Lincoln Black Label Home in LA

November 25, 2014

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
I've been dreaming of the day when I have my very own house to call my own that I can decorate and design as I please. Until that day comes, I’ll be taking notes and pinning away on my Pinterest boards. When Lincoln invited me to check out their Black Label Home in LA inspired by their new Black Label collection, of course I said yes! Lincoln Black Label is a unique luxury ownership experience centered around four designer themes that were carefully curated and brought to life using rare and high-end materials. I got a chance to chat with Janet Seymour, the design manager at The Lincoln Motor Company as well as the interior design team, hOmE behind the Black Label Home in LA, to hear all about Lincoln Black Label and how they transformed the home to reflect each of these themes.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com
Their creative process, as Janet explains, is never formulaic – it is always fluid. Inspiration sparks, leading to idea after idea that leads to another that leads to another. She prefers to keep it that way so they are constantly thinking and evolving. When they started the design process three and half years ago, they had a ton of theme ideas which they’ve since narrowed down to four exclusive Lincoln Black Label themes:
Oasis inspired by the luxury Adrere Amellal eco-resort in the Siwa Oasis Saharan. Oasis vehicles have neutral shades throughout the interior that are calm and relaxing.
Center Stage a dramatic interior environment inspired by a photo of a woman wearing a black coat with a Flaming Foxfire Red fur collar. Center Stage gives you the feeling of a dark theater on opening night just as the red curtains go up.
Indulgence influenced by a piece of beautiful antiqued deep brown leather that reminded the design team of rich indulgent chocolate. Indulgence brings together different shades of chocolate that make you feel decadent.
Modern Heritage sparked from a primarily black and white photo of an equestrian woman on a white horse but with a distinct red harness. Modern Heritage vehicles are classic and elegant – clean lines, black and white interior with a hint of red accents.

Lincoln Black Label / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label is the ultimate luxury experience, and the Lincoln Black Label Home in LA truly reflected that. The three-story house in Hollywood was particularly amazing. Each room was designed with a specific theme in mind. The hOmE team had a strong palette presented to them, and I was excited to see how they would interpret it. I was able to check out the home before they started designing as well, and I love how each theme translated so perfectly.

Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom (BEFORE) / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Modern Heritage was my favorite look, which isn’t surprising – it is perfect for those of us who love the modern clean aesthetic - high contrast in black and white and a pop of red. In the bedroom, they used whites and neutrals in the bedding and accented the room with red books and a red throw. The room felt clean and refreshing but not overly stark. One of my favorite features of the Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage line is the use of Venetian leather in the vehicle. The white leather is so incredibly soft, and they’ve also included a subtle red stitching on the console and seating, small details that definitely shine through when you sit inside of the vehicle.

Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com

My second favorite room had to be Center Stage. Dark tones with strong accents of red and gold surround the room. The abstract golden art panels above the bedroom were screaming “take me home!” Center Stage is all about drama and theater and the room reflected this – the red velvet throughout the room had a ‘wow’ factor, and can we take a moment to look at the incredible velvet sofa? I’ll take that too, please.

I would be happy living in just one of the rooms in the Lincoln Black Label Home. They’ve certainly inspired me to redesign my space to be a little more luxurious. I asked the hOmE team for suggestions on how to transform a room without replacing everything inside (key for those of us still renting), and they said to “Create a focal point and reflect that object or light fixture with a mirror”. I totally agree that a simple focal point and mirrors can change the aesthetics of a room (and make it seem larger!).

Be sure to check out the additional photos of the house below and Lincoln Black Label. What room would you want to live in?


Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Oasis . Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Oasis / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Indulgence / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Indulgence Bedroom / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Modern Heritage / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Modern Heritage . Kitchen / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Center State / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com
Lincoln Black Label Home in LA - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home - Center Stage . Living / blog.jchongstudio.com

Lincoln Black Label Home in LA / blog.jchongstudio.com
PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Craft by World Market

June 23, 2014

Craft by World Market
Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite stores for kitchen accessories, home goods, and unique foods from around the world. This year World Market introduced a new way to shop for unusual, authentic, hand crafted goods from around the world with CRAFT by World Market Collection. Each month a small collection of handcrafted goods are released by artisans, crafters and designers from around the world – they are available for pre-order for a short time period. If enough people pre-order an item, the product is brought to life. Kind of like mini-kickstarter, except every item is limited edition and one of a kind.

Craft by World Market
Craft by World Market
Craft by World Market

Craft by World Market
Craft by World Market

Craft by World Market
Craft by World Market
Craft by World Market
These are some of the pieces that are in the collection for June. I'm loving the Cotton Modol Scarf, it merges traditional design with vibrant colors and patterns. Check out this video below for more details.

I'm definitely excited to see what's to come with this new program. It's a new innovative way to approach the way we shop. What do you think? Check out the program here.



Getting Organized with See Jane Work

January 17, 2014

See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
One of my favorite things about school was all the new back to school supplies – as an adult I still get really excited about binders, folders and notepads. When I heard that See Jane Work had a line at Office Depot I was thrilled. New year means it's time to get all my business tax papers in line from 2013 and start new folders for 2014. Today is the day, to get it done. (And to start all those resolutions you've made!) Here are some things I like to do to keep myself organized.

Clean and clear your desk. I always try to start my day with a clean desk, though it tends to get messy as I work through the day. I think a clean desk makes for a less anxiety filled day. If you have a ton of important papers put them into binders or properly labeled folders. If you don't need the hard copy - SCAN everything and save it on a hard drive.

See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
Keep only what you need. On the same note of keeping your desk clean and clear. Don't leave anything on your desk that you don't use on a daily basis.


File receipts. I keep all important receipts in one of these expanding cases labeled by the month.

See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
See Jane Work #uniquelyyou / blog.jchongstudio.com
Keep desktop accessories to a minimum. As tempting as it is to buy those cute trays and organizing boxes – try to keep those at a minimum. I've found that those boxes just helped me save more clutter because it was hidden even though I didn't really need it.

For more office space inspiration and organization ideas check out this board

Home is a Click Away + {$500 Airline Gift Card}

December 06, 2013

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december is here. a few days until i explore south america with my sister, 14 days until the end of my 20's, and 25 until the new year. there is something about the holidays that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. growing up i've never had very typical holiday traditions. unlike most families, my mom works on the holidays (she is a hairdresser and yes, asian's seem to really love to get their haircut on the holidays!) so our holiday dinners usually consisted of some sort of chinese take out. as i grow older and start building my own holiday traditions, it seems that every year, i find myself hopping around the globe and rounding out the year at home. i love traveling – exploring new places and meeting new faces – but nothing compares to the comfort and familiarity of being at home. seeing the people you love, catching up with some of my favorite faces and even enjoying chinese take out for dinner – it's what makes home, home. sometimes getting home for the holidays can be tough and really expensive, but campbell's homestyle soup is helping you get home this season. check out this video and enter to win a $500 airline gift card. entering is easy – all you have to do is visit the site and upload your own photo or pin their photo of what makes you feel nostalgic about home.

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PHOTO BY MIKKO LAGERSTEDT | DESIGN BY JCHONG

Nate Berkus for Target + $100 giveaway to Target!

September 12, 2013

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
earlier this year i had the privilege of getting a sneak peak at nate berkus's fall collection at target which arrives in stores next week! so many beautiful additions that i can't wait to add to my home. i'm excited to share a few of my favorite pieces with you all today and a special part of my phone interview i had with nate berkus himself! i know this is probably one of the longest post i've done but it's worth the read and you'll get a chance at $100 target gift card giveaway at the end!

most of you probably know nate from his time on the oprah show where he was a regular guest design expert, but did you know he actually has a degree in french and sociology and not design? having a mom as a designer, he would often come home to a house where the rooms were completely redesign. he also spent a lot of his childhood visiting flea markets and antique shops but it wasn't until he studied in paris that he realized that designing was sort of the most natural for him and he wanted to return and create a company designing great spaces for other people. he is still really interested in sociology and french and believes it's applicable to his current work. everyday he has to make design decisions on clients that are essentially strangers before he has their first meeting.

i always love to hear how people make transitions from one career to another. nate credits his job at an auction house as being very valuable although it wasn't a design job per say he learned about the history of things, what period furniture came from and got the chance to assemble rooms in preparation for monthly auctions. at the auction house people would often ask if he designed the room and asked him to help arrange their space. his first big residential client was a lady in chiago who was also looking at three other agencies with years of experience. nate didn't have a portfolio or a staff but he made a great connection with her and suggested that they design one room and if she liked it he would complete the house. she liked what he did and from that job he continued to receive more opportunities. now nate has a staff of over 50 people. anytime they have open design positions nate says he typically never sees anyone who doesn't have a design degree unless they were recommended from someone he knows!

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
JC: you’ve accomplished so many great achievements in your career such as being apart of the oprah show, having your own syndicated show, author, executive producer and designer of your own product line. what would you say has been one of the highlights/pivotal moments of your career?

NB: one of most pivotal moment for me was probably the day i decided to start my business and had business cards printed. i really focused on the fact that this was what i really wanted to do and i was going to do anything i could do to be successful at it. work as and hard as i needed to work. i gave myself six months to get clients and make it a real company or i was going to back to working at the auction house. i didn't know but i was gave myself six months to see if i can turn my company into something. the second most pivotal moment was probably that moment years later where i got to stand at the doorway with people and tell them it was time to open their eyes and they saw their homes redone for the first time on the oprah show and then my later my own show. that never got tiring for me.

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details


JC: i love your target collection its modern, elegant and unique – perfect for those who appreciate design at an affordable price – with your latest collection releasing soon at target, what were some of the biggest challenges and rewards designing for target?

NB: i think the biggest challenge was that my old brand has always been about a home or interior that has been assembled over time and when your working with a huge retailer like target, i didn't want to sacrifice having the pieces feel like you could have found them anywhere in the world. there wasn't any limitations as far as manufacturing were concern i worked with the teams at target and my team and we sourced things from literally 70 different countries. if we couldn't find something that i really loved or a material i thought was being crafted correctly we would just switch vendors and keep trying before it made it into the collection. the challenge was that when you are making 3,000 objects from a prototype it's hard to make it feel special. i learned early on with designing for the mass market that there were certain things that would always make it feel special, using natural materials, hand done techniques, carvings, baskets, textiles, combinations of things people haven't seen before. i am a huge fan of mass design and affordable design, i think its really important and to not to be a snob about where you find something. i wanted to make sure the heart of the line and the essence of the line stayed true and i think it has.

Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
Nate Berkus for Target / $100 giveaway to target - click photo for details
JC: i’ve read many of your pieces are inspired from your travels, as traveler lover myself, i have to ask what are some of your favorite travel destinations?
NB: i love all areas of mexico, i tend to go to the places where not a lot of tourist go. i love wahaca, tulum, and a city called merida that is fascinating and has beautiful crafts. i love south america in particular peru they have incredible crafts, the crafts change every 15-20 miles you drive. i also really love europe, i just got back from madrid and from a three day trip i literally spent a day and half in a little antiques and vintage areas where they have tons of areas of tiny shops everything from true junk to incredible italian lighting from the 1950's, 18th century ceramic tiles. no matter where i go i always look for where the locals shop, i am much more interested in what the people who live in that country buy and how they decorate their home. i am able to bring back better ideas that way.

thank you to the team at target for setting up the call and nate for taking time out to chat! it was such an honor speaking with nate, you can check out all of the new products for fall on target.com. target has offered one of you the chance to win a $100 gift card to target! once you log in with your facebook or email below, you will be prompted with a few different ways to enter! to gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – and if you already follow just enter your info and you'll get automatic entries!

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