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A Zen Start to the New Year: Creating Peaceful Spaces in Your Whole Home Remodel

January 3rd, 2014
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LJ2As the new year begins, many of us are looking for ways to create more meaning and peace in our lives. A whole home remodel that dramatically transforms your environment is one way to live with more serenity on a daily basis. Elements of your whole home design can be specifically planned to create areas ideal for alone time, quiet reflection and connection with nature.

For a whole home remodel in La Jolla Shores, the connection between the open space inside and the verdant space outside is one of the elements that create a sense of openness and calm in this modern dwelling. High ceilings, abundant lighting and an open floor plan set the stage for simple furnishings, interesting works of art and a compelling fireplace. In the home’s outdoor area, a long bench under a canopy of greenery invites peaceful lounging next to a trickling water feature.

LJ3If you’re interested in working with elements of Zen-inspired design for your whole home remodel, here are some concepts to keep in mind:

  • Focus on natural, earthy colors
  • Emphasize natural light
  • Keep furniture simple
  • Find a way to incorporate greenery and water elements into your design
  • Stay away from clutter for a more calming environment
  • Embrace simplicity, with an emphasis on balance and clean lines

LJ1A professional design team can help you find ways to express your unique style in the context of Zen-inspired simplicity. With the new year underway, now is the time to be inspired by the many ways a whole home remodel can transform your home and your lifestyle!

Tis the Season: Trimming Your Holiday Table

December 23rd, 2013
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10_6302389_48497-110While the decorating for your outdoor space and Christmas tree is probably already done, trimming the holiday table is a festive finishing touch that naturally happens on the day your meal is served. For a kitchen remodeling project we recently designed and built in Kensington, we created a holiday theme with natural elements, including pomegranates and pine cones. We played with a traditional color scheme of red and green to complement the kitchen’s black and white color palette.

With the arrival of Christmas in just a couple of days, we found some inspiring ideas to share with you for decorating holiday tables. All of us at Jackson Design and Remodeling wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Festive Winter Arrangements from Sunset Magazine
Setting an Organic Glam Table on Houzz
Place Settings from Better Homes and Gardens

Jackson Design & Remodeling Wins 2013 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics for Fourth Consecutive Time

December 18th, 2013
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BBBgroup2The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties named Jackson Design and Remodeling a winner of the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The 2013 BBB Torch Award recognizes JDR as a leader in ethical business practices, conducting itself with the highest professionalism, integrity, and customer service.

Each year, companies of different sizes are selected through their local BBB’s regional competition to receive a Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. JDR won in the 25-99 employees category. The 2013 award is JDR’s fourth consecutive Torch win, with awards earned in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Winning companies are only eligible to receive awards every other year, making this year’s award the company’s fourth consecutive win. Read more information about the awards here.

Todd Jackson, President and CEO of JDR said, “At JDR, we believe that we have a responsibility to conduct ourselves with integrity, honesty, and professionalism, and we weave these values into everything we do. I want to thank the San Diego BBB for honoring our commitment to excellence in these areas, and for recognizing the hard work of our outstanding team. We will continue to strive to be a leader in marketplace ethics in upcoming years.”

The Color Purple: Radiant Orchid Named Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

December 12th, 2013
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color-of-the-year-radiant-orchid-ctrPantone announced their 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, describing it as  “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, said that the 2014 color of the year is “An invitation to innovation. Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Pantone LLC is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Love_orchidAre you intrigued by the idea of using a shade like Radiant Orchid in your home? Pairing the color with olive greens, turquoise or teal could be adventurous. A dash of Radiant Orchid could also energize a space that is otherwise mostly neutral. When experimenting with color in your home, sometimes it’s best to start with accessories or smaller spaces. But if you are truly drawn to a certain hue, why not live with it and be inspired by it every day? We recently designed a kitchen using varying shades of purples, metallics and charcoal.

When you are ready to express ideas in your home with adventurous color, our professional design team can help!

Help Us Create a Joyful Christmas for Needy Children with Our 9th Annual Toy Drive.


December 4th, 2013
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Toy4Tots2013Are you looking for ways to make the holiday season more meaningful? Jackson Design and Remodeling is happy to continue a treasured holiday tradition with our 9th Annual Toy Drive in partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. We encourage your participation!

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. Toys for Tots delivers a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. Our annual Toy Drive is a wonderful way to contribute to families that might otherwise go without the joyful surprises that make the holiday season so special for kids.

If you would like to help us share holiday joy with needy children in our community, please bring an unwrapped gift to our office between now and December 19th and stop in to say hello!

A Kitchen to be Grateful for: Thoughtful Design for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

November 27th, 2013
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Scag_WholeThere are few days busier in the average American kitchen than the day before Thanksgiving. A custom kitchen with a thoughtful design tailored to your specific needs is most appreciated during the hectic holiday season. When our professional design team meets with clients during the initial phases of a kitchen remodeling project, we are on a fact-finding mission about how you need your kitchen to work to suit your lifestyle today. Here are some of the factors to consider for your kitchen remodeling project:

Plan space with vision:
The kitchen shown here is part of the family room and breakfast nook. The first step in the design plan was to create a visual anchor in the large open space to integrate the new design with the existing structure so that the kitchen would look as if it had always belonged in the home.

Scag_IslandBalance functionality with style:
A generously sized Mascarilla granite island in rich, warm tones was designed with a cooktop and abundant storage options below for cooking, baking and serving tasks. The island welcomes family and friends with plenty of space to socialize.

Update appliances to suit your lifestyle:
Appliances were carefully integrated into the new space to provide convenience while not detracting from the Tuscan flavor of the design.

25_4257343_33227-126Make your kitchen feel uniquely yours:
Neutral tiles are a complimentary backdrop to this couple’s collection of colorful Italian pottery, which is now on beautiful display throughout the space.

A well-designed kitchen significantly increases your enjoyment of your home, especially when preparing and serving large holiday meals. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you will see your vision of the ideal kitchen come to life.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Jackson Design and Remodeling!

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day! Raise a Glass to the French for this Festive Holiday.

November 21st, 2013
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bojo13_logoAt one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey to Paris for shipment all over the globe. “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!” – “The New Beaujolais has arrived!” is pronounced worldwide. According to a French law passed in 1985, Beaujolais Nouveau may not be released earlier than the third Thursday of November. The annual release has become an anticipated festive event.

WineCloset!Particularly for those who appreciate wine celebrations and enjoy entertaining, a place in the home dedicated to wine storage is both convenient and elegant. Many of our clients have added a wine closet or wine refrigerator to the design of their whole home remodels. Designs can be customized to suit any style of WineRefrigeratordécor from traditional to contemporary.

A glass of Beaujolais Nouveau on the 3rd Thursday of November has been said to convey good luck for the year to come. So open a bottle and enjoy. Á votre santé!

Creating a Sanctuary at Home: Ideas for Peaceful Interior Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 13th, 2013
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LyonViewWhen you are planning your whole home remodel it is helpful to visualize the ways you plan to spend time in different parts of your home. Our professional design team finds that many clients are in search of ways to bring serenity to their homes, a sense of sanctuary from the rush and constant connection of the outside world. Here are some ways to instill a sense of calm in your environment:

Bring Nature Indoors: Whether it’s a view of mountains, the ocean, or your backyard garden, a connection to the outdoors is a natural way to bring soothing spirit to a space.

PeacefulSpace_ChairsLighting: Strategically planned lighting that enhances natural light is an essential element in creating a restful mood.

Subtle Color: Light earth tones are best for a tranquil space. Contrast should be kept to a minimum.

Simple Styling: Furniture with clean, simple lines and muted colors supports a peaceful atmosphere. A clutter-free space allows the eyes and mind to rest. Choose one piece of colorful art as a focal point to ensure your space is calm but not bland.

A successful whole home remodel enhances your lifestyle with space that inspires and rejuvenates. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, your space can be transformed into a peaceful sanctuary for you and your loved ones.

Keep Elements You Love When You Transform Your Home for Today

November 6th, 2013
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Cedar1A couple with four older children needed a new kitchen design in their rustic, cabin-like home. They needed a much higher level of functionality, a more efficient layout and better connection to their outdoor space but they wanted to keep the blonde cedar that first made them fall in love with their home.

Here are some of the ways our team of professional designers created a design that met the unique needs of this close-knit family:

  • Cedar2The new entryway allows the kitchen to distinctly inhabit its own space while integrating visually with the rest of the home. A beam trellis now defines the entryway and leads directly from the front door to French doors, which open to the outdoor area.
  • The impressive stainless steel range and backsplash create a focal point in harmony with surrounding cedar.
  • A substantial new island with a prep sink and a large range with a bold stainless steel backsplash help to transform the kitchen while preserving its rustic spirit.
  • CedarStove New pantry storage was created near the refrigerator by borrowing space from an existing little-used closet and facing it with a cedar door removed from another part of the kitchen.
  • The couple wanted a rustic brick floor but they were deterred by the difficulty of keeping it clean. A floor created from brick-sized porcelain tile with noticeable variations in its color and texture provided the ideal solution.

The new kitchen retains the elements the clients most love about their home while aligning the design with the modern day demands of an active and gregarious clan. When it’s time for your whole home remodel or kitchen design a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you keep what you love about your home while transforming your environment in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle today.

Come See Our Modern Glamour Kitchen and Meet Our Designers in Person at the ASID Kitchen & Bath Tour on October 26th!

October 25th, 2013
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Kitchen and BathJackson Design and Remodeling is happy to announce that our work will be featured on the American Society of Interior Designers’ 2013 Kitchen & Bath Tour on Saturday, October 26th. The tour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase 8 beautifully remodeled kitchens and baths at residences in San Diego County. JDR will be showing our Modern Glamour Kitchen, designed by Sol Quintana Wagoner, in Point Loma. Sol and other JDR staff will be on the tour to meet design enthusiasts in person.

DR2Modern Glamour Kitchen

A professional couple with an appetite for glamorous entertaining wanted a more inviting kitchen to welcome large groups of friends and family. The clients are colorful and fun and wanted this spirit reflected in their home. A circular sparkling chandelier hanging from a metallic silver ceiling is the first thing one sees upon entering the house, immediately establishing a mood of excitement and glamour. The dining area, kitchen and bar are in an expansive living area defined by sweeping vaulted ceilings. The room glitters with Loveinsidepurple, silver and charcoal hues. At the far end of the kitchen, a seductively lit bar opens to the backyard where the clients frequently entertain poolside. Throughout the expansive area, careful attention to lighting, materials and space planning creates a sense of intimacy and welcoming warmth.

For more information and to buy your tickets, visit ASID San Diego here.