Julie Hockney Shares Three Interior Design Tips for Every Budget and Style
Creating a beautiful room is like planning the perfect party. It takes vision, discernment, a fair amount of know-how and immaculate attention to detail to select and harmonize all the moving parts. But, when they come together? Baby, I hear a symphony.
I got to enjoy a joint production of both when The Studio by JH hosted a spring open house to showcase how they’ve embraced current design trends, and celebrate other local businesses and talent. The evening was fueled by lively conversation, melt-in-your-mouth sushi by Butterfish, darling cookies by Sugar Chic Design, and a nicely-edited selection of wines from Red Lion Lounge. In-demand photographer Stacie Kinney was on-hand to make sure we all looked as vibrant and well-lit as the abundant show-stopping flower arrangements by Bouquet, which is also owned by Julie.
As we browsed the art, furnishings and home accessories in the studio, Julie and Robyn Zandt, the showroom designer, answered our questions and offered a few interior design tips that anyone can use to update their homes — regardless of their budget, style or any other decorating challenge.
Best Way to Incorporate Design Trends
Like most design professionals, Julie and her team understand that there’s a place for trends — but that place isn’t necessarily the main living space in your home (or the biggest line item in your budget). So what to do if, say, you’re really feeling the Pantone Color of the Year but it matches nothing in your home? “Think small,” Julie says. “This can mean taking a small room in a different direction, like one modern powder room in an otherwise traditional home; or just inserting small pops of color outside of your usual palette, like a bright coral pillow in a blue and white living room.”
Painting as a Quick Fix
I don’t know about you, but at any given moment, I have about ten renovation or redecorating projects that I would love to make happen. And only a few of them come with a price tag less than five figures. Since we probably won’t get to them all, I asked Julie how to show love to the parts of one’s home that aren’t getting the designer full-court press. “Um… I turn off the lights and close the door,” she laughed. “But seriously, never underestimate the power of a coat of paint. It can change the look of any room and it’s a quick solution to so many problems.”
Texture truly is what elevates a room from blandly pretty to beautifully polished. It’s the bubbles in the glass of champagne, the sea salt on the caramel, the caviar on the blini. And it’s easier to mix in than you might think. Brooke Wegner of Blushing Momma, who collaborated with jh Interior Design Studio on her master bedroom — and helped stage a replica of her own well-made bed for the event — said that she and her husband were initially a little ambivalent about the textured wallpaper that Julie and her team proposed. But, now that it’s installed, the couple agree it’s one of their favorite features of the room. “We also really love the rug under our bed,” Wegner says, pointing to its fluffy doppelgänger in the studio. “We couldn’t take out the carpet in our room, but having the rug on top really ties everything together and gives it a finished look.” I confess, I’m not aware of being overly intentional about texture in my spaces before, but now I’m evaluating every surface for 3D-itude.
Below is more spring-spo from the evening.