Designing Your Next Home for Hosting Summer Guests

Second homes are as much an investment in creating great multigenerational family vacations as they are in real estate. In both cases, you truly get back what you put into them. As her home base in Great Barrington, Massachusetts is filled with examples of the right and wrong ways to outfit one’s second home, interior designer Jess Cooney advises second home owners on how to build right.

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3 DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR BUSINESS TIPS

As a digital publication we show the success of design and the professionals in the business. It can seem glamorous, uncomplicated and exciting. But the reality is that the work of interior design can require many developed skills beyond just being creative. It takes equal parts vision to business acumen. We talked to 3 of the industry’s top designers (Kate Lester, Jess Cooney, and Maureen Stevens) to ask them questions about their business and trajectory as professionals. Hint: this article can help seasoned designers and those looking to enter the field alike.

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How To Brighten Up Your Home For Summer For Those Who Didn't Get Around To It This Spring

"If you like a clean palette and don’t want to add much color or pattern, adding in a standing plant in a woven basket will give you both the pop of the fresh green tree as well as the texture of a woven basket that can warm up a space without overwhelming it," says Jess Cooney of New England's Jess Cooney Interiors. Besides plant and planters, you can shop decorative details in materials like sisal, jute, wood, and bamboo to get this effect.

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A Massachusetts Farmhouse So Quaint You’ll Want to Move to the Countryside

When Jess Cooney’s clients first discovered their dream farmhouse in Monterey, Massachusetts, they were instantly awed by the home’s 1700s charm and beautiful wide-plank floors. Little did they know that all that old-world character would soon be lost to an unforeseen electrical fire.

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The Perfect Blend of Old and New

This house had us at exposed wood beams! Scrolling through the stunning photos of this home in the Berkshires, you would never know that the original home burned down - right before renovations were about to start! Despite the tragedy, the home owners and Jess Cooney Interiors were able to start fresh, rebuild, and redesign this classic farmhouse in all its glory. They made sure to incorporate all the necessities for a home like this - exposed wood beams, a large stone fireplace, and wide plank floors. The result? A fabulous family home that is a perfect blend of old and new! Take a look!

The Business of Second Homes: Designer Jess Cooney Makes it Hers to Know How We Live and Play

Interior designer Jess Cooney has made it her business to understand how people live in and experience their homes. Most of her clients are New York City lawyers and business elites looking to escape the city with a second home in the Berkshires, a home that will ultimately function quite differently than a primary residence.

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25 Interior Design Rules You Should Actually Follow

Whoever originally said that rules were meant to be broken definitely worked in interior design. It doesn't matter if you live in a teeny, tiny apartment or sprawling beachside bungalow: Decorating your home is all about throwing out the rulebook.

Why have a cookie-cutter interior when your space can reflect your beautiful, unique aesthetic? Whether you're power-clashing ikat and tartan or blending two unlikely styles together, the best things happen when you go against the grain.

That being said, there are some basic ground rules that are worth noting. Make no mistake, these rules aren't meant to reign in your personal style. On the contrary, they exist to make sure your room looks its absolute best. 

Curious to see which rules actually matter, we turned to some of our favorite design experts. Some of their answers are practical, while others are more abstract. But once you nail down these must-follow rules, the rest is up to you.

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Interior designer Jess Cooney remodeled this beautiful, contemporary home in the Berkshires. The modern space features fun pops of color and unique design elements, especially in the bathrooms!

This home is located in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and the clients are from Rye, New York. This is their second home. It has great views of the Berkshires from its windows, and Jess and her team completed five bathrooms, a mudroom, and their kitchen for them.

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      Remember our epic guide to white paint? We figured it was time to ask designers about their blue crushes as well—you know, those just right shades of cornflower, ocean, cerulean, navy, and everything in between. Blue typically isn't a polarizing color. Most people gravitate towards the spa-like, tranquil quality of its lighter shades, while others love the darker side—the energy of aqua, the intensity of midnight. Sure, you could go about picking a blue paint color alone. But why not make selecting a shade easier by starting with this list of designer-approved blues? You'll be that much ahead of the game and ready to tackle swatching sooner. So without further adieu, here are nine designers' (and one builder's!) favorite blues. Oh, and they basically all called out Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore, so give that shade a look if you want to go dark and moody. But I wanted fresh, under-the-radar hues, so here are 10 new blues for you to obsess over.   READ MORE

Remember our epic guide to white paint? We figured it was time to ask designers about their blue crushes as well—you know, those just right shades of cornflower, ocean, cerulean, navy, and everything in between. Blue typically isn't a polarizing color. Most people gravitate towards the spa-like, tranquil quality of its lighter shades, while others love the darker side—the energy of aqua, the intensity of midnight. Sure, you could go about picking a blue paint color alone. But why not make selecting a shade easier by starting with this list of designer-approved blues? You'll be that much ahead of the game and ready to tackle swatching sooner. So without further adieu, here are nine designers' (and one builder's!) favorite blues. Oh, and they basically all called out Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore, so give that shade a look if you want to go dark and moody. But I wanted fresh, under-the-radar hues, so here are 10 new blues for you to obsess over.

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      Our homes tend to show the first signs of the changing seasons, especially when the weather here in SoCal hardly does. Hello,   earthy scents, warm tones, and cozy throws  ! To help get your home ready for fall, we talked to design expert   Jess Cooney  . The New England designer knows a thing or two about transitioning decor for cooler months, and making not only pretty choices, but practical ones too. The best part? These swaps don’t have to be major or expensive in order to give your home   that fall feeling  .   Read the Full Article on inspiredbythis.com

Our homes tend to show the first signs of the changing seasons, especially when the weather here in SoCal hardly does. Hello, earthy scents, warm tones, and cozy throws! To help get your home ready for fall, we talked to design expert Jess Cooney. The New England designer knows a thing or two about transitioning decor for cooler months, and making not only pretty choices, but practical ones too. The best part? These swaps don’t have to be major or expensive in order to give your home that fall feeling.

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      Today’s home takes us to a beautiful winding country road in Alford, MA. Here, designer   Jess Cooney   worked with a couple from New York with two teenage sons. The family purchased this as their second home, and though the Berkshires are often thought of as a summer destination, they planned to use it for long ski weekends in the winter. The house was a new construction home being built by a married couple who parted ways during the building of the home, so it was left with unfinished elements such as trim and moldings, along with stocked cherry cabinets in the kitchen and a light blue glass tile backsplash. The mudroom was an empty sheet-rocked space with wood flooring and no storage. “Upon meeting the clients and their two teenage sons, I decided that the most important aspect to address in the home was the mudroom first and foremost, along with giving them plenty of storage in the living room, master, and the home office,” Jess tells us. “The wife responded instantly to my wanting to get the mudroom in order for her first. She knew that I understood the life of a mother picking up clothing and bags on the floor at all times and the struggle of having nowhere to put things when your family, children, etc., arrive home.”   Read the Full Article on Ruemag.com

Today’s home takes us to a beautiful winding country road in Alford, MA. Here, designer Jess Cooney worked with a couple from New York with two teenage sons. The family purchased this as their second home, and though the Berkshires are often thought of as a summer destination, they planned to use it for long ski weekends in the winter. The house was a new construction home being built by a married couple who parted ways during the building of the home, so it was left with unfinished elements such as trim and moldings, along with stocked cherry cabinets in the kitchen and a light blue glass tile backsplash. The mudroom was an empty sheet-rocked space with wood flooring and no storage. “Upon meeting the clients and their two teenage sons, I decided that the most important aspect to address in the home was the mudroom first and foremost, along with giving them plenty of storage in the living room, master, and the home office,” Jess tells us. “The wife responded instantly to my wanting to get the mudroom in order for her first. She knew that I understood the life of a mother picking up clothing and bags on the floor at all times and the struggle of having nowhere to put things when your family, children, etc., arrive home.”

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      Jess Cooney Interiors have completed an extensive renovation to a home in Stockbridge Massachusetts incorporating a subtle rustic meets modern element.   How were you commissioned?:      Jess Cooney Interiors ( http://www.jesscooney.com ), the full-service interior design and build firm whose homes embody Berkshire living, was contracted to complete a variety of spaces in this 4,000 sq ft home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Jess and her team were brought in to give a facelift to the kitchen and five bathrooms while opening a variety of walls in the space and renovating the mudroom.   Read the Full Article on designcurial.com

Jess Cooney Interiors have completed an extensive renovation to a home in Stockbridge Massachusetts incorporating a subtle rustic meets modern element.

How were you commissioned?:    
Jess Cooney Interiors (http://www.jesscooney.com), the full-service interior design and build firm whose homes embody Berkshire living, was contracted to complete a variety of spaces in this 4,000 sq ft home in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Jess and her team were brought in to give a facelift to the kitchen and five bathrooms while opening a variety of walls in the space and renovating the mudroom.

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      Oh, furniture. The little pieces of personal expression that fill up your space–ideally, a mixture of investment pieces (hello, always-expensive couches), and vintage finds. When you’re in college, or in your early twenties, nice furniture might not be in your budget, or even a priority. Décor shopping might even mean a quick trip to IKEA, or buying stuff off of your recently graduated friends. However, as you move through different stages of life, the quality of what you put into your home might become more important. To help you figure out when is the best time to invest in certain pieces of furniture, we turned to three design experts. Find all of their helpful advice below.   Read the Full Article on The Newsette

Oh, furniture. The little pieces of personal expression that fill up your space–ideally, a mixture of investment pieces (hello, always-expensive couches), and vintage finds. When you’re in college, or in your early twenties, nice furniture might not be in your budget, or even a priority. Décor shopping might even mean a quick trip to IKEA, or buying stuff off of your recently graduated friends. However, as you move through different stages of life, the quality of what you put into your home might become more important. To help you figure out when is the best time to invest in certain pieces of furniture, we turned to three design experts. Find all of their helpful advice below.

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