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Sticks and Stones
Jill Self, Owner
Sticks and Stones is an edgy and fresh mountain modern retail and design showroom full of new product and daily inspiration. We house an internal design team made up of Park City’s most talented designers offering full-scale design from pre-construction consultation to design and furniture turn-key packages.
What services do you offer?
We offer full-scale design and have a wonderful ever-changing retail showroom available to the public and trade professionals.
What geographic area do you serve?
The majority of our work is in Park City and its surrounding areas.
When did you know that you wanted to be a designer and what motivated you?
When it came time to take the MCAT. It was either continue on to medical school or continue working at Natural Instincts. Natural Instincts was my first job in the industry when I fell in love with furniture and design. Needless to say, I didn’t go to medical school and now I own a furniture and design business.
Describe your process—how do you work with clients, contractors, and architects?
It’s all about being flexible. Every client is different and so we tailor the process and build a team to meet each of our client’s needs.
What project(s) are you the most proud of?
The projects that bring my clients back for more. It means I did my job and I did it well.
Do you have favorite materials, fabrics, patterns, or design principles or a style you prefer or are known for?
My style is clean with a “less is more” philosophy centered around a few “wow” pieces. I love and use neutrals in every kind of texture possible, from steel and stone to silk and sisal. The more unusual and textural, the better.
What makes the difference between good design and great design?
The element of surprise or the unexpected done right; the perfect juxtaposition. What word(s) do people use to describe your work? “I love it!”
What is the most exciting new product or development in your field?
I’m loving the revolution fabrics, rugs, and carpeting that have been emerging. Park City, with its outdoor activists, kids, pets, and rental properties, definitely has a need for these products. Revolution products are stain- and fade-resistant, have no chemicals added, are bleach-safe, have a small carbon footprint and are 100% made in the USA. It’s refreshing; these products allow us to additionally design with lighter shades, more colors, and more textiles.
What do you enjoy most about helping people create a home or business that reflects their lifestyle?
The variety. Every single one of my clients brings ideas to the table that I either did not expect or hadn’t thought of. It ultimately contributes to a higher vision.
Is there an interior designer or an interior design that you most admire and why?
Axel Vervoordt. His work is absolutely beautiful. It is timeless, well-appointed and sophisticated, all while still being relaxed and utterly comfortable.
What do you listen to while you work?
Buddha Bar Radio—inspiring and relaxing.
What is sure to make you laugh?
I know I’m going to laugh any time one of my designers comes to me and says “I need to tell you something.”
What’s on the top of your list as a great getaway?
A road trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Every fall my husband and I head over and stay at the historical Wort Hotel on the square. It’s quiet and all the tourists are gone but all of the great restaurants and art galleries are still open, and it’s still warm enough for outdoor activities.
What do you enjoy most about living and working where you do?
There is an energy in Park City that I love. It’s a combination of the people, our way of life, and the beauty of our town. I never want to move.
Last book you read that you would highly recommend and why?
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero. It’s a quick read and completely entertaining. It reminds you to be humble and grateful while instilling courage and greatness.
You get weak in the knees over _________?
Ashley, Chris, and Will—my family.