Modern Mountaintop Cottage

Am I the only one craving Fall and the promise of cooler weather and cozy sweaters?! I didn’t think so.
After seeing these photos of this beautiful mountain cottage, I can’t help but daydream about sitting by the fire under a cozy blanket and reading a book. (I’ve been binge reading lately and it feels so good!) While I have to admit this house had a bit too much gray, it’s super dark and moody for a perfect weekend getaway to unwind. Do you agree or do you love all the gray?

 

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Tips For Hiring An Interior Designer

Designing a home can be an intimidating process. I often get phone calls from potential clients who sound hesitant or they apologize for rambling because they’ve never worked with a designer before and didn’t know how to start the conversation. I’ve even had potential clients tell me how scared they were to call me because they weren’t sure what to expect. Me?! I’m not scary! I’m human, just like you.
If you’re considering hiring a designer, it’s helpful to know how the process works. The relationship between a client and a designer is collaborative, so it’s important for everyone involved to be the right fit for a successful end result. Below I’m going to share some tips on hiring a designer, so you understand a bit how the process works…


Do your homework. Take some time to look at photos to see what your design style is. You don’t have to fully commit to a specific style – clients always get scared to be pigeonholed into one style – but once you start gather images you may notice that you always gravitate towards a specific aesthetic. Look at magazines, houzz, pinterest, and design blogs. This information is helpful for you to decide which designer and designers’ aesthetic is a right fit for you.

Do your research. Once you have an idea of your style, take advantage of the internet and social media. Ask friends if they’ve worked with designers, because after all… word of mouth is the best reference! Make sure the designer you decide to work with has a portfolio with images you respond to, and has a mission statement that you believe in. Check out their social media to see projects they’re working on or to see a bit more of a designers’ personality on their posts. You want to make sure you’re working with a designer who will not only design a beautiful space and keep the project under budget – but you also want to make sure you’re working with someone you’ll enjoy spending time with. Some people may disagree because, after all, business is business. But, I personally feel like the relationship with a designer and a client is much more than that. A client lets a designer into their home, shares their personal stories and how they use the spaces. I strongly feel that it’s important to feel connected to the designer you hire.

Establish your budget. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend allows me to do my job properly and efficiently. Sometimes clients will say they don’t have a budget, but then after I do a full presentation they’ll then say, “Oh, I was expecting to pay only $X”.  Having a general idea of what you’re able to spend saves us both time and makes the process move along quicker. It’s important to be honest and to make a list of your “wants” so I can help you decide how to spend your money wisely. While I can help you develop an appropriate budget based on your wishlist, but it’s ultimately up to the client to give a rough number of what they’re willing to spend.

Ask about the process. Asking a designer their process will get everyone on the same page, and manage expectations. I have a full list of my design process on my website here.

Trust your designer. This is the most critical element for any designer/client relationship. My entire goal is to create beautiful, livable spaces, to make my clients happy, and for the process to go as smoothly as possible. I do my best work when clients trust my skill set, experience, and talent and remember why they hired me in the first place. As a designer, I have the ability to envision the space and how each piece will work together to create a cohesive, beautiful space. Once the trust with the client is established, it’s important for clients to trust my vision and allow me to push them just a bit outside their comfort zone … after all, there is a reason why the client hires a designer. Our common goal for the spaces is for them to reflect the style, lifestyle and interests of the people who live in the spaces, all within budget and the clients’ timeline.


If you’re looking to hire a designer, feel free to contact me! I promise I’m not scary! :)

 

Favorite Coffee Table Books

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One of my favorite parts of a project is accessorizing. It marks the bittersweet end of a project, but it brings so much life and personality into a home. Coffee table books are an excellent way to display your interests and always act as a conversation starter. Here are a few of my favorites…

 

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Pacific Views – CA project

This was one of the most fun projects I’ve worked on for several reasons: it was in sunny California(!), it was my first project on the west coast (while having my own company), it was my first project with a repeat client, and it was with my amazing client that became a great friend. All a win-win in my eyes! This project hasn’t even been fully completed but has gotten so much interest that my clients are considering offers since it’s their vacation home.
This project was a complete gut job and had some challenges but all worked out in the end. We decided to go with a vinyl wood flooring (doesn’t it look beautiful?!) since they are near the sand/water and have two small boys. We needed something durable and this flooring fit the bill. We wanted the design to be light, airy with pops of blue to coordinate with the stunning views. All finishes were considered with beauty, function and durability in mind. (Now that I have a toddler myself, it gives durability a whole new meaning in my eyes!)
I’m hoping that I get to go back in August to finish with accessories and books to take final detail shots. I am loving these pictures from the realtor for the time being. Look at that bluuuuuuuue!

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Custom dresser in ivory satin lacquer and bronze hardware. 
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Boys Bathroom Vanity:
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Look at this amazing view! 
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River Edge, NJ Interior Design Entry

River Edge Project – For Sale!

When I first started my company, I remember getting a phone call from a new mom who was overwhelmed with finishing her house. She originally wanted me to just do accessories which turned into furnishing some rooms. Over the course of the project, this client and I became fast friends and we are 100% kindred spirits. I have never met another person who is so much like me in so many ways, that it’s beautiful and strange at the same time. :)
Fast forward a few years and this very same client bought a vacation home in California and they hired me to design the entire home. I couldn’t have been more honored that they thought of me to help them again – that is the biggest compliment! Now they’re moving to California and even though I’m sad to see this beautiful family move away, I’m so excited for what their future holds.
Their house that I helped design is officially on the market. Check out this video the realtor did of the house – it’s such a fun way to see the spaces!

 

JK Place Malibu

I’m back! I haven’t been blogging in quite some time because I’ve been updating my website… and by that I mean Ryan has been working late nights to get everything up and running and I’ve been annoying and over-analyzing every single detail. :) I wanted the site to be a bit simpler in design but with more content. It has a few more projects that I photographed over the winter and a new bio page to add a bit more of my personality. I plan on blogging at least once a week so I need to add a reminder to my phone to make sure that happens. (I’ve also been planning on eating healthy and working out, but yet my pants are tighter. Let’s hope I have better success with blogging!) So here I am…

I’ve had this post saved in my inbox for almost two months and needed to blog about it because it’s just so beautiful. Chic boutique hotel group JK Place had a pop up hotel in Malibu this past March and I’m in love with the modern California vibe. After doing some research, it turns out the house is owned by real estate maven Kurt Rappaport and is estimated to be valued at $100 million.(!!!!)
I love the light wood ceiling and the mix of gray with warm buttery leather. I am so in love with the media room! Everything about it looks so cozy: the sunken in sectional, the huge coffee table to kick your feet up, the built ins, and large scale art casually leaning against the wall. This room especially will definitely be pinned up in my office for inspiration!

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