We recently had the privilege
of interviewing James Dolenc and Thomas Riker, the design duo behind jamesthomas
, for the latest issue of UR Chicago
. As is true with all interviews, some great material remained on the cutting room floor.
The one item we eagerly wanted to pick up and dust off is that of design advice. Known for their sophisticated but usable design, any jamesthomas guidance is valuable.
Jump down for some words of wisdom straight from the pros (as well as their original sketch of the 2007 DreamHome bath
Dolenc: Don’t try to emulate things that you see on HGTV or other design shows. That is not reality. No one expects you to design a room in 24 hours – that produces bad, gimmicky design.
Verify, verify, and verify your dimensions before ordering anything!
Riker: Keep it simple and clean. [Don't try] to make too much of a statement. Again, less is often more.
Since we're sharing, what's your advice?
Photo credit: Merchandise Mart