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Man of Distinction: Meet Jason St. John, Principal & Designer at Bells & Whistles

by Matthew Taylor Ruggieri on January 11, 2012.



The Men of Distinction series is an on-going conversation with men who create, explore, advocate and inspire. In this week’s edition, we sit down with Jason St. John, Principal and Designer at Bells & Whistles, a San Diego based interior design firm.

What do you love about what you do?  

We get to live in a world of make believe. Conjuring up interiors that give our clients a leg up in the marketplace. Every project unearths a new story, so I’d definitely say, I love what I do. 


What inspires you about the city you live in?
I travel a lot, and the one thing that makes a city a city is food, coffee and dancing! I can tell you where to eat, dance and get coffee on five continents, but hands down, Southern California is one of the best places in the world for all three! 


Album of the year (so far)?
I think one of my favorite bands is El Guincho, so their album Pop Negro and the song “Bombay”. If they come out with a new album, that’ll be it! 


Favorite film or book of all time?
Favorite Movies-
•It’s a Wonderful Life
•The Night of the Hunter 

Favorite Books-

•The Wind- Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
•1Q84 by Haruki Murakami



What makes someone a man of distinction to you?  




A man of distinction is someone who has drive and passion. He believes in the good of all things, fights for what’s right, adores his family and still does his chores, no complaints, no “thank yous” necessary!
Some men that you believe are Men of Distinction?
They’re all around us. Take a close look at the men in your life, and you might realize you know a few! 


What’s the most essential piece of your grooming routine that you wouldn’t go without?
Khiels brushless shave cream, a comb, and Marvis toothpaste. 


Give us Your Elevator Pitch…
Bells and Whistles is a full service interior design firm that believes in a multi- layered approach to projects. From graphic design to chair design, we strive to make our clients’ interiors hand- built works of art that tell a very unique story. We’d love to hear about your project.

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