Last month at the Design Blogger Conference in LA I had the pleasure of meeting so many extraordinary people, it makes my head spin. In fact, it’s difficult to put into words the creative energy that charged the room for two days. Some attendees and fellow speakers I knew, others complete strangers and a few people looked vaguely familiar. By the end of the conference, everyone seemed to be on friendly terms.
Two stand outs from my days in LA include John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon – the dynamic duo behind the Brooklyn-based interior design firm John Loecke Inc., whose colorful projects have been published in magazines and newspapers such as Domino, House Beautiful, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, the New York Times and the New York Post.
Sometimes you just know that you are going to like someone before you even have a conversation, and this was certainly the case with Jason and John. Once we started talking, images of their work popped into my head, namely their Brooklyn home that was featured in domino. Just like the two men, their homes and interiors exude fun and fabulosity (yes, a ‘real’ word according to the urban dictionary). I knew right away that I would want to profile their work on All the Best, but before I could ask they sent an email asking to profile me on their blog (read here). So today it is my turn to shine a light on Jason.
I started reading Jason’s bio this morning and I have only one word – IMPRESSIVE! So at the risk of not doing him justice, I have include his bio below:
The Global Lifestyle Editor at Delta Sky magazine, the in-flight publication of the world’s largest airline, Nixon has the task of trend-spotting and cultivating and searching out global content and talent to ensure that the publication maintains an inspired, innovative vision.
Nixon began his publishing career at Condé Nast Traveler, where he served as an Associate Editor and new products editor for three years, covering the travel-product beat and writing features and front-of-book stories. He held a senior editorial role at Fodor’s Travel Guides’ book division and was the Editor of New Media on the fodors.com website before turning to television. He was the launch Field Producer for E! Entertainment’s “True Hollywood Stories” series and the Executive Producer of Robin Leach’s Gourmet Getaways at the Food Network and simultaneously wrote regular restaurant reviews for Paper magazine and a column for the James Beard Foundation’s monthly newsletter. Nixon was awarded with a James Beard Scholarship to attend the esteemed French Culinary Institute, and as a result, was inspired to write the book New York’s 50 Best Places to Eat Brunch.
Nixon eventually left the Food Network to return to the publishing world in affluent Palm Beach, Florida where he launched the Ocean Drive magazine spin-off Ocean Drive’s Palm Beach, a luxury-targeted, general-interest publication. Later, he became the Editor in Chief and Editorial Director of Niche Media LLC, successfully re-launching Hamptons magazine and subsequently launch several highly targeted regional magazines for the group, including Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential.
Nixon contributes regularly as a writer, producer, stylist, fashion consultant, wrangler, and lifestyle guru to such publications as Virtuoso Life, Town & Country, and Entrée, the Neiman Marcus magazine. He makes frequent appearances on E! and MTV as a style correspondent.
How would you describe your personal style?
My partner John Loecke and I are all about having fun and never being boring. On the interiors front, our firm’s designs reflect a respect for tradition tempered with bold splashes of color and playful patterns. We are crazy about madcap antics and whimsy. Banish the beige and the boring. Saturate your world in color and sophistication. Most important, break some rules and don’t take anything too seriously. We are all about the “F” words: frisky, fabulous and fun to be around. My personal style is very jivey-ivy: tradition with a colorful twist.
What is your most prized possession?
My copy of the film “Auntie Mame.” When I am having a rough day I pour myself a double martini and turn on Mame and it instantly lifts my spirits. I even travel with the film. There’s nothing better than her madcap sensibility and style and her ever-changing Beekman Place apartment interiors. And I adore a well-thumbed copy of “A Shropshire Lad” by A.E. Housman. And my vintage signet ring and retro glasses from Moscot.What is your idea of earthly happiness?
An afternoon on the couch with my dog, Jasper: I have my Kindle in one hand and a glass of rose wine in the other. And there’s a marathon of “Charlie’s Angels” on the television. And then we eat Popeye’s fried chicken.
What is the one thing in life you cannot live without?
Dinner parties. There’s nothing better than fabulous eats and engaging conversation in an intimate setting.
What inspires your creativity and designs?
Music. I am always bringing influences from favorite songs to our designs. We are working on a couch right now that’s so very Florence and the Machine. And I am tackling a bathroom that I painted like the cover of The Go-Go’s album Talk Show, all stripes in Technicolor hues. What else… Classic films. Travel. Great gardens. An amazing dinner. Chanel No. 5 television spots from the 1970s: “I am made of blue sky and golden light, and I will feel this way forever.” Brilliant.
Who are your style icons?
Dorothy Draper. Martha Stewart. Evelyn Waugh. Nancy Lancaster. Kristin Scott Thomas. John Fowler. Carole Bouquet. Bess of Hardwick.
Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
I want to be the next Dorothy Draper with the marketing skills of Lady Gaga and Madonna. I wonder if they’d help me out with a licensing deal.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
“My Kind of Garden” by David Hicks. “French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France” by Richard Goodman. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. And anything by Clive Cussler. I love a good trashy novel with action hero Dirk Pitt. Totally silly and perfect for tuning out the world.
What is your favorite luxury in life?
A late-afternoon lunch alone at the counter at Grand Central Oyster Bar with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and an oyster po’boy. It’s perfection. Cheap and chic–that’s how I roll. I love “alone time” with Jason Oliver Nixon.
Past or present who has most influenced your direction in life?
My parents are amazing. And my fifth grade teacher Regina Birrenkott really took me under wing and inspired me.
Profile by Ronda Carman