House Beautiful - You've got framed Jackie O. photos in your closet. Is she one of your inspirations?
Melissa Warner - I love every outfit she ever wore. In all her clothes, the fabrics are always gorgeous. The colors are always crisp and clear. I'm drawn to those things. I also love Frances Elkins — she had that same timeless elegance. I look at rooms she designed in the 1930s, and they could have been done yesterday.
The Rule: Treat animal print as an accent.
How to break it: Pick a piece in a demure yet body-skimming silhouette - totally sexy but restrained at the same time.