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    VALUE PART 3: The Value of Mentoring

    As a small business owner, I wear a lot of hats. Whether I’m developing growth strategies for JAI or managing day-to-day design challenges, I know I cannot do it all without the help of other experts in my life. I rely on the trusted advice from a close circle of mentors who have more experience, or a different perspective than I do.   Read More...

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    Become a Designer That Makes a Difference

    You have invested time in your education and have garnered invaluable interior design experience. Now you’re ready to manage your own project from concept to completion. That’s when you discover JAI, a full-service Interior Design firm that has implemented creative design solutions for hospitality projects throughout the United States and Caribbean for over 15 years. As you enter the workspace of JAI, you are greeted by a family-like team of designers who believe in their clients and the wo...  Read More...

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    Making a Difference: 6 Million People Displaced

    6 million people. Displaced. Where will they all go?It’s difficult to capture in words what it is like to leave your home and your belongings not knowing what will happen after you leave.  When Hurricane Irma fixed her steely-eyed gaze of destruction on the home of JAI, we felt the pangs of helplessness first-hand.   Read More...

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    The Greatness Within

    It’s hard to believe that August 31, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death. She was a princess who made a difference to millions of people landing her the title The People’s Princess after her death. Her influence has stuck with me as a designer, but more importantly as an individual.   Read More...

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    Full Circle: Making a Difference

    JAI is committed to Design that makes a Difference and we are inspired by companies we work with like 3form, specialists in fabrication, hardware, light design, and exteriors. People want to have meaningful things that tell a story. 3form offers those things through the creation of Full Circle. "Full Circle is the heart and soul of making amazing products that are not only beautiful but that empower artisans around the globe who make the interlayers that go into those products.   Read More...

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    Design Tip by Dan: Everyone Look Up!

    Our talented JAI designer, Dan Garner, offers a few tips to make an ordinary room extraordinary with ceiling treatments.Michelangelo and Da Vinci were onto something when they poured their artistic efforts into the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. For centuries, famous artists applied their skills and confidence adding sophistication to a room through ceilings. Architects and Interior Designers know that adding character to the ceiling—otherwise known as the fifth wall—breathes life an...  Read More...

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    VALUE Part 2: The Value of Investing in Others

    An Unexpected OpportunityMy eyes searched the depth of poverty all around me, as I approached the area in Jacó, Costa Rica, where my husband Jason and I would serve for the week. The stark contrast between my home and the makeshift homes surrounding me jerked me into the reality of where I was and what I was about to do. This experience was far from my world of designing beautiful hotels.   Read More...

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    The Glass Wall: A Look at Our Design Minds

    Janet Ott, JAI’s Design and Office Manager, holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL. She is a licensed Florida Interior Designer and a Professional Member of ASID. Janet has worked as a designer in the industry for 35 years and has provided interior design and purchasing services for hotels, restaurants, and a wide array of commercial and residential projects.   Read More...

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    PROJECT UPDATE: The Sands of Treasure Island

    Located directly on the Gulf Coast of Florida is the iconic motel, The Sands of Treasure Island. Built in 1947 as the first concrete motel, Sands was owned and operated by the same family until February 2017. Featuring the post-war, mid-century modern style of the late 40’s, the quintessential appeal of this 34-room, beachfront motel has kept the same guests coming back year after year.Earlier this year, The Sands experienced a big change—new ownership for the first time in 70 years....  Read More...

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    VALUE Part 1: The Value of Investing in Yourself

    Finding balance between our work and our personal life is vital to being successful, creative, and happy. However, scheduling time for all the things that play tug-of-war in our lives can be challenging and exhausting. People often ask me, “Jacki, how do juggle everything and not drop the ball?   Read More...

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    From Concept to Construction Part 3: Personal Renovation

    Obstacles are part of life. If you haven’t encountered a roadblock or two in your life, I’d encourage you to stop reading this post and check your pulse, because facing challenges is something we all have in common. In our professional lives and our personal lives, we have all had to develop strategies to overcome mountains in our path.   Read More...

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    The Glass Wall: A Look at Our Design Minds

    Dan Garner is an NCIDQ certified interior designer who is a cherished part of JAI’s team. He joined our team with vast experience in both commercial and residential projects. He holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA (SCAD).   Read More...

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    From Concept to Construction Part 2: Quality Matters

    In our previous article From Concept to Construction: Part 1 Unique Renovations, we discussed the process of starting a hotel renovation and the essential considerations for interior design success. In Part 2, we are providing an insider’s glance at what designers look for when they perform a final walk through of a renovation project.Interior designers are an integral part of the construction process. Upon completion of an installation it is crucial for designers to do a final walk throug...  Read More...

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    More Than A Designer: Karl’s Tribute

    Having the right team in place doesn’t just mean hiring the best interior designers—although, I happen to think JAI does employ some of the best in the industry. It’s also about finding the brightest personalities. A solid team includes team members that enjoy collaborating and become somewhat like a family.Nearly two years ago, a fresh-faced, enthusiastic designer stepped into his role at JAI.   Read More...

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    From Concept to Construction Part 1: Unique Renovations

    Maybe this is a familiar scenario. You arrive at your hotel and are greeted by a cheerful guest attendant at the front desk. As you wait for your key, you scan the lobby.   Read More...

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    My Heart Project: Harborside Chapel

    My passion is hospitality design. I wake up each day, excited to continue the work that JAI is doing for hotels of all sizes and brands. Occasionally, however, I have the opportunity to serve my community by getting involved in a design endeavor outside of my typical wheelhouse.   Read More...

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    NOW HIRING: HOSPITALITY INTERIOR DESIGNERS

    JAI is continuously assessing our talent needs as we continue to grow. We are interested in hearing from you if you are a talented interior designer with a fabulous personality who has a passion for hospitality design, a desire to set your own schedule, an interest in working in a family-like team environment, and who would enjoy seeing your projects from conception to completion. The following skills are also necessary:Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design2-4 years of Commercial ...  Read More...

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    Uniquely Boutique

    Boutique Hotels are springing up all over the country, and many guests enjoy the uniqueness and personality they exude. Although brand-name chains are more conscience than ever about personalized services and design, boutique hotels contain their own unique style and creative atmosphere which makes them special. Simply stated, a boutique hotel doesn't look or feel like a chain, even though it is often part of a larger hotel group.As designers, the JAI team appreciates the individuality that bout...  Read More...

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    15 Years of Branding Together

    Hotel branding is one of the most dominant trends in the hospitality industry. A hotel’s brand is more than just the colors they select or their logo design. Their brand is an experience.   Read More...

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    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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    “Do Millennials Use Desks?” And Other Prototype Considerations

    With experience in prototype design and implementation, JAI has a specific understanding of how vital hotel prototypes are to ensuring brand integrity, consistency and familiarity. It is a distinction that sets us apart from many other design firms.The experience our team has with brand prototypes actually dates back to my first opportunity after college. I worked as the in-house designer at the corporate headquarters of Extended Stay America, the largest growing chain of hotels at that time.   Read More...

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    STOP WORKING!

    Recently, I have been thinking about how fortunate I am to lead such a creative, talented team of professionals who truly value hard work and strive to please our clients. In the midst of the deadlines, I don’t ever want to forget about my most valued asset—my employees.In a busy workplace where time is limited and deadlines frequent, how can our team establish an atmosphere conducive to creative thinking and problem solving for our clients?Sometimes we have to set aside the deadlines and the de...  Read More...

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    The Glass Wall: A Look at Our Design Minds

    Christina Kirkpatrick is one of JAI’s talented designers. She joined our team already seasoned in the hospitality industry, having worked on various luxury hotels and residential interior projects both internationally and domestically. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA (SCAD), Christina is passionate about creating memorable experiences through the built environment and pays close attention to detail. H...  Read More...

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    PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Courtyard by Marriott, Baton Rouge, LA

    Travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and you’re likely thinking about Cajun and crawfish, slow days on the bayou, and southern hospitality.  These are just a few things JAI had to consider when beginning the design process for the Baton Rouge Courtyard by Marriott.Sharli Young was the lead designer at JAI for the Courtyard project. I asked her to share what influenced her design:  Sharli: When I start a design project, I want to understand the culture and distinctive flavor of the lo...  Read More...

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    The "C" Word: An Emotional Design Trigger

    Do you know the one element of design I lose the most sleep over? It is the “C” word.  COLOR. The greatest (and simplest) emotional trigger behind every design. When color selection is done well, you may not even notice it.   Read More...

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    Blending, Shaping and Defining Experiences

    The Story Behind JAIby Jacki ArenaYou could say I’m in the business of blending, shaping and defining spaces for both business and leisure travel.It all started when I was a young teenager from Wisconsin who took a trip to La Jolla Beach, California, for the first time. That trip would be the catalyst for my journey into design. Something stirred in my heart as we passed beautiful ocean front estate homes and pristine properties located up on the hillsides.   Read More...

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