Jamie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from Brenau University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Business Law from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She is an NCIDQ Registered Interior Designer offering her clients a comprehensive background with 15 years of interior design experience, 10 of those years as owner of her own design studio, and 15 years of experience in the financial sector of corporate business.

Kern’s body of work has been widely published. Her work has been recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers for design excellence and featured as a case study in the interior design textbook “Beginnings of Interior Environments” for the education of up-and-coming interior designers. Her work is featured in the hardback anthology “Modern Interior Design – American Collection” published in 2010.

Gutsy Wallpapers

by Jamie Kern,ASID, ARIDO

President, Design Theory Interiors
Wallpapers are back! I can’t believe
I’m saying that with such enthusiasm. I have never
been a fan of wallpapers. Unfortunately homeowners
have shown a tendency to over do it in the home. And
while options seemed limitless on the
surface all of the manufacturers were doing
the same thing. The end result was so
boring that beige paint would have been an improvement. I’ve had my fill of stria, 1 1/2″ stripes, the color-washed look, tone-on-tone patterns, roosters, ladybugs and everything in between. And what was the point of a mostly solid color wallpaper?

But I love what’s going on with wallcoverings right now. In a return to the glamor days, it’s all about large scale pattern, color, contrast, and hints of metallic. In a word, wallpaper has gone bold.
The Stacy Garcia line of wallcoverings (above and left) is one of my favorites. Her color palette is adventurous with oversized graphics often reminiscent of the deco, nouveau and Hollywood regent eras. But the overall effect is quite sophisticated and regal.
The trick to using these papers is to do it sparingly but do it big. In other words, find a place or two in your home where you can make a statement and then say it loudly. But then remember that old cliche “less is more” and fight the urge to take it into the next room, and the next, and the next.

Another line that takes me to my happy place is the Moda line of wallcoverings (left and below) and these have “FUN” written all over them. One has to be a bit more open minded and gutsy for this line but the end result is stunning! These papers are nothing short of works of art so please enjoy them on their own save the photos of kids and dogs for a quiet spot.