As long as she can remember, Jessica Boyer has had a passion for creating! Her interior design masterpieces, clever use of materials (especially our Montblanc and Vanilla Noir Caesarstone) and continuous flow of design inspiration was picked up on our radar, so we sat down to find out what makes this local talent tick!
What defines the Jessica Boyer look?
I would say my style is contemporary with an eclectic edge. I love to add in really unique pieces that have a lot of attention to detail. I custom make most of the furniture I use in my projects and this allows me to play with and mix materials and finishes which makes each piece unique. I think my interiors reflect a combination of international styles and influences fused together to create an overall clean, chic effect. I find my inspiration all around me: from my travels, locally and abroad, to magazines, design shows and browsing Instagram.
When did you recognize your passion for design?
I’ve always loved creating and designing things for as long as I can remember, whether it was working on a school project, tediously cutting and pasting things together or putting together my art portfolio in Matric. The one project that stands out the most was creating a cardboard chair in second year at The Greenside design centre. The brief was inspired by Frank Ghery’s wiggle chair. I’ll never forget how sore my hands were after cutting profiles out of numerous sheets of cardboard. I still have that chair today!
“The most challenging thing is trying to get the client to see your ‘end vision’ without being able to show them something physical and tangible before hand.”
What should we prioritize when on a budget?
If you’re on a budget but still want a WOW factor, look into beautiful import fabrics and finishes in small quantities. To be able to add that luxurious scatter cushion, or imported bed end throw, or branded light fitting, into an area made up predominantly of affordable and great quality local pieces, really finishes off a space with pizazz.
Coolest project to date?
When I first started in the industry I worked for a company that did a lot of the English footballers homes. My first job was in Manchester! Even though I had to Google who the player was I was impressed once I had. Unfortunately, I never got to meet him but it is still very cool knowing what the interiors of his home look like and that I contributed to that beautiful space.
“Design is expressive and should be a personal reflection of one’s personality. It should be fluid and take on a creative process that is different for every space and every person.”
Top tip for kitchen designs:
Functionality and space planning! A kitchen needs to flow and be practical in its layout. The ‘’work triangle’’ is also an important element to keep in mind when planning a kitchen layout. Top Tip: use an interesting feature tile, painted glass or stone for the splash backs to add some interest. And of course using Caesarstone countertops is a no brainer!
Top tip for bathroom designs:
I love designing bathrooms and especially guest loos because these spaces can be slightly more playful or dramatic than other areas in the home. Top Tip: either go light and airy, or really dark and seductive.
“South African interior design is not defined by a particular style, but rather by our lifestyles. Our nation and our people are so diverse and our design should be too.”
Top tip for designing living areas:
Comfort and practicality is key as these areas are used most in the home. What is the point of having a space you are too scared to enjoy and live in because of certain fabrics and finishes? Top Tip: don’t be afraid to mix up a variety of textures and materials to create something unique to you.
Want to get your hands on your very own Caesarstone? Contact us for a quote from a Caesarstone Accredited Fabricator. You can also get inspiration from our social media platforms on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook. If you want to show off your Caesarstone tag us at #CaesarstoneSA – we’d love to see your creations. Read more from our design dialogues and kitchen inspiration…