 18th century, but I have to say there has never been a better time to design than now. We have all eras and styles available and we can create harmony with different pieces.

Paint color: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue – It’s such a calming color but still full of life!

Local shopping destination: Saturday’s antiques at Nick Brock Antiques are a favorite ritual for me. It relaxes me and there is so much to learn and discover with antiques!

Online shop: The table top from Moda Operandi

Item to be picked up while traveling: Scarves! Scarves! Scarves!

More inspiration

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Hadley Keller is a New York-based writer and editor who specializes in design, interiors, and culture.

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