Designer profile Jamie Llosa is a designer, Don Smith Paint Company

Jamie Llosa, designer Don Smith Paint Company

Jamie Llosa, designer Don Smith Paint Company

Jamie Llosa is a designer, as well as the front manager, for Don Smith Paint Company in Springfield, Illinois. She is also currently enrolled in the New York Institute of Art for her accreditation as an interior designer. 

In terms of current design trends, Jamie says she’s seeing a few elements from the past making a comeback. “Wallpaper is hot right now as are gold fixtures.’ 

She loves to recycle wood in her designs as it adds warmth and character, as well as preserving her passion for history. “I love originality! The beauty and character of reclaimed wood bring this element into any space, commercial or residential.’

Pictured is a home built by Brooklynn Homes, for which Jamie is a designer. The beam is a Sangamon Reclaimed piece rescued from an old, unique, Illinois barn. “I believe it really showcases the charm of the beautifully aged history.” 

When it comes to her favorite public building in Springfield, Jamie says it has to be Illinois State Capitol. “I have been very fortunate to be a part of the design team there. I love learning about the history of the building’s decor from the past to the present. The Capitol is my magical place!” 

Jamie loves to shop locally. “On each project, I try to speak to each client’s interests, travels, and lifestyle. I pride myself on incorporating the quality and love for local artists and craftspeople, such as Sangamon Reclaimed in all my designs.”  

Being from a large Italian family, Jamie enjoys cooking and perfecting the perfect pasta dish. Here she is pictured in Florence, Italy last year when she was able to meet some of my relatives for the very first time. 

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New Construction home by Brooklynn Homes -Reclaimed wood by Sangamon Reclaimed. Designed by Jamie Llosa, Don Smith Paint Company

 

VanSandt Custom Bar

We designed and built this beautiful custom bar using reclaimed wood for the VanSandt family from the Colfax Hardware Store. 

The customer wanted to use the tabletop for the shelves and for the second counter top. The cabinets will hold the family’s liquor. Below the counter top there is also plenty of room for a mini fridge and a trash can. We loved working on this project, which also incorporated corrugated iron. 

Eric was the lead carpenter on this project and did a great job. 

 

Interior Designer Spotlight Kristy Cameron

Kristy Cameron Interior Decorator/Owner of Kristy Cameron Design, LLC.

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Design trends for 2019/2020? 

While there are many new design concepts to consider in 2019 and heading into 2020, I wanted to highlight my favorite, which is focused on "less is more" and bringing nature's beautiful backdrop into our homes. With today's baby boomers no longer needing a large number of bedrooms, coupled with a renewed emphasis on earth preservation, home design trends are lending themselves toward smaller more divine spaces highlighted with warmer tones. 

 

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your profession?

As much as I love decorating, I love people. Interior decorating is a very personal business so I am always honored when someone invites me in to tour his or her home. My job as an Interior Decorator is to help their home be that soft place to land, that place where they can truly let their guard down ... their happy place and I am grateful to help bring that to life for my clients.

 

Where do you like to use reclaimed barn wood in a home? 

Upon moving from Chicago a couple of years ago, I quickly found myself immersed in a large new build, supported by Springfield's finest contractors, Sangamon Reclaimed being one of them. I have since had the pleasure of working with Sangamon Reclaimed on quite a few homes here in the greater Springfield area. We are often found collaborating on jobs large and small, with some of my favorites being a custom 20' wrap around mantle, a custom chevron feature wall and of course the amazing barn doors for which they are known. I must say however that the front-runner for me was a wow factor 16' bar featuring a reclaimed front with wrapped columns mixed with an exotic black knight granite - simply divine. Considering the many advantages of reclaimed wood: beauty, history, stability and durability, it's obvious the advantages that it has over new wood. Character and I are big friends so I'm often mixing old and new in design presentations for my clients as it brings a beautiful juxtaposition to the project. There's nothing quite like two opposing elements working together in perfect harmony. Lastly, I am very excited to propose Sangamon Reclaimed’s new wallboard options in some upcoming client presentations. I have admittedly been working with similar products for years, but now having a local trusted resource that values the history and story of the wood is a dream come true. 

 

What was your favorite project of 2018?

2018 was an exciting year for me with regard to design in Springfield. I find that every project brings its own uniqueness and flair, so while it's somewhat difficult to name a favorite for 2018, I must say that my very first project here being completed, after having spanned almost two years, takes the cake. We spent the first half of the year on the details and furnishing the many outdoor living spaces. Working with this special family was an incredible journey, to say the least. Not only did I end up feeling like family, but also the sheer scale of this project afforded me the opportunity to continue to learn and grow in my field throughout the length of the project. 

 

What is your favorite public building in Springfield? 

Living in a historic century-old home myself, I immediately fell in love with one of the oldest homes in Springfield, Edwards Place. What great significance it brings to Springfield, as the Lincoln's were frequent guests there. Not only do I appreciate the extensive restoration done to highlight its original integrity, but their attention to detail including the displayed artifacts and period style dressed volunteers truly takes a visitor back in time. Make sure not to miss the annual Fine Art Fair in the fall.

Sangamon Reclaimed featured on the DIY Network

If you haven’t already caught us on the DIY Network’s 'Building Off the Grid' show don’t worry because there’s plenty of opportunity in the coming weeks. 

It features a local project in rural Sangamon County. Our team of craftsmen helped build a tiny home off the grid, along with our friends at JC Custom Woodwork. 

Here’s the programming schedule: 

Sangamon Reclaimed Will be at the Home Builders Expo 2019

We are excited for this year’s Home Expo at the Bank of Springfield Center next month. If you’re working on a project, or want a beautifully handcrafted piece of reclaimed barn wood furniture for your home, make sure you stop by our booth. 

Doors open on Friday, February 22 at 2pm and tickets are $6 at the door. Children under 12 are free. On Friday seniors receive $1 off admission. On Saturday firefighters, police, and military receive $1 off admission. On Sunday educators receive $1 off admission.

Designer Spotlight -Paula Ryan

What are the trends going to be in 2019?  

I think the farmhouse look is still quite popular, but with a cleaner look to it, less gray and more white and black finishes.  


What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession?  

I love meeting and working with different people; learning their stories; what makes them tick and then try to incorporate that into their house. I also love the finished product; seeing a remodel or new home complete and looking back on the before photos still astounds me sometimes. 


Where do you like to use reclaimed wood in a home or commercial space? 

I love using natural elements in a home to warm up a space. My favorite is live edged anything!   

What was your favorite project in 2018?  

We remodeled a home that once belonged to a very dear childhood friend of mine. The family had to move their mom to Chicago and they had no family in town, so I helped them figure out what to do with all of her "stuff" Then I helped find the new buyer, who was a daughter of a family friend of ours. After that I completely renovated and updated the home for this young family. It was so fun to see this old home that I had spent a lot of time as a child transform and now this young family will enjoy it for many years to come. 


What is your favorite public building in Springfield?

The restored Governor's Mansion; I've been on the tour twice already. The molding and attention to detail is amazing. 

You can find Paula Ryan Designs and Ryan Homes and Development at 3149 Hedley Rd, Springfield, Illinois 62704 and she can be contacted at (217) 341-4501. 

 

The Lane Project -Reclaimed Wood in Kitchen

We absolutely loved working on the Lane project, which resulted in one of the most beautiful kitchen remodels we’ve seen.

Lars and Jake handcrafted four floating shelves and built a stunning island top from the wood we reclaimed at the Colfax Hardware Store at 116 E. Main Colfax, Illinois. 

We’ve had the pleasure of working on so many projects incorporating the Colfax Hardware Store, which in2017 due to deterioration was slated for demolition, but not before we were able to preserve nearly 8,000-board ft. of lumber for reuse today. We’re extremely proud to preserve for future generations a thriving business that served the hardworking farmers of McLean & Livingston County, Illinois for more than a century. You can find more on the history of Colfax Hardware Store here.

Thank you to the Lane family for providing these amazing photos.