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.

Room Design: Brazen Red Meets Tame Tan

Red is such an audacious color palette for room design.  It’s sexy, defiant and saucy and tends to frighten the faint of heart. Red is associated with red light districts, brothels and Scarface.   But historically it’s the manner in which red has been utilized that has given it it’s scarlet letter.    In the victorian age, reds were often layered within a space, creating a heavy cave-like environment.   In the 1980’s red and black were considered avant guarde, but before we knew what happened red and black were overused and mismanaged in fashion and interiors. Red and black are in very sharp contrast to each other and can feel harsh and unsophisticated.   Then the 1990’s came along and red became overused again.  Every suburban homeowner slapped red paint in a dining room.  Unfortunately this is not a color to be taken lightly and a blast of red paint does not a well-designed color palette create.

Red needs to be respected, coddled, and appreciated for the sophistication it can bring when done correctly.  One of my favorite marriages is red with shades of tan and beige.  Warm neutrals will soften the intensity so that a space is sophisticated, fashion forward and sleek.

Preview of “red and tan”

1. Upholstered Bed by The New Traditionalists

2.  Side Table by The New Traditionalists

3.  Glass Hurricane from Lazy Susan

4.  Wave-Golden Hour wallpaper by Flat Vernacular

5.  Wayne Chair in Taupe by Studio-A

6.  Red Shag Rug from Surya

7.  Throw pillow by Designs by Josette on Etsy

8.  Vermillion Chairside Table from Bernhardt

9.  hello beauty full artwork by Sugarboo Designs

10.  St. Croix Table Lamp by Jamie Young

11.  Rope Stool by Studio A

12.  Soleil Mirror by Studio A