On her approach to renovating their house: "I like buildings where people work with their hands, where craftspeople do their thing—that was an inspiration for our house."
On the appeal of wabi-sabi: "For me and Kees, there is very much beauty in imperfection."
On her aesthetic sensibility: "I always go for the most simple design. No bling-bling. I always know what I like and what I don't like."
On painting the exterior of their house and workshop black: "For other people, yellow gives a happy sunshine feeling, but for me it was terrible and depressing. I need black and white and gray. Yellow is an extrovert color. But I am a person who stays inside myself."
When not writing, editing, or combing design magazines and blogs for inspiration, Jaime Gillin is experimenting with new recipes, traveling as much as possible, and tackling minor home-improvement projects that inevitably turn out to be more complex than anticipated.