Ask a Designer: Jennifer Palumbo

The interiors expert shares her tips on timeless design, the best beach house linens, and more.

By Madeleine Frank

Newton, Massachusetts-based designer Jennifer Palumbo gives seaside-style tips for relaxed beach living.

Which areas are too often ignored when decorating?
JP: Mudrooms and laundry rooms are often the last spaces people address, but the function of those spaces is critical for keeping clutter out of the main part of the house. And because they're primarily used by family rather than guests, there's an opportunity to be very playful and personal with the decor.

What's the secret for achieving really timeless design?
JP: Organic materials have greater longevity. A reclaimed wood wall or a freeform stone sink can make a big statement, but will never look dated.

Do you have a go-to source for beach house linens?
JP: For fabulous, sumptuous textures that don't need to be ironed, I love the Italian sheeting company Society or Matteo Los Angeles. Beach bedding shouldn't be high maintenance!

What's your favorite shower tile?
JP: I love large porcelain tiles that are at least 12 inches square, and no one does them better than Porcelanosa. They have incredible tiles that are cost effective and have an understated subtlety to them.


  1. Vivid Vase (pictured above) "I just love the modern whimsy that these ceramic pieces of art bring to a space." Lawrence McRae #6 Lacey Vase in Lavender, $68
  2. Hot Seat (pictured above) "It's so fun to find a product with the faded and handmade quality of this pouf." Eskayel Poolside Ottoman, $495
  3. Fresh Cuisine (pictured above) "This restaurant is perfect, from the organic atmosphere to the fresh food." Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine
  4. Sea Soap "The fragrance is clean and fresh, and it looks great, too." Antica Farmacista Hand Wash in Acqua, $25
  5. Mighty Light "The shapes and color options of this line are fabulous and so current."