Jen and Jana in College

Jen and Jana in College

Since it’s beginning in 2009, Opal Design Group has been creating beautifully livable spaces. They are a young, innovative team of incredibly talented and creative designers. With decades of combined design experience Opal Design Group brings a knowledge of color, texture, and materials to each unique project. Whether they’re designing a prestigious office, luxury home, casual cafe or an upscale boutique, Opal designers have an insatiable passion for every aspect of the design. This week we asked the ladies behind Opal some of their favorite design details, and the things that they struggle with designing in their own home. 

Jen Art Shopping in Europe

Jen Art Shopping in Europe

JEN ADAIR: Early on in her career she interned for the New York designer Bunny Williams, where she was able to learn a few trade secrets and refine her skills. Since then she has worked for top firms in Park City and Logan, Utah. In 2009, she co-founded Opal Design Group

How would you describe your personal design style?

I like several design styles. I like design to be clean and timeless for the most part. I also love design to feel light and fresh. I think one of the hardest part about being a designer is choosing a style for your own projects. You see so many different things that appeal to you, editing it all down can be so hard!

When did you realize that being a designer was right for you?

I remember rearranging my furniture in my bedroom all growing up. My bedroom was constantly changing. I always loved creative things and it was a happy day when I realized that I could do something creative and something that I love as a career. I think this happened in high school when I was looking through the class list and Interior Design was an option. Then it was only solidified in college as I got further and further into the design program.

What are your favorite Paint colors?

BM Kendal Charcoal
SW Alabaster
BM Night Mist


What has been the most challenging space to decorate/design in your own home, and why?

I have been trying to choose fabrics for window treatments for nearly 3 years now. It has been so hard for me to decide which direction to go. Because most things are neutral in my home, I can't seem to decide whether I should stick to a neutral palette or let the accent fabrics be more colorful and interesting. So for now, I live with naked windows.


What is your favorite project that you've worked on?

I have too many to pick just one. I love a project that has a unique spin on it, a historical element to work into it, a style that isn't run of the mill. Something that really gives a space character.

Who do you look up to as a designer?

I love Phoebe Howard. Jana got me hooked on her work, and now I am a huge fan.

How do you find inspiration for new projects/clients?

I think design magazines and browsing pinterest and houzz are my go to inspiration. However, I love when I get the chance to travel and be inspired by new places. It makes me so happy to fall in love with a new store or restaurant because of the great design.

Jana interning at Alexa Hampton

Jana interning at Alexa Hampton

JANA ROMNEY: Jana loves fine and delicate things. She interned for the famed Alexa Hampton in New York City. After graduation Jana worked in Logan, Utah for an established designer for several years before the vision of Opal Design Group became a reality.

How would you describe your personal design style?

As a designer I see the virtue in many design styles, classic, mid-century modern and transitional. I love tailored spaces with traditional bones and streamlined and fresh finishes. 

When did you realize that being a designer was right for you?

As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a designer. The desire was planted when I helped my mom pick out wallpaper for my bedroom at a young age. I took woodworking all four years in high school, so I could understand the cabinet building process. During school we spent long hours working on design projects and that's when my love for the design process really began to take shape. 

What are your favorite Paint colors?

BM White Dove, BM Revere Pewter and BM Horizon

What has been the most challenging space to decorate/design in your own home, and why?

That's even a hard question, I will start with the easiest rooms. The easiest rooms have been my kid's spaces. They are so fun to design. As for hardest space, I would say my office-living/kid-friendly room right off the entryway. 

What is your favorite project that you've worked on?

There are really so many favorites! I love working with grateful clients, sure beautiful spaces are really rewarding, but helping someone who is so grateful for your help and really appreciates it makes all the difference. That's definitely my kind of project. 

Who do you look up to as a designer?

I would say I identify with the style of Phoebe Howard the most. This is my style captured perfectly by Phoebe. 


How do you find inspiration for new projects/clients?

Inspiration comes from many places, but the client's personal style really sets the stage for what direction the project will go or where inspiration will come from. Of course experiencing the world through traveling and perusing pinterest is always inspiring. 

 

CHELSEA THEURER: Chelsea worked with the Interior Design Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, where she worked in the Temples and Special Projects division, before becoming a designer with Opal Design Group.

How would you describe your personal design style?

I'd say my style is a blend of transitional, eclectic,  traditional, and practical (does that count?). It's hard to commit to just one!


When did you realize that being a designer was right for you?

Sometime before age 10 when I realized that I was more excited about rearranging the furniture in my parents house than roller blading with my friends. 
I read once that "you should do whatever it is that your mind thinks about when you don't have to think about anything" interior design was that for me. 


What are your favorite Paint colors?

BM Simply White
SW Naval

What has been the most challenging space to decorate/design in your own home, and why?

My master bedroom. It somehow always ends up lowest on my list of priorities because I don't spend the majority of my day living in it or looking at it. 


What is your favorite project that you've worked on?

Any of my residential remodel projects, It's so satisfying to see a space transform into something beautiful. 


Who do you look up to as a designer?

Shea McGee from Studio McGee 


How do you find inspiration for new projects/clients?

 I regularly flip through design magazines, online sources and drive through different neighborhoods so that I know what's out there and can pick up on elements that I like. That way I always have fresh ideas when I meet with new clients. 

Amie and Her Family

Amie and Her Family

AMIE LISTON: She spent several years working at a firm in Logan, Utah designing high end residential interiors. Amie joined Opal Design Group in 2014 and loves being part of such an amazing team of designers.

How would you describe your personal design style?

I would describe my own personal design style as transitional/minimalist.  I love clean lines and interesting details.  I truly believe you don't need a lot of stuff in a space to make a big impact. 

When did you realize that being a designer was right for you?

I have always loved design!  Ever since I was a little girl redecorating my doll house.  But I think the moment I felt that being a designer was right for me, was after I completed my first custom house plan.  There is something really amazing about seeing something you have designed and created, come to life.  There is no better feeling than to hear a client tell you how happy they are with their home, and knowing you helped them get there.  That solidified my love and passion for interior design. 

What are your favorite Paint colors?

Soft, soothing colors are my favorite to paint throughout a whole house.  I love Silver Strand by Sherwin Williams.  It is a blue/green/gray color.  I know that sounds strange, but at different times of the day a different color stands out.  I love this paint because it's a color without being too much "color".  It's basically a neutral.  Any accent color goes well with it.

What has been the most challenging space to decorate/design in your own home, and why?

I think the most challenging space to design in my own home would have to be my living room.  It serves multiple functions within one space.  I have little kids, so the space needs to be family friendly.  It also acts as our tv room (and we know that electronics aren't very pretty).  And last, it is a gathering place when we have family and friends over.  I've had to be creative with the layout, toy organization, and hiding all of the electronic cords.  And since that room is the first one people walk into, I want it to create a specific feeling for the rest of my home.  I'm still working on it, and I'm sure I'll get it figured out just in time for my kids to be teenagers.

What is your favorite project that you've worked on?

One of my favorite things is designing custom house plans.  I love being able to start from scratch and completely design my client's dream home.  From the exterior to the cabinets and finish details.  I don't know if I could pick just one favorite.  I loved working on an extensive remodel that had almost an unlimited budget.  It was so fun to pick high end finishes and furniture pieces.  But, I also loved designing a smaller custom home for a good friend.  Knowing how much time and love went into that project, made the end result that much sweeter.

Who do you look up to as a designer?

There are so many amazing famous designers to look up to.  But, I really look up to my peers.  The designers that I went to school with and started our careers together.  They are all so talented at what they do.  I love seeing their work on social media and in home shows.  I'm always so proud of them.  They are in the same stage of life as I am and I love seeing their hard work and dedication to design.


How do you find inspiration for new projects/clients?

I love to explore new cities and see all of the unique architecture and details of the homes and buildings in that area.  I take my inspiration from those details and try to figure out how I can incorporate them into current and upcoming design projects.  Nature is a great way for me to get color and texture inspiration.  Nothing in nature is exactly the same and multiplied.  The variation in color of a forest, or a flower garden helps me find new color palettes.  I also love looking through design magazines to stay up to date and current on what the design world is doing.  Some of my favorite magazines are, House Beautiful and Architectural Digest.  

 

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