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Style Q&A: Author and creative consultant Jessica Murnane’s New Year’s resolutions

Style Q&A: Author and creative consultant Jessica Murnane’s New Year’s resolutions
January 2023

She’s kicking off the New Year with a book-signing at Charleston Library Society on January 26





As an author and creative consultant, Murnane encourages us to incorporate more plants into our diets (One Part Plant, Harper Wave, 2017) and advocates and helps women struggling with endometriosis (Know Your Endo, Avery, 2021). She’s kicking off 2023 with a book-signing at Charleston Library Society on January 26 in conjunction with a screening of the documentary Below the Belt, in which she raises awareness about women’s health. Murnane’s goals for the New Year include completing a fiction project, returning her focus to sculptural art and design, and hosting more dinner parties. Here, she shares how she’s decorating her new home:

Q Name one of your favorite local designers.
A
Melissa Sutton of Riloh; her lighting designs are next-level. Her “Elude” (above) and ”Novo” lights are stunners.

Q What are your go-to skin-care and makeup products?
A
Ladson’s soap, especially the bar I created with them (above)! It smells so good (patchouli, frankincense, and vanilla), and it’s super moisturizing with their signature coconut and olive oil blend. Proceeds from sales will go to Adoptee Mentoring Society, a nonprofit that’s doing important work. And for makeup, RMS products, including their “Luminizer” and “Lip2Cheek” (above)

Q Can you share any tips for people who want to incorporate more plants into their diets?
A
Take it one meal at a time! This is the whole mission of my cookbook, One Part Plant (above). Starting with one plant-based meal a day makes things feel really doable. What’s most important is to create meals you love and not feel forced to eat “healthy” things you don’t like.



Q You’ve moved recently. How are you decorating?
A
I’m still figuring that out, but I’ve been making a lot of the art with flea market finds and updating what we have instead of buying new things—for example, I’m covering an outdated pendant light with papier-mâché to give it a plastered look. I bought new dinnerware (Bed Threads‘ Bitossi Home lemon plate and Food52‘s Sabre ”Bistrot” flatware, above), which will come in handy for those dinner parties.

Q What’s your most recent purchase for your closet?
A
A super-ruffled tulle cardigan from Kate Hewko (above). I swear it will go with everything—or at least I’ll force it to.