In Good Taste: Jenkins Interiors

 

If you’ve been around Design Chic for any length of time, you know we’re big fans of Jenkins Interiors

 

 

They are absolute experts at creating clean yet cozy spaces,

 

 

That blend the right amount of traditional feel with perfect pops of color and whimsy.

 

 

From a staid vignette,

 

 

To a charming and lighthearted living room,

 

 

A colorful sitting space,

 

 

To a breathtaking butler’s pantry, these versatile designers leave their mark on every space they touch.

 

 

Talk about the perfect details! These curtains are so lovely!

 

 

A bedroom becomes an experience with Jenkins Interiors.

 

 

Case in point: We can’t think of anything much chicer than a lucite canopy bed. We’re having major envy over this one!

 

 

Jenkins Interiors never forgets about the kids, either! From a sweet nursery,

 

 

To a darling bunk room, the youngest members of the family’s spaces are well designed!

 

 

Swoonworthy closets

 

 

Pinterest-worthy baths

 

 

There’s nothing that Jenkins Interiors can’t do simply perfectly–which is why we think their work is always in good taste!

We had the best time last week partnering with our friends at MyDoma and SOURCC to bring you some special backstage interviews and tours from High Point Market! Check out my fun tours with Worlds Away and Kravet.

 

Just a reminder about UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY preorder freebies!

EVERYONE who preorders and fills out the form will receive a 5×7 card of the Maren Devine Art cover painting, two quote cards by @mesweens_writes and a signed book plate!

I am so grateful for my readers and cannot WAIT to share UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY with all of you!!

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Chic Chat With Laura Hodges

 

Good morning, chic readers! Do we ever have a treat for you! The lovely Laura Hodges is here today for a chic chat, and we can’t wait for you to hear about where she gets her inspiration, her commitment to sustainable design and her biggest accomplishment to date. We think her work speaks for itself, but, even still, it’s so fun to get the story behind the design star. But don’t take our word for it. Enjoy!

1. How did you get started as a designer?

I’ve always loved interior design but I never realized just how incredible this industry could be. I initially earned a business degree then, after working at a marketing firm for a few years and feeling a need to be more creative, I decided to pursue a degree from New York School of Interior Design. While at school I interned with Jamie Drake and after school I worked briefly with Thomas Jayne before starting my own firm in 2016.

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

I find inspiration from my clients’ unique taste whether it’s art and textiles they already own, their favorite travel destinations, or simply a curated collection of their favorite spaces.

 

3.Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?

A favorite recent project was a loft with 18’ high ceilings and lots of custom design elements such as a new set of stairs and railings, a 15’ high bookcase backed with grasscloth and fully custom kitchen and bathrooms. I also had the opportunity to design some beautiful custom pieces of furniture and accessories for this project.

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

My biggest challenge is sourcing sustainable furnishings for our projects. We work hard to make sure that our design is not only beautiful and functional but also environmentally responsible and healthy for our client’s homes.

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

I’m very proud of growing the business from just myself working at home to now having my husband directing the operations and an assistant designer and design coordinator working on projects with me. We also have a small home decor shop, Domain, that’s both a brick and mortar and online.

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I love Kelly Wearstler, Athena Calderone and Darryl Carter. Their individual taste and styles are very different from each other but equally inspiring to me.

 

Go-to paint color?

I love Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and Healing Aloe, depending on the space and existing materials of course.

 

Ebooks or hardbacks?

I’m definitely a hard back reader, no e-books for me, but I love audio books too.

 

M&Ms or Skittles?

Peanut M&Ms are the best!

 

Coffee or tea?

Always tea. I was born in England so it’s tea all day.

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!

 
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Looking for Something fun to do this Week? Join me at one of these fun events!

Tuesday, August 4

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Kristy Woodson Harvey in Conversation with Julie Pennell. Garden District Bookshop. Virtual/Zoom Event. 7 pm EST.

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Booktowne Virtual Event, 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 5

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Browseabout Books Virtual Event, 5 pm EST  – CLICK  REGISTER just under the time

 

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Friends & Fiction LIVE 7 pm with Elin Hilderbrand. I’m hosting!

 

 

Chic Chat: Colleen Waguespack Interiors

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Good morning, chic readers! Great taste and great interview answers? We can’t think of a better combination. Colleen Waguespack really wowed us with her heartfelt answers to our questions. We loved getting to know her better–and especially loved learning about the incredible Emerge Center that she led the Capital Campaign for. You’ll adore her as much as her gorgeous work! (Don’t miss the fab boat at the end. It will take you away no matter where you are today!)

 

1. How did you get started as a designer?

I grew up in New Orleans where the arts and cultural scenes are so strong and I was always fascinated by the creative expression that was all around me —- literally, everywhere! I went on to major in Interior Design in college and found that curriculum allowed me to incorporate my love of fine arts, graphic design, and architecture into one discipline. During college I took summer internships in Dallas and then in London and started out as a project designer in corporate architecture firms in Washington, DC once I graduated.

 

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

I probably look to fine arts more than any other area to get inspiration for my projects, though I am certainly looking all around me everywhere I go. A successful painting has to have the right balance, be expressive, and tell an entire story. I find a point in every vacation to sneak off to the nearest museum to study its collection. I love modern art just as much as the masters and in the Interior Design field, I’m equally comfortable and happy to work with antiques and with modern pieces.

 

3.Do you have a favorite project to date? 

I do have a favorite project —- it’s one that’s close to home here in Baton Rouge, LA and it’s the client that I have worked with the longest since starting my residential Design career. In so many ways we have grown up together as we met the first day our sons started 1st grade together and now they’ll be seniors in high school next year. Our tastes have evolved together —- we’ve travelled, dieted, shopped, and raised our kids all the while working towards her dream home which we are finally finishing this year. At this point we laugh that we have “the same brain”. On our last trip to New York I insisted that she travel light and we showed up with matching pajamas and basically matching outfits for the duration of the trip.

 

4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

Time management. Running a successful business and managing a family – my husband and I have three boys – can be incredibly rewarding but it is definitely a challenge. In addition to my design firm Colleen Waguespack Interiors, I founded our home accessories business Fig & Dove. So let’s just say that my schedule is a busy one and I sometimes have to struggle to keep myself from being pulled in too many directions at once!

 

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

In 2012, with no previous experience in fund raising, I led the successful capitol campaign to build the Emerge Center: an early intervention center for children with speech and communication delays and autism, here in Baton Rouge. After living through the first five years of my middle son, Christopher’s diagnosis with autism, and running our extended family ragged getting him to different locations within the city as well as other states to get the therapeutic services he needed, I realized the best possible success for a child AND their family was to provide “all services under one roof”. Using this simple concept and setting up one-on-one meetings with donors to explain our mission, we were able to raise the funds needed and open the doors of the Emerge Center in under two years. Today the Center is thriving: it is a beautiful piece of architecture (so my previous design experience was put to good use), receives grants for research, has added a charter school , and most importantly is a warm and nurturing environment for families to get their children the critical care needed from experts in the field. I will always look back fondly on these years and hope all three of my boys never forget what we were able to accomplish. I always say, I have one son on the spectrum, but raised three boys on the playground of the Emerge Center.

 

6. Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

I am always inspired and grateful to those designers who are successfully running a design studio as well as a retail shop that allow them to work from their carefully curated assortments. They take the time to travel globally and search for the one of a kind furnishings and accessories that add character and depth to our projects. Of those, my current favorites are Rose Uniacke (London), Margaret Naeve (Houston), and Amy Meier (Rancho Santa Fe). My historical favorite has been Vincent Wolf whose furnishings, accessories, and coffee table books have always found a way into my projects.

 

7. Go-to paint color?

Benjamin Moore/ Wind’s Breath/ OC-24. It has a chalky look and just the right amount of warmth to create a “white room” that is clearly not white. Everything looks good with it- antique furniture and modern- it’s the perfect backdrop.

 

Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks! I would never risk my electronics in the tub and I’m a tub and bedtime reader. I spend way too much time on my phone and like to think it’s put away before I get into bed.

 

M&Ms or Skittles?

M&M’s- with the peanuts! I steal all the little bags out of my kids’ Halloween candy.

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee- and Cool Brew! New Orleans has always served true cold brew and I even still have an original “toddy” complete with the instructions showing a 1960’s housewife making it. I use coffee with chicory to make it extra thick, but the Cool Brew brand is authentic New Orleans.

 

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Looking for the perfect weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!

 

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE ,  2018 HERE AND 2019 HERE!

 

Chic Chat: Karen Williams, St. Charles New York

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Good morning, chic readers! We have such a treat for you today. The incredible Karen Williams of St. Charles New York has taken the time to share about her inspiration, her biggest accomplishments and, of course, the big question: whether she likes M&Ms or Skittles. We hope her answers brighten your day as much as they did ours!

1. How did you get started as a designer?

 I always had a passion for classically designed homes and architecture, as well as renovating houses. I decided to pursue this dream by going to FIT in New York City, majoring in Interior Design.

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

My main source of inspiration comes through my travels, as well as fashion. I’ve always felt as though interiors and fashion go hand and hand. Other sources could be through interior design magazines and social media.

3. Do you have a favorite project to date?

My favorite project is always my next project. I’m always focusing on what I could do differently and how I can incorporate that into my next design.

4. What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?

A big challenge as a designer is helping your client interpret a functional and cohesive design that incorporates their needs, while still standing true to their expectations and budget.

5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?

My biggest accomplishment to date is the launch of the new St. Charles New York collection.

6.Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?

Jean-Louis Deniot as an interior designer, for his eclectic and classical design. For overall design, I am very inspired by Diane von Furstenberg and of course the late, great Zaha Hadid.

 

  • Go-to paint color?

 A great go-to is Farrow and Ball’s “Cornforth White”

 

  • Ebooks or hardbacks?

Hardbacks

 

  • M&Ms or Skittles?

M&Ms

 

  • Coffee or tea?

Both!

 

 

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karen williams St Charles new York kitchen

 

 

Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!

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Blank to Beautiful: Cindy Barganier

 

Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to share this super fun interview with our friend Cindy Barganier today. Cindy and her husband Jeff live in Pike Road, AL where they run Cindy Barganier Interiors. In addition to designing homes, Cindy has also created several product lines–and you have the opportunity to win pieces from one of them today! Simply head over to Instagram to win a gorgeous bag and scarf from one of Cindy’s new collections. She’s also a teacher, mentor and friend to many–including us!

 

 

Cindy has been featured everywhere from Coastal Living to Southern Home–and many, many more. She is just as charming as her work, and we know you’ll love getting to know more about her today. Mom and I are so thrilled to be able to showcase her talents today. 

 

Head over to Instagram for a chance to win this fabulous cosmetic bag and scarf from Cindy’s latest collection! You’ll be stylish all summer long!

 

 

Thanks so much for spending your summer with Design Chic! We always love seeing you here!

 

We hope to see you back here tomorrow for a fabulous “House Tour” designed by the incredibly talented  William B. Litchfield and captured so beautifully by Emily Followill PhotographerClick here to see a previous tour from Litchfield Design.

 

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Join Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe and ME tonight on FRIENDS & FICTION where we host Delia Owens the author of  WHERE the CRAWDADS SING

Looking for the perfect holiday weekend read?  I would love it if you would pick up Feels Like Falling!

 

VISIT OUR INSTAGRAMAND PINTEREST AND OUR TOP TEN POSTS OF 2017 HERE ,  2018 HERE AND 2019 HERE!

 

 

House Tour: William Litchfield Architectural Designs

William Litchfield Designs living room with bookcases

 

Whether preserving history or creating it, our homes have a lot of legwork to do. William B. Litchfield Architectural Designs is masterful in assisting them with both. 

 

William Litchfield Designs family room with dining table

 

We are big fans of his work, and this Regency-Inspired Georgian Renovation caught our eye right away. 

 

William Litchfield Designs bench and white paneling

 

We have learned (sometimes the hard way) that it takes exactly the right kind of architect or designer to restore a historic gem, to bring something truly special back to life. William Litchfield Designs is just the team to take on the challenge.

 

William Litchfield Designs dining room with crystal chandelier

 

It’s no wonder they received the 2016 Philip Trammell Shutze Award for this stunning home.  It is the perfect blend of old and new with spaces for everyone in the family. 

 

William Litchfield Designs dine-in kitchen

 

This kitchen is, in a word, happy. Or, at least, it feels that way to us. 

 

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And we can imagine the guests gathered around this fire are happy too!

 

William Litchfield Designs staircase with striped wallpaper

 

The light in this house is just spectacular, a sure sign of a great architect,

 

William Litchfield Designs closet

 

But the details truly shine. This closet is simply breathtaking, with a place for everything.

 

 

You know we’re big fans of interiors, but, in this case, we have to admit that, for us, the exterior stole the show.

 

 

Grand, gracious, elegant… These are just a few words that come to mind right off the bat. 

 

 

And, taking this lovely pool into account, we think we’d also have to add calm to the list. From every angle, in every space, this home is the ideal blend of old and new. We hope you loved touring it as much as we did!

 

Emily Followill Photography

 

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Southern California Here I Come!

I’ll be on a Southern California mini-tour soon with lots of great author friends! If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you!

January 30, 2020: “Southern Lunch Event” with Mary Alice Monroe and Kristin Harmel. In Conversation with Kristina McMorris. Hosted by Adventures by the Book. 12 pm, Claim Jumper, San Diego, CA

January 31, 2020: SuperBook TaleGate Adventure with Cassandra Conroy, Fiona Davis, Kristina McMorris, Mary Alice Monroe, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Jan Moran, Karen White and Beatriz Williams. 6-7:30 pm, Signal Hill Public Library, Signal Hill, CA.

February 1, 2020: SuperBook Weekend Adventure, Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. Click here for more information and tickets.

House Tour: Bria Hammel Interiors

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Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a great week–and are in the mood for touring a perfectly serene home. For us, this week, a spot of calm is just what the doctor ordered! Grab your favorite warm beverage, a cozy blanket and curl up by the fire to savor every square foot of this beautiful house by Bria Hammel Interiors in Minnesota. (And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can borrow the one below!)

 

Bria Hammel Interiors

 

Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen

 

 

Bria Hammel Interiors bar

 

Bria Hammel Interiors wine cellar

 

Bria Hammel Interiors kitchen

 

Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom

 

Bria Hammel Interiors mudroom

 

Is there anything more idyllic than fresh blooms just picked from the garden or bought from the flower shop, tucked in the perfect bag? We don’t think so!

Thank you so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!

 

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In Good Taste: Janie Molster Designs

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Good morning, chic readers! We are so excited to have the fabulous Janie Molster,  with us today, answering our burning questions–and lending a few tips! Thanks for stopping by, Janie, and for sharing your gorgeous work with us.

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How did you get started as a designer?
My friend had business cards printed for me.  I think everyone close to me could see this path for me, except me.  Once I dove in, it became crystal clear.  I had always been somewhat obsessed about my environment–staying up all night in rental apartments painting the walls until they were exactly right, etc. When my husband and I bought our first house and I was able to flex my design muscle a bit more, I got some calls and requests for advice and help and and here we are.

Janie Molster dining room

Where do you get your inspiration?
I have been asked that question before and honestly, my answer changes constantly.  Last night I received a couple of new shelter magazines and sending a quick shout-out to my design industry peers–YOU inspire me!  I love to see what other people are creating and I love to watch trends.  I may not hop on every one but creativity breeds more creativity.  Following others in my field and having an inspiration group to bounce ideas off of is so valuable to me.

Janie Molster kitchen

Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
It’s often the last project.  I begin missing my clients and our frequent talks and trouble-shooting sessions.  We call it “uncoupling”…very hard.  Right now I am in the midst of something wonderful: a large lodge in the Allegheny mountains.  The lodge sits adjacent to another project we have done for the same clients (our 5th project for them).  Needless to say, we have a great understanding of each other and things are coming together seamlessly.  The lodge will be a second home on the property with a few bedrooms as well as entertaining spaces geared for large events–almost like a mini-conference center with a residential perspective. There are some amazing craftsmen on the project. Stay tuned.

Janie Molster kitchen

What is your favorite tip for making small spaces feel larger?
Use fewer, bigger pieces and edit, edit edit.  People tend to think in a small space, use small furniture and clutter things up with teensy tables and chairs.   Also important is to use large room-size rugs that hug the perimeter of the space.

Janie Molster bedroom

What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
Skilled labor.  The trades that I rely on daily are harder and harder to find.  Fyi…we are always hiring: Conservationists who can repair antique furnishings and art, seamstresses who can produce couture-quality window dressings, custom upholsterers, decorative painters, etc.  

Janie Molster bedroom

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
No question, mothering 5 children.  If I can share any wisdom to other designers, especially those in the throes of parenting, always choose family first.  I am blessed that my career has successfully weathered the storm of a few years of intermittent attention.  There were times when I was barely keeping my foot in the door of the design world–so I guess that’s the answer.  Biggest accomplishment: Keeping my foot in the door.

Janie Molster bedroom

Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
I am in love with all of the upholstery designs by John Saladino.  His pieces were innovative on day 1 and they never feel dated.  I also love what Susan Ferrier is doing with McAlpine.  While her work had a moody edginess about it, she fully embraces femininity.  She doesn’t shy away from pretty–she sets it on fire.

Janie Molster porch

Ebooks or hardbacks?
Hardbacks for sure.  Give me a rainy day and stack of my dog-eared design books–Nirvana.
M&Ms or Skittles?
green peanut M&M’s…they bring good luck 🙂
Coffee or tea?
coffee.  Can’t tie my shoes in the am without it.

Favorite color?
pink, every shade
Accessory you couldn’t live without?
personal?
It’s the leather lariat I have worn every day for years.  It’s light and simple–I can run, swim and sleep in it.  It fits snug around my neck and has a simple gold ball at the end.  My dear friend, Atlanta jewelry designer Jeanmarie Quarterman made it for me.
decorative?
My collection of vessels and sculptures by New Orleans artist Julie Silvers that move around my house all the time–looking perfect in every room.  
Go-to paint color?
Love trim and doors in Galveston Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Janie Molster porch

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Janie! We loved having you here–and couldn’t love your beautiful designs any more! 


 

I am so, so, so excited to share that Slightly South of Simple has been chosen as a Kindle monthly deal so, from today until April 1, you can read the first book in the Peachtree Bluff series for only $1.99–just in time for the The Secret to Southern Charm release on April 3. 

 

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