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‘DESIGNER TALKS HOME’ INTERVIEW SERIES: JAMIE BECKWITH Post under decor, interior design, interview, jamie beckwith at 11:29 PM US-based Jamie Beckwith’s design team is a unique blend of professionally trained interior designers as well as talented and experienced interior decorators. Under her direction, the Beckwith Interiors (BI) design team creates luxurious, timeless and functional environments for residential, retail, and corporate clients nationwide. International celebrities, high-profile corporations, and discerning clients appreciate the discreet, fresh and unassuming style that BI provides. The firm prides itself on the strong ability to execute traditional and contemporary environments with a focus on transitional flow — the thread that weaves through a project — to create a seamless and cohesive space.

Jamie Beckwith

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What drew you to the architectural and design industry? Is that original fascination still alive within you today?

As a young person I would devour books on architecture, art and design. Through the books and publications I found comfort and creativity. I would visualize and create my own personal environments after being inspired by other architects and designers work on the pages.

My original fascination is definitely alive and thriving. As I venture into different areas of design with product development and manufacturing, I am constantly learning, inspired and renewed.

Tell us about your typical day (at work and at home).

My days are definitely very busy, just like any working mothers would be. I have three young children with busy social lives, numerous charity organizations that my husband and I participate in, and of course, family and friend obligations. The wonderful thing about a rich life is the amazing relationships that develop in addition to the inspiring people that I come into contact with.

My day is not altogether typical, which is very exciting to me. It is never the same. Usually I am in the design studio by 9 am meeting with my team. We discuss all of our current projects, from design to scheduling to purchasing. I also have a retail showroom that is always being updated with new furniture pieces and accessories so we plan for upcoming seasons and new purchases.

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I try to visit our production facilities, where we manufacture a collection of surfacing materials, at least 3 times a week. When I am there, I meet with the sales team and also enjoy working on the actual assembly line. It is very therapeutic and allows me to be with the people that are creating the beautiful products.

In your opinion, what are the key challenges in designing a residence (as compared to a commercial project)?

One of the challenges in designing a residential project is there are a lot of emotions involved. You usually have a couple that have poured a lot of time and money into the project so emotions run high. I feel it is our responsibility to listen to the client or clients and be organized, efficient and timely in our services. Good organization and especially budgeting can help a client feel less stress as they have a true picture of the process and the costs involved.

Tell us about your own home.

My own home is my muse. I love to try unique things out in my home. I like to challenge myself to create new designs or architectural features such as acrylic wine cellars, glass floors and the unusual mixing of pattern and shape through fabric or furniture.

I encourage the artisans and sub contractors to stretch outside of their normal thinking process to try to create interiors that are spectacular, not only in beauty but functionality. My home is a perfect spot to entertain my imagination.

As an architect/ designer, what do you think defines an inviting home?

An inviting home is a home that embodies the love and spirit of the people that live there, period.

High End Floor Trends

Today’s guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a must-shop resource for beautiful light fixtures. Susi is going to share some of the high-end flooring trends she’s been seeing from top designers.  Are these trends here to stay or a passing fancy? What do you think?

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Dark stained or ebony floors have been a hot trend for the past several years. High gloss dark floors are becoming more popular for their sophisticated mirror-like finish.

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Another high end flooring trend is textured wood flooring.  From crocodile to distressed to shaped puzzle pieces, high end wood floors are not strictly planks anymore.

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A high end designer trend in flooring is boldly patterned painted floors.  These aren’t country style rustic solid painted floors. Patterns range from chevrons to octagons and medallions.

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Herringbone floors are becoming popular…again.  Antique wood herringbone floors can be found in French Chateaus dating back hundreds of years. Many of these floors are being reclaimed and repurposed into newer homes to give them authenticity.

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The high end patterned flooring trend is easily seen in tile floors. Colorful cement Moroccan tiles are in high demand and are seen in both traditional and online shelter magazines.

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High end stone floors are also joining the pattern trend. These inlaid marble and limetone tiles from Studium NYC are based on the designs of David Hicks, the master of geometric patterns.

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The chevron stripe is a hot trend in all aspects of interior design right now.  It is a classic pattern from the Art Deco era that is enjoying a comeback. You could even say the herringbone wood floors are really a chevron pattern. Here is a marble floor laid out in a contrasting chevron.

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At the stratosphere level of high end flooring trends are diamond inset tiles. The tiles from Pietra Firma each have over 1000 diamonds, 2400 pieces of mother-of-pearl, 400 pieces of abalone shell and 500 pieces of black onyx. Price per square meter? One million dollars. We’re always thinking about ceiling light fixtures—wonder what a sparkling crystal chandelier would do for diamond inset tiles.

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