Spring Vibes

Spring has sprung….at least in Arkansas! Seeing the gorgeous blooms and feeling the sunshine again always gets me excited for new designs. Much like spring cleaning, it feels good to bring in new trends to go along with the new season. So, I bring you some vibes I’m loving this spring:

Revamp your Wall

As I recently shared on Insta, I completely reworked my own art wall. Try infusing a new piece or two in with artwork you already own. This provides a fresh look without breaking the bank.

Art wall

Cleanse Your Home’s Palate

In other words: declutter and paint! Nothing will get you as excited about your space as a good old repaint. Try a white wall, and you will be amazed at how it makes the old new again. Also, go through your closets, cabinets, and things in general. Invite a friend over to go through it with you and repurpose or recycle what you don’t need. It is transformative.

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Courtesy @3wirephotography

Pot Some Plants

Add some succulents or some greenery to your space, both indoor and outdoor. Plants are an impressive, yet inexpensive, way to breathe life into your decor.

TAKE A RISK 

Do something unique and unexpected with something you’re tired of. Paint a chair. Move that table that hasn’t moved in ten years. Add some wallpaper. I recently recovered my beloved great-grandmother’s chair, and it immediately made me happy. The effect was modern, yet timeless.

Mari chair

So, what spring projects do you want to tackle? Look around and find one that excites you, then get to painting, recovering, organizing, or whatever it is that gets your spring vibes going.

XO,

Jill

 

 

 

Why Hire a Designer?

In an era of DIY, I am often asked about the purpose of a designer in the building and/or renovation process. This post is dedicated to the who, what, when, where, and why of builders, architects, and, of course, designers.

To lend multiple voices and perspectives to the conversation, I asked some talented local professionals their personal takes on how they work in conjunction with designers and other professionals in the field and how these roles can be beneficial to clients. To draw a parallel, would you consult a physician without a medical license? Similarly, hiring professionals who are familiar with design trends and space planning, and who listen to your needs, will save you money, frustration, and time in the long run.

So, enjoy, and feel free to post questions!


The Architect(s)

Chris Sheppard, AIA

Taylor Kempkes Architects

Chris has ten years of experience in the field and has been with Taylor Kempkes for the past three years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2009. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions:

Jill White (JW): What do you consider your two largest professional accomplishments?

Chris Sheppard (CS): Earning my architectural license at 24 years old and having multiple happy clients. I know the second one is cheesy, but it is true. A happy client can make even the mundane project enjoyable.

JW: What types of projects do you typically pursue?

CS: Commercial buildings of all kinds….and some residential if the client, the builder, or their design style is a good fit.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

CS: Being pleasant to work with, having a good sense of design, and knowing how to appropriately edit a design when necessary.

JW: In a nutshell, describe what you do.

CS: Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. I try to make that 90 percent of your life enjoyable, functional, and safe.

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

CS: One role of an architect is to protect the owner’s interests regarding construction. I appreciate a builder who is transparent—one that works hard to do a good job and believes in collaboration. I will never recommend a builder who thinks they know it all (because I can assure you, they don’t).

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

CS: I work well with designers….unless they move to the exterior of the building. Just kidding! Most designers have a complimentary skill set to mine, and I value their opinions.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

CS: I love working with good interior designers. So much of what an architect designs is unseen or [is eventually] covered with drywall. An interior designer gets to focus on the tactile and visual experience of a building, and that is often what owners have the most interest in. Having a professional, whose sole job is that, can be a blessing.

JW: Why should a potential client hire you instead of a draftsman?

CS: Knowledge + Experience. As my father would say, “You don’t even know what you don’t know.” With an architect, you are getting, potentially, decades of knowledge, a minimum five years of formal design education, seven licensure exams that ensure safety, and the experience of hundreds of completed projects. I inherently know what makes good design, and it is my minimum standard level work.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

CS: Hire a professional—and one you enjoy being around. We are here to guide you and make the building process easier. Building can feel like an overwhelming task, but to us, it is a daily routine.


The Architect(s)

Randall Hurban

Hight Jackson Associates

Randall has been in the field for nine years, a little over three of those with Hight Jackson Associates (HJA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Arkansas and works in the commercial space. Here are his responses:

JW: What do you consider your two largest professional accomplishments?

Randall Hurban (RH): Getting licensed and getting construction documents done on a 68,000 square foot school project in three months.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

RH: HJA is known for getting beautiful projects done on time and under budget and for keeping the client’s needs first and foremost.

JW: Describe what you do in layman’s terms.

RH: I am an architect that delivers my clients their dream project within their budget.

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

RH: They are integral in our projects, especially if they can come on board early in the design phases for pricing exercises and allow us to explore various options.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

RH: Designers, similar to contractors, allow us to make the correct decisions early on, so we don’t blow the budget but still get the client what they originally dreamed of.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

RH: Designers stay up-to-date with the latest trends, products, etc. and can help aid in the overall design of a project, really being crucial to the look of a project.

JW: Why should a potential client hire you as opposed to a draftsman?

RH: Draftsmen have their purpose, but if a client is looking for a knowledgeable and well-educated designer with current building practices and code understandings, an architect is the way to go.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

RH: Jill is the best! [Jill Note: I did not pay him to say that!!]


The Builder(s)

Jeremiah Russell, AIA, NCARB

Rogue Architecture

Jeremiah is an architect and a builder, so he offers a multifaceted view on our topic. He has been in the practice for over 14 years and in his current business for over three years. He earned his Masters of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Following are his responses:

JW: What do you consider your two main professional accomplishments?

Jeremiah Russell (JR): Getting licensed, and opening my own firm.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

JR: Clean, modern designs that are space and energy efficient and are affordable to construct.

JW: Briefly describe what you do.

JR: I create custom designed homes that function better and that sell faster and for more money than the average spec or builder grade home.

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

JR: As a licensed residential builder, we can provide design/build services for some of our clients. Generally, we work with other licensed contractors and subcontractors. We try to encourage our clients to select a contractor early in the design process to help with budget analysis to make sure that things stay in the range they need to be in and to provide constructibility guidance as well. Construction is a team effort, after all.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

JR: Interior designers tend to come into the picture after our design work has been completed. This is not ideal. Similar to selecting a contractor, we would encourage any client thinking about hiring an interior designer for their project to do so early, so the process can be collaborative throughout design.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

JR: The benefits of working with a designer, for the client, are to have a dedicated and trained professional curating the fixtures and finishes of a design, offering design input to the architect about function and flow, and providing oversight during final installation to make sure the finished product is perfect.

JW: Why should potential client hire you instead of a draftsman?

JR: That’s easy. Professional expertise in design, construction, and building technology. A draftsman will follow instructions to draw what the client instructs. An architect will listen to the needs, wants, and desires of the client and create a full design that is truly unique to that family. An architect-designed home will function better, perform better over time, and appreciate in value faster.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

JR: Design and construction are collaborative processes. They are not exclusive. The architect is not done when the drawings are issued. The entire team – architect, contractor, and designer – need to be involved and working together from the beginning of design through to the completion of construction. This helps ensure the client’s investment is sound, and their project is built according to plan and according to a budget.


The Builder(s)

Ben Booth

Booth Building + Design LLC

Ben has been in the field for 16 years and has been self-employed for the duration. His projects are largely high-end, custom residential. Here are his responses:

JW: What do you consider your two biggest professional accomplishments?

Ben Booth (BB): Being nominated and voted in as a board member, and eventually president, of our local Home Builders Association. Also, building my business to the point (through great clients and projects) where clients seek me out for their homes and all business comes from word-of-mouth.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

BB: Being friends with my clients after we complete their homes, honesty and integrity, and always being available to my clients even after they’ve moved in.

JW: In a nutshell, describe what you do.

BB: The majority of what I do includes high-end custom homes. So I work with clients from the lot selection process, to the floorplan design, through all of their selections. Then I build their home based on their budget, those selections, and their vision.

JW: When do you like to enter a project? Do you like coming in first (before the architect or designer)? Do you like knowing who the architect is first and having plans brought to you?

BB: My preference is to be the first one involved with the project. My most successful projects, regardless of the designer or architect, have been the ones where I’ve been selected and involved from day one.

JW: How does an architect factor into your work?

BB: My projects are probably 50/50 architect and draftsman as far as the floorplan and who draws them.

JW: In your opinion, when is it okay to not hire an architect? What kind of project can only a builder take care of?

BB: There are several floorplans I’ve built in the past where a draftsman was sufficient. Because many of my clients can’t envision rooms/spacing/perspective until we’ve framed the house, three or four pages of plans are all that is required. The key is having a builder who is knowledgeable, experienced, flexible, and willing to help take responsibility for changes that are required.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with a designer?

BB: Since my wife, Cassie, is an ASID designer, I work in conjunction with a very talented designer on every project! She has certainly been a huge part of my success as a builder.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

BB: For me, personally, it helps tremendously in the selection process, overall organization of those selections, and catching the vision for the overall design early in the process….all very important to me. Also, selfishly, it makes me look much better as a custom home builder, because my clients’ homes turn out better looking!

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

BB: Do not hire a builder who’s been building less than 10 years or who builds “on the side.” I’ve been building since 2000, and I learn things every day I wish I had known earlier in my career. It’s too easy to get a builders license in Arkansas, and [building a home] is the largest personal investment you’ll ever make. Know your builder and his or her background.


The Designer

Jill White (duh)

Jill White Designs

Of course I am answering as the designer! However, I have to agree with Ben’s assessment of Cassie; she is wonderfully talented, as are so many others in Arkansas. We are lucky to have so many amazing designers right here in The Natural State. So, you can see my “About Me” page for background. Without further ado:

JW: What do you consider your two largest professional accomplishments?

JW: Starting my own business. Also, getting to work on The Waters, a boutique hotel, the Holy Grail for most designers, my second year in business.

JW: What types of projects do you typically pursue?

JW: I do it all! Here lately, I find myself really loving family homes.

JW: What are you known for in the industry?

JW: Black, white, and grey?! I hope I am known for my ability to connect with my clients, to really get to know them on a personal level and design spaces they love and enjoy for years to come. The more I know about my clients, and the more they teach me about their lifestyle, the better I can design their space.

JW: In a nutshell, describe what you do.

JW: HUSTLE!!! A typical day (after my precious Stella is off to school) involves correspondence (emails / texts/ calls), client meetings, site visits, lots of computer time, and general craziness!!

I typically meet with a client to discuss the scope of work and their needs. With an existing space, I measure the areas to be renovated and prepare an accurate floorplan, then begin the conceptual phase. Once the concept is approved, a final plan and millwork elevations are prepared for approval. Then the fun starts!

JW: How does a builder/contractor factor into your work?

JW: I love working collaboratively with builders. My favorite, go-to builders are those who bring something to the table. Those with ideas, creativity, problem-solving skills, and respect. Those who understand we are on the same team and are working together to make the best space for the client.

JW: How do you work in conjunction with an architect?

JW: Similarly, an architect is a super important part of the team who ensures the space flows functionally and aesthetically. Designers / architects / builders each bring important, necessary expertise to the table. It is worth your money to invest in a good team who will oversee your project from beginning to end, each working collaboratively alongside each other to execute design intent for the client.

JW: What are the benefits of working with a designer?

JW: We have college degrees. This is our life. What may end up being a stressful, overwhelming process for most is something we are accustomed to dealing with daily. As a designer, I execute your vision and make your space reflective of you and your tastes. Ultimately, building or renovating is a huge decision for most, so doing it right the first time will allow you to enjoy it for years to come and will also help with resale.

JW: When do you like to enter a project?

JW: I am often asked who comes first – the designer, the builder, or the architect. Everybody wants to be first, ha! It depends on what you want to do. Obviously, if you want new furniture or to do a small remodel, call a designer. If you are building from the ground up, you may call an architect. Additionally, it is really up to the client and who they may already have a relationship with. I know we all respond differently, but I think it is most important to have a good team of qualified people with the right credentials.

JW: Any information you would like our readers to know?

JW: HIRE ME. LOL!

 

 

That View, Though!

I had the most fun designing for the Hastings family’s Little Rock home. This was a large project, as they rebuilt from the ground up, and you know I love a good, blank canvas to work from.

I worked in conjunction with Chuck Hamilton Construction of Little Rock on this gem, aka #jwdhastingsheights. Here are a few of the highlights:

Master Bath: The amazing, bright white master bath features a freestanding bathtub from Jason International that overlooks the family’s lovely mountain view. The shape of the windows complements that of the built-in shelving and cabinets, which provide always-needed extra storage space.

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All photographs in this post courtesy 3wire Photography.

Here are a few more views from the master bathroom for your perusing pleasure:

The tile on the floor and used for the shower walls is BPI Marvel, Statuario 12×24. The shower floor features 2″ Casa Blanca hexagon mosaic.

As a new blog feature, we will list “Where You Can Find It” for the master bathroom (or we will at least get you pretty close):

Kitchen: Moving on to the kitchen. I love this space. The countertops are gray and white quartz. The perimeter and wet bar are Caeserstone Pebble. The island is Prestige Stone in Calacatta Grey. The hardware is brushed brass. The linear light fixture adds a little color without overwhelming the design.

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Here are some more photos from the kitchen….the view is fantastic! The Chippendale barstools inspired a design element we thoughtfully used throughout the house. The pattern was mimicked in the cabinetry at the butler’s pantry and again in the baby gate at the stair. It added just the right amount of interest and uniqueness to the space. The kitchen and wet bar backsplash is a 1×3 marble herringbone pattern.

Where You Can Find It

Powder Bath: That wallpaper, though. I love the way this bathroom adds a splash of color to the Hastings home without taking over. Keeping the other elements of the bath simple allows the walls to speak for themselves.

Where You Can Find It

  • Wallpaper: Seabrook. We used Carl Robinson 12-Art – CR41309 Langhorn, but peruse their other offerings!
  • Faucet: Kohler. This one is Purist in vibrant moderne, brushed gold.
  • Mirror: Target. Never discount the discount stores.
  • Towel Ring: Anthropologie. Explore their unique bathroom hardware offerings.

 

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trendy Resolutions

It’s almost New Year’s Day! You know what that means: Timelines and Insta-stories full of folks resolving to better themselves financially, physically, academically, etc. Always a fan of self-improvement and development, I say, “GO FOR IT.”

Jill White Designs looks forward to a lot of the new and a little of the old in 2018. Here are a few thoughts on the trends turning my head (some will be familiar):

Oxblood: As mentioned on Insta (below), “Love it or hate it, it’s everywhere and we’re jumping on the train & STUPID excited about it!” This trend is likely a throwback to art deco and all things European. Don’t be afraid to incorporate this bold trend. 

Oxblood

Ultra Violet: It’s the Pantone “color of the year,” after all! In a Stella-approved move, Pantone’s 18-3838 will be seen all over in 2018. According to Pantone, the hue is “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Be ready to see this color used in accent pieces everywhere. 

Ultra Violet
Photo courtesy Pinterest.

Nature-inspired Decor: Expect to continue seeing shades inspired by nature, from stone to earth to ocean, natural colors and elements will be found all over. Flora, raw wood, and leaves will be all over. As I mentioned in my last post, go outside and see what you can find. This is a budget-friendly trend that instantly updates your space. 

Natural Decor
Photo courtesy Pinterest.

Wallpaper and Prints Galore: Another recent Insta, 2017 saw tons of fun prints with an emphasis on interesting wallpaper. Almost nothing is off limits! Florals, abstracts, graphics, patterned….each adds its own element of fun, especially in smaller spaces. Stay tuned in 2018 to see what new prints JWD has in store! 

Wallpaper

Black and White: Last, but never least, you don’t have to stray from the tried and true. Yeah, I’m going to say it: black and white. I mean, these basic elements are not going anywhere, and black and white is always a safe bet. Used as a foundation, the sky’s the limit as far as accompanying decor. 

JWD had an outstanding 2017, and I am excited to see what 2018 has in store! If you’ve resolved to finally do a home update you’ve been pondering for years or build your dream home, give me a call, and let’s make your dream a reality!

XO,

Jill

Christmas Crazy with Jill White Designs

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All photography in this post courtesy @3wirephotography.

Okay, how many of you do it? Go nuts and chronically over-decorate for Christmas? <Raises hand slowly.> I love it. I am the weirdo who typically has her trees up before Thanksgiving. Yes, I do enjoy Thanksgiving, but Christmas decor requires so much work, I want to enjoy the end result as long as possible. My theory is that Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. When it gets cool outside, when fireplaces are lit, and when Thanksgiving approaches, I get all the holiday feels and can’t help myself.

My philosophy on trees is “the more the merrier.” I put up a lot of trees; this year I did six! Two of them have no decoration, rather they are a solid black and a solid white in the guest room. Shocker. I used black and white.

My holiday décor features a good number of recycled hand-me-downs, half of which belonged to my great-grandmother. She was The Holiday Queen. She had the most beautiful holiday décor in almost every room of her home. (I miss her!) All the teal décor on my main tree, the white and gold angels in the dining room, and the oversize jewels on the boho tree were hers. I love them and will continue to use them every year until the glitter and paint fall off!

 

 

If you’re like me, you spend too much during the holidays, so I personally try to design on a dime. My main tree includes 90 percent (the above mentioned) hand-me-downs. My entire “boho tree,” excluding my great-grandmother’s oversize jewels, was purchased at At Home store (inexpensive)! My daughter, Stella’s, bedroom tree is 90 percent handmade felt ornaments, crafted by yours truly. The skirts for all trees except the main one are blankets I already had.

 

 

One of my favorite holiday décor items can be found in almost any yard; go outside and cut things! (If not, try your neighbor’s yard; they won’t notice!) Holly (of course), sticks, willow, magnolia branches, or pine cones. I display these items in vases scattered throughout my home. It is an easy way to be festive and spend zero dollars.

 

 

How do YOU decorate for the holidays?? What means the most to you??

 

 

Thank you to all of my clients for your support this year!!! YOU are the reason I get to do what I love every single day!!! Thank you to the contractors and their subs, my installers and handymen, to my amazing reps and vendors, for without you this job would not be possible. Thank you to my mini team!!! Miki (I am so thankful to have you join my team!!!), Ansley (You come whenever you want, sweet girl.), Jessica (for your occasional styling help), and my amazing sister, Jenni, who started this blog and website for FUN. I am so lucky to have you all!!! And, lastly, to my family and friends for your continued cheerleading and support. I love and appreciate you all!!!
Happy Holidays,
Jill

Thanksgiving Table Takeover

Design doesn’t have to be relegated to interiors, and Thanksgiving tables don’t have to be boring or predictable. In fact, I’d caution against the tired cornucopia centerpiece. Make this the turkey day you break free from using the same tired decor!

Here are a few ideas from Pinterest to spark your creativity!

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Credit: Pinterest

So, while pumpkins are hardly unexpected at Thanksgiving, think outside the grocery store box and grab some spray paint! I love how they added hues of gold, gray, blue, and black in different finishes to add interest to the palette. Though their arrangement appears haphazard, upon closer inspection the pumpkins are arranged by color and size. The farmhouse table simple place settings, and natural greenery tied with twine complete the look.

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Credit: Pinterest

Tablescapes aren’t limited to the obvious or the decorative. Use your dining space in a meaningful way. I love how this Pinterest user crafted a handwritten thankfulness list, allowing guests to ruminate on their blessings. This is an easy DIY the least crafty person can do, using only pen and paper.

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Credit: Pinterest

This one wins “most likely to have been designed by Jill White.” The black and white? The greenery? Those place settings? I love the use of nontraditional Thanksgiving colors; there’s no brown or orange in sight! The basic stemware and crisp, classic whites make for a fab, modern, yet inviting tablescape.

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Credit: Pinterest

Here’s another that could easily inspire my own work. While we have the classic white dinnerware, I love the addition of the natural charger, gold flatware, and black and white linens. The personal touch provided by the “thank you very much” reminder is also nice. The basic white antler and succulent terrarium as centerpieces add a fun, updated feel.

Lastly, being Thanksgiving and all, I want to thank you – my clients and readers – for your business and friendship. I truly couldn’t do what I love without you. For that, I am thankful for YOU! Enjoy a happy, safe holiday week.

XO,

Jill

Large Home Love

On occasion an exceptionally exciting renovation comes along. You are about to meet the McClure residence, also known as #jwdfoxpartyofsix on Instagram. I may have posted about this one j-u-s-t a little.

This property was a dream to work on. I was hired onto the project during the framing phase. Fortunately, I was on-board in time to put my stamp on the floor plan. My services were provided in conjunction with the builder, Chuck Hamilton Construction of Little Rock.

The vision for the home piqued my interest from the beginning. I mean, it’s not every day that an 8,000 square footer comes along. Not only was it was a huge project, but once I met this precious family of six, I knew it would be the perfect job for me!

I mean, this was our starting point, exterior-wise:

BEFORE_McClure_Exterior

I can’t wait this entire post to show some of the almost-finished new exterior. So, without further ado:

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Though this is only a snippet of the front, I am in love. The home was completely transformed from traditional to modern and clean. Here are some more exterior shots:

We replaced the red brick exterior with stucco in a custom color. The dark casement windows are in Iron Ore by Pella, which I love. We used gas lantern lighting from New Orleans-based company Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. We added a contemporary metal mailbox from an awesome shop out of Austin, Texas I found on Etsy, Bold MFG & Supply. Then there is the custom iron door. Not just any door, this thing was around 17.5 feet and something like 5,000 pounds! It was created and installed by Arkansas Custom Iron Doors.

The door is ridiculously impressive, yes, but oh my word the KITCHEN. The kitchen is what culinary dreams are made of. Check this out:

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Pictures from this point on courtesy @3wirephotography.

I mean. Where to begin? White, white, white, of course. Features include a 60-inch range from Thermador with a custom hood, quartz countertop by The Countertop Store in Maumelle, and counter-height windows by Pella. The sink is an incredible white The Galley sink – FIVE FEET – with two industrial faucets by Blanco from PC Hardware & Design. Enjoy a few more kitchen pics:

I’m loving the clean, simple look and feel of the space! And just a few more:

 

This home also included a beautiful, functional laundry with metal lockers and a herringbone brick floor. The metal is from Bray Sheetmetal, right here in Little Rock, and the brick from Antique Brick Outdoors.  Larger families thrive on details that can help with organization and maximum use of space such as this.

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It’s a functional dream come true, especially for a family with several kiddos. And speaking of kids, check out a couple of favorites from the kids’ rooms:

 

The wallpaper and custom beds are fantastic in both rooms! The black bed is painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, and the wallpaper is Kate Spade for Kravet in Confetti Dot Dalmatian (on the left). The green bed is painted in Sherwin Williams Leap Frog, and the butterfly wallpaper is by Jamie Brown Home, the Chelsea Lane Collection. Both wallpapers are from Designer Effects. The beds were custom constructed by Chuck Hamilton Construction. (Lucky kids!)

This house has so many bathrooms. Here are just a few after photos:

These are the powder bath and some of the kids’ bathrooms. And now for the master:

More white and gray marble with an open, airy space. The shower is also marble with custom chrome fixtures by Brizo Faucet. The mirrors are from Mirror Image Home with lighting by Visual Comfort & Co.

I love that this project took a complex, existing structure and turned it into a modern, streamlined, and functional family home. If the family is happy; I am happy!

XO,

Jill

 

 

 

 

 

 

She Designed a Life She Loved

Look no further than a designer’s own residence to determine if they may be a good fit for your home or commercial project. Sure, any formally trained designer worth their salt can work in any given genre, including me of course. But to learn who you are working with, start by checking out the space in which they choose to live.

I built my home from the ground up in 2014. Like always, I had definite ideas about what I wanted. I love the juxtaposition of the light, painted brick and the darker trim:

Surprising to nobody, planning the interior was a dream. I knew I wanted an open, airy space that could act as a blank canvas. I often think of my work as just that: a canvas waiting to be transformed. With white walls and trim throughout, I could start filling in the blanks with furnishings and art.

The main living space is among my favorite areas in the house, and it is where we truly live. Here are some examples:

The lighting is completely me in every way. If you’ve spent more than a hot minute on my Insta, you know I’m all about the black and white. My wall and trim color is Restoration Hardware Right White. It was all over when I saw this fixture from @straydogdesigns. I also chose relatively neutral tones for most of the furniture in this area, which is from @demaderatradingco and @dwellstudio with pillows from @anthropologie and @willaskyehome.

All of this black and white provides the perfect backdrop for fantastic artwork. This area of my home includes work by my daughter, Stella; @dotdesignRBO; @haddenspotts_art_by_hadden; and @violethilldesign.

The main living areas above are open to the dining area, kitchen, and entryway as well:

The island counter top is made of quartz. The perimeter counter top is leathered and is Absolute Black granite. We love that we have tons of storage without looking like we have tons of storage in the kitchen. There are always many ways to keep a kitchen beautiful while optimizing its functionality.

There, just across from the dining room, is my home office:This, friends, is where the magic happens. (And sometimes “magic” means My Little Pony coloring books.) I love being surrounded by light and by things I love, so I made sure to have lots of both in my work space. And on the subject of ponies, my precious daughter’s room was SO MUCH FUN (and continues to be as she grows):

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All photos in this post courtesy @ml.baxley

That light fixture look familiar (in the mirror)? Yep, it is a mini version of the larger one in my living area. Hey, if you like something, you like it. I made sure to give Stella plenty of place space and lots of fun color to match her colorful personality.

Though the tour could continue, I will leave you with the unexpected: closet space. Yep, functional, utilitarian closet space.

Okay, so maybe not so much functional as fun on the left. My daughter’s closet includes a playhouse with extra storage and a cool bookshelf. She loves bringing her friends to her indoor loft. Our closet, on the right, is spacious and functional, with built-in storage to minimize the furniture needed in the bedroom.

I could do this all day, but you get the idea (and this won’t be the last you see of my personal home on here). Until next time!

XO,

Jill