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Jaime Derringer | Guest Curator

Jaime Derringer | Guest Curator

We are pleased to introduce you to new Artmuse curator, Jaime Derringer. She is a new mom, a dog lover, a wife and the founder and editor of the industry-respected, online, modern design magazines Design Milk and Dog Milk. Design Milk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, The San Francisco Chronicle, is one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and a Twitter influencer in Art and Design. Her “milk” sites are also read by many entertainers, hundreds of retailers, magazine editors, and HGTV hosts and designers.

Focused on modern design, Jaime sees that her readers are exposed to the latest in art, interior design, furniture, architecture, fashion, technology, architecture, and home decor. Jaime also consults, speaks on design and design blogging, and is a contributor to numerous design blogs. The sites and their company, JD2 Media, are run by Jaime, her husband, Jordan, and their two dogs, Lulu and Beans from their New Jersey home.



CC. Where did you grow up?  Tell us a bit about your background.
JD: I grew up in southern New Jersey outside of Philadelphia in the suburbs. I didn’t go to school for art or design, I’m just very passionate about it. As a project manager for 10 years, I spent a lot of time organizing and planning but not enough time being creative. Design Milk became my creative outlet before it became my job.

CC. What did you want to do or be when you grew up?
JD: I wanted to be a creative writer – a novelist and poet. There were also times when I wanted to be an archaeologist. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

CC: What influenced you to get into the design blogging realm?
JD: I started using a blog to catalog some cool stuff I found on the Internet, primarily things I wanted to buy for my home, and then I got kind of obsessed with posting stuff. The more fantastic items I found, the more I would post.

CC: What has the fabulous Jaime Derringer has been up to lately?
JD: Ha! Too much! I bought a house (currently planning a kitchen renovation) and I’m having a baby!

Jaime Derringer | Kitchen Demolition

Jaime Derringer | Kitchen Demolition




CC: What is your design philosophy? What makes something successful in your eyes?
JD: When it comes to success in design, there is commercial success, there is success in form and function without commercial success, and then there is a combination of both. I don’t see success in design as monetary. I see it as solving a problem in a new way that changes things – it’s innovation.

CC: What do you think about the fact that good design has become affordable and readily available? 
JD: I love it! I couldn’t be happier that good design is becoming more and more available to the masses. Why should it be limited – especially if it solves important problems that affect all of us?

CC: What is that one dream piece you would love to own?
JD: I would love a set of Ligne Roset Togo seating. And something by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.

CC: Why do you think design is important? How does design make a difference in your life?
JD: Design is very important. Everything you see has been designed – from your toothbrush to your shoes to your computer… design affects all of us. That’s what is so great about sharing new design – we can all appreciate how it solves problems or creates new ways of doing things.

CC: Who are your favorite 3 designers/artists?
I don’t know! I have so many favorites – it’s very hard to answer this question since my answers would change daily.



CC: How did you choose art to suit your new home?
JD: I am still working on choosing art for my new home, since we have not been here that long. However, we recently commissioned a piece from an artist who had contacted me many years ago to promote his work on my blog. I’m also trying to get my hands on a mid-century modern sculpture from a sculptor whose work is quite well-known.

I have also been collecting art over time. A lot of the artwork that is on my wishlist consists of prints or paintings from artists I discovered through Design Milk. Having an art and design blog is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great because I get to look at amazing and beautiful things all day, but it’s bad for my wallet!

CC: Who are your favorite artists and what do you like about their work?
JD: I’m drawn mostly to abstract works, so I’m a big fan of Caroline Wright’s drippy pieces that are reminiscent of clouds and flowers. I am also a Jim Flora fan, and even recently acquired one of his prints for the new place. His style reminds me a bit of mid-century modern art – except updated.

I believe Tyson Anthony Roberts is doing some interesting abstract work that hasn’t been seen before – his large, simple rounded lines create wonderful landscapes that feel dreamy and almost video-game like. I have a commissioned painting by him in my living room and I love it.

CC: What are your thoughts on the availability and value of affordable art? 
JD: I think these days affordable art has definitely become more widely available, and that’s a good thing. Not all people can collect original works of art, but we all have blank walls that need to be decorated with beautiful things.

CC: What advice do you have for someone just starting their art collection?
JD: I would advise them to invest in one piece of art every year or few years, and then purchase affordable art prints, posters, or even DIY their own art. A nice balance between different kinds of artwork with different price points is a great way to amass a nice collection.



CC: What’s next for Design Milk?
JD: I’m gonna keep on keepin’ on. I don’t really know what’s on the horizon quite yet, but I’ve added a few new members to the team, so hopefully we can bring even more great art and design to our readers.

CC: Do you have any other projects on the drawing board? 
JD: I have a few things in the queue but my main concern right now is my family, so those exciting ideas will have to wait until 2012.

CC: What would you be doing if you weren’t doing Design Milk?
JD: I might be selling sofas, or managing social media, or maybe painting. I don’t know. It’s hard to say what would have been.

CC: What will you teach Baby Derringer about art and design? Will you have a Spilt Milk category now?
JD: Ha! Probably not. We already have a pretty decent amount of baby and children’s furnishings being featured on the site, but the quantity probably won’t increase.

I think Baby Derringer will be quickly immersed in art and design just because of the artwork and furnishings we choose to add to our home and how we live our lives. She will spend a lot of time with me since I work from home, so I’m sure she’ll grow up watching HGTV and looking at pretty pictures on the Internet. 



CC: Define your personal style in five words or less.
JD: Simple, modern, angular, clean, minimalist.

CC: What is your personal credo or motto?
JD: No regrets.

CC: Favorite food before pregnancy? During pregnancy?
JD: Before, during, and probably after = cheese and carbohydrates.

CC: What is Living Artfully to you? 
JD: Living true to your own personal style.

CC: If you could have one super power–what would it be and why.
JD: I’m not sure I’m up for the burden of responsibility that comes with having a super power… However, if I HAD to have one, I think I’d want to be able to read minds.


written by Colleen Cassady, contributor


Buy your limited edition prints of Jaime’s faves now. Here are a couple of her picks:

Jim Flora | Abstract Tangle 2

















Jim Flora | Abstract Tangle 2
Print: $25 / $75 / $200+
Framed: $135 / $220 / $395+
Free U.S. shipping for all framed prints!


Tyson Anthony Roberts | The Fountain

















Tyson Anthony Roberts | The Fountain
Print: $25 / $75 / $200+
Framed: $135 / $220 / $395+
Free U.S. shipping for all framed prints!


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  • Irma Navarro-Hankins says

    Fun read. Enjoy learning more about designmilk. One of the very first people I found when I joined twitter. Nice to know more about her. Congratulations on all your success.

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