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Interview :: J.K. Kling Interior Design

I was instantly drawn to the fresh, elegant and traditional minimalism of the interiors showcased in the portfolio of J.K. Kling Associates. With over 25 years of experience, Judy Kling and daughter Wendy Wolcott are transforming interiors from Manhattan to Palm Beach. Rich in pattern, color and comfort, the design duo creates the kind of spaces that make you not want to leave your home. So I’m thrilled to be interviewing Wendy Wolcott of J.K. Kling Associates today!

blue & white wallpaper // entry // JK Kling Associates

Simplified Bee:  I love that you are a mother – daughter team! When did you realize that you wanted to design together?

Wendy Wolcott: Ever since my mother started J.K. Kling Associates when I was fourteen, I would intern for her during the summers and was always involved in the business in one way or another. It was not until working with David Easton in New York City that I realized what a great opportunity it would be working for my mother. Although working for an amazing firm like David’s was invaluable, nothing could compare to the hands on experience you get with having your mother as your boss. 
marble backsplash // designer kitchen // JK Kling
SB: What are your personal styles? How are they similar? Different?
WW: Our personal styles are very much alike. We gravitate towards a more neutral palette that is well edited yet comfortable. Wendy tends to designs with a more modern look and practical, kid friendly approach due to having two boys and a dog. Judy, on the other hand, has a more classic and sophisticate style in which she combines antiques and modern accents beautifully. 
Billy Baldwin // living room
SB: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a project?
WW: There are so many fabulous architects and designers that we would love to work with but if we could only pick one, Billy Baldwin would be an honor to work with. One of our favorite quotes from Billy was “I have always believed that architecture is more important than decoration. Scale and proportion give everlasting satisfaction that cannot be achieved by only icing the cake.”  Billy was very much ahead of his time. The image above could easily be from the 1960’s or today. 
diamond jute stair-runner rug
SB: Do you have “go to” paint colors? If so, which ones?
WW: We are very loyal to our Benjamin Moore colors. BM White Dove and Super White can be found in almost all of our homes; however right now we are coveting Farrow & Ball’s High Lacquer Hague Blue. 
yellow wallpaper // bedroom // JK Kling
SB: Which of today’s interior design trends are here to stay and which ones will we see fade away?
WW: While ikats and over-scaled patterns have been in and out of the spotlight for decades there may be a trend towards smaller more minimalistic patterns and design in the future. 
traditional living room // JK Kling
SB: Where do you recommend clients splurge versus save?
WW: We always clients to encourage invest in at least one good piece of art. You can fill your home with great looking pieces, in any price range, but great art that speaks to you is priceless. 
traditional garden gate // gardern
SB: What excites you most about interior design today?
WW: Since Judy entered the business, in 1984, her absolute passion is what the internet has brought to interior design. There was once a time where you had to research, travel and scout. Nowadays, so much is accessible right from your design studio.
green ikat chair // bedroom // JK Kling
SB: Fill in the blank. No room is complete without…
WW: No room is complete without great lighting and something personal. A room can change completely with the right light bulb and personal photographs of friends and family. We also feel no bedroom is complete with out the most luxurious bedding, nothing can make is better than the softest ironed sheets and a downy bed.
powder room with chic wallpaper // JK Kling
SB: Do you have a favorite design tip or words of wisdom when decorating?
WW: Every eight to ten years a room needs a face lift. No matter how well a room is kept fresh and modern touches always make a difference. 
powder blue bedroom // JK Kling
SB: What’s next for J.K. Kling Associates?
WW: Since the opening of our new Palm Beach office, our past year has been filled with travel, wonderful clients and exciting new projects. We can only hope to continue on this fantastic path. 

 

Thank you Wendy for your time. We look forward to seeing your next project!

 

*all photos provided by J.K. Kling Associates

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Read full story By on April 13, 2015 in Bathroom, Bedroom, Features, foyers, interior design, Interiors, interview, Interviews, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, pattern, wallpaper

My Favorite Posts of 2014

As I look back over the past year, it always amazes me how fast it goes by. 2014 was a busy, yet rewarding year both personally and professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients, build a beautiful addition on our own home and celebrate this blog’s five year anniversary (wahoo!). Here’s a look at some of my favorite posts of 2014:

blue and orange boys bedroom - cristin priest of simplified bee

Design Reveal: Blue and Orange Boy’s Bedroom

blue bathroom vanity - Jamie Drake

Bathroom Vanity Ideas

summer root beer floats table - simplified bee

Healthy Root Beer Float

Tent Bed - Boys Bedroom - Regan Baker Design #bedrooms

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014: Boy’s Bedroom

easter bunny placecard holders - diy #easter ideas

DIY Easter Craft Ideas

california style holiday table setting // simplified bee blog #TargetStyle

White & Gold Holiday Table Setting

fabulous entryways // Anisa Darnell

Fabulous Entryways

chinoiserie wallpaper // de gournay // simplified bee #chinoiserie #wallpaper

Interview: Claud Gurney of de Gourney

chevron backsplash - designer kitchen - Jute Home #kitchens

Kitchen Design Crush

white bathroom vanity with gray countertop // cristin priest // www.simplifiedbee.com #bathrooms

Design Reveal: Marble Bathroom

In case you missed it, here are my favorite posts from 2013 too :)

Thank you so much for reading the bee. See you in 2015!

Happy New Year,

Cristin

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Read full story By on December 30, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, Christmas, foyers, Holiday, holiday decor, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, tabletop, tile, wallpaper

Five Favorites :: Fabulous Entryways

Entryways offer us first glimpses into a home. It’s where we welcome guests and in some cases store such things as coats, purses, keys  and mail.  Entryway design takes planning if you want to it to be both beautiful and functional, so I’ve rounded up a few fabulous entryways that do both.  

fabulous entryways // Erin Gates Design

Loving this elegant entryway by Erin Gates Design of Elements of Style. The linen wrapped dresser with nailhead detailing is a head turner!

fabulous entryway ideas // smitten studio

Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio (say that 5 times!) nails it here with modern and contemporary elements – console table, geometric mirror, stool and basket storage. Love!

fabulous entryways // Anisa DarnellSimple, yet sophisticated entry. Love the use of white. Design by Anisa Darnell via HGTV.

fabulous entryways // round table with chinoiserie touches

Perhaps one of my favorite entryways of the bunch. This one I spotted on Pinterest – I was drawn it’s elegance and chinoiserie touches.

fabulous entryways // Chloe Warner #chinoiserie #entryways

Speaking of chinoiserie touches, here’s another fabulous entryway by Chloe Warner via Lonny. It’s on the small side, but so chic and functional! Love the mix of masculine and feminine, pattern and color too.

Need more entryway design ideas?

happy decorating,

cristin

 

 

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Read full story By on September 10, 2014 in chinoiserie, contemporary decor, foyers, interior design, Interiors, mirrors, pinterest, wallpaper

Design Crush: Eric Olsen Design

coastal southern california home

I recently came across the portfolio of Southern California architect and designer, Eric Olsen. I’m in love. He creates beautiful, traditional homes with a fresh, contemporary feel. Many of his projects feature gorgeous aged wood ceilings, paneling and cabinetry that give a wonderful earthiness to the space. One project referred to as “Port Streets”, is a favorite. Pictured above, the home has a relaxed California style I adore. The backyard patio with fireplace is a stunner too. Take a peek for yourself!

clean and rustic entry stairwayrelaxed california style living roomrelaxed california dining roomreclaimed wood ceiling and beamsgray and white kitchenkitchen nook with corner windowslarge marble shower for twoeric olsen design - backyard patiooutdoor fireplace and patio

*images via Eric Olsen Design

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Read full story By on April 30, 2014 in contemporary decor, foyers, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture