Thursday, August 25, 2016

Designer Spotlight: Fashion and Interiors on the Mexico Border


Megan Feuille is a fashion and interior designer living in El Paso, Texas and the founder of Paloma El Paso. Fueled by the cultural influences of living in a border town where the sister city is Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, Megan's designs have a distinctly light and airy Mexican essence. Rebecca Quinones, one of the fantastic interns for Interiors by Jacquin, recently connected with designer Megan Feuille and had the opportunity to learn more about Megan's passion for design and her creative connection to Mexico. Check out this culturally inspired interor design and fashion brand - Paloma El Paso.

PHILOSOPHY:

Megan's philosophy on design (for interiors as well as fashion) is the importance of keeping the design fun and accessible. She also tries to remember that nothing is ever THAT big of a deal, and that there is always room for improvement.


ENTREPRENEURSHIP:

As I asked Megan how she built her business from the ground as an entrepreneur, she said that before Paloma El Paso, she had never even thought of owning her own business.

Megan graduated with degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, but was always interested in design. After graduating from college, she taught preschool in Austin for 5 years, then started a design blog for her own enjoyment.

One day, Megan received an email from a friend asking if she owned her own design business, asking for her help. Instead of answering immediately, Megan sent in her paperwork to the state comptroller, claimed herself a business owner the very next day, and got to work. Megan and her husband then made their move to El Paso, desiring a change of pace. She ran her blog for a year, took a break, did fashion styling and worked for a nonprofit organization called Ciudad Nueva. During this break, she asked herself… "What if I worked with women in Mexico to make traditional Mexican clothes for the American marketplace?

She envisioned something easy, feminine, and of course, accessible. Megan sent her lacey, airy, and casual designs to Southern Mexico to her old roommate and friend from college, Candice Leigh, the founder of Oh Fox Creative. Megan loved the results, but put everything on hold when her and her husband got the call for their adoption and started their beautiful family. Once she got back on track, she designed her own website, new ideas, and is even her own model.



MANUFACTURING PROCESS:

One of my biggest questions for Megan was "How does it all work?" Once Paloma El Paso started back up again, Megan sent more designs in, and what she received next were samples of her own designs. If something isn't quite right, she makes the edits for the item to be re-woven and the process begins again.

Megan expressed just how grateful she is for the women in Mexico and the collaboration they've forged in addition to being appreciative of everyone who visits her site. Everything Megan designs for Paloma El Paso is hand woven with love and care on a traditional loom. Megan describes her designs as "handmade works of art", which is completely accurate. She wants people to appreciate and enjoy how beautiful these hand creations are, all while protecting the makers' integrity. 



CREATIVE INSPIRATION:

"I like to follow designers I admire, like Kelly Wearstler."

Megan uses photos from other great artists to inspire her designs. She also loves to travel and to see pictures of where other people go. This is represented in the cultural influences of her designs as she admires Latin American textiles from Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. Megan also takes influences from Morocco, where she's also had the opportunity to visit. 



INTERTWINING PASSIONS:

Working in two different industries, fashion and interior design simultaneously, has both varying and intersecting elements, but the foundation of both are style. Megan balances working in these industries by keeping a relaxed approach and remembering that it's really all connected. Besides making her job fun, Megan's number one piece of advice for young designers is having "good basics and crazy accessories". She loves to mix high and low. The same applies to interiors. It makes sense to spend more money on items that last forever (like a sofa), and selecting these more expensive items in neutral tends to make sense. However, you can go crazy with a bold rug or throw that can easily be switched out and still create a colorful interior. It's all about balance. 

Megan also loves to mix silhouettes in fashion and interiors and believes that confidence is key when pulling off any look. Megan's take home point... "As far as fashion:anything goes. There aren't as many rules as people think there are." So have fun with it!


Visit Paloma El Paso to catch Megan Feuille's latest designs!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Decorating wtih Ornamental Ceiling Medallions


For a high impact, yet cost effective update to a special area in your home, try installing an ornamental ceiling medallion. A ceiling medallion can be the perfect accent for a unique chandelier and will work well with most light fixtures. I really love the romance and architectural element that ornate medallions add to a room, so I've rounded up my favorite interiors showcasing this gorgeous ceiling feature.

The Heathered Nest


London residence designed by Cochrane Designs.

After a day of research and viewing tons of stunning ceilings, it seems that it's hard to go wrong when decorating with a ceiling medallion. All of the rooms I've come across with this architectural feature have been spot on! For example, I love how regal this master bathroom looks with its intricate ceiling medallion and oversized tufted pouf. These are just the kind of details that begin to make your home feel a little more like a vacation destination.

And if you're new to this architectural feature you'll be glad to know that installing a ceiling medallion is rather simple. The most detail oriented part is cutting a proper sized hole in the center of the medallion to install you light fixture through (although some will already have a cut-out for your light fixture when you purchase it). Here is a great tutorial on how to install a ceiling medallion in detail.

Ceiling fan + medallion combination by Kristin Jackson

On another note, I've never seen a ceiling medallion paired well with a ceiling fan, so the bedroom design above from designer Kristin Jackson was pretty exciting. This interior design serves as proof that a ceiling medallion is still completely possible even if your room has a ceiling fan. Just make sure that the style of your ceiling fan and medallion do not clash aesthetically.

Closet door DIY tutorial from One Kings Lane. 

Lastly, don't forget that you can even beautify smaller spaces like bathrooms, hallways, and office spaces with ornamental medallions. For a twist on the traditional ceiling medallion, take a look at One Kings Lane's recent DIY where they upgrade closet doors using circular medallions. I am loving the feminine, European touch that these luxe doors give the room!

All of these rooms showcasing stunning medallions peaked my interest so I went on the hunt to source the perfect ceiling medallions online. Here are a few majorly chic medallions to consider for your home.

This architectural feature is perfect for introducing instant luxury to your space!


1. Ekena Millwork Benson Classic Ceiling Medallion - $59.95 
2. Ekena Millwork Eryn Ceiling Medallion - $66.95 
3. Elk Lighting English Study Ceiling Medallion - $180.00 
4. Hickory Manor House Crown Molding Ceiling Medallion - $329.95 
5. Elegant Lighting Mirrored Medallion - $200.00 
6. Elk Lighting Laureldale White Ceiling Medallion - $84.00

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bloggers at Home: Elegant home tour with pops of Pink

I'm pleased to present the elegant and stylish home of blogger Alicia Wood of The Lush List today. Alicias' blog is home to the latest fashion and amazing home cooking and recipes. You'll definitely want to learn more about this style blogger, mom, and home chef extraordinaire. Take a look at my recent chat with Alicia and her stunning home tour. 

Jacquin: Hi Alicia! What can people expect from your blog, the Lush List?

Alicia: Thanks for having me today Jacquin! The Lush List is a lifestyle blog focused on Style, Food & Entertaining, Clean Beauty, Travel and Design.  I am truly a “List Maker“ and I'm always being asked by others for my ideas and lists, so The Lush List blog is where I share them with everyone.




Jacquin: Being that you come from a long line of cooks, do you garner a lot of inspiration from the recipes you've grown up with when creating recipes to share on your blog?

Alicia: Some of my earliest memories are in the kitchen with my mom or one of my great-grandmothers. Every holiday we went to Arkansas to see family, and food was always the centerpiece – both preparing it and sharing it. One special recipe we make every holiday are these angel rollsWe’ve even adapted them to be gluten-free to be able to continue to enjoy them. My great-grandmother baked a lot and I think of her every time I make a pie. This rustic apple galette is my favorite recipe to make and I think she’d like it very much.





Jacquin: As a foodie, if you could only eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner food for the rest of your life––which meal type would you choose?

Alicia: This is so hard for me! Anyone who knows me very well, knows I love a good soup. I could truly have it for every meal. This Watermelon Gazpacho is a favorite. I have actually eaten it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It also makes a great appetizer. However, I do also love a great steak with Green Eggs and a glass of Cabernet.

Alicia Wood's Watermelon Gazpacho. Get the recipe here!


Jacquin: What attracts you to certain types of fashion? Where is your favorite place to find fashion that matches your personal style?

Alicia: I realized a long time ago that I love classic style in both fashion and interiors. I’m only 5’2” tall and crazy trends seem to wear me, so I learned how to style my body best. Well-tailored pieces seem to prevent me from appearing so small. Friends are always surprised when talk moves around to height…great heels don’t hurt, either. Grace Kelly, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Kate Middleton, Amal Clooney and Olivia Palermo are women whose style resonates with me.  Because we are such a busy household, I do most of my shopping online, which allows me to find great deals on my favorite designers. Some of my favorite stores are Neiman Marcus, Shopbop, J.Crew, Saint Bernard, Veronica Beard, and Tory Burch. I love the style and vibe at these stores each season. One of the great things about The Lush List is that you’ll always find sale round ups and notices of sales on my blog, simply because I love a good deal!




Jacquin: How is your personal style reflected in your home's decor?

Alicia: It would be a tie between my kitchen and my master suite. My kitchen is one of my favorite spaces in my home. We remodeled our home about 2 years ago. I was able to completely start over and create these rooms for the way we live. Every drawer and cabinet in the kitchen was designed for the way I cook. I have a huge refrigerator because with our food allergies, I don’t use much packaged or dry goods and it’s always full with fresh fruits and veggies. My favorite element is the huge white marble island that is always full of cooking prep and someone doing homework or eating a snack. The breakfast area features one of my great-grandmother’s dining tables that I had refinished. The Hermes scarf was a gift from my husband that I only wore a few times. After we remodeled, I was looking for art for this wall. I had always wanted a vintage Hermes scarf to frame. When I realized it was the exact color of my chair cushions, I wasted no time having it framed. It is such a happy room that really pops with my signature pink!

The master is calming and serene. A great escape from the world. I wanted lots of white and shimmering details. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. The monogrammed chair at my dressing table and the fretwork on the built-in cabinets are my favorite details…and the two chandeliers!






JacquiYou menn: tioned on your "About me" page that you go overboard for birthday parties. Share a story with me, please!

Alicia: I love birthday parties! There is nothing better than celebrating someone’s special day. A few years ago, my middle daughter requested a Nancy Drew Party for her 8th birthday. I created clue invitations that set the tone for a missing puppy mystery. The clues were hidden all over our home and yard. The girls each had a notebook to collect the clues that were written in crazy ways: backward to be read in a mirror, with invisible ink and in code. It was so fun to watch them work together to solve the mystery! Party favors were inspired by Nancy Drew mystery #8.

My youngest daughter loves the color blue so I created a Bluealicious (think Pinkalicious) party for her. I had special decorations designed to match the invitations, games with blue prizes and everyone wore blue, too! The candy buffet was her favorite because I found so many different nut free and gluten free candies and popcorn for her to choose from! That is a true dream come true for a food allergy kid!

I have always made my girls birthday cakes and love to create their vision. My favorite cake was a Frozen themed cake with white and blue rock-candy towers making Elsa’s castle. Baked Alaska is a tradition for my oldest daughter who wants to run the Iditarod one day!



Jacquin: Where is the most extraordinary place your wanderlust has taken you?

Alicia: My husband and I love to travel. For our 20th anniversary, we decided to go literally halfway around the world and spend time in the Maldives. He loves to surf and I love blue water and white sand, so this was the perfect spot for both of us. Because we have a busy household with three girls ranging in age from 15 to 8, I have used a pallet of calming colors of whites, grays and blues, similar to the ocean, throughout our home. I also love a bit of the unexpected, so I’ve used a pop of fuchsia throughout... from art, accessories to flowers, I like to keep it fun! My husband is ok with it though because he has “his” study in a darker, more masculine color palette of gray and blue.

Photo of blogger Alicia Wood vacationing in the Maldives. 

Jacquin: How has blogging and founding The Lush List influenced your life so far?

Alicia: I think the biggest influence the blog has had on me is to continue to push me to learn new techniques and recipes to share with others. My readers inspire me with their questions and suggestions. The Lush List has certainly enhanced my life and I hope it inspires others for many years to come.

Photos by Mary Summers-Hafner and Aaron Doughtery

Monday, August 15, 2016

Contemporary Gold Brass Furniture from Jenifer Janniere


When Jenifer Janniere contacted me regarding her new furniture brand, I knew I had to feature her amazing designs. Jenifer's background is interior design but she has found a new passion in furniture design. Jenifer's bold, geometric designs blend the line between art deco and contemporary, adding a bit of edge and interest to any space. My favorite piece from her inaugural collection is the stunning geometric bookcase shown below.

Jenifer Janniere Etagere

Jenifer's design process is quite impressive and intricate, and fully directed by Jenifer herself. In terms of production, each piece is crafted in powder-coated 16 gauge steel that is treated with a hand-applied gold finish for a luxury feel. Jenifer also offers black and antique brass finishes for those wanting a slightly different look. 

Jenifer Janniere C2 Console Table.

Want a peek at what Jenifer Janniere's designs look like in a residential space? Take a look at this lovely staging from store As Of Now, which currently carries Jenifer Janniere's line of contemporary furniture. 

Jenifer Janniere Arrow Side Table.

There are just so many great pieces to choose from. I really love her bed frame design and arrow side table as well. You can shop Jenifer Janniere's new collection through her website or the As Of Now store. 

Jenifer Janniere No.2 Bed frame

Which Jenifer Janniere design is your favorite?

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Friday, August 12, 2016

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Artist Spotlight: NYC Photographer Wesley Stringer

"Cloth" Series. -  Copyright © 2016 Wesley Stringer. All rights reserved.

You may remember that I was looking for two great interns not too long ago and I am so glad that I've found not only two, but three fantastic interns for Interiors by Jacquin. These interns are quite talented so I've invited them to guest post here on the blog. Today's guest post comes from my intern Sunny Tsao, a New York based journalism student with a great eye for style and photography. Sunny recently interviewed photographer Wesley Stringer for this Artist Spotlight feature. 

After finishing my sophomore year of college and returning back home for summer vacation, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with New York City based photographer, Wesley StringerOriginally from Oklahoma, Wesley moved to New York City in order to satisfy his aspirations in photography. Wesley’s photographs range from rusty and abandoned outdoor areas, to aquatic floral gardens, to subdued portraits of high-fashion models.

"Cloth" Series. - Copyright © 2016 Wesley Stringer. All rights reserved.

"Cloth" Series. - Copyright © 2016 Wesley Stringer. All rights reserved.

Wesley Stringer’s inspiration...

I've had a pretty wide range of influences. I was initially most interested in figurative work and was most drawn to images like those of Paolo Roversi and Sarah Moon. In recent years however I've become more focused on environment and have been influenced by people like Nadav Kander, Rinko Kawauchi, Alec Soth, and Michael Kenna.

How does your personal style reflect itself in your photographs?

I don't think an artist can have a clear voice unless the work their making is a clear reflection of themselves. In that sense, I do hope that my work is a reflection of my values and tastes. I think much of my work exhibits an optimism and idealism that I value. I have little interest in shock or any kind of abruptness or grotesquerie. I want my work to be quiet, understated, and contemplative.

Copyright © 2016 Wesley Stringer. All rights reserved.

What is your ideal setting to shoot?

Cloudy rainy days.

If you were to travel to some place, what gear do you take with you? What's your favorite lens?

Hassleblad 500c/m (2) w/ A12 back (2), 150mm f/4, 80mm f/2.8, a whole bunch of Portra 400 120mm. Usually some Ilford Delta as well. Also a Canon EOS 650 and a few rolls of Portra 400 35mm.

Where do you see your passion taking you five years from now?

Exhibitions and gallery work is the eventual goal. I'd like to begin publishing books by then as well.

Copyright © 2016 Wesley Stringer. All rights reserved.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Practice is the only real way to take better pictures. I think spending a lot of time searching for inspiration is a bit of a waste. The best new avenues come to you in the moment, and can't really be manufactured otherwise.

That being said I do think there is great value in spending time meeting with other artists and learning their processes and perspectives. Becoming too insular is a trap I find myself sometimes falling into.

I also think physicality is important. For me, a photograph is never finished until it's printed. Multiple prints can give you a better idea of sequence and narrative, and show you what you may be lacking or might have otherwise missed.

Copyright © 2016 Wesley Stringer. All rights reserved.

What's your ideal shoot like? Setting? Subjects? Gear? Describe how you picture it to look like.

I don't really think this exists for me. Most of my favorite work has been discovered. I'm not much of a planner, and when I've tried to build out a narrative beforehand it has often been to my detriment.