Jill Goldberg, a Massachusetts born and bred designer, got her start as so many designers do: by rearranging the furniture in her mother’s living room. After a foray into acting in L.A., where she came to appreciate the relaxed California aesthetic, Jill attended The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and later started her own company, Picket Fence Interior Design. The experience helped her realize that she wanted to work with materials and items she felt passionate about, and in 2006, Jill opened Hudson, one of Boston’s finest home boutiques. She has since expanded to a second store in Wellesley, as well as a design firm. Jill strives for an easy-living style “where traditional, country, and vintage meet modern”—making for homes that are elegant enough to show off, but that are still places where people can kick back in comfort and ease.
I got into home design and decor because: I was fascinated by other people’s homes and how they decorated. But I never thought it would become a career; I always planned on becoming an actress, which is what I had been doing until 1999.
My home-decor philosophy is: beautiful but comfortable. You should be able to live with and on your furniture, not just have it in your home for decoration, or be scared of touching or sitting in it.
My favorite current trend is: living without “decorating”—it’s about living with items you love, with no preconceived design boundaries. Pulling into your home only items that you love and that have meaning to you, not the “right” lamp or accessory.
My favorite item in my own home is: a painting my husband spotted at Brimfield [Antique Show] many years ago. It’s of a lake scene, and about 50 years old. It’s canvas wrapped around a big wood plank, and the canvas is ripped and the paint is flaking . . . and I can’t imagine not seeing it on my wall every day for the rest of my life. It makes me feel calm and at home.
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