Gail: Tell us about one of your show house experiences.
Jamie: Out in the Hamptons, I went to select my room, and the organizers said, “All these are taken; this is what’s still available. Let us know what you want.”
I chose one and they said, “Oh, no, that’s actually not available.” I chose another, “Oh, no, that one’s not available.” So I said, “You should tell me what’s available,” and it was not in the main house, it was about…I don’t know…a quarter of a mile away in the garage in a carriage house, old maid’s room at the top, and I got the last room at the end of the hall.
I thought to myself, “What am I going to do with this room? If I just create another guest bedroom, by the time they get here, the viewers were going to have seen twelve guest bedrooms. If I create a little sitting room or dining room, I think it’s going to feel awfully pretentious in this old maid’s room with low ceilings at the end of the garage.”
So I decided to create a nursery and it turned out to be a smash. It was the big picture in The New York Times feature. A few months later, I got a call from Madonna’s office, some assistant asking for my portfolio. Madonna was pregnant with her first child and the nursery opened my book; that was when she hired me to do her own home.
(Photo Credit Peter Murdock)