Life transitions can be challenging and yet sometimes create the best opportunity for fresh thinking and positive change. Embracing a new phase in life can unleash creativity and allow for even deeper understanding about what is important to us.
When designer Jamie Herzlinger found herself single after a difficult divorce, the perfect way for her to move forward was to design and build a home based entirely on her own needs and preferences.
“I had moved from a Spanish, true Mediterranean, which was adorned in heavy damask drapes, oriental rugs, and very ornate furniture”, says Jamie. “When I looked to build my new home, I wanted it to reflect a modern sensibility with little rhapsody shown to furnishings, while the architectural details of the house were made prominent.”
Jamie believes that one’s design aesthetics aren’t static. “It’s a feeling of where you are in your life at a particular time – or where you’d like to be. I had recently gotten divorced and needed an intellectual quietude so I didn’t want a home filled with lots of design ideas; I wanted a simple refreshing design with a modern calmness.”
The end result is an elegant home that shines not only with Jamie’s signature style, but also her strength of spirit.
Immediately off the entry, Jamie’s dining room sets the stage for the glamorous and contemporary feel of the home. A crystal chandelier paired with a sleek dining table and chairs strikes the perfect balance of feminine and masculine.
Be practical when choosing materials for kitchen countertops. White marble looks great, as I design most of my projects with it, but there is a lot of maintenance and up-keep.
A wall of modern shelving is a standout in the breakfast room. Beautiful and functional, it provides tons of closed storage and open display for treasured books, photos and accessories.
“The shelving is a combination of white glossy laminate and a Pro Ferro wood, which is in the rosewood family. I like the idea of the white being so stark to highlight the grain of the wood.”
The powder room beautifully represents Jamie’s personality – sophistication paired with a great sense of humor.
“I wanted something funny – and at the time the thought of a broken mirror seemed very relevant to how I was feeling. I had a very acrimonious divorce so reflectivity was not a great idea.”
Choose a color palette that reflects your favorite clothes. Because if you don’t wear a certain color, or color palette, then why would you want to live with it? Jamie
What woman wouldn’t love this closet? Clothes and shoes are protected yet visible thanks to gorgeous storage featuring glass doors. The leopard-print carpet is a perfect way to add character while maintaining a neutral tone so that the cabinetry takes center stage.
My design philosophy for this project, much like how I approach every project, was to define what lifestyle was appealing to me at this point in my life. Design is about evolution. Jamie