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Jocelyn Gailliot of Tuckernuck

A garden blooms in the loft apartment of Jocelyn Gailliot, founder of fashion and lifestyle brand Tuckernuck. Lilacs, paper roses and peonies bloom, only fleetingly, however.

Jocelyn has decided to throw a garden-theme shindig. Hence, the bountiful arrangements of flowers. “Garden-inspired parties are typically my favorite and it gives me license to mix as many colors as possible together. I’ve always liked mixing beautiful things together that wouldn’t traditionally match,” explains Jocelyn who has laid out an eclectic spread under a colorful and intricately detailed tablecloth she purchased a decade ago during her honeymoon in Ravello, Italy.

She founded Tuckernuck with her sister and her sister’s best friend five years ago. It is a modern and youthful take on preppy style named after an island in Nantucket.  They sell everything from easy and relaxed fashions to an assortment of home décor items with a beach home vibe.

Much like Tuckernuck, which is all about a happy and easy lifestyle, her table is all cheery and bright. “I love mixing beautiful things together and this table is full of treasures,” she says. She’s assembled a mix of pieces from her own cupboards with Kim Seybert. The china and candlesticks were from her wedding and she’s added metal woodland creatures as place card holders.  “I loved the whimsical Asian theme and exquisite details in the Silk Road beaded placemats and the Silk Road birdcage napkin rings.  I then mixed in more natural elements to ground the table like the Provence raffia placemats and the Quill wood napkin rings. The Crackle gold wine glasses are so special and added a luxurious and elevated element,” adds Jocelyn.

This kind of collected approach to a table is very much like her decorating style. Her TriBeCa loft is just as eclectic.  

“I like natural materials as well as color and pattern.  I like to collect antiques and art from my travels and always accept hand me downs from my parents.  I mix periods and it all seems to come together fine. I am also addicted to built-ins that hide all my children’s toys.  I want people to feel comfortable, but also inspired by unexpected combinations like I do. I have 4 children, 6 and younger, and love how the open layout allows for us to bond and grow together.”

Being the seasoned hostess that she is, the mother of four and former finance executive entertains almost weekly, from small intimate affairs to lavish parties,  like baby showers and engagement parties.

“I love to entertain. These days we love having friends and family over for more relaxed Sunday gatherings as I just had my fourth baby.  I typically love to host any party for my friends though.  I think my eclectic approach to entertaining makes this easy. If you mix enough things together, then anything goes,” she describes and in following her own entertaining codes, she has created a magical garden-like table filled with wonderful details and unexpected surprises.

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