WHEN TALENTED PROFESSIONALS TALK, WE LISTEN.

Admit it, you have an inquiring mind, and you want to know about the team building your Jackson Hole dream home. We understand the inclination. So we decided to bring you ShopTalk, conversations with the talented pros designing, building, and outfitting your homes.

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Jacque Jenkins-Stireman
Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Design

Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Design offers comprehensive resort and residential interior design services in the Jackson Hole area. We work closely with Jackson Hole architects, builders, and craftsmen to create a custom environment that reflects the character of each client. In addition, our firm is committed to establishing and keeping to an agreed upon budget and adhering to the client’s intentions and expectations.

Our firm is dedicated to pushing the limits of design with innovative solutions that matter to our clients. Customized for each project, JJS Design establishes both design and monetary goals to create unique spaces that reflect the character and lifestyle of our clients.

We pride ourselves on quality design and furnishings paralleled with unsurpassed delivery and client satisfaction. Our firm is known for creating one-of- a-kind spaces that revolve around real life.

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“Our streamlined approach simplifies the process of designing a home or office space. We manage each project from concept to completion.” – Jacque Jenkins-Stireman, Jacque Jenkins-Stireman Design

What services do you offer? And what geographic areas do you serve?

JJS Design offers comprehensive residential interior design services in the Jackson Hole area. Our streamlined approach simplifies the process of designing a home or office space. We manage each project from concept to completion, handling order procurement and installations, with a keen eye for detail and efficiency.

When did you know that you wanted to be a designer and what motivated you?

I knew I wanted to be a designer at a very young age…when I finally got my own bedroom!

What inspires you?

The diversity within our client base and their design styles.

How do you see design changing in the next five to ten years?

Due to changing technology, clients are becoming more sophisticated in the area of design.

What project(s) are you most excited about right now?

I’m most excited about a multi-unit development in downtown Jackson.

What other specialties do you have in-house?

We also offer a by-design custom case goods division to offer our clients unique furnishings, architectural planning with CAD, REVIT, and Sketchuparchitectural finishes and, finally, resort turn-key packages.

What makes the difference between good design and great design?

The client relationship, listening, and attention to detail.

What word(s) do people use to describe your work?

“Innovative,” “personalized,” and “sophisticated-yet-welcoming.”

What do you enjoy most about helping people create a home or business that reflects their lifestyle?

Seeing them enjoy the property through-out the years.

How did you get your start?

A high-profile family in the Teton Valley took a chance on a young designer who had just arrived in town from Southern California.

If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be doing?

Strategic planning or owning a flower shop.

What places in the world do you find most inspirational and why?

The ocean…anywhere. It provides a sense of grounding to allow me to look beyond the obvious.

What’s on the top of your list as a great getaway?

The ocean….Laguna Beach…for me it’s “going home.”

Favorite season? AND Why?

Fall….things slow down and nature comes to life.

What do you enjoy most about living and working where you do?

The small town support of community paired with the sophistication of its residents.

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Paul Hixson & Jarron Pew
HELIUS LIGHTING GROUP

At the core of Helius is a love of innovative and creative architecture. As a result, the firm continually seeks long-term relationships with architects who want to deliver remarkable environments. Through thoughtful design, superior documentation, and close collaboration, Helius endeavors to save great architectural projects from the effects of poor lighting. Helius professionals are passionate about the way light affects our built environment and use that passion to elevate the result of each project.

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“The HELIUS design process encourages collaboration with all design team members and educates the client about what the design will achieve. ” –Jarron Pew, Helius Lighting Group

What services do you offer?

Lighting Design, Lighting Control Design, Motorized Shade Design, Audio Video Design, and Electrical Design.

What geographic areas do you serve?

We have designed projects all over the United States with a limited amount of international exposure. Most of our work is concentrated in the resort towns of the Intermountain West.

Do you have any special certifications or specialties?

We have two Lighting Certified designers on staff, Paul Hixson and Jarron Pew. Becoming an LC requires that we pass a stringent exam prepared by the NCQLP (National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, www.ncqlp.org) and that we perform 36 hours of continuing education in lighting practices every three years to renew our license.

What is your professional and educational background?

Our firm has a varied background. Most of us have degrees of one type or another but found our life as lighting designers in different ways. If you are responsive to the bite of the lighting bug it motivates you to dig in and learn everything you can. The education that leads to success is one of individual study, diving into a wealth of industry training, and providing solutions.

What inspires you?

We love architecture. Every project is a new opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our living experiences through the medium of light. Participating in that process motivates us. Seeing the results and hearing our clients’ reactions is gratifying.

How do you see lighting design changing in the next five to ten years?

Ongoing improvement in LED products for the foreseeable future. The way we control and interact with lighting may change substantially. Control systems will become more user-friendly and easier to set up while providing more flexibility. In some applications, lighting may simply become a part of our networks. Several manufacturers are already working in that direction.

What projects are you most excited about right now? What technologies?

We have enjoyed the recent changes in architecture. There seems to be more honesty reflected in the finishes with less cover-up required to make a structure beautiful. This has created some challenges from a lighting perspective but has also led to some creative solutions. Technology is continually evolving in our industry from basic product selection and performance improvements to the way we design. We are excited about the modeling capabilities software is making possible. We don’t think it will be too long before we ask a client to put on their virtual reality goggles to review their lighting plan. Lighting is hard to visualize for many people so being able to walk them through the project before the footings are in place and have them embrace a lighting plan is an exciting development.

Describe your process—how do you work with clients, contractors, and architects?

Our design process is similar to a full- service architectural firm. Preliminary client interviews and descriptive narratives set the tone for a Schematic Design Set. This set is used to coordinate the early concepts to determine the direction of design. Following review of this set with the design team we create the Design Development Set. This set is reviewed for both design and budget direction. With the feedback from this set we then create a Construction Document Set. This set enables installing contractors to order material and execute. The HELIUS design process encourages collaboration with all design team members and educates the client about what the design will achieve. Once the Construction Document Set is issued the client can move on to other elements of their project knowing that the lighting has been thoughtfully qualified.

What makes the difference between good design and great design?

Leadership to communicate the vision and ensure the design team works together. Time for thoughtful development. Budgets to execute design concepts. An open collaborative environment that fosters creativity and meaningful results.

How did you get your start?

Paul started the firm following a slowdown at the firm for which he worked. Some previous clients who had new projects reached out to Paul because of his great work. Their invitation to participate was the spark for the firm’s beginning.

What do you listen to while you work?

Our office is varied on what is being listened to at any one given time. Most of the time headphones are in play. From today’s typical hits, jamming to some ’80’s tunes, mellowing to a classical piece, or being inspired by “Hamilton”, the selections are pretty eclectic.

What places in the world do you find most inspirational?

Every trip we’ve taken to the larger cities of our country have provided different kinds of inspiration. The opportunities for great architecture to make an impact seem to come alive in those metropolitan areas.

What’s on the top of your list as a great getaway? Three of us have been to Hawaii and it’s clear that’s tough to top. For those of us who haven’t been yet I think it tops the list of goals.

Favorite season?

We find fall pretty magical. The colors change, temperatures are moderate, and as a lighting designer we can do field mock-ups or aim lighting on finished products earlier in the evening!

What do you enjoy most about living and working where you do?

Jarron: Golfing, skiing, hiking, great people, and being centrally located in the intermountain West. Utah is pretty tough to beat. Paul: Four seasons and a great place for our family. Endless outdoor recreation and always a few weeds to pull.

Last book you read that you would highly recommend and why?

Jarron: A Man Called Ove. A great story that encourages you to become more and to appreciate your relationships.

Paul: Killing Patton. Enjoyed learning things about WWII and its history that are not common knowledge.

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Taylor Lunceford
Reedy Urban ekReedy Interiors

The new Reedy Urban showroom is the calling card of ekReedy Interiors. “Urban,” as we sometimes refer to it, is an extension of ekReedy Interiors where we introduce our furnishing lines and custom products. Our mantra is to stay ahead of the design curve by embracing technology while being mindful of the classics. Creating custom furniture pieces by selecting new and timeless styles is just one means by which we practice our design philosophy. My role as a designer is to facilitate this philosophy and practice.

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“Getting to know our clients and their unique lifestyles ensures that we can accomplish the interior environment that pleases them both aesthetically and functionally.” – Katherine Reedy, ekReedy Interiors, Reedy Urban

What services do you offer?

Urban offers the full spectrum of design. We employ a team of artisans and production houses to execute our clients’ special environments.

What geographic areas do you serve?

We have worked with clients and architects from LA to New York and many points between. There is no place we wouldn’t go!

What is your professional and educational background?

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute in Charleston, South Carolina. My design experience in Charleston was in homes in the historic Charleston downtown and the Barrier Islands. I also worked on projects in New York, California, and Costa Rica, all of which give me a wonderful experience in approaching design within any given environment. Moving to Jackson has also opened new doors and experiences in design, which I love!

How do you see design changing in the next five to ten years?

I believe the design profession is going to circle back, making the importance of the designer’s role grow tenfold. Upon the recovery of “internet shopping,” a designer experience will show merit in time and savings.

Describe your process—how do you work with clients?

Getting to know our clients and their unique lifestyles ensures that we can accomplish the interior environment that pleases them both aesthetically and functionally.

What project(s) are you the most proud of?

At the moment we are most excited and proud of our new showroom!

What makes the difference between good design and great design?

Great design is timeless.

What word(s) do people use to describe your work?

“Resolved,” “Inventive,” and “Collaborative.”

What is the most exciting new product or development in your field?

The concept of introducing Oxygenation in interiors. Jackson, with its high elevation, is an excellent location for this new technology. Oxygenated rooms will assist the acclimation time for those traveling from sea level to the beautiful Tetons. Who couldn’t use a little extra help on that next-day hike or ski?

What do you enjoy most about helping people create a home or business that reflects their lifestyle?

I enjoy seeing their excitement when a project is complete. That is the most rewarding aspect of what I do.

What do you listen to while you work?

Whiskey Myers on Pandora.

What places in the world do you find most inspirational and why?

From the ancient cathedrals in Europe, to the skyscrapers throughout New York, to the colorful vernaculars of the Bahamas: I find inspiration in every place I travel.

What’s on the top of your list as a great getaway?

I’d love to visit the marble caves in Chile.

Favorite season? Why?

Fall. I love the changing of colors and the crisp air!

Last book you read that you would highly recommend and why?

Ward + Blake—a perfect coffee table book!