We're Hiring for a part time Assistant. Jack of all Trades!

I'm looking for a fun, detail oriented, hardworking assistant to join us! This position can be flexible for hours as long as all of our goals are met. 

Qualifications:

-Must have a working knowledge of Social Media (Facebook, Blogging, Instagram, Pinterest). Photoshop, Cad, and Excel are a plus. 

-Must be extremely organized, but be able to adapt to changes on the fly. You need to be able to pay attention to every detail, measurement, and dollar. 

-Flexible- we are small but very busy design firm. We handle every detail some of which are glamorous and others just sweat and hard work. 

-Must appreciate beautiful things and space. I love what we do and it is important for us to be professional and take pride in the role our clients allow us to have in their homes and lives. 

Role:

-Assist in various office tasks from maintaining and organizing our material library to expediting orders. 

-Running errands 

-Help measure job sites.

-Record and assist at client meetings. 

-Helping with design installs. This is my favorite part but very labor intensive. This is when we are all hands on deck doing anything and everything we need to get the space (s) white glove ready. 

Please send resume to: info@jessietobiasdesign.com  

 

Scandinavian-Swedish Inspiration

Yesterday, I met with a new client in her adorable older home. It sits on top of a hill basking in the most beautiful light. The home was built in 1940's by gentleman from France. It has wonderful bones with wide floorboard, vaulted ceilings, and original shiplap.  We're going for a Scandinavian-Swedish inspiration. Some call it Nordic design.

Scandinavian design is know for form, function, and pared down craftsmanship. The color pallet is a wintry mix of whites, light greys, blush, icy blues.  Geometric shapes play off natural wood elements. The wood tones are most often white washed or greyed. Light is an important element.  Here is some eye candy to inspire.

 Beautiful chalky colors.

Beautiful chalky colors.

 Notice the peg legs and abundance of natural light.

Notice the peg legs and abundance of natural light.

 Statement lighting is often seen in Scandinavian homes.

Statement lighting is often seen in Scandinavian homes.

New Lake Project

I've been lucky enough to work with awesome clients on every project. My kids are starting to keep track of each job because by the end we end up all being friends!

One of the first things we're doing in this project is adding a bathroom to the walk out basement. The space we're fitting it is currently a cement slab mechanical room. We'll need to keep part of the space as a water treatment room. My client also wanted to keep the washer dryer in the bathroom. This was a challenging bathroom to layout and fit everything we needed!

It will be a dark space and without a lot of natural light so I want to use bright white shiplap surrounding the walls. Shiplap adds a lot of character to simple space. We're going to have our painter spray it before installing it so it has a very uniform look.  If the budget allows we're going with Corian milled to match the shiplap and extend into the shower. We're also going with a frameless door into the mechanical room. This will really open up the space and keep the eye moving along the lines of shiplap.

Here are the inspiration/material boards with drawings.

Bathroom Moodboard.jpg
 A perspective Sketch

A perspective Sketch

Tennyson on the Quarry- Part 2 A Semi-Custom Ikea Kitchen

When we started this project the kitchen was all white with lower cabinets from Ikea. I personally love an all white kitchen but we really wanted to bring all the beautiful earthy colors in from the granite of the quarry. We also removed the wall of cabinets below to open up the flow of the space.

 We removed the cabinets going into the living room to allow for better flow

We removed the cabinets going into the living room to allow for better flow

 A Before picture

A Before picture

When we removed the the wall of cabinets we lost much needed storage so we decided to add upper cabinets. Custom cabinets were out of the budget so we went with a blend of off the shelf Ikea cabinet boxes and drawers with custom doors. We had the doors custom made and then sprayed by our painter. While I'll always love full custom cabinets,  Ikea cabinets are by far the best option for someone on budget or with a tight time frame. They will perform better than any other stock melamine cabinet box (what you find at any big box store for both stock and semi-custom options). They use the best quality Blum hinges, offer more size and style options, have by far the best drawer box designs, and offer a wide range of drawer organizers.  A lot of designers and architect I know now spec Ikea cabinets for these reasons.

 The new semi custom doors.

The new semi custom doors.

We also added a deeper countertop by the sink for more counter space and a place stools.

 The deeper counter top and bar stools. 

The deeper counter top and bar stools. 

One of the biggest challenges about using Ikea cabinets to fit existing layout is the sizing. There are a lot of options but the cabinets still come in set sizes and that can make designing and installing the cabinets a logistical nightmare! Oh, and don't forget the dreaded trip to Ikea!

In mid-coast Maine we are about 4 hours to the nearest Ikea. This makes the trip even more stressful. I won't add my personal shopping drama here, but believe me crazy things can happen.

 

Sofa/Bench Dining Table Combination

For as long as I can remember I've wanted a sofa in my kitchen. I love the idea of curling up with a glass of wine while someone is cooking for me!

However, I haven't had a large enough kitchen to fulfill that dream so I went with the next best thing- a sofa with my kitchen table. This is a great idea for anyone with a small space. Right now we have an teak bench with a comfortable seat cushion and throw pillows at the table. This is a favorite spot for my kids especially on a chilly morning. They love to sit there wrapped in blankets with their books waiting for their breakfast.  I love it as a spot to linger after a dinner party.

There are lots of options to achieve this look but you do need to be careful selecting sofas that are the right height and depth. I would choose a fairly firm cushion with only one seat cushion (instead of 2 or 3). The top of the cushion should be at 18-19"h which is a standard dining chair height. To me 18" feels best.  If you have a sofa that is a little short you can find new legs on the web that are a little longer. High back sofas tend to work in this application. Vintage camel back sofa are a great fit. I favor narrow arms for extra comfort.

A round table is a great option for this!  I also find this generally works best with small tables. When you have a table designed for 10 a bench or sofa never feels practical to me. I think the people in stuck in the middle can feel, well, stuck!  One option to solve that is to use two matching pieces side by side.  Also, the sofa should be longer than the table.

Here are a few examples of sofa/benches that would work well.