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3 May

Eye on Design: Jay Jenkins


We asked top interior designers about their go-to colors; what's hot and not; market must-sees and more.
This week: Jay Jenkins of Jenkins Baer Associates.

How would you describe your signature style?
Tailored with an emphasis on quality over quantity. Contemporary art in traditional spaces is a constant theme, too.

When and how did you know you wanted to design interiors as a career?
I knew at a young age. I was the kid that was sketching floor plans instead of doing my homework.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Drawing floor plans, actually. It’s a quiet moment that seems filled with lots of possibilities. I love walking through these rooms and plans in my mind’s eye.

What’s the first piece you like to begin a room design?
The architecture. The bones need to be correct to make for a seamless and complementary background.

What design "rules" do you love to break?
Painting small rooms dark; the corners recede and the room actually looks larger.

What are your go-to colors?
White (Benjamin Moore OC-17 always), charcoal, putty, paper bag tones.

What's hot? What's not?
Brown furniture is making a big comeback.

Favorite AmericasMart destinations?
Emissary, Global Views, Art & Frame Source, Palecek and many, many others.

What are some pro shopping tips at Market?

Plan your tour from the top down. Walking down a flight of stairs is easier than going up.


Put these tips to the test at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, July 9 - 15.

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Contributing Writer
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