Your Design Dollars: Where to Invest and Where to Cut Corners
Most of us would love our home to look like a show house, but in reality, a shoestring budget is all we have to finance this interior dream. Feeling discouraged and frustrated, we end up selecting something we don't really like because we feel we can't afford the look we really want. Well guess what? Just because a home looks like it cost a fortune to design doesn't mean it necessarily did! Notable Dallas designer, Janet Rice, from Janet Rice Interiors, is going to share some of her secrets on where to spend those design dollars and where to save, while still making a space look fabulous. We can't wait to get educated on this subject! BACKGROUND: Janet Rice is the founder of Janet Rice Interiors. A graduate of Boston College, the Oklahoma City native began her career as a buyer for Macy's after completing their prestigious executive training program. After a brief stint in the retail world, in 1996 Janet was offered the valued position of Assistant Editor at Family Circle. While at the leading National magazine, Janet was able to hone her talents as a stylist while working on hundreds of photo shoots. Her reputation for creating inspired interiors and vignettes grew and before long Janet became a force in the world of freelance styling. After ten years as an editor and stylist in New York City, Janet moved to Dallas where she styled for a number of prestigious clients including Neiman Marcus, Horchow and JC Penney while also serving as a Contributing Editor for D Home and Garden. Janet designed and launched her own line of vibrant floor pillows and home decorative accessories, Jane and Coco. In 2002 Janet's career move into design paid off when Jane and Coco received the prestigious Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International. After years of working with a wide range of interiors, it was only natural that Janet would launch her own firm --- in 2009 Janet Rice Interiors was officially opened for business. Janet's experience as a home editor, stylist, and accessories designer all enhanced the unique sense of creativity and style that set Janet apart. In late 2011 Janet debuted her three innovative concepts --- 101 by Janet Rice, Shopping Sprees with Janet Rice, and Design Therapy with Janet Rice. Each of these new offerings provides clients with different ways to access the highest quality expertise from a top interior designer more affordably than traditionally hiring a design firm. Janet's approach toward design is constantly refreshed by her active involvement in the design community, her international travels, and her design businesses in New York and Texas. Her work evokes a sense of accessible glamour and has been featured in numerous publications including D Home and Garden, Modern Luxury, Dallas Child, The Dallas Morning News, and Victoria Magazine. Janet spends her time between Dallas and New York City where she lives with her husband, two children and beloved Pomeranian
Your Design Dollars: Where to Invest and Where to Cut Corners
Designing on a budget is always an interesting topic of conversation. We at Janet Rice Interiors see this high/low balance as a lot of fun. As a former magazine editor and interior stylist, I know almost every trick in the book - - here are some of my favorites. We like to invest our clients dollars in fabulous wallpaper, decorative painting, refinishing existing pieces of furniture and elegant fabrics - in doing so, our rooms pack a punch and make a statement without breaking the bank. Following are a few examples: This jewel box of a corridor posed a serious design challenge; tiny and dark. We invested our design dollars in floor to ceiling Gracie Wallpaper, painted doors and moldings a metallic silver and covered the floors in a silver sisal from Stark. Custom furniture from Janet Rice Interiors was thoughtfully placed - side tables from Global Views were purchased for a strong and stunning look next to Jayne's chair from JRI. The sisal rug from Stark is extremely well priced and in silver - sisal becomes stellar. Last word: Fresh flowers always elevate design of any room. Investment cost is minimal….huge return.
...In this room, we had an artist hand paint a floral motif on the walls creating a major statement in this chic black and white room. Design dollars were invested in the hand painted walls, Vininni Chandelier, and custom chairs from Janet Rice Interiors. An existing club chair from the 1950's was reupholstered in a black/white/pink stripe Designer's Guild fabric. The white sofa, Sareenin coffee table and lucite lamps were purchased at a second-hand vintage store. The pair of white side tables were from William Sonoma Home. All pieces worked seamlessly by creating a big statement without breaking the bank.
...This bedroom was designed on a tight budget. Almost every piece was repurposed. The headboard was found at a second-hand store, lacquered white and reupholstered in a duchess satin from Kravet. The two bedside tables were found in the corner of my clients garage - once they were dusted off and refinished - they transitioned perfectly as bedside tables. We invested design dollars in a cashmere blanket and embroidered linens from Germany and the shams were from Pottery Barn.
...We had a lot of fun with this foyer. Again - not a big budget for this room. We invested most of our design dollars in the wallpaper from Designer's Guild. We used a black and white cowhide as an entry rug - chic, indestructible and minimal cost. The entry table was found at a floor sample sale from Crate + Barrel - with a fresh coat of black lacquer it looked perfectly glam in this space.
...Last Words…. Never underestimate the power of paint - if that is all that allows for in a budget - decorative painting makes a huge impact. For example, we created this modern child's bedroom using the owner's existing furniture. We had local artist, Cathey Miller, paint a modern design on the walls and the room went from anemic to WOW. I am in love with these medallions from Focal Point - custom doors are created in a second -- architectural interest and glamour are instantly added to a room. Best of all - they can be purchased at Home Depot -- gotta love that!
...And we love all of your tricks! WOW! Thank you, Janet, for sharing your insight and beautiful rooms. We can't wait to start working on our next project!
Janet Rice / Janet Rice Interiors
25 Highland Park Village / Ste. 100-828 / Dallas, TX 75205
214.563.1935(Images courtesy of Janet Rice Interiors. Images 2-4, 20 photographed by Tim Kolk; All other images photographed by Manny Rodriquez)
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