Hello Setting for Four readers! I’m so excited because I have a special designer visitor for you today! As an Interior Decorator I’m thrilled to share her insight on the blog today!
Do you remember when I interviewed these amazingly talented designers: Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design in Part I and Part II, Emily A Clark’s Interview Part I and Part II and Shauna Satori Design for Living Part I and Part II?
Today, I am bringing another savvy and talented designer on board to share her tips and tricks!
Welcome Jenna of SAS Interiors!
Jenna is an interior designer and blogger I really admire and have tons of respect for! She is super sweet and I’m so thrilled to have met her in person at Haven! When I met Jenna, the first 3 things that I noticed about her is that she is 1) gorgeous 2) very tall and 3) gorgeous!!!
We’re so lucky to learn all of Jenna’s professional designer tips and tricks today!
Thanks so much Heather for inviting me over to Setting for Four!
1) Hello Jenna and Welcome! Share with us a little about your background and your work! (Were you always involved in the design field? What was your path to becoming an interior designer? Please describe any education in the field you’ve taken or how you entered the interior design field)
Hi I’m Jenna and I blog over at SAS Interiors, where I share do it yourself creations, decorating tips, and interior design inspiration. I started blogging over 3 years ago in hopes to inspire others to create a home they’ve always dreamed of. Along with being a Blogger, I’m also an Interior Designer + avid DIYer + lover of a bargain! I have lived and breathed design for as long as I can remember. I was one of the only girls in high school in who loved woodworking class and creating things from scratch. After high school, I continued my interest and passion for design, and enrolled in college for Architecture. As much as I loved and appreciated the outside and structure of a building, I really wanted to get my hands dirty with all the details on the inside. To continue my path, I pursued another degree focused on Interior Design and attended the New York School of Interior Design in NYC. I was surrounded by some of the greats and knew I had landed on what I love and looked forward to where it could take me. Following graduation, I worked for a high-end architecture company doing Interior Architecture, focusing on cabinetry, millwork, kitchens, bathrooms, etc. I just loved it ALL! Along the way there were a few bumps in the road, but without those ups and downs, I wouldn’t be where I am today… Being my own boss and never having the feeling that I am actually working, is fabulous. Along with my blog (which is a big part of my business), I also have an interior design company where I work with local clients, as well as offer E-Design services for those that live anywhere in the country. What’s great for me is that I get to choose and work with the best people + inspire those to create and DIY their way through life.
Custom designed craft room for a local client.
2) How would you describe your decorating style and design philosophy?
My style. Hmmm… that’s a tough one. I appreciate most all styles. As a designer, I have to be ready to create a space of any style that fits the needs + wants for my client. My personal style is what I call classic eclectic. It’s a mix of modern edge with classic elements. No matchy-matchy, but all things that I love and/or have meaning. I feel strongly that a home should reflect our family and our story. I think it’s important for a space to be liveable and comfortable for everyone who lives there. With 2 young kids, our house is very comfortable, yet still evokes great style and meaningful treasures.
Eclectic dining room design by Jenna including DIY drop cloth curtain panels, Ikat rug, and classic dark wood table with bench
3) Which designers do you love and why?
Similar to how I feel about styles, I feel about designers. I appreciate everyone and their amazing talents. From Mario Buatta and his opulent, ostentatious creations to Sabrina Soto for her fresh, budget-conscious designs, all designers bring something new and innovative to the table. My current favorite is Emily Henderson. I feel anything she puts together is amazing. She simply gets it spot-on with every space she creates. From her use and understanding of pattern + color, her spaces are fun, eclectic, interesting, and unique. I love when I can pinpoint who the designer is by just looking at the space.
Living Room designed by Emily Henderson
A few other favorite designers are also fellow bloggers like Emily Clark, Kristin Jackson, and Mandi Gubler. All have a great way of thinking outside the box to create something that is above and beyond ‘the norm’. All create spaces that keep me wanting to be better. And All I have met in person, which was totally awesome – I tried keeping my cool though… What impression do you hope to have on people when they’re visiting your home for the first time? I’ll be honest, I get nervous when people come to my home because I feel that they have a higher expectation for what it should look like. As a designer, I feel that they feel it should be this ultimate, grandiose, amazing place. At the end of the day though, I live in a typical sized home. I have 2 young kids. I have 2 cats. I have a husband. Dishes are often always in the sink. Laundry is often piled high in the living room. And my bed is often unmade. That being said, my home is real and reflects us. It’s a place that our family really lives + it’s a home that we are continually working on, hence the hammer, multiple tape measures, and supplies usually always lying around. But seriously though, our home has meaning. Nothing is on our walls or displayed on our shelves that doesn’t have significance. Pictures on the wall tell the story of what we love and where we’ve been. ‘Things’ on the bookcase are elements we treasure. If you want to take a tour of my home, come on over…
4) Where do you begin when you work with a client to create a stylish and comfortable space that fits their needs.
It all begins with listening to them about their wants + needs for a space. I always want to create a space that reflects them, yet that pushes the limit just a bit out of their comfort zone to create a result that I know they will love, yet is slightly beyond what they ever thought possible. That’s my job. I’m brought in to a clients home to create something that fits them, yet is something that couldn’t be done without my help. Specifically it usually starts with one idea. A statement piece. A color. A hobby. That one element that sets the tone for everything else.
5) How do you determine a paint palette for an entire home and make it flow room to room?
I’m not afraid of color so in turn I am always encouraging clients to add color to their walls. With open concept floor plans being so popular as of late, creating a paint palette for the entire home can often be challenging, but it’s so important for spaces to flow from one to another. To start, it’s best to determine if you want to go with cooler tones or warmer tones. Then build on that by choosing one hue at a time for each space. To make it all come together, I like having one color be the common thread throughout each space. For example, that color in my home is burnt orange. In the living room, burnt orange is an accent wall, in another room it’s seen in a pillow, and in the kitchen its found on plates + platters. Having a common thread will tie the home together to read as one.
6) You’ve blogged about useful ideas and layouts to create a photo gallery wall. I love your ideas! What are some tips to creating a balanced layout with a variety of frame sizes?
I love photo gallery walls. Whether they are a montage of all photos or a combination of photos + wall décor, they are a great way to tell a story. The best part is there’s no right or wrong. Having a variety of sizes is key. If a gallery wall is all pictures, a nice place to start is with all of the same frame. If you choose all black or all white frames, then color photos are a great idea. Or try a variety of frames with all black and white photos. Framing my kids artwork is also a personal favorite. I love to display their creations and it makes them feel so special.
Thank you so much Heather for having me over on Setting for Four!
* Thanks so much Jenna for your interview! *
I really enjoyed hearing all of your fabulous interior design tips and tricks and I especially loved learning all about your background and decorating style- I’m sure my readers will too!!
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WOW – Do you love Jenna’s tips as much as I do????
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Interview with Jenna at SAS Interiors, coming soon!
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Written by Heather at Setting for Four
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