Installation Stories: Jessica Lynn Williams
Today we're featuring not one, but two projects from New York-based designer, Jessica Lynn Williams: A serene studio space in Brooklyn featuring a buffalo checked tile floor and a cheerful kitchen for a family in Chicago. We're sharing more about Jessica, the space and of course, the tile below.
This is Jessica:
Here's a bit about her:
My style can be described as… Balanced, inspired, colorful, practical and classic.
My design philosophy is… My objective with any new project is to preserve the overall narrative of the home and identify where visual statements are needed.
I got my start…I landed a coveted internship with Jonathan Adler in 2008 and I haven’t slowed down since.
I find inspiration in…Escaping (and returning to) the city, fresh flowers and antique jewelry.
Image: Jessica Lynn Williams
I can’t live without…Art, expensive candles and family heirlooms.
Image: Jessica Lynn Williams; via Southern Interiors by Helen Griffith ©1988.
My best design advice would be…No two homes are identically built, therefore the approach to design should be just as unique.
I love Tile because…I’m intrigued by the endless possibilities and its permanence in the home.
My favorite Fireclay color is…There’s no way to choose just one! At the moment… Oyster Shell, Driftwood, Shale and Antique.
(Antique is currently one of our favorites too):
Tile Shown: Hexite in Antique.
Now onto your projects:
Can you tell me about the spaces?
Each of these spaces had outdated details and we let tile selections drive the story for other design decisions.
How active were the homeowners in the design process?
Both clients were very involved and found the tile selection process to be fun!
What type of look or aesthetic were you going for?
I try to not strive for specific looks in my work, but rather listen to my clients and prescribe a vision that seems fitting and thoughtful. I’ll push them into taking creative risks where I can!
How did you come up with your color scheme and design?
It’s all contextual and intuitive! In the Brooklyn Studio, we were immediately drawn to deep blues and shades of grey to create a serene and calming retreat space.
Image: Luke Williams
For the Chicago Kitchen, the palette came together easily by choosing colors that were fun for the clients’ three small children and could be dressed up for entertaining.
Image: Luke Williams
Why did you choose the color/pattern?
Brooklyn Studio: After reviewing several grey glazes, the client and I landed on four colors that created a high contrast and handsome buffalo check patterned floor. We used charcoal grout to help further accent the color subtleties.
Chicago Kitchen: The kitchen renovation was followed by designing several rooms on the client’s first floor, where we maintained a strict color palette that included navy blue, sea glass green and tangerine orange. After reviewing several glazed swatches, we were able to continue the thread of seaglass for a fresh backsplash that popped.
How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges? Did you work with a tile installer or contractor?
We faced slight challenges in both projects, however they were resolvable and expected for handmade clay tiles, such as an uneven surface or tiny air pockets that pushed glaze off of the clay. My clients were understanding of these potential situations before ordering and both were pleased with the final outcomes. Professional tile installers were used in both projects.
What tile (color, shape or size) are you hoping to use in a future project?
We’re currently working on a kitchen renovation in a Park Slope (Brooklyn) condo, and I’m hoping to use one of the Black and White Handpainted patterns as a kitchen backsplash. The depth and detail in this collection is stunning!
Tile Shown: Persian Star in Black and White Motif.
How did you hear about Fireclay Tile? Who here helped you, what did you enjoy about the experience?
I found Fireclay Tile after a long hunt for an eco-friendly product. Lauren Ritchie has been at the head all of my Fireclay projects. She has been very reliable with last minute requests or questions.