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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

Decorating with Green

Hello March! It’s the month in which we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the last few weeks of winter and the new growth spring provides. I’ve always associated the color green and it’s many wonderful shades with March. Today I’m sharing a few favorite images featuring the hue.

green living room // breeze gianassio green trellis wallpaper // bedroomgreen glassware // table settingemerald green drapery // melanie turner interiorsgreen-blue hexagon tilegreen wallpaper // bathroom // shelley johnstone

image sources top to bottom: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

happy decorating,

cristin

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Read full story By on March 2, 2015 in bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, color, green design, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, tabletop, tile, wallpaper

5 Favorites :: Walker Zanger Pinterest Board

Simplified Bee Pinterest Board for Walker Zanger

For the past week I’ve had the pleasure of working with Walker Zanger on creating the Pinterest board, Simplified Bee’s Inspirations. You will have to check it out. It’s loaded with beautiful images inspired by the gorgeous patterns, colors and textures found throughout the Walker Zanger’s exceptional stone and tile collections.

Walker Zanger // Luxe Stone & Tile Designs

From the sophisticated, yet simple Sterling Row to worldy, yet timeless Villa D’Oro, I was mesmerized by the vast and varied collections offered. Throughout the pinning process, I tried to pair a Walker Zanger stone or tile with a beautiful interior, vignette or quote. The process was so fun and had me dreaming up spaces throughout the home featuring these exquisite collections. Here are my favorites from the pinboard:

rustic + modern kitchen // Blakes Londonchic dining nook // Antonio Buzzettagray living room // new england homeart deco & hollywood regency bedroom // Tobi Fairleybathroom // carerra marble & brass hardware

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

If you are lucky enough to be in Las Vegas this week for this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), you will have to drop by Walker Zanger’s booth (S7023 – South Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center). In addition to previewing hundreds of new tile and stone products from their 2015 collections, you have the opportunity to meet the design team behind the soon-to-be released tile collaboration with Robert A. M. Stern Architects.

happy decorating,

cristin

*sponsored by Walker Zanger, however all opinions are my own as always!

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Read full story By on January 20, 2015 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, Bedroom, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, pattern, pinterest, tile, Uncategorized

Design Crush :: Velvet Sofas

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

As the cooler weather roles in I find myself gravitating to certain textiles. One in particular is velvet. Love this soft, textured fabric on sofas in particular. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite interiors featuring velvet sofas and as you will see the textile look great in just about any color and style.

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

Known for mixing modern and vintage elements, Catherine Kwong selects a sofa in a deep marine blue velvet for urban living room. The tufting is beautifully executed and allows the velvet to shimmer. If you like this look, check out West Elm’s Chester Sofa (disclosure: affiliate link) in performance velvet.

green velvet sofa // lilly bunn #iinteriors #sofas

Interior designer, Lilly Bunn features a stunning emerald green velvet sofa in this chic living room. Love how she mixes period styles and pattern here. Gorgeous!

design crush // velvet sofas // michelle james apartment #interiors

Rich chocolate mohair velvet covers the sectional in lighting designer, Michelle James’ Brooklyn apartment (as seen in Remodelista). Cozy, luxury at its best!

happy decorating,

cristin

* first image source via J. Latter Design

 

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