Julia Buckingham

Scottsdale - Founder, Julia Buckingham Interiors and Modernique

What first sparked your interest in interiors or design? I’ve always been surrounded by dusty and amazing antique shops. From those early experiences, I discovered a passion for these excursions and then began selling antiques all over the country.

How would you describe your aesthetic? I trademarked the name Modernique, which translates my aesthetic into a modern and antique-infused vibe. Old, new, lacquered pieces and aged pieces with patina all live together with a bold color statement.

What is a design trend you are loving? Mixing textures, patterns and disparate colors to create a sort of design goulash. Somehow it seems effortlessly chic to me.

And a trend you are ready to be over? Geometric fabrics and rugs, Greek keys and art deco rectangles are out, but polka dots still reign supreme!

How do you weave your sense of style into everything you do (fashion, etc.)? It’s all a sense of pieces that inspire me and make me happy. Something blue, pink, white, yellow and animal prints are all integral pieces of my everyday wear.

What is your favorite color palette to use in projects currently? Lavender and sunshine yellow.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Just a typical, normal day! It hits you out of nowhere sometimes. But always in travel and historic spaces.

What is a timeless design moment you think will never go out of style? Black and white.

What do you wish more of your clients understood? That everything takes time. Also, that you ultimately get what you pay for.

Which iconic designer/architect is your idol? Peter Marino.

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