How To’s

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If this never ending pandemic has you working from home still,  there are some things you can do to make your work from home life feel better and maybe even more productive without breaking the bank. We have gathered up the 5 easiest ways to spruce up your office and improve the look of your home too. One of the first things to consider in your home office is how to position your desk chair. Seems obvious I know, but try...

As the anticipation for your little one’s arrival builds, getting the baby’s room ready for his arrival will be added to your list of to-dos. And while choosing safe furniture -- cribs, changing tables and dressers -- is the top priority, who says you can’t have a little fun in the process with design and decor? Apparently as your third trimester comes into full blossom, the nesting instinct to prepare for the babys' arrival is real, not just a modern...

Whether you collect vintage coins, straw hats, heart-shaped rocks, or anything else on earth, you probably want to corral your treasures in an attractive, efficient fashion. The idea here is to create impact without looking like a hoarder, and that requires a certain finesse.  At JAC Interiors, we feel that you can achieve maximum impact by grouping collections all together, in a singular fashion for a singular sensation. In fact, even if your collection is of something old, displaying the...

Considering the fact that we are all currently quarantined inside the perimeters of our property lines for the most part, now might be a good time to take stock of what your front entrance looks like and think about the possibilities of what it could be.  After all it's the first impression passers by see and also effects your curb appeal.  With all  this time spent at home we should be thinking about sprucing up every inch of it so...

Living and vacationing in the Southwest of America can be SO inspiring that many of us yearn to recreate that "vacation" feel in our own homes and want to know how to make our homes feel more luxurious.  Some of us want to make our own space look and feel like these places we've traveled whether it be feeling like you're living at the beach, looking out over a mountain filled view or even a desert landscape. Personally I love...

As designers for high end luxury homes and new builds,  JAC partners with furniture manufacturers to custom make bespoke furnishings for many of our clients. And that sounds like it would have a very high price tag right? Prices on custom furniture is one question we get asked a lot from people we work with and it's a  fair question. After all, if your "designer" is having a custom sofa or side table made specifically for your home, surely that's...

Paris is always a good idea right? At JAC we feel the same about all of our favorite design destinations in Europe. Whenever I'm there regardless of the location my eyes are often as wide as manhole covers trying to figure out what makes even the smallest of space in Europe so visually memorable. Eye candy all around! Whatever your favorite style may be from Barcelona to Zurich and everyplace in between, JAC feels there are loads of European decor...

If you are thinking about buying art, you might be a first time homebuyer staring at lots of blank walls and wondering what to do AND wondering what the whole art buying process is all about, where to look, what to consider, how much to spend and where to find and purchase art. For whatever reason, art buying can indeed be a scary and opaque business, and getting started can be a bewildering proposition. But remember that anybody can appreciate...

Dutch doors seem to be all the rage right now with so many new and remodeled homes going for that modern farmhouse look. All the Dutch doors we've been loving lately are either black or have a mix of bright pops of color, classic design, and a welcoming demeanor that are making us want to saw all of our non-Dutch doors right in half (caution: not the best idea). But seriously, Dutch doors make a welcoming and thoughtful addition to...

At JAC, a los angeles interior designer, we LOVE a super stylish bathroom. I mean, bathrooms in general are primarily about function right? But they can also be uber stylish and fun and mini representations of your personality. Powder rooms in particular are the perfect place to put some wow factor into your home no matter the size. And in bathrooms with tubs and showers there are plenty of opportunities to put your own stamp on it. One of our...

Exterior barn door designs are not just for barns anymore and they aren't just a fall design trend. The farmhouse design trend fits well within the modern eclectic design style which is so strong right now, barn doors design ideas can be a fantastic way to add in a design style that is tried and true and making new headlines. The kicker here is that whatever your design aesthetic, you can add a sliding barn door to the mix...

When it comes to adding some bling to your space, JAC says YES, and share some fun ways to decorate with gold finish! We love mixing our metals for maximum bang. As of late we love adding gold accents and brass into almost any space from the bathroom to the backyard! One of the best ways to learn how to add gold to decor is by paying attention to the other shades in the room. Brass accents work...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: mirrors are one of our favorite accessories, they're almost as common as wall paint! They come in all shapes and sizes and styles and bring a little bit of glamour to every room of the house. Best of all, they manage to make any space look bigger and brighter. Here are some of our best tips on how to decorate with mirrors, especially incorporating it into our latest living...

  Book lovers are often faced with the fact that their book buying habit has over-ridden all their obvious storage solutions, like the ever-present bookcase or shelf. I get the the love of books, coffee table books in particular are my favorite with their larger than life size and effervescent colors, often featuring jaw dropping interiors or gardens and the like, all of my favorite things. But one has only just so many coffee tables and bookcases and surfaces with which...

If you are wanting some easy ways to create rooms with personality, and reflect who you are versus the furniture store where you purchased your sofa and chairs, we are here to help. I admit that we all want our homes to feel modern and relate to current trends somewhat, but at the end of the day, your home really only needs to appeal to you. It should feel distinctly yours. Below are a few ideas on how to create...

There are few things more picture perfect than a well considered gallery wall. Endlessly flexible and customizable to almost any wall space big or small, it creates a narrative on even the blankest of canvases- a fresh white wall. When it comes to finishing off a room, the gallery wall also takes the pressure off hunting down a singular does-it-all piece of art. No wonder it’s JAC's go-to solution. Here are some tips on how to hang a gallery wall from...

Figuring out how to decorate a brand new home for the very first time can be daunting. First figure out what's your interior design style and with JAC's decorating tips for first time buyers, you’ll be able to tackle your new home’s interior design in a way that makes sense.  Keep these essential interior design tips in mind before you jump in and redo your home from top to bottom. Furnishing your home as a first time home buyer can be overwhelming. All of a...

At JAC we love decorating for the holidays, and christmas mantel decor in particular. As designers we strive to highlight the focal points in our homes and projects we design, and the center of almost any room is a fireplace with it's natural warmth and canvas-like space for all kinds of design opportunities.  And while using modern fireplace decorations in any season is fun, Christmas time just turns up the volume for some eye catching ways to show off your...

  There are many benefits to adding greenery to your home. Greenery is the best way to add natural color to a space. At JAC, we like to add as many plants and succulents as we can to our interiors as they add so much depth and character and texture. But, although we love the look of live greens, some spaces we design just don’t work well for them.  Whether the space or environment is too dark with no natural light or just...

  Trying to choose a paint color can be a daunting prospect and want to help you avoid common wall painting mistakes. At JAC we know that good design can depend on so many factors, and paint color is a BIG one! Here are some wall painting tips.  We suggest you start by finding a point of inspiration (a favorite fabric, the colors of your kitchen countertops, a piece of wall art, even a page torn out of a magazine). By...

Trying to find the perfect modern area rug is a daunting task. With designs, patterns and shapes, think about timelessness and longevity rather than trends you might get bored with after a few months. Texture is also very important--you want something that adds another dimension and can elevate a room, and a textural rug can do just that!  Don't worry, we can help you to understand how to buy an area rug by giving you area rug inspirations! If you want area rug...

At JAC interiors we believe art makes a house a home. But choosing art pieces for your space can be a daunting task for fear of buyers remorse. We offer some tips for choosing art. Whether you are fixated on single statement pieces or long for a full gallery wall, staying true to your own tastes can be difficult with so many artistic outlets around. If you want to know how to buy art from a gallery, holding out for...

A living room needs to be a place where families can kick their feet up. Where they can convene, entertain, and enjoy each other. But for those people who pride themselves as experts at minimalist decor, it also needs to be able to tie a home together.  Keeping your interiors clean and simple doesn't have to mean boring or even modern minimalist design--interiors can showcase space rather than things. By focusing on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek...

  We all love large, spacious rooms with plenty of space, light and air around us, but our home reality is often very different. If you are not lucky enough to live in an expansive old building or a newish modern home, you often have to settle for low ceilings that make each room look narrower and smaller particularly if your dwelling is in a densely populated city. But, JAC  Interiors believes that by using these low ceiling design tricks and...

Clearly the best part of Spring is the ability to start to enjoy the great outdoors, even if you are in a part of the world where the weather isn't exactly warm and summery yet. The perfect place to start your summer excursion is right there at the edge of your doorway, any outdoor space will do, whether it's a tiny balcony or a massive roof top terrace or even a proper yard, you can tart it up for the...

In interior design, mixing patterns is one of the more advanced things that you can learn to do, and since fabrics and patterns are actually meant to be layered and combined, it's usually all good. But doing it the wrong way can look like a hot mess. At JAC Interiors, doing it well can be the difference between designing a dream room, or going back to the drawing board, so we like to get it right! The first thing you'll...

There are people who consider the bedroom as the most sacred area in a home, because it’s a place of retreat where people rest and recharge. It plays an important role in replenishing your energy every day, which is why the environment should be comfortable and conducive for sleep. From a design perspective,  JAC interiors knows there are many elements that can make a bedroom more sleep-friendly, such as adding a touch of nature. JAC Interiors recently discussed why plants are...

JAC loves working with people so their home can be ready to be sold, and we have also worked with plenty of realtors to prepare a house to be market ready. While there are so many important aspects to getting your home up to snuff to sell, we have realized through the years that one of the most important basics to sell your house fast is with the right realtor. A top realtor will know the best way to price...

We love to JAC-up our holidays with unique holiday decor and want to share some of our favorite ways to spread that festive feeling. And even though we know not everybody celebrates Christmas, if you do and are itching for something that will make everyone around delight in your holiday decorating ideas, try hanging your Christmas tree upside down and from the ceiling! Crazy modern holiday decor idea right? But impressively effective at...

Open kitchen shelving has been trendy for a while now and has loads going for it. Curating your shelves is a very modern kitchen decor trend that can certainly make your kitchen seem bigger by losing the full cabinets and just floating some of your shelves. You can also add a layer of personality to your shelves, displaying your particular brand of pretty plate ware or mugs-- but be careful to NOT over do it.  You don't want mis-matched mugs...

Thanksgiving is not just about food and family, but rather the perfect time to exercise your decor muscle on a relatively small scale--the dining table! There are so many ways to decorate the table from elegant tablescapes to unique and story making Thanksgiving centerpieces, having a great table just takes a tiny bit of thought, and JAC can help! At JAC, one of the top interior designers in Beverly Hills,  we get our holiday decor inspiration everywhere, the season, the turning...

Don’t be scared… Halloween home décor should be exciting, not frightening! Whether inside or outside, Halloween home decorating can become a fun activity for the entire family. Of course, because JAC is always mindful of the latest design trends, we’re not just going to let you run off to the nearest Party City and stock up on the same old paper skeletons and orange streamers! Instead we’ve come up with what we think are some great Halloween decorating ideas to...

The home office can be one of two things; a torture chamber that illicits painful guttural feelings when you walk by it on the weekends. A place where all your odd unwanted furniture has just happened to land and has been left to die. A sad setting for long arduous hours of staring at your computer, where you'll find any excuse to not be. Or, it can be a modern eclectic design sanctuary, a bright collection of your thoughts, passions...

Color blocking is a bit urban mid century, a touch of 80's loft, a splash of Euro art deco, but all totally bodatious. With it's deep, clean lined saturation of color, stark contrasting accents and seriously modern impact, this decor style may not be everyone's taste but it still makes for something really great to gawk at. Creating a color statement by opting for color blocking will definitely take some guts and commitment, but if you're down, this bold design is...

Art is a direct reflection of your personality, which is a wonderful way to express yourself in your home but is also what makes choosing art for a client so difficult. When we take on a client, initially you get a sense of what that person's taste level is, their broad interests and what they are relatively attracted to or repulsed by. As you spend more time together throughout the design process you build a better understanding of someone's personality...

You finally made a decision on your brand new sofa, which took months, and now that you stand back to admire, you're coffee table is just not cutting the mustard. It's too small, too short and totally the wrong vibe. What do you do!? Where do you go?! JAC is here to help! Let's break this down into a two part series: function and purpose, size and proportion Function is key. Ask yourself, how much do you use this room and who spends the most time here? Is...

Let JAC help you find your perfect match. Click here to start working together. Bed side tables are essential in the boudoir and choosing the perfect one for your space, can be a challenge. Size, proportion, finish, storage capabilities, and design all need to come together seamlessly. Nothing worse then a dinky nightstand flanking a perfectly curated bed to really throw off your master bedroom vignette. Before you start your search you really want to nail down the function of this piece, aside from it...

Contact us today and let us help you brighten your home! If ever since seasons have changed and night creeps in at 4:30, you feel the walls closing in on you, you’re not alone. Take the extra few hours of in home lock down as a chance to transform, lighten and brighten your space with a few easy tips. First and probably most satisfying, is to paint. White walls are on trend and they have the ultimate power of lightening up your...

Contact us today to start imagining your new modern space! When it comes to city living, wherever in the world you are, space is always an issue. You may often feel smushed, suffocated, cramped, claustrophobic, basically all adjectives that describe living in a 900 square foot apartment and right on top of your neighbor. But suffer no more! You can have great style, compacted in little chill zones throughout your mini home. Storage is everything! In a small space you need to...

Contact us today for a design consultation When it comes to window coverings saying there is a lot to consider would be the understatement of the century. There are just so many options and they can all make a statement. Note of caution: make sure you save a lot of room in your budget for these pricy but yummy must-haves. Those old college bed sheets or skimpy single panel fully stretched across the window just won't cut it,so get ready to...

Talk to any designer, homeowner, or home furniture/accessory retailer, and they’ll tell you, one of the most important pieces in your home decor, and often times the hardest to decide on, is an area rug. It's a tough decision primarily because it will set the stage for the rest of the room, it will anchor all the other pieces, there are too many options and a substantial rug is typically quite the investment. You want to choose something that is classic...

Contact us today to create your dream space! The entry space is a very important, often overlooked, component of your home. Its the first vignette your guests see when they enter your space and the last taste they savor as they leave. There are some really great styling approaches when tackling this otherwise mundane section of the home. Here are a few ways to create not only a gorgeous, but multifunctional entry space. The almighty console is a great way to not...

So you just splurged on a fabulous leather sectional for your main living space or a custom tufted headboard for your master, and you want to dress it up with the familiar accoutrement: pillows, throws and area rugs, but you're having trouble translating your own brand of creative to this new space. Stripes, florals, leopard print, polka dots, zig zags, gingham, plaid, chevron, geometric, argyle, faux fur, wool, fringe, animal hide, the options seem endless and overwhelming. Mixing patterns and...

JAC is a lover of all things unique and expressive. This obviously translates into our choice of art for a space. For those of you that don't have the luxury of traveling the world, collecting one of a kind works of art, and spending three months mortgage on a 12"x 24" for your entry way, but still want the feeling like you did, listen up. Here are a few JAC approved tips for choosing pieces that add life and promote...

If there is one thing the JAC team are known for, it's an accent wall. Any chance to add color, pattern, texture, just plain LIFE to your space, we go for it. Respectively, the white California minimalist wall color trend is fine and dandy but for us, color rules! Paint is the least expensive way to go for all you commitment phobes out there. Play off the color palate already happening in your space, and pick the one color that speaks...