Name: Sarah and Dan's apartment designed by Jarret
Size: 2400 sqft. 3bdrm rental
Years lived in: 3 years
"We're going to be dating," is what Jarret tells his clients when they first meet. He wants them to understand that interior design is a process, and in order for it to be successful and feel organic, it has to be created over time. Jarret, an interior designer, took one year to transform Sarah and Dan's rental apartment into their home.
"It's a lot about expectation management," says Jarret. He is very candid with his clients about his preference for a long timeline. In the end, he explains, it is less traumatic financially, and more successful artistically. He wants his clients to understand design as a process akin to collecting, or creating rather than one of instant gratification. He wants his projects to feel personal and reflect his clients &mdash not through their upfront requests, but rather via getting to know them.
Sarah and Dan knew they were going to move in three years, so they asked Jarret to choose pieces they could take with them and that he leave the walls and the windows as is. Jarret didn't mind working on a rental apartment. He likes to be challenged by the constraints of a space. That being said, Jarret doesn't like to be constrained by his client's demands. He much prefers when a client trusts his professional skills and lets him take the lead. Sarah and Dan both work in the world of creative arts and understand that need very well. They were very flexible, giving Jarret carte blanche to create their home. They were not disappointed. In fact, they have since moved to a house in the Hudson Valley and hired Jarret to design it. Since Jarret is a big fan of karma, as well as of Sarah and Dan, and since most of the shopping had already happened the first time around, Jarret designed the second home free of charge!
When possible, Jarret prefers custom designing the pieces people use the most in their home, such as the dining table, bed, and sofa. This, according to Jarret, gets the client the biggest bang for their buck. Speaking of bucks, Jarret said that no matter what the tax bracket of the client, they always want to spend more than they can, in the end, afford. It is part of Jarret's job to gently guide a client back on track and educate them as to the real costs of their fantasy home. Jarret sees interior design as a very intimate process. It requires many skills, perhaps least of which is knowing how to shop.
Style: personal / eclectic
Inspiration: clothing/Australia/Los Angeles/New York
Favorite Element: lacquered Karl Springer console
Biggest Challenge: keeping the look personal
What Friends Say: feels like a home and not a showroom
Proudest DIY: art
Biggest Indulgence: white sofa when having a newborn
Best Advice: be patient. You're putting together a home that will last for years, not an outfit for the evening.
Dream Source: a vintage store where iconic, but not overseen, pieces were all 80% off and in perfect condition. You said dream, right?
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