An LSU School of Interior Design grad, Jerad Gardemal is known for building interior design narratives one layer of artistic elegance at a time. With an extensive career marked by both commercial and residential success, Jerad now owns a full-service design firm in Baton Rouge, LA. Beyond its interior design projects, JF Gardemal Designs also features a showroom brimming with art, exquisite antiques, and more. Known for intentionality and sophistication, Jerad’s work is both memorable and a breath of fresh air. Please welcome our newest Interior Designer Crush, Jerad Gardemal of JF Gardemal Designs.
Can you tell us about your background in design?
I graduated from LSU School of Interior Design in 1994. I then worked in the commercial design field for three years and have been in residential design for 25 years. I started my own firm, JF Gardemal Designs, in 2020.
Is there a common thread woven into all of your projects? An aspect of your design aesthetic that’s unmistakably “you”?
I love to use one or two fine fabrics in every room. This is a small investment to make to give a little bit of luxury to any space. Curated artwork is also present in all of my projects. I love to help my clients create a collection that is truly unique and speaks to their individuality. We like to describe our firm’s approach as traditional design with an artful soul.
What project are you currently working on, and what is your favorite project you’ve done?
I am currently working on some residential projects that are so exciting. One project, in particular, is a major renovation of an 8,000-square-foot mid-century home which is the third residence I have worked on with this client. They love sophisticated, elegant interiors but are not afraid to use unusual fabrics and vivid colors to impart a unique sense of style.
What is your go-to source of inspiration, and who or what is currently inspiring you?
My showroom is my biggest inspiration. It is my laboratory to experiment with different design concepts, furniture, and accessories before presenting them to clients. With 3,000 square feet of beautiful, fine furnishings and accessories on hand, I can find inspiration in the smallest things.
Where do you take chances in design?
I love to use unexpected wallpapers in unexpected places. Even the most masterfully designed architecture can become monotonous without the element of surprise. I feel the same way about the use of color. Folding in an imperfect or oddball element makes a space far more interesting.
If you could work with anyone in the world as a designer or co-collaborator, who would it be?
Do you have a favorite space or design element in your own home? What is it, and what makes it special?
I love my library. I converted a guest bedroom by having custom cabinets built that resemble a large English breakfront. The walls and trim are painted a terra cotta from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection, and the cabinets are painted dark charcoal. My books and artwork fill the walls from top to bottom, and it is just perfect for me. It is my own little version of the library from “Downton Abbey”!
Can you share one secret or piece of advice with us to elevate our homes?
You have to invest in the best quality home furnishing you can afford and realize that it takes time to create beautiful spaces. One or two beautiful pieces acquired each year will elevate your space over time. You will never regret focusing on quality over quantity.
What is the biggest faux pas we can make in our own home interiors?
Following any design trend plastered all over social media can be problematic. The shelf life is temporary, and it is a huge mistake. Fashion trends are not a big investment and can easily change from one season to the next. The same cannot be said for interior decor.
How would you describe your design philosophy in five words?
Classic, detailed, passionate, vibrant, and artful.
To see more of Jerad’s work, visit his website, jfgardemaldesigns.com.
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