Design Advice

EXPERTS | Four Ways to Design Success – By Jennifer A. Jelinek, ASID

Interior Designer Jennifer Jelinek, of JJ Interiors has been creating beautiful and functional living spaces for clients for more than 10 years. Throughout her endeavors, she’s discovered some key elements to a successful design that have nothing to do with space planning, paint colors or plumbing fixtures. They have everything to do with the designer/client relationship.

Make a list. When building or remodeling, it’s a good idea to express to your designer those items that are not negotiable. For example, that antique armoire that has been handed down for generations is a keeper; the original art you purchased while traveling to Venice needs to be displayed in a prominent place; the sauna is necessary for therapy and would be best near the master suite; or, we have a multi-generational household and would like to consider aging in placement guidelines. Try to allow as few restrictions as possible on any given item so results won’t be limited. Designers want to meet your needs.

Have patience. Design is not an exact science and each project has many possible results. Developing the creative solutions and putting them into motion involves products, suppliers, installers, team members and more. Thousands of decisions are made during any given project and customization can often take longer to facilitate. Work with your design team to set a realistic timeline and be flexible if unexpected challenges arise. Your designer is there to help find solutions.

Free your mind and trust your designer. Get rid of preconceived notions of what is expected or acceptable. It’s always a great idea to find images (in magazines, online, etc.) that express how you want the room to look or feel. Professional designers may be reluctant to copy a specific design but are trained and experienced with problem solving individual challenges. Let go of the reins and allow your designer the creative freedom to provide solutions that are tailored just for you.

Use your designer to the fullest extent. From beginning to end, the design process has many different phases and you should involve your designer from concept to installation for the best outcome. Designers have spent their entire careers building relationships with showrooms and vendors, finding a multitude of resources and, for lack of a better word, “practicing” design. Work together to set a clear scope of work and discuss your project budget. T alk about project management and site visits for construction observation. Y our designer is there to help so let his or her experience lead the way.

JJ Interiors
Golden, CO
303.284.2148 |


EXPERTS | Growing up Designer – By Alyson Daugherty

Many kids experiment with several different careers before they decide on one to pursue. Not Cory Decker. At age eight she was designing rooms for her family with her heart set on one thing: being an interior designer. Today, she is designing rooms for families across Colorado.

Decker, an interior designer at Epoch Interior Design in Denver, has grown and changed throughout her 12 years designing professionally, but she always likes to incorporate some type of modern element, whether it is in texture, color or shape. “I lean more toward the contemporary side in my designs,” Decker says.

Her contemporary style often includes white space. Although Decker is not afraid of color, she likes the effect that white has on a room. “White is clean. It has a visual softness—a pleasing complement to a space—and it has a romantic quality,” she says.

In addition to designing luxurious homes, Decker also does commercial design. Her most recent project is for Mercy Housing, an organization providing housing for those in need. Decker is working with them to design the common areas of the houses.

Decker’s portfolio ranges from opulent, contemporary homes to simple spaces that\ make other’s dreams come true. Her love for design has grown from childhood wishes to creating dream spaces.

For more information on Mercy Housing, visit

Epoch Interior Design
Denver, CO
303.399.4592 |


EXPERTS | Creative Contrasts – By Alyson Daugherty

Every room designed by Eddy Doumas, of Worth Interiors in Vail, is a sanctuary filled with contrast, color and creativity. With 25 years of experience under his belt, Doumas knows how to dress-up a room. “There are no rules as to which elements match and don’t match,” Doumas says.

Decorating a room in different styles takes some coordination. Starting with a neutral core is important. Walls and large pieces of furniture in a soft palette support accessories with bold punches of color. Create a design explosion with an energetic, brightly colored rug anchored by a warm, gray sofa. The same look can be accomplished with bright, fun throw pillows.

If your personal style tends to be on the traditional side, bright colors might not be on your design priority list. You can still refresh a look by incorporating updated elements into your traditional space. “Today’s traditional involves a cleaner version of everything,” he says. “Pieces are not over-the-top tailored.” Blend your embellished pieces with clean and
modern accents.

Embrace the opportunity to mix design styles in your home. “A sense of style is not limited to one look, just as in fashion,” Doumas says. “You wouldn’t wear the same designer everyday.” Don’t live in a space defined by only one aesthetic.

Worth Interiors
Avon, CO
970.949.9794 |


EXPERTS | Designing for the Senses – By Alyson Daugherty

People often think of interior design as a visual experience, but Catherine Frank, owner of Studio Frank, thinks of design as a more sensually holistic experience. Her love of texture and mixed surfaces guides her work. Frank shares with us how she used texture to create a custom design reflective of a family’s lifestyle in their cabin.

DLMh+d: Studio Frank opened its doors in 1995 with a unique concept. Can you describe this concept?

Catherine Frank: Studio Frank is unique because we are a holistic design company. We help our clients from the beginning; from
schematic design to custom furnishing.

DLMh+d: What element brings out the best in a room?

Catherine Frank: Texture creates lots of different surfaces. It affects how we feel. Texture adds layers, character, sophistication and timelessness. It helps raw materials show their true character.

DLMh+d: What inspires your designs?

Catherine Frank: My clients give me my inspiration. Their travels, tastes, likes, dislikes, even their art collections all go into my designs. In the Moody Cabin the family really wanted a house with a sense of casualness; a comfy, retreat where they could relax after skiing or cycling all day.

DLMh+d: In this cabin you use a lot of texture, How did you choose these textures?

Catherine Frank: The Moody Cabin was a remodel project and I wanted to keep the logs in the cabin, so I created a contrast to them. I added smooth flooring, smooth metal. I like rough next to smooth things.

DLMh+d: What materials did you use to create the texture you wanted?

Catherine Frank: I incorporated the original logs from the main living area and dining space. Also, I incorporated more glass and large glass doors to the new outdoor deck. Other materials include the smooth gray limestone floor, added to contrast the rough wood logs. Metal details and ceilings contrast all the wood. I also used color on the island; we made it custom to resemble a found furniture piece.

DLMh+d: How did you choose which elements to incorporate into this project?

Catherine Frank: I selected an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings. Mostly incorporating simple linen for the upholstered pieces and layering them with vintage wool textiles from a recent trip to Morocco. I wanted the house to be affordable yet unique and special to only the Moody Family.

Studio Frank
Telluride, CO
970.728.0662 |