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

 

Designer Spotlight -Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

What’s the most enjoyable aspect of your profession/industry?

I love helping people and solving problems. I think that design is this perfect marriage of aesthetics and math and you have to love both in order to design well.

 

In your opinion what are the trends going to be in 2019 - or what trends are you already seeing? 

In commercial design, we’re seeing a lot of “resi-mmercial” design, meaning residential making its way into commercial spaces. We’re seeing a lot of influence from what makes a home comforting and translating that into commercial spaces, whether it’s a lobby, an office, or break room. The new office is looking to hire and retain talent and those looking for jobs, in Springfield, Chicago, or anywhere, want to make sure that a place where they spend most of their time, will be a comfortable environment.

 

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

I’ve used Sangamon Reclaimed in a variety of spaces, most recently my mother-in-law’s bathroom for just some simple shelving. I’ve also collaborated with them on a 12’L table for a break room. I think whether it’s a small space or a large one, having something unique and custom really makes a space interesting and they’ve always helped me achieve that.

 

You worked with SR to deliver a table for Dot Foods - why was buying locally so important in this case? 

This is a great story! One of my favorite clients, Dot Foods, wanted a custom table for their break room, but not just any table. So I reached out to Sangamon Reclaimed and they found some reclaimed wood from a schoolhouse in Brown County. Dot Foods is in Mt. Sterling, IL, and most of their employees are from that area. Having something locally made and sourced for their employees was just a lovely way to bring in their community into the space.

 

Favorite public building in Springfield?

I’d have to say the Dana Thomas House, and not just in Springfield, but probably of all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work. He was a visionary and I love that building and what it means to have one of Wright’s greatest works just down the street!

 

What impact do you think Sangamon Reclaimed has made on the furniture business in Springfield - and has it been an asset to the industry locally? 

I’ve known Brian since high school and to see the impact he’s made on this community is just beautiful. I love how he’s decided to make his passion project work for our community and to see how they’ve grown in such a short amount of time. They’ve really invested in people and creativity there and I think it shows how innovative they are.

 

What’s the most important question a person should ask before purchasing a piece of furniture? 

“What’s the investment I’m putting into this?” With the Amazon and Staples era of furniture ordering, we see some of our clients making fast, cheap choices on furniture for speed of delivery. Unfortunately, that means you’ll see that piece not only deteriorate quickly, but that it could be made with harmful chemicals that can have a lasting effect. Furniture can take time and money, but by doing more research, I think clients can educate themselves on what they’re getting, not just how quickly they’re getting it.

 

Favorite project in 2018? 

Now that I’m a project manager, I help manage projects from beginning to end. That includes Dot Foods, where we are renovating their existing building. It’s one of my favorite projects because of how they treat their employees and in one large aspect, that’s the space where they spend their time.

Mallory O’Brien, Project Manager at Resource One

Phone 217-753-5742

mobrien@resourceoneoffice.com

 

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.

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.