Ask a Designer: Jenny Wolf

The New York interior designer shares her tips for collected spaces and elegant style.

By Madeleine Frank

What do you think is the most important step when composing a room?
JW: Taking away a few things! Sometimes good design is more about editing than adding. Too many accessories can detract from the room, rather than enhance it.

What kinds of accessories do you like to incorporate into beach homes?
JW: I grew up at the beach and have always loved collecting, so I put natural things like shells, coral, and driftwood on display. Petrified-wood stumps make great casual side tables.

Do you have any tricks for livening up a dining room?
JW: Pairing host chairs with side chairs in a contrasting style makes the space look more distinctive.

What would you say is an essential piece of living room furniture?
JW: I love to place a gorgeous console table behind the sofa, especially if the back of the sofa would be the first thing in your line of sight when you walk into the room.

How do you make a petite kitchen feel light and airy?
JW: If the sink doesn't face a window, I use an antique mirror as a backsplash to bounce light around and give the space some depth.

Any advice for arranging art on a gallery wall?
JW: Start with one large piece, and then build out from there organically. Spacing frames at varying distances apart creates an authentic and collected feel. —Madeleine Frank

We asked Wolf to share the things he’s loving right now.

Great Cover (pictured above) "I could live in this airy, boho cover-up all summer long." Lemlem Zare Split Cover-up in Blue, $198

The Right Light (pictured above) "Every coastal room needs some natural texture." Casa Acanto Rope Sconce in Natural, $695

Stylish Shade "Santa Barbara Designs umbrellas immediately transport you to some fabulous resort!" Orange Slice Double Decker Square Umbrella, $3,989 (as shown)

Tastiest Seafood "Millie's Market in Nantucket has the best lobster roll ever."

Eau de Parfum "This soft scent is so fresh, and the bottle makes a great vanity accessory." AERIN Ikat Jasmine Eau de Parfum, $110