Jennifer Sergent

Writer, Washington, D.C.

What do you find most enjoyable about design? I like that it’s so personal, like music. Designers can take the same fabrics and furniture (as musicians do with the same notes and scales) and combine them in limitless ways to express a point of view or mood. I see interior design as transformative for the psyche even more than for aesthetics. Prized possession: A chest my husband commissioned designer and furniture maker Caleb Woodard to make for me. The carved wood on the doors resembles woven ribbons. If money were no object, I would buy… A beach house in Fenwick Island, Delaware. I’ve vacationed there with my family since I was little, and it would be great to own something there.