Designer Profile: Jessica Lagrange

Known for her luxury aesthetic and intriguing use of form and texture, JLI's principal reveals what inspires her

Kitchen, dining room, living room
(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange)

After over 30 years of design and architecture experience, Jessica LaGrange is still driven to provide timeless and forward-thinking designs that cater to the unique needs of each client. 

We caught up with Jessica to speak to her about her interior design philosophy, inspirations and what's on the cards for the year ahead.

Jessica Lagrange Headshot

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange)

'I began my career at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and am a graduate of the interior architecture program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

'I proceeded to form my firm, Jessica LaGrange Interiors, in 1998 and have enjoyed becoming a mentor to the team’s talented and accomplished architects and designers. Since fruition, we’ve executed a range of projects and maintained the highest standards of excellence for our clientele. 

'We’re fortunate to have worked on many diverse projects spanning from the East to West Coast, even as far as South America.'

What's your specialty?

White panelled walls, white sofa, purple armchair

(Image credit: Living room Jessica Lagrange Interiors/Douglas Friedman)

2. What is your specialty? What makes you stand out from other designers? 

a. We specialize in creating satisfying, sophisticated luxury spaces with a strong personal touch. Whether the client desires an outcome that is traditional or ultramodern, vibrant or serene, formal or understated, each space is flawlessly executed and matches the homeowner’s ideals.

What is your process when approaching a new project?

Brown chair cushions, white round table

(Image credit: Jessica Langrange Interiors/Werner Straube)

'Our process is threefold. First, we start by defining the style and aesthetic of the project through a process of imagery review with our clients. Oftentimes clients aren’t able to articulate what they are looking for, or the terminology they are referencing isn’t entirely correct. 

'For example, a past client said they wanted an ultra-modern space when in actuality they were drawn to more art deco lines and forms. Through this process of imagery review, we are able to hone in on exactly what each client is looking for and can then begin design development.'

White sofa, painting, white table with black legs

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange Interiors/Nathan Kirkman)

'The second part of our process always starts with reviewing the space/furniture plan. It’s important to know if the space, whether existing or new, can function the way the client intends it to. Sometimes this can be achieved through a creative furniture layout, and other times it informs us that we need to start moving walls. 

'Lastly, we help the client establish a budget, as it’s paramount to a project’s success. Budgets inform us where we should invest to get the greatest impact, and also prevent us from presenting ideas or furnishings that are inappropriate.'

How would you describe your design style?

Mirrors, fireplace, grey armchairs, black framed glass table

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange/Nathan Kikman)

'Classic and timeless interiors with an edge.'

What is your key design philosophy? 

Grey walls and sofa, wooden table and dining chairs

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange/Tony Soluri)

'Keep it classic. We are often tasked with giving our thoughts on trends, but in all honesty, we don’t think that design should be trendy. Investing in your interiors is a commitment. Our intention is always the same: to create an environment that can evolve with the client and their families for years to come.'

If you could go back in time and give yourself any advice, what would it be? 

Black cabinets and drawers, marble countertop

(Image credit: Douglas Friedman/Jessica Lagrange)

'Don’t overthink it! As Dorothy Draper said, “If I like it, it’s right.” 

'I think as designers we tend to over-analyze and labor over decisions and direction, and sometimes you just have to trust your gut.'

What are some career highlights that you’re most proud of? 

Black and white tiled floor, black doors and mirror, black and white wallpaper

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange Interiors/Douglas Friedman)

'The first client that gave me a chance and trusted me to work on their job leading to the establishment of my 20+ year running firm. 

'Repeat business of clients with whom we have worked on several of their primary and vacation homes, as well as their referrals to extended families. 

' Joining design leadership groups has given me the opportunity to associate with my design and architect peers nationwide while traveling together to some of the most beautifully inspiring locations in the world.'

What’s on the horizon for you and your firm? 

Armchairs and orange stool, wooden bedside table

(Image credit: Jessica Lagrange Interiors/Douglas Friedman)

'JLI aims at maintaining our small boutique atmosphere that enables us to personalize each and every project to the client’s needs. We aim to continue to service an array of clientele nationwide, each with their own distinct look and feel.'

Lucy Searle
Content Director

Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens since 1990, working her way around the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-nineties. She was Associate Editor on Ideal Home, and Launch Editor of 4Homes magazine, before moving into digital in 2007, launching Channel 4's flagship website, In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she also took on the editorship of the magazine. Today, Lucy works as Content Director across Homes & Gardens, Woman & Home, Ideal Home and Real Homes.