Precious Jules

One of S.D.’s most sought-after designers gets play from coast to coast.

Jules Wilson in downtown San Diego’s McClintock building

Make no mistake: When it comes to turning out some of the coolest spaces all over the country, Jules Wilson is on a serious roll. For the McClintock building, a downtown San Diego landmark built in the ’20s and seriously renovated in the ’80s, Wilson “peeled the onion” and gave the live-work lofts a “retro law firm meets new urban gallery vibe.” All 40 units rented out in less than a month. No wonder she’s a go-to designer for Oliver McMillan, the S.D.-based firm known for transforming ho-hum spaces around the nation into beacons of chic. Wilson has done about a dozen major projects for the developers, including a two-tower mixed-use property in Atlanta that’s anchored by an elegant mansion where residents can hang out with their friends.

Wilson, who lives in an airy concrete box of a loft in Little Italy, routinely scours cities like San Francisco, Miami and NYC for inspiration. “If I died and went to heaven, it would be the Boom Boom Room at The Standard in New York,” says Wilson, who recently designed the interior for the award-winning Gaijin Noodle + Sake House in the Gaslamp. The cozy eatery is a prime example of her high-glam, occasionally quirky work, right down to a custom-made dragon mural.

And this year, Wilson will move her nine-person firm to a highly visible East Village HQ with 22-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass. “It feels like we’re growing up a little,” she says. “Even though it’s against my nature to grow up.”

Wilson’s Hots
Wynwood Arts District’s monthly art walk in Miami, AfroBeta (also from Miami), my Ticino bike and tweed rides, vermouth on the rocks at Monello in Little Italy, black on black on black, relaxed luxury, faux fur rugs—must have!

Wilson’s Nots
Grumpy people, scratchy clothes, spandex, SUVs