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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

Glimpses of a Design Client Installation

Installing for a design client is always exciting. In fact, I had the pleasure of doing a large install for a client just last week. It’s always fun to see the before and after transformation right in front of your eyes. Most of all, it great to see the smiles on your client’s face. I’m thrilled when they are in love with their new space.

Although it’s not time to share all, I have been sharing glimpses of this beautiful home and design on Instagram. Here are a few of my favorites.

inlay side table & chrome lamp // Cristin Bisbee Priest Designs // Simplified BeeChevron-Cow-Hide-Rug-Siimplified-Bee Oly Chandelier // Cristin Bisbee Priest // Simplified Bee #Chandelierplay room rug & pouf // Cristin Bisbee Priest // Simplified BeePowder Room with Trellis Wallpaper in citron // Cristin Bisbee Priest // Simplified Bee

I’m loving it all and am especially pleased with the wow factor Kelly Wearstler’s trellis wallpaper in citron gave the powder room (pictured above).

Wishing you a wonderful week!

happy decorating,

cristin

*all photos by Cristin Bisbee Priest for Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on March 16, 2015 in baby and children, Bathroom, bathrooms, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, lighting, Playroom, rugs, simplified bee portfolio, wallpaper

5 Favorites :: Wallpapered Powder Rooms

You know I’m a huge fan of wallpaper and am thrilled that it’s made a comeback! One of my favorite spaces to wallpaper is the powder room or half bath. The color, texture and pattern can add so much character and style to the small space. But let me be clear – I hesitate to have full bathrooms papered because of the moisture showers/baths produce. Eventually the seams of even the best papered bathroom will start to come up. So if you love the look of wallpapered bathrooms, my advice is to stick with the powder room (although some of the examples below are of full bathrooms).

Here’s a round-up of five fave baths featuring wallpaper:

navy blue chain wallpaper // bathroom Hicks Hexagon Wallpaper // Blue Bathroom black & white chanels wallpaper // bathroom marbleized wallpaper // bathroomblack & white wallpaper // bathroom

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

Do you love the look of wallpapered powder rooms?

happy decorating!

cristin

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Read full story By on March 4, 2015 in 5 favorites, Bathroom, bathrooms, Features, interior design, Interiors, mid-century modern, 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