Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I love Florence Broadhurst's large patterns

Flowers as large as dinner plates. Tropical birds, peacocks, and painterly swirls: For textile designer Florence Broadhurst, no pattern was too outsize, no design too outlandish. The flamboyant Australian brought a unique color sense to her palette: pinks paired with metallics, yellow with magenta, black and white as her standby neutrals. Her inspirations spanned centuries and continents. From Roman architecture, to David Hicks geometrics, to Australian crocodiles— everything was fodder for Broadhurst’s designs.

Though little known outside Australia, Broadhurst defined the decorating scene Down Under in the 1960s and ’70s. “We were beige and boring before that,” says Helen Lennie who, together with her husband, David—and their firm Signature Prints—has revived the Broadhurst archive. “She took it upon herself to recolor Australia.”

The enigmatic woman behind this color quake was complicated, and ultimately tragic. She was born in rural Queensland, where her father managed a cattle station, but escaped to Europe and Asia, repeatedly reinventing herself, first as an actress, then a clothing designer, then an artist. She was 60 when, back in Australia, she founded her textiles company, hiring a team of artisans to produce silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics by hand. At the height of her success, in 1977, she was found murdered in her studio in Sydney. The evidence included two cups of tea and purportedly no sign of forced entry. The case has never been solved.

Famously cantankerous, Broadhurst once shooed away the man who would ultimately save both her archive and her reputation. David Lennie, a New Zealander in the wallpaper trade, recalls paying a visit to her studio before her death. “Young man, we have nothing to discuss— please leave immediately,” he remembers her saying. “I did so,” he says, “and never even thought of returning.”

And yet in 1989 Lennie acquired Signature Handprints, a wallpaper company whose holdings included Broadhurst’s original sample books and silk screens for more than 500 designs. He became obsessed. “The sheer scale and bold colorations of the designs were so special and exciting,” says David, who spent years puzzling over what to do with the patterns. When he married Helen, a former Chanel employee, in 1998, she too became smitten with Broadhurst. Together they reestablished her textiles studio and began producing fabric and wallpaper using the original film positives and silk screens. They have released 94 Broadhurst patterns to date, including Spotted Floral, hothouse flowers on a spotted ground, and Solar, with its radiating 1960s motif. “We do it the same way she did, on long tables where we push the ink through screens with squeegees,” says Helen. “We don’t take shortcuts, though we have moved to environmentally friendly inks and papers.”
Gradually, the Lennies found distributors for their Broadhurst patterns, and licensed some of the designs for rugs. Interior designers from London to New York—including Daniel Romualdez, Steven Gambrel, and Sheila Bridges—noticed the striking designs from Australia and started using them in their projects. “They have a vintage quality, an artistic feeling, and an intangible Australian-ness,” says Romualdez, who paired Broadhurst’s Yvan’s Geometric—toneon- tone in matte and shiny silver—with mirrors and chinoiserie in a guest room for fashion icon Daphne Guinness.

The media-savvy Broadhurst would have relished her latest triumph: This year, Kate Spade New York is planning a major launch of fashion and home collections based on a dozen Broadhurst designs licensed from Signature Prints, along with a splashy ad campaign focused on the Australian designer. “I’ve become addicted,” says Kate Spade president and creative director Deborah Lloyd, who recently papered her own Brooklyn kitchen in one of Broadhurst’s most iconic designs, Japanese Floral, in black and cream. “I had the blinds done and the cushions to match,” she adds. “And now when I wear the matching Japanese Floral dress, you can’t even see me.”
By Elle Decor

Monday, January 30, 2012

Some interior design things I love...Light Fixtures

via Houzz

In honor of Valentines Day I want to share some elements of interior design that we here at Kimberlee Jaynes Interior Designs Inc. love!

Light fixtures can give instant style to your decor. Light fixtures are not just about giving light...as you can see from these two photo's the ceiling fixtures add so much more (high style) than just the ambient light they provide. Take a risk with your light fixtures, go over sized, purchase a piece of "art" not your everyday chandelier.

Tips for lighting: Create pools of light, not an all- over highly lit home. Place up-lights behind large plants for added drama.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

More Interior Designer Tricks of the Trade

Above are sketches from a project I,m designing in Lake Oswego.
At Kimberlee Jaynes Interior Designs Google sketch up is one of the most used tools to help client's visualize what I am proposing for their interior design project. I can walk my clients through the room and they can see where everything is including site lines...exactly where furnishings will line up on the windows etc. I have found this tool to be one of the best in my design tool box for clients to experience their room settings before they invest in them!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just like HGTV

Yes I create "story boards" for my clients...it helps them visualize the whole concept. This story board is for a home Im designing in Lake Oswego that over looks the mountain range.

If you are designing a space you may want to think about creating a story board.

To create an inspiration board, go to an art supply store and ask for foam core. It comes in black and white; I like black. Buy some spray glue, too. From the clippings of looks that you have gathered, cut out images that best illustrate the look and, more important, the feel or mood of the room you wish to create. Make a collage with the images you have pulled together. Once you have a pleasing arrangement, glue the images onto the foam core. With this inspiration board you can have a dialogue with the whole family about what the direction of your rooms will be. Now is the time to find out what the likes and dislikes are before money is spent on furniture that cannot be taken back.

Designer Secret: When shopping for just the right pieces ask “Does this lamp, chair or art piece fit within my three to five words?” If not, then you are off track. You have not found the right piece yet. I believe that people are drawn to the same colors that they like to wear. You want to look good IN your house! So take a look at your wardrobe. Are there dominant colors that you could draw from?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lets visit one of my favorite blogs!

I just visited one of my favorite blogs The House of Turquoise .
I have not talked about Erin's site for a while so I thought I would share with you this wonderful resource for all things turquoise! Even if you don't think you like this color...I bet Erin can change your mind with the wonderful interiors she features on your site. Enjoy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MODERNISM WEEK in Palm Springs Feb. 16-26

What is Modernism Week? FEBRUARY 16 - 26, 2012

Modernism Week, the only such event in the country, is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. This design aesthetic, originated in the 1950s and 60s, was typified by clean, simple lines and celebrated elegant informality which came to define desert modernism.
In the winter of 2006, following the success of both the MODERNISM SHOW which had started in 2001 and the annual symposium organized by the ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN COUNCIL of the PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, a few local design and architecture aficionados created MODERNISM WEEK to showcase Palm Springs' world-renowned mid-century modern architecture.

Among the members of the initial steering committee were representatives from the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the Palm Springs Historical Society, and the Architecture and Design Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Palm Springs Modern Committee

The Palm Springs Modern Committee is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the heritage of modern architecture and design in Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Our goal is to be a meeting place for Palm Springs Modernists, both residents and nonresidents, with the ability to quickly mobilize support for urgent preservation issues.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Located downtown in an architecturally-significant E. Stewart Williams-designed building, the Palm Springs Art Museum features exciting exhibitions of contemporary, Native American, Western and Pre-Columbian art in spacious galleries. It features two sculpture gardens, stimulating lectures and educational programs for all ages, and offers diverse performances at its Annenberg Theater.

Palm Springs Modernism Show

The Palm Springs Convention Center will host 75 noted national and international decorative and fine arts dealers presenting all design movements of the 20th Century. The event is scheduled for February 18-20, 2011. A wide range of vintage 20th Century furniture and decorative arts will be presented and sold by 90 exhibitors, many from the West Coast, but some who come from as far away as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, and Miami.

Palm Springs Preservation Foundation

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to educate and promote public awareness of the importance of preserving the historical resources and architecture of the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trend Spotting-Metallics

I am delighted to have been called by Oregon Home magazine for an article on trends. I was asked what I see as one of the trends in interior design for 2012.
Below is the article "Trend Spotting" written beautifully by Vivian McInerny in the Febuary/March issue of Oregon Home on news stands now.


Kimberlee Jaynes Interior Designs uses burnished metals.

Shiny metals bring to mind disco-era glitz and glitter. But burnished bronze, antique silver and aged gold have a sense of history. And old is the new new.

“Metallics started as an accessory trend,” says Portland interior designer Kimberlee Jaynes, “and now are making a broader visual statement in wall coverings, fabrics and art work.”

Jaynes created an entire condo in metallic for a client and the result is as rich as precious metal. One wall is covered with Maya Romanoff wallpaper that looks like a hybrid of concrete and metal. Other walls were sprayed with Benjamin Moore Studio paint in a three-step process resulting in a deep luster. The metallic look continues in the master bathroom with a pewter-color fabric shower curtain that feels like a couture gown. In the hallway, grass cloth with a metallic undercoat subtly reflects light like textured bronze.

“It’s easy to introduce this trend,” says Jaynes. “Reupholster your dining room chairs with burnished metallic fabrics, add metallic throw pillows to your sofa, include a metallic light fixture over the dining room table and inject the wow factor to your powder room with burnished metallic wall coverings.”

Devine Colors paint of Oregon offers Devine Dust, $9 packets of gold or silver minerals to stir into paint for a bit of metallic shine. They recommend two packets per gallon for subtle shine and up to four for more sparkle.

Trepidation about mixing metals should be put to rest. Burnished bronze, gold, silver and copper harmonize beautifully together.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I need color therapy!

I have a friend that suffers each winter from light deprivation...she gets down when winter comes. Today is a gray day...a cold day...a blah day! I took Skip for a 3 mile run on Sauvie Island game refuge. It was beautiful even in it's winter attire. But it did not give me the lift I really am craving....Instead of light therapy I NEED COLOR THERAPY! So here is my visual infusion for you today! Feast your eyes on what color can do for your gray day.

Images from google images design trends 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The forcast is sunny with the color YELLOW! It starts on the runway and ends in your HOME!

Catch Yellow Fever!
Not the disease silly! The fashion essential for summer. Checking out the haute couture and RTW (that's ready-to-wear for the non-fashion people out there) runways this year, it is blatantly obvious that yellow will be HUGE!

Anyone who is anyone will be wearing yellow this spring and summer so you might wanna have a look-see. One of the greatest things about yellow is that its such a happy and bright color. Just looking at yellow fashions automatically cheers me up. Besides, what could be depressing about the color yellow?

Whats especially popular this year is light yellow and greenish-yellow. The darker and super "Walmart" yellows are done with! (I know, fashion can be so fickle) Lime yellow is also in, if you don't know what that is, you probably wouldn't want to wear it anyway so don't worry about that. Another fantastic thing about yellow is that it is universally flattering! (Which most people don't believe because they pick the wrong yellow!)

Here's a quickie guide to wearing yellow for your skintone:

Pale: Dark yellow, mustard yellow, and very pale yellows. Avoid neon-bright and primary color yellow which will only make you look more pale.

Medium and Olive: Go for opposite ends of the spectrum. You should reach for lemon yellows, bold yellows, and can even go for super bright yellow which will make your skin glow.

Dark: Reach for those golds. Golds will bring out the delicious gold tones. You also have immense luck because you can pretty much wear whatever yellow you'd like, and look fabulous. The only yellow I'd avoid is neon, it may look too jarring since it'll be a sharp contrast to your skintone.

This fashion forecast by Yena Jeon
Now look at the interior design line up! Eveything from toasters to tea pots-- are coming up Yellow!

Rollo May said it best " It takes courage to create!"

I was invited to "create" a home for a client in Germany ...as I look back, it took a lot of courage to create long distance. But my philosophy has been, if a door opens walk through it.

Working with the client's existing French antiques and purchasing and designing some custom pieces completed the home. I had everything shipped over and then flew in for the installation.

My client was very comfortable in his new space.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mr. Zeitgeist

ON a rainy Thursday last month, Tyler Brûlé huddled over a cappuccino at Le Pain Quotidien in Greenwich Village, offering a peek at the future: a Heritage G2 tabletop radio designed for Monocle 24, a new radio station he is starting.
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There is something Teutonic and midcentury about the G2, which is made in Scotland from brushed aluminum and American walnut. Despite an iPhone dock and organic LED screen, it looks like a machine built for breaking bulletins on the Berlin crisis of 1961.

“It’s an object with provenance,” said Mr. Brûlé, 43, who looked immaculate in a custom blue flannel blazer, rolled Edwin jeans and Pierre Hardy desert boots that seemed box-fresh, despite dodging puddles all day. “There’s clearly a design language there which hearkens back to the work of the German industrial designer Dieter Rams.”

The idea that a century-old electronic device, which few people under 40 seem to own, holds the key to his media empire’s next phase might strike some as far-fetched, if not downright delusional. But then again, Mr. Brûlé has made a career of defying conventional wisdom.

For the last 15 years, Mr. Brûlé, an Estonian-Canadian who keeps his perma-stubble artfully cropped like Tom Ford’s, has gone outside the publishing establishment and started two culture magazines regarded as bibles in certain design-savvy circles: Wallpaper and Monocle.

And he did so while upending notions of what a media company does.

While everyone hailed the iPad as the savior of print, Mr. Brûlé put out a limited-edition newspaper for the slopes of Gstaad and the beaches of Cannes. While retailers rushed online, Mr. Brûlé opened a chain of Monocle boutiques, a micro-extension of the magazine’s shopper-as-curator ethos. And while music migrates to the cloud, Mr. Brûlé started a radio station, with “an international playlist” that samples sounds “from Seoul to Stockholm.”

The common thread behind these disparate ventures is Mr. Brûlé himself, who embodies the border-agnostic sophisticate whom the Monocle brand is built around. His globe-trotting persona (cocktails-with-Danish-diplomats intellectualism, sleeper-seat jaunts to Taipei) has inspired legions of followers, who hang on his oracular pronouncements on what’s next.

“There is definitely a cult of Tyler,” said Jenna Lyons, the president and creative director of J. Crew. “I traveled with him to Japan, and every place we’d walk in, they’d say, ‘Oh, Mr. Brûlé, so nice to meet you!’ And it was all kinds of stores: tech stores, clothing stores, furniture stores.”

When was the last time a magazine editor inspired such adulation?

IN the world according to Monocle, Mr. Brûlé is the walking cynosure of the good life. In addition to his global media company, for which he won Advertising Age’s “editor of the year” award in October, he writes a column, Fast Lane, in The Financial Times, in which he chronicles his adventures as a globe-trotting connoisseur, bent on unearthing the rarefied and idiosyncratic. (He was also a columnist for T: The New York Times style magazine.) In a recent Fast Lane column, he regaled readers about a dinner at a ryokan, a traditional country inn, near Karuizawa, Japan. One of the “small luxuries of ryokan life is the total lack of choice when it comes to dining,” Mr. Brûlé wrote. “While I’m not always up for an elaborate 17-course kaiseki dinner, I’m nevertheless thrilled that someone’s done the thinking for me.”

His discriminating palate has earned him the admiration of fellow tastemakers. “Tyler is able to suck you into his world because he lives the life,” said André Balazs, the hotelier. “I’ve rarely met anyone who is more of an embodiment of the lifestyle that they espouse.”

That lifestyle also invites ridicule. Christopher Fowler, a British writer, recently mocked the elitist tone in his blog. “Is style guru Tyler Brûlé the world’s most annoying man?” Mr. Fowler asked, in a post entitled, “Things You Could Wish Upon Tyler Brûlé.” It is impossible, he added, “to get through one of his newspaper columns without being made to feel physically ill at the level of name-dropping he manages.”

But Mr. Brûlé has managed to inspire cultish devotion partly from the perception that he gets the tiniest details right. Employees at the Midori House — the Japanese-inflected name he conferred on the modernist brick building in the Marylebone neighborhood of London that is the headquarters of Monocle — understand that Mr. Brûlé likes things done a certain way.

Staff members do not drape coats haphazardly from the backs of chairs, but hang them in orderly fashion in a nearby closet. They do not eat at their desks, sprinkling keyboards with crumbs, but dine in groups in the office’s sleek canteen. They do not fling business cards across tables during meetings, but present them standing, with an air of Asian deference. The rules are unspoken, but understood.

“It makes us sound a little cultish,” said Aisha Speirs, the magazine’s New York editor, only half-joking.
Mr. Brûlé acquired his internationalist tastes early, even though he was born in landlocked Winnipeg, Canada, the only child of Paul Brûlé, a defensive back and fullback in the Canadian Football League. His mother, Virge Brûlé, an artist, emigrated from Estonia.
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The Heritage radio by Revo that was designed for Monocle 24, a radio station that Tyler Brûlé is starting.
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The Monocle Shop in London, just a few parts of his empire.
Around the dinner table, they talked about life behind the Iron Curtain. That global sensibility seeped into the décor, too. “I was surrounded by Danish furniture, because that’s what Estonians felt safe buying when they came to Canada after the war,” he said.

Mr. Brûlé aspired to be a network anchorman like his idol, Peter Jennings, and in his early 20s, he was a reporter in London for the BBC and other networks. He landed in war-torn Afghanistan in 1994, reporting for a German newsmagazine, where he nearly died after being shot twice in a sniper attack.

Back in London to recuperate, he ruminated on a saner way to live. His epiphany: Wallpaper, a design and culture magazine he started in 1996. Instead of a voyeuristic peek into the homes of the gentry, Wallpaper created fantasy interiors with borrowed furniture and Gucci-suited models.

The aesthetic, like Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, was a triumph of retro-futurism, of Borge Mogensen chairs and shaggy Kasthall rugs. It quickly attracted a cult following among Generation X entrepreneurs riding the 1990s boom.

“I call them global nomads,” Mr. Brûlé, then 29, explained in a 1998 New York Times article, “Generation Wallpaper.” “Whether they’re a West Coast snowboarder, a copy writer for a hot advertising firm in Stockholm or a grunge kid working in an indie record shop that suddenly got a film deal, there’s a degree of affluence all of a sudden.”

“They need advice on how to live a sophisticated lifestyle,” he added.

The magazine earned him a lifetime achievement award from the British Society of Magazine Editors at 33, making him the youngest recipient ever. Time Inc. snatched up Wallpaper in less than a year, keeping Mr. Brûlé on as editorial director. He finally left in 2002.

Bound by a noncompete clause, he focused largely on Wink Media (now Winkreative), a branding and advertising agency that he still runs from Midori House. This time, it was the corporate world that sought out the Tyler Brûlé touch. Among the early big-name clients: he was hired to rebrand Swissair as Swiss International Air Lines with a sleek new look that extended to the cabins’ lighting and crew uniforms.

Still, journalism was where his heart lay. So in 2007, as the industry spiraled into an identity crisis over its digital future, he pushed forward with Monocle, a publication that was a celebration of print in all its sensual pleasures.

His inspiration came from (where else?) the airport terminal. While waiting for his flight, he would see people grab a copy of the Economist, along with something less cerebral, like GQ. “I thought, ‘Well why can’t we do that?’ Mix it up and add a few things,” he said.

If Wallpaper targeted snowboarders who had made their first killing, Monocle targets the same reader after a decade of running a multinational corporation. A worldliness is assumed. Each issue is the size of a Sotheby’s catalog, printed on upward of nine different paper stocks, crammed with extremely niche articles about carbon-neutral airlines in Costa Rica and sleek Afghan restaurants in Dubai.

Celebrity profiles? Only if you count Abubaker Karmos, Libya’s chargé d’affaires in Canada, as a star.

For loyal subjects, Monocle was an exclusive club as much as a beach read. That may explain its unorthodox business model. To increase circulation, most magazines sell heavily discounted subscriptions. Monocle, on the other hand, charges more: it costs $10 at newsstands but $130 for a yearly subscription of 10 issues.

The idea of targeting elites willing to pay that much for a premium product allowed the magazine to become profitable two years ago, despite a global distribution of about 150,000.
That also attracted luxury advertisers like Rolex and BMW that not only buy full-page color ads in Monocle, but also in Monocle Mediterraneo and Monocle Alpino, the company’s new seasonable newspapers found in tony resorts.

Some of Tyler Brûlé’s favorite things. EYEGLASSES Oliver Goldsmith.
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More than a throwaway periodical, Monocle is a status symbol, a prop poking out of a Jack Spade carry-on, announcing to the saps in the back of the plane that you’re a member of the international aesthete class. Trendy stores like J. Crew Liquor Store and Freemans Sporting Club display it as a chic accessory.

Indeed, new inductees sometimes order the whole back catalog to show off on bookshelves, Mr. Brûlé said, like the Encyclopaedia Britannica for cool kids. (Never mind that few people ever seem to read an issue cover to cover.)

This is one reason Mr. Brûlé has no plans for a Monocle magazine app yet: on an iPad, no one can see you reading Monocle.

“So many media companies these days forget the power of the brand, of people actually displaying, and wearing, the media brand,” he said. “In public circumstances where you have to choose a seat, you can look at a person’s shoes, you can look at their luggage, and oftentimes, it’s interesting to see what they’re reading as well. ‘Do I want to be near that person or not?’ ”

ON his most recent visit to New York, Mr. Brûlé found himself near a couple of dozen people who made the cut. They were staff members and friends sipping Champagne at Aria Wine Bar in the West Village at an intimate party celebrating Monocle’s year-end issue.

The party looked like a tableau vivant of Monocle’s tiny but influential band of followers. Japanese consular officials nibbled Gorgonzola-stuffed dates alongside hoteliers, clothing designers and dapper workers from the Wallpaper days who, a decade later, still profess undying loyalty to Mr. Brûlé’s vision.

Mr. Brûlé looked as put-together as always, breezily chatting with a Danish diplomat about how Brazilians give the best parties. But, even though Mr. Brûlé counts jet lag as something of a moral failing, he seemed a bit worn out. This was not surprising, given that he travels more than 250 days a year, and maintains an apartment in London, a winter flat in St. Moritz and a summer house on a tiny island he owns in the Stockholm Archipelago with his longtime partner, Mats Klingberg.

It didn’t matter. This was a place he could relax. He was surrounded by friends. The room, with its warm lighting and unfinished birch tables, oozed hygge, a Danish concept of convivial coziness that Mr. Brûlé holds dear. Even the clothes were right.

At every corner of the party, young men stood in virtual uniform. They wore blazers, rolled jeans and their stubble just so. Just like Tyler.

Patricia Wall/The New York Times

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Refreshing a condo

I'm pleased to have my work shown on the cover of today's Home & Garden section of the Oregonian newspaper. Below is the article by Bridget A. Otto.

What: Refreshing a condo

Who: Designer Kimberlee Jaynes, Kimberlee Jaynes Interior Designs

The challenge: Jaynes was contacted to help warm and personalize a modern, urbran loft space. The client first asked her to make over the entry hall and guest bath. When that was done, the client gave Jaynes a good news/bad new response: She loved the new look, but not longer liked the rest of her home.
"Modern, chic urban living is not always inviting." Jaynes says. "The challenge with condo living is warming up the modern spaces, and respecting the architecture."
One common concern, Jaynes says, is a belief that texture and modern design do not mix. And even if clients get the nerve up to bring in texture, they ask what kind of texture.
To Jaynes, designing an inviting living space isn't about a single thing such as texture, it's about the mix-a guide line that works in urban lofts and suburban ranches.
"She has all the right elements," Jaynes says of her client's belongings. But it was all too safe and solemn.

The ENTRY BEFORE: The long, narrow entry had an animal-print rug that didn't run the full length of the hall.
"That doesn't lead you into the space," Jaynes said.
Identically framed art ran down one concrete wall, and the other wall was painted cream. A bench capped off the space at the end opposite the door.

THE ENTRY AFTER: Jaynes looked all over town-to no avail-for two runners to cover the full length of the hallway.
She decided to "make" a runner by combining Flor carpet squares in various colors and designs. She knew her client loved bright colors and animal prints, and followed that lead when putting together the "runner." The artwork on the concrete wall was left intact, but the cream-colored opposite wall got jazzed up with shimmering grass-cloth wallpaper. More refection was added with a metal table, lamp and colorful metallic mirror. The shiny, reflective surfaces now bounce light around the otherwise static space. The placement of the table and mirror were purposeful. "I'm always looking for practicality." Jaynes says; for instance, thinking about where someone would set mail, keys or a purse. The mirror near the door serves for that last-minute look-check before going out.

THE DINING ROOM BEFORE: The dining table was not large enough for the space and nothing in the area made any kind of statement. The wall, flanked by windows, cried out for attention, Jaynes said.

THE DINING ROOM AFTER: Jaynes decided to add a fireplace to the plain wall and found a flueless variety at Bravado Home. With the fire place in, she had the wall clad to match the kitchen's cabinetry and the fireplace mantel clad in the same granite as the kitchen counter. The fireplace surround was covered in iridescent tiles from Ann Sack, which once again work to reflect light.
To create a dining atmosphere, she added a modern light. The arc of the arm also added some roundness and fluidity to the space, and gave light without adding a second ceiling fixture.
Jaynes thought the original dining table was too diminutive for the open floor plan. She replaced it with a larger round table built by Portland furniture maker Kai Fuhrmann and topped with a hand-painted metallic gold and caramel-colored glass. "This knocks your socks off," Jaynes says. "'It's a piece for life."

THE LIVING ROOM BEFORE: Animal prints and black-and-white patterns dominated the space, anchored with back leather sofas, which the client wanted to keep.
"Cool stuff," Jaynes says, "but nothing was standing out."
The trick, she says, is to break it up, add interest, color and texture without "looking like a comic strip."

THE LIVING ROOM AFTER: Out went the black rugs, pillow, coffee table and animal-print chair, which found new life in the TV room.
In came a bright, floral rug from Tufenkian that makes a statement while not being overpowering, thanks to the room's size and the expanse of windows. Jaynes had pillows made of Kravet fabric of similar colors to the rug and reinstated the black in the base of the new, more-substantial coffee table. The curvature of the base echoes the petals of the carpet's large flower.
"You go for the big bang. She just shrieked with joy."

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Remodeling: opening the realm of possibilities

I'm priveliged to have the opportunity to write this blog for Oregon Home magazine.

By Kimberlee Jaynes

I married my husband eight years ago. At the time he lived on a floating home. “Please try living on my houseboat,” he said, “and after a year if you don’t like it, we could sell both of our homes and build.” Well, I adore living on the water, but this home needed major updating. It was all very dark and drank up light like a thirsty sailor on shore leave. Barn wood and mirror banked one wall, the ceiling was tongue-and-groove natural wood. A free-standing wood stove and terra cotta tile hearth took up most of one corner of the living room. There was carpeting everywhere and black and white checkerboard tiles on the kitchen floor.

Fast forward to today. We now have light hardwood floors throughout the house; the barn wood and mirror wall is but a distant memory. The natural beams were spared but the tongue and groove wood ceiling is now white. We put in a new fireplace with natural rock surround and a thick fir mantel to match the beams over head. But the tired kitchen cabinets still needed a face-lift. The cabinets cried out “change me.” I had one cabinetmaker tell me that to replace what I had, it would cost $30,000. Eek! We could never recoup that investment upon re-sell.

When you look into any remodel, take into consideration the value of your home and gear your budget towards that end. It does not make sense to over build any one room. It looks odd when people have one room that is all tricked out with the latest and greatest and the rest of the home feels like the poor country cousin. Also make sure you are going to recoup your investment. Talk to a realtor for advice.

I decided to have the cabinet boxes painted inside and out in high-gloss Apple Peel paint, which is a wonderful powdery white from Miller. I had a cabinetmaker build new drawers and door fronts and replace all the hardware with new full-extension glides. The fronts are bead board to give a nod to the nautical. When we are done, I’ll have a “new” kitchen for one-fourth the cost of a complete renovation.

Now onto the adjoining dining room. As a designer, I have to deliver the news, the good the bad the ugly. I often encounter people saying, “They aren’t worn out yet” and “I paid a lot of money for those.” But if I’m going to “perform miracles,” I can’t just add water. I have to clear the slate of dead wood and open the realm of possibilities.

I’m telling you all this because I had to have this talk with myself. I have perfectly good regency bent bamboo Palleck chairs in the dining area that are very comfortable, were not cheap and are like new. They went with Dwight’s rectangular antique table beautifully. However, looking into what we wanted to move toward (style-wise), we had purchased a round white Saarinen table and Nelson orb light. The old chairs bring the whole dining area down visually.

But it was very difficult for me to justify parting with them. The new Saarinen swivel tulip chairs that were designed to go with the table expand the dining area and energize the space. The French clock grounds the space and is visually graphic. The Nelson orb light over the table now feels at home. It’s fun to see it gently sway when a boat goes by. These additions were worth the upheaval, paint fumes and the inconvenience. I now have a kitchen and dining area I’m happy with. And that’s worth a lot!