Category: Interior Design


Meet the Kansas City Artist Modernizing a Centuries-Old Craft

What's behind the art you hang on your living room wall? If it's a Hammerpress print, then it's history, design, and solid craftsmanship.

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Brady Vest, founder of Kansas City-based Hammerpress, has his pulse on a letterpress renaissance. Even if you haven’t heard of letterpress, you’ve certainly benefitted from its invention. Until the middle of the last century, letterpress printers were responsible for creating books, pamphlets, and newspapers. To some, these movable type machines are considered junk in our digital age. But letterpress prints, cards, and posters are making a big comeback—as offbeat decor for your home. This vintage tool is leaving its mark on our walls and throughout our houses today.

Now, the letterpress isn’t your dad’s power tool. (For one, it’s probably too large for most home workshops.) But take a look at Hammerpress designs and you’ll find that the vintage machinery is far more versatile than you might think. We had to know more about what motivates Hammerpress makers so we caught up with Brady as he was in the midst of opening his new, expanded Kansas City storefront.

Hammerpress Kansas City

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The reason I started Hammerpress is…
I suppose my initial attraction to letterpress printing was the machinery and the objects involved in the process. The type, the cabinets, the old machinery. Also, I think the fact that it was sort of a hybrid of art and design seemed intriguing.

Once I got a little more involved, the commerce aspect of it intrigued me—as did the fact that you could mass produce artful products in a way you could not do in the fine art world. Plus, the process seemed to lend itself to collaboration.

Hammerpress print happiness will find you

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The thing I love most about working with letterpress is…
There’s always an excitement when you start working on a design, pulling all of the pieces out of the drawers. I go into a project with a fairly good vision of what it will look like—the ways the inks, patterns, type—will lay over each other, but it always changes. I suppose, in that way, the thing I love is also sometimes the thing I hate. The machinery sometimes dictates what happens more than you can. I love that, but it’s also a little scary.

Hammerpress - Lucinda Williams poster

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My main source of inspiration is…
I look at a lot of things that are outside of my experience. Lately, a lot of textiles—older and newer—a lot of vintage ephemera, photo collage, architecture and space design, children’s books from the past, etc. I try to not just look at things that are similar to what we do.

I’d describe the Hammerpress aesthetic as…
Hard to nail down. I feel like we are constantly trying to keep some continuity while also trying to push ourselves to do things we aren’t totally comfortable with. I think the main thing we always try to maintain in each design is a sense of handwork. Although we do work digitally a lot now, our goal is to always keep handwork involved and not allow it to get too clean or refined.

Hammerpress calendar

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The most challenging thing about this work is…
Trying to maintain consistency and keep it fresh. It’s always a challenge.

My favorite part of the design process is…
Seeing it go to press. Usually—not always, but usually—it’s like the clouds opening up and the sun shining through once you see the actual ink on paper.

Hammerpress - Stay Strong Badge

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I think the biggest mark of Hammerpress design is…
We tend to use a lot of large floods of color and try to work with the layering of colors and textures a lot. That seems to be what most people are attracted to in our work.

The story behind our name is…
I had a friend in college with whom I collaborated a lot. He would put the name “one ton press” on his work, with an anvil as a logo. When we started working together, I wanted something that would look and sound good on collaborations between us. The anvil and the hammer seemed to make sense. And I continued to use the hammer from there on out.

Hammerpress Kansas City store front

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The new Hammerpress shop is now open in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, but no matter where you live, you can also find their letterpress designs at the click of a button right here.


In a New Short Film, BoConcept Steals the Show

Contemporary furniture from BoConcept stars alongside international sensation Mads Mikkelsen in an amusing—and revealing—new short film.

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BoConcept furniture returns to the screen in a new short film starring Mads Mikkelsen—the suave Danish actor famous for his role in the NBC series Hannibal. Like an earlier BoConcept film with Mikkelsen, “The Guest” centers on the actor, playing himself, at home in a luxurious villa in Spain. And once more, sleek and modern furniture from the European-based retailer absolutely steals the show—though numerous cameos compete for viewers’ attention.

In its five minute duration, the film sets its sights on answering a lofty question: “What exactly is comfort?” As the plot unfolds with Mikkelsen showing off his new place to an old friend, we see the functionality and versatility of BoConcept living, dining, and bedroom furniture. Although the visiting friend’s interests lie elsewhere, Mikkelsen cannot get over the fact that, while elegant and eye-catching, BoConcept pieces are much more than mere showpieces. As BoConcept designer Mortgen Georgsen says, “Beauty and function must go hand in hand. What’s the point of beautiful design if you cannot use it?”

This just in: BoConcept is giving fans a chance to win an interior makeover worth up to $5,000! Visit BoConcept today for all the details on entering.


Bob Vila Radio: Restoring Rattan

With care and attention—and in some cases, the help of a professional—you can bring back the beauty of rattan furniture. The next time you go flea market shopping, keep these hints in mind.

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Vintage rattan furniture is getting harder to come by, so if you happen to run across a nice piece at a garage sale, you might want to snap it up and take it home for restoration.

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If the rattan has been neglected, mix some gentle cleaner in water, then apply the suds to the dingy spots using either a soft cloth or a toothbrush. Avoid getting the rattan excessively wet, as that can damage the material as well as the cane wrapping that holds it together. Also avoid stripping the rattan, as you would do with wood; that, too, would likely cause damage. Instead, if some of the finish has been worn bare, you can work with an experienced restorer to create a custom stain that’ll return the piece to its original warm hue. Periodic application of lemon oil will also help protect the finish.

Once the restoration is done, position your vintage prize where it won’t get too much sun or moisture, as the elements can quickly undo even the finest restoration.

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How To: Patch Carpet

If a section of your carpet has seen better days, why not patch it rather than replace the entire thing? Here's how.

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Carpeting inevitably undergoes wear and tear, whether from foot traffic or the accidents of everyday life. If those fraying, discoloring factors have concentrated in one particular section of your carpet, you can patch the installation rather than replace the entire thing. Properly planned and executed, a new carpet patch blends seamlessly into the original floor covering while enabling you to side-step the considerable cost of starting from scratch. To learn how to patch carpet, read on.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- Utility knife and carpet patch adhesive (or carpet patch kit)
- Carpet patch
- Tape measure
- Heavy-duty tape
- Scissors
- Carpet seam roller

STEP 1
Gather your supplies. If it’s your first time patching a carpet, consider opting for a carpet patch kit. Available at hardware stores and home centers, these contain all you need to complete the project, including an adhesive and some cookie cutter-like tools that facilitate removing the stained or damaged area. Of course, carpet patch kits are not a must. You really only need a utility knife and an adhesive (the glue that’s going to hold the patch in place). Above and beyond tools and materials, the critical prerequisite here is an extra section of carpet that matches what’s already on the floor. If you don’t have any remnants left over from the original installation (and the style has been discontinued), you can, in a pinch, remove a section from an unnoticeable area, be it the closet or beneath a bed.

How to Patch Carpet - Floorcovering Texture

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STEP 2
Look closely at both the existing carpet and the patch. Is the pile biased in a certain direction? If so, you take care to orient the patch so that its pile direction correctly corresponds to the surrounding carpet. As a helpful reminder to yourself, draw an arrow on a piece of tape and stick it to the patch.

STEP 3
Measure the carpet area in need of replacement. If using a carpet patch kit, the included tools make it easy to cut a precise size and shape out of both the existing carpet and the remnant piece. Skipping the patch kit? Simply tape off a square or rectangular section of the stained or damaged carpet.

STEP 4
Using the kit tools or a utility knife, carefully carve out the carpet section you wish to patch, then immediately proceed to prepare the replacement. After measuring and double-checking your measurements, cut the carpet remnant to fit precisely within the now-empty area. For easier and more precise cutting, be sure to lay the patch face down and to cut along its underside.

STEP 5
It’s time to get gluing. Apply the carpet patch adhesive directly to the empty space, followed by the patch itself. (Again, remember to align the carpet fibers so that they lie in the same direction.) Work swiftly, if possible, as the adhesive is likely only to take approximately 15 minutes to dry completely.

STEP 6
With the patch in place, finish with a couple tweaks to make it look as though there’s been no repair. First, use a pair of scissors to trim any long, shaggy carpet fibers that might draw attention. Then, as a last step, go over the area with a carpet seam roller to blend the fibers and hide any visible seams.


Quick Tip: Clean Carpet Stains with a Clothes Iron

Take a cue from professional carpet cleaners and harness the power of steam to remove even months-old stains that have firmly set in.

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You know and loathe the traditional way to clean a carpet. But however laborious it may be, there’s no doubt that blotting the stain can be effective—so long as you act immediately, before the stain has the chance to set in. What happens, though, if you fail to notice the stain right away? How do you remove it days, weeks, or even months after the fact? One option is to shell out for professional cleaning. Another, less-discussed method involves less hassle and costs nothing at all. The key? Your clothes iron.

How to Clean Carpet Stains with a Clothes Iron - Isolated Appliance

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STEP 1
In a spray bottle, mix together a solution of vinegar (1 part) and water (3 parts). Alternatively, if you’re convinced of the need for extra firepower, combine 1 part clear ammonia with 3 parts hot water. Once ready, liberally spritz the entire stained area and leave it to sit for several minutes.

STEP 2
Now lay an old, light-colored towel over the stain. Since the iron is going to transfer the stain to the fabric of the towel, don’t use one of your favorites! Meanwhile, a light color makes it easy to discern whether or not the method has worked for you. The dirtier your towel, the cleaner your carpet.

STEP 3
With your iron to its highest steam setting, apply it directly to the towel, moving it back and forth over the stained area briefly, for about ten seconds. As you do so, expect the iron to hiss and release steam. Place the iron aside, lift up the towel, and look: You should now see the stain on the towel.

STEP 4
If a mark remains on the carpet, lay the towel back down, being careful to place a clean section of the fabric over the stain. Again, apply the iron directly to the carpet for about ten seconds. With additional attempts, the stain ought to transfer, gradually and completely, from the carpet to the towel. Once you’re satisfied, let the carpet air-dry. Finish by vacuuming the carpet to restore its fluff.

As you work, take pains not to allow the iron to come into contact with the carpet (as opposed to the towel). The heat of the appliance can singe or melt the carpet fibers, whether natural or synthetic.


The World’s First and Only $99 Light Bulb

Would you pay $99 for a light bulb? For a product that so completely redefines a familiar technology, you just might.

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Light bulbs didn’t change for decades—arguably for a full century. But then, somewhat all of a sudden, a confluence of scientific, cultural, political and technological factors combined to create a special set of circumstances permitting the advent of this—a $99 light bulb. No, it’s not glazed in gold or encrusted with jewels; the jaw-dropping sticker price owes only to an impressive array of features. And people are really excited about the whole thing. When LIFX, the maker of the bulb, set out to raise $100,000 in funding through Kickstarter in 2013, it wound up generating, in just six days, well over $1 million. A year later, the LIFX bulb had gone on sale at Amazon, and the most tech-savvy homeowners began to experiment with this WiFi-enabled, multi-color, energy-efficient LED.

Even when it’s off, the LIFX looks like no other light bulb you’ve ever seen. There’s no glass orb, but rather a flat-topped disc atop a textured plastic body. But the single most noteworthy thing about LIFX is that you can control the bulb from your smartphone or tablet, modulating not only its brightness, but also its color. At a swipe, you can settle on a standard LED color or pick any of the millions on the spectrum between warm white and cool. What saves the color options from being a mere novelty is that you can temper your selection with a layer of white light, thus creating a tinted hue that flatters your home decor while creating an appealing atmosphere, be it buoyant or serene. LIFX even includes a number of pre-sets allowing you to transform the mood in your house at one touch.

Lifx Light Bulbs - Multicolor

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To get started with LIFX, there’s no peripheral hardware to set up; the bulb can be used as soon as you take it out of the box. You simply screw it into the socket and connect it to your home network using the free LIFX app. Whereas many other smart home products on the market excite with their possibilities but intimidate with their complexities, LIFX bulbs are inviting and immediately useful to anyone, tech geeks and Luddites alike. However, if you’ve been closely following the Internet of Things movement, what you may find most interesting are the third-party integrations. For example, LIFX syncs with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke detector, and it even has an IFTT channel. That means you can program the lighting to dim after 10pm or to pulse when an email arrives from a certain someone. Any number of configurations are possible. It’s all up to you—if you decide limitless lighting options are worth $99.

 
Purchase LIFX WiFi Enabled Multicolor Dimmable LED Light Bulbs, $99


Quick Tip: Restore Shine to a Light Fixture with… Denture Tablets?

To bring the brilliance back to your glass lighting fixtures, look no further than the oral hygiene aisle of your local drugstore.

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Time has a way of proving the old adage “out of sight, out of mind.” Case in point: Whether your ceiling lights are flush-mount fixtures or hanging pendants, chances are you’ve neglected to clean them—not because you’re lazy, but simply because those fixtures seldom enter your eyeline. Of course, like anything else in your home, glass lighting fixtures accumulate dust and dirt; left unattended for months or even years, their radiant dazzle slowly dulls to a hazy glow. Fortunately, even if you’ve fallen far behind on housekeeping, you can catch up quite quickly, thanks to an unlikely yet effective secret weapon—denture tablets!

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Denture tablets are those fizz-making additives Grandpa plops into a glass of water, along with his dentures, before he goes to bed. Just as the tablets’ effervescence manages to penetrate and sanitize the crevices of dentures, so too does the fizziness lift ancient residue from within the facets and angles of any glass lighting fixture. A box of denture tablets, conveniently available at any pharmacy, costs less than ten bucks, so even if you’re skeptical, we think it’s definitely worth a try.

STEP 1
Fill a bucket with hot water. Make sure the bucket is large enough to accommodate the fixture you are trying to clean. Place the glass fixture into the bucket, then add a handful of denture tablets (about six or eight, depending on the size of the fixture). Let the bucket sit for about 30 minutes.

STEP 2
Remove the fixture and set it aside, then dump out the dirty water from the bucket.

STEP 3
Refill the bucket, this time adding one part bleach for every two parts water. Rinse the fixture off, then place it back in the bucket. Let it sit for another half hour, ventilating the area as necessary. When the time has elapsed, rinse and dry off the fixture before finally putting it back into position.

While the denture tablets pull dust and debris from all the nooks and crannies that would otherwise be hard to reach or inaccessible, the bleach goes the extra mile toward restoring sparkle to the glass.

A word of caution: Make sure that neither pets nor children have access to the bucket when it’s full. Denture tablets can be toxic if ingested, and of course the harmful effects of bleach are well known.


Danish Modern Furniture Stars in a New Drama from BoConcept

In a brand-new cinematic short film, BoConcept modern furniture plays a leading role opposite the international television and movie star Mads Mikkelsen.

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We’re stunned by the latest marketing campaign let loose by BoConcept. In the past, we’ve always appreciated BoConcept in its role as a leading purveyor of Danish modern furniture. Today, we’re seeing the company’s wares in a scintillating new role—as the backdrop for a sophisticated short film known as “The Call.” Here, BoConcept sofas, tables, and chairs play opposite Mads Mikkelsen, an international star best known in the United States for the TV series Hannibal. 

The Call Living Room Furniture

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Shot over a six-day period on location in Valencia, Spain—inside the real-life home of a BoConcept designer—the set features pieces carefully chosen for their ability to highlight and enhance the storyline. “You can take our concept in many different directions,” says Jette Christensen, Visual Manager for BoConcept, “but in this case, we wanted to achieve a mature, luxurious ambience to complement Mikkelsen’s character.” Sumptuous materials, glossy surfaces, and a moody mix of colors all combine as the ideal stage for a thrilling scene that features a pair of nice-to-look-at actors doing what they do best. Watch “The Call” right now, below!

 
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The Beginner’s Guide to Working with Wallpaper

Wallpapering isn't for the faint of heart, but with careful project planning, you can set yourself up for success—and an eye-catching reward.

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Gone are the days of your grandmother’s chintzy wallpaper. Today, a wide range of compelling designs are available, and due to advances in manufacturing, it’s easier than ever to hang wallpaper. Still, if you’ve never worked with the stuff before, the prospect can seem daunting. That said, anyone can learn the ways of wallpaper. If you’re in the early stages of planning a DIY wallpaper project, these tips can help you buy right and install the product with a minimum of trouble.

Trends
Know this: It’s not unusual for a homeowner to keep the same wallpaper for as long as 15 or 20 years. So beware of trends and consider the long term before you go so far as to make a purchase. As much as you like a given pattern right now, do you think you’re going to like it as much next year, or several years down the line?

Placement
If it’s your first time tackling this type of project, go easy on yourself and start by wallpapering, not a multifaceted space, but a long, uninterrupted wall. Features like doorways and corners only add complexity and require extra trimming and alignment work. Also, remember that, much like a bold paint color, a little wallpaper goes a long way toward making a visual impact. Reconsider your plans to wallpaper an entire room; instead, why not create a single accent wall?

DIY Wallpaper - Bedroom

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Type
Though you can still find wallpapers that must be applied in the traditional method, most are now self-adhesive or pre-treated with a water-activated glue. Unless you’ve hung wallpaper before, it’s best to steer clear of any product that must be glued on. Of all the many options available, self-adhesive vinyl is thought to be the most manageable for first-timers. Actually, most wallpapers on the market these days are made of vinyl, not paper. In part, that’s because vinyl lends itself quite well to easy maintenance.

Style
It’s a hard pill to swallow if you’ve fallen in love with an intricately patterned paper, but where installation is concerned, some papers are much easier to install than others. Think it through and choose a wallpaper suitable for your skill level. Hey, if you can’t hang it properly, it’s not going to look good!

Solids: For beginners, textured solids are the safest bet, because they do not need to be carefully aligned. And if imperfections exist—either in your application of the paper or in the irregularity of the room—these problems mostly remain hidden, as the naked eye cannot pick them out amid the sea of color.

Stripes: Far less forgiving is striped wallpaper, which, even for experience do-it-yourselfers, can be tricky to line up properly. And if the room isn’t perfectly level and square, the stripes have a way of calling attention to those flaws. Hung properly in ideal circumstances, though, striped wallpaper draws the eye upward. As a result, the stripes somehow manage to make a small room look decidedly taller.

Patterns: If you’re considering a patterned wallpaper, don’t forget—patterns repeat! You might like the sample, but would you like to see that pattern spread over and over across the breadth of the space? In the end, it’s a matter of taste. Generally speaking, patterns with a repeat of six inches or fewer tend to camouflage misalignments. Larger patterns, with a repeat of 12 inches or more, are easier on the eye when used in abundance, but these papers must be installed perfectly to look right.

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Measuring
Choosing a wallpaper is hard; deciding how much to buy is easier. A good rule of thumb? Don’t buy too little. Fortunately, by taking careful measurements, you can be sure to purchase enough wallpaper for the project, without overspending. Start by determining the total square footage of the walls you plan to cover. From that number, subtract 10 square feet for every door or full-size window. The resulting number equals the amount of wallpaper, in square footage, you’re going to need.

Complicating matters is the reality that, in the course of hanging wallpaper, you’re almost definitely going to create waste. That’s especially true with patterned paper that must be trimmed to line up with the previously applied sheet. It’s not a mistake to buy at least one or two extra rolls beyond what’s strictly necessary.

If you’ve read this far, you can rest assured that you’ve got the dedication, and now the insight, necessary to hang wallpaper with success. Yes, the process makes painting seem comparatively and appealingly effortless. But while wallpaper may be more demanding, the labor comes with an obvious, eye-catching reward.


The Designers Who Move In, Remodel, and Leave Houses Transformed

Jersey Ice Cream Co. designs homes instead of serving up frosty treats, but there's something satisfyingly sweet about the way they renovate their lived-in homes.

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Meet Tara Mangini and Percy Bright, the brains, braun, and creative force behind a truly unique home remodeling company, Jersey Ice Cream Co. This duo’s impressive renovations are a sight to behold, but equally impressive is their design process. Consider them the method actors of home remodelers: They actually move into their remodels, and by living there, they ultimately discover what each house needs and how they should look. It means living in an active constructive site, but the results speak for themselves. They spoke to us about their company and being able to work at their dream jobs.

The reason we started doing what we do is…

When this whole thing got started, we were both in that murky mid-twenties stage where we thought “What am I going to do with my life?” We met while Percy was in the midst of renovating his house in Philadelphia. Almost simultaneously, we completely fell for each other, and started working together to design, furnish, and decorate his house. While looking for furniture, we talked about starting an Etsy shop, selling at flea markets, and hopefully one day expanding into design. At the time, Tara was waiting tables and the thought of any of that coming to fruition was beyond belief. The fact that 5 years later all of those dreams have come true, is just an utterly mind-blowing blessing.

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Breakfast Nook

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Our renovation process could be described as…

An organic evolution. We get asked so often how we decided on a paint color or a wall finish or a piece of furniture. And the honest (and usually unhelpful) answer is that we let the project evolve and listened to our guts along the way. Sometimes an unexpected vintage find will totally change our initial thoughts for a space. Sometimes randomly moving a couch will give us a new perspective for a room layout. Living in the space gives us a real understanding for what is needed, and we let our inclinations guide us. I love that our final design feels like a discovery, a surprise, a solution—even to us.

The thing we love most about renovating houses is…

Truly, there are so many things we love about our job, but there are these little moments. Maybe it’s stepping back to really admire something we just finished, maybe it’s that feeling when something suddenly clicks and you realize everything will make sense if you move a doorway, or go with dark plaster instead of light. It could really be anything, but when it happens I feel completely overwhelmed with a feeling of “This is why we do this.” It doesn’t happen everyday, sometimes it doesn’t happen for months. But when we get that feeling we know we’re doing something right.

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Vintage Kitchen

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Our first jobs were…

Renovating and designing Percy’s house in Philadelphia was our first job. It was the best kind of job because we were our own client and we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted. It really allowed us to develop confidence in our work and our style. From there we did a few small jobs, but our first real official “can you believe this is happening to us?!” job was the house at Shipley Corner. We had a little section on our website at the time about what our dream job would be. All we wanted was for someone to give us a budget, some keys to a house and the freedom to do whatever we wanted with it. When someone emailed to say that wanted to hire us to do just that, we totally lost our minds. It’s been non-stop since then.

Our main sources of inspiration are…

Though we look at blogs and Instagram and things like that for inspiration, I think more of our inspiration comes from the world around us. Details on old barns, the paint color of a restaurant, a scene from a movie. It can get really overwhelming scouring through Pinterest and ideas that seem fresh start to look repetitive and stale. I find the farther away I stay from a computer while we’re working, the better.

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Wood Paneled Room

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The most challenging thing about our work is…

One main challenge is that we don’t really have a home base. We live where we work, so we have no actual apartment or house of our own. At times, it’s very freeing, but naturally there are moments when I wish we could go home to a place where we live, with our things, in a house that isn’t currently undergoing major construction. But it’s a choice. I’m sure one of these days we will get an apartment and pull our things out of storage and put dishes on shelves and clothes in dressers. And still, there is a part of me that thinks we’ll do that and discover we like being nomads more than we realized! So it’s a challenge, but also one of the things that keeps us from getting bored, so a mega bonus at the same time.

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Open Shelves

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Our favorite part of the process is…

There is a lot of joy in the design process along the way, but nothing really beats the big client reveal. Usually we are running around frantically trying to make everything look perfect, and their knock on the door is like Christmas and getting an exam grade back combined. Our adrenaline is so high while they are walking through the house seeing everything for the first time. It’s a really exciting and really exhausting day.

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Exterior House

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The story behind our name is…

We went up to the Brimfield Flea Market a few weeks into dating and stumbled across a booth with a bunch of old embossing stamps. I had never seen one before, but Percy explained how they worked, and I slipped a piece of paper in, stamped down, and there it was! Jersey Ice Cream Co! We joked that we would use that as the name of our business, and then, as all too often happens, that joke became real. We worried a bit about the confusion factor a few years ago, but stuck with it. I’m so glad we did.

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Bathroom

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Our all-time favorite tools are…

Tara: My favorite has to be a paintbrush. There have been so many days, when I’m painting a porch, or a kitchen with the windows open, listening to music, maybe sipping on a late-afternoon cocktail when I think “I can’t believe I get paid to do this.”

Percy: I’d have to say my hammer. Not many days go by when I don’t use it for one reason or another, and you can’t go wrong with a classic, right?

Jersey Ice Cream Co - Rustic Dining Table

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If you loved these pictures, find more—or set up a consultation—at Jersey Ice Cream Co.