We’re Hiring: Part-Time Office & Project Coordinator

Lola Interiors | 5548 First Coast Hwy, Ste 205 | Fernandina Beach, FL

Hi! It’s us again. Things have been a little crazy around here in the first half of 2017… amazing clients, beautiful projects, and we’re opening a store (more on that here). Needless to say, we need more help! Join our super hardworking (and super fun) team at Lola Interiors as a part time Office & Project Coordinator. We’re looking for someone to help us stay organized in the office and on client projects – we promise you’ll see plenty of pretty things, too! We’re Looking For: The ideal candidate is above all super-duper-extremely organized. They are self-motivated and detail & task-oriented. We all wear many hats, as there is much work to be done – but we’re also quick to lend a helping hand and pitch in with a can-do attitude when needed (we’ll need that same mindset from you, too)! Someone who is teachable – but also resourceful when the answer’s not immediately available. Being tech savvy is a must; and bringing your own laptop is a plus.

Learn a little more about the position – and apply below!

Position: Part-Time Office & Project Coordinator
Location: 5548 First Coast Highway, Ste 205, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Responsibilities:

  • Create and Manage Project Presentations
  • Create and Manage Client Notebooks & Spreadsheets
  • Create and Manage Client Pinterest Boards
  • Create Purchase Orders
  • Accept Deliveries On-Site
  • Office Organization
    • Samples, Client Materials, Product Storage
    • General Office Cleaning
    • Manage Office Supplies
  • Office Logistics
    • Fabric Drop Off
    • Product Returns
    • General Errands
  • Answer Phone

Requirements:

  • Part-Time Commitment: 3 days/week (Preferably M, T, TH 9:00am-5:00pm)
  • Efficient in Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
  • Efficient in Microsoft Office Software
  • Can bring laptop computer daily

Compensation: Hourly pay; rate commensurate with experience.

Start Date: We needed you yesterday. Ha!


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Our Three Favorite Trends of 2016

Can you believe we’re already preparing to say goodbye to another year? Before we do, we’re reflecting on our favorite trends from 2016 (and crossing our fingers they’ll keep going strong in the new year)!

1 // Check Patterns Galore: 2016 was the year of the Buffalo Check – and we loved it! We have a feeling checks and plaids will continue to be a prominent pattern in 2017. From upholstery to wallpaper, tile and more, we’re loving all the updated versions of this classic pattern.

2// Navy Blue is the New Black: There will always be a place for black, but we’ve also loved navy’s resurgence as the new neutral of 2016. This year, we used it on walls, cabinets, sofas, and more, and we will definitely continue to pitch it in 2017. Our favorites: Benjamin Moore Hail Navy, Newburyport Blue, and French Beret (actually a black, but looks like a combination of navy and black on the wall – a win-win).

3// Cement Tile Everywhere: We loved seeing cement tile‘s explosion across Instagram in 2016! Using cement tile is a great way to bring color and pattern to a space, and the design possibilities are endless with online pattern designing tools from manufacturers like Sabine Hill. In 2017, we hope to see more cement tile used in a variety of ways, from floors to walls and more.

Trends we’re ready to see go? All gray, everything. We’ve loved layers of gray for a long time, but we’re ready for a new neutral and more contrast in 2017.  What design elements are you excited to see more of in the new year? Let us know below! 👇🏼

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We’re Hiring: Design Assistant

Lola Interiors is hiring! We’re looking for a positive, self-starting, design enthusiast to join us as a design assistant charged with leading and completing tasks necessary to execute Lola’s interior design projects.

The role of design assistant would entail tasks including, but not limited to: attending client meetings and taking all notes; obtaining samples; running errands; product sourcing; vendor/rep communication; keeping track of project selections and progress; and creating client-facing mood boards/spec sheets in Adobe Illustrator.

Position: Design Assistant
Location: Amelia Park Office

What we’d like to see:

  • Strong self-motivation and extreme attention to detail and organization
  • The confidence and skill to communicate your ideas clearly and concisely (verbal and written), i.e. strong research, writing, organizational and grammar skills
  • Knowledge and experience in the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • A great attitude and killer work ethic (we stay very busy!)
  • A diligent worker with the ability to be flexible
  • An eye for design trends, up-and-coming brands, etc. to ensure Lola’s projects remains current in the market
  • Must be able to bring own laptop to work
  • Design school/training is a plus, but not a must
  • 3-5 years work experience

Additional Details:

  • Commitment: 20-30 Hours per Week
  • Compensation commensurate with experience

Interested? Apply via the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Holiday Home Decor Roundup

Christmas is closing in, and your stockings are most likely already hung by the chimney with care. But, lately, our feeds are full of holiday decor inspiration, so we’ve rounded up our favorites for you here, below:

Favorite OverallRandi Garrett‘s holiday decor has it all! Each room is bright and crisp, yet the spaces feel cozy and evoke the livable luxury that we love. Head to her blog here to see all the details.

Favorite Simplistic DesignStudio McGee‘s decorations blend seamlessly with the style of their home: understated and curated perfectly. Click here to see their full reveal.

Favorite Flocked Tree: Flocked trees are “in” (and we’re not sure they’ll ever be “out” again!) Craftberry Bush‘s set-up takes the flocked look to the next level with gold and copper accents alongside touches of black and white. We also love the small evergreens lining her stairway! Head to her blog here to see more.

Favorite Use of Color: We love Zevy Joy‘s blend of navy accents with gold and greenery: the perfect mix of current colors and classic silhouettes! (We also spy the Sugar Paper LA for Target dusty blue wrapping paper that we love so much.) See her full holiday home tour here.

Favorite Tablescape: Monika Hibb‘s holiday table is rich and colorful with elements black-and-white, greenery, and gold. We love how she sets the table within very simple, white decor, which allows it to pop even more! Head here to see the rest of the details.

Favorite Modern Decor: Living with Landyn‘s “Merry & Bright” banner and geometric ornaments are fresh and unique, and we’re really digging the simple lines of her cone-shaped trees and greenery. See the full tour here.

Rest assured, all these looks have our holiday spirit at an all-time high. Interested in more? Follow us on Pinterest to see what else we’re pinning to our “Holiday Inspiration” board, and share your favorite ideas below in the comments! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

 

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Lola Loves: Holiday Gifts

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This month, we’re kicking up Lola Loves a notch (our monthly breakdown of home goods and products). The holiday season is here, and with it, the tradition of gift-giving. We’ve rounded up a few this year’s favorite finds by gift recipient below!

HIS// Shinola Detroit Planner & Notebooks: Shinola produces high quality, handcrafted goods – like watches, bicycles, stationery, and more – out of their Detroit factories. Their goal is to revive American industry in a city that once served as the center of it. These particular planners and notebooks are part of Shinola‘s collaboration with Matt Lauer and the Today’s Original campaign. Sales from the collection benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund (DCF), specifically the Detroit Edison Public School Academy that “provides outstanding learning opportunities for children in Detroit, ensuring success through both high school and college.” We love that such a well-crafted item will pour into Detroit’s next generation.

HIS// Y’allsome Cross Hat: We share a passion for foster kids with Southern brand, Y’allsome. Founders Craig and Megan Evans both grew up in the South, but their careers took them to New York and LA. They started Y’allsome out of their garage, creating Southern-made, Southern-themed shirts, hats, prints, and more in homage to the region they missed the most. Our favorite part: 15% of all profits benefit Adoption Discovery and Heart Galleries who do their part in creating stability and placement for Southern foster kids.

HERS// Mark & Graham Leather Tassel Keychain: Mark & Graham is your one-stop shop for chic, personalized items. We’ve been a little bit tassel-obsessed this year (okay, a lot obsessed), so we love this unique personalized keychain that comes in a ton of colors!

HERS// Moon & Lola xx Emily McCarthy Cutout Metal Interlocking Necklace: We love Emily McCarthy‘s modern take on the monogram – and we love Moon & Lola‘s unique selection of personalized accessories. Put their expertise together, and you get their gorgeous new collaboration! This gold-filled necklace is a unique, beautiful gift that will be in style forever.

HERS// Globe In Foldover Clutch: In search of fair trade gifts that benefit small artisans worldwide? Globe In – an online resource for these global goods – is your answer! This updated classic clutch is made in India by a small shop of 15 artisans called Seen Unseen. Globe In also curates themed gift boxes, taking out all the work for you!

HOME// Globe In Turkish Kitchen Towel and Spice Bowl: Globe In also has great home and hostess gift ideas! We frequently purchase Turkish towels for our projects (and our own home) like this one; they’re 100% cotton, absorb water faster than a regular towel, dry quickly, and folds up small. We also love that Globe In’s Turkish towels are woven by a Turkish woman who supports her whole family through the sales of these beautiful towels! We’re also loving their selection of wooden items, like these salad grabbers and this small spice bowl, which are hand carved in India.

PETS// The Friendship Collar: Pets are part of the family; they’re our best friends! So, tell the world how much you love them with a Friendship Collar – a high-quality collar that comes with a matching friendship bracelet. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?!

PETS// Serena & Lily Riviera Pet Bed: We used Serena & Lily’s Riviera dining furniture in countless projects this year. Imagine our delight when we discovered they took this current, but classic line of rattan and woven plastic items “to the dogs”! Add a blue and white buffalo check cushion, and they’ve made a fan out of us for life.

KIDS// Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea All-In-1 Kitchen: This play kitchen looks better than a lot of real ones, complete with an apron sink and brass-colored fixtures and hardware! And, if that couldn’t be cute enough, they made an exact replica of the Chelsea kitchen in doll-size. Pottery Barn, you’ve done it again! (And, if gray or pink won’t do, the Charlie kitchen comes in a wood stain. Too cute!)

KIDS// Bookroo Subscription: Toys are great, but books are better! Reading with kiddos is an awesome way to bond while stimulating their mind and fostering their imagination. Bookroo is an awesome subscription service that sends either two picture books or three board books (based on your preference) curated for your child’s age each month. It’s a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year and gets kids excited about reading.

We hope these ideas help cross a few names off your list! Have any other items we should know about? Comment below. And, from our Lola family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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This Ain’t Your Mama’s Wallpaper

What’s your first reaction when you hear the word ‘wallpaper’? If you shuddered, you’re not the only one! We all remember the busy florals of the 80s and 90s, but wallpaper – and other wallcoverings like grasscloth – have come such a long way! Wallpaper is a wonderful way to bring warmth and texture to a flat space. We’re sharing a few of our favorite places to use it below.

POWDER BATHROOM // We always say that your powder bathroom should be a little jewel in the middle of your home. It’s an area to do something unexpected – after all, it’s probably one of the only spaces that guests consistently see. It’s also generally a small space, so the overall commitment and investment is less – there is room to play! For all these reasons, we often suggest wallpaper or grasscloth in this area. Whether you go with a subtle or bold pattern, or even a texture-rich grasscloth, your space will feel extra special and unique to you.

BUILT-INS // Built-ins bring a classic, custom look to the living areas of your home. When styling shelves, we love to add interest to the back with grasscloth or wallpaper! Not only does this add some texture to the typical built-in, but we find the items displayed really pop on top of this added element. And often, you can save on costs with the cabinet maker by having them build backless shelves, which can be installed right on the wallcovering. The change is subtle, but impactful!

CEILINGS // You heard that right! Layer on another element of warmth or pattern with wallpaper on the ceiling. When tackling this look, keep the walls (or cabinets), furniture, and fabrics simple so as not to compete with this unexpected detail in the room. But I mean, look at all these photos, the results are stunning!

So, have we convinced you to reconsider wallpaper yet? Share your favorite uses with us below!

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Lola Loves: Our Five November Faves

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November is here, officially kicking off (for us, at least) the holiday season! We’re busy wrapping client projects and beginning to tick off Christmas presents from our holiday gift list. Check out a few of the items we’ve discovered in the process:

1// West Elm Rhys Recliner: Recliners have come a long way, people (no offense, Lazy Boy)! We love the clean lines, fabric options (or, if you’re willing to invest a little more… the leather 😍), and affordability of West Elm’s Rhys Recliner. Oh – and it’s pretty darn comfortable, too!

2// Imagine Home’s Breakfast Sets: We were smitten with Imagine Home when we discovered them on our September trip to AmericasMart in Atlanta; each item they sell is absolutely gorgeous and well-made, but even better, all items are made by and benefit small artisans from all over the world. These breakfast sets consisting of bowls, plates, and mugs were one of the first items to catch our eye in the showroom. When we discovered that they are made by artisans in Haiti (the country from where we are in the process of adopting), we had to have them!

3// Face to Face Rolling Storage Crate: We also discovered Face to Face Designs when visiting Atlanta. In a world where quote-laden accessories are everywhere, we found their products to be simple and refreshing. We absolutely love their rolling storage crates, and we’re hoping to add this “Logs” version to our holiday decor. While we escaped serious Hurricane Matthew damage, one thing is for sure: the debris left us more than enough firewood for this season (and the next!)

4// Illume Winter White Candle: We’ve really been craving the scents of the season, and Illume’s Winter White candle may just be our new favorite! It’s warm, but not too sweet. And hello – who doesn’t love a chic, gold container?

5// Pinecone Craft Paper Table Runner: We love these disposable table runners, available at Paper Source. These paper runners spruce up your table and make clean up a breeze (because we should all know by now that messy eaters are a part of life)! They’re completely customizable, but we like the idea of leaving a pen or two around the table so people can reflect and record the people and places they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Rebuild Project 2016: Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti

Photos via Radio Television Caraibes

Our business exists largely in part because we find the most joy in life when giving ourselves away. When we began this business just over three years ago, we knew that serving others would serve as one of the pillars of our business. We strongly believe that we are merely the managers – not the owners – of our talents, time, and resources. And so, we commit to an annual Rebuild Project, where we use our own resources alongside community partners to transform a space for someone in need. In the past, we’ve renovated a local soup kitchen (Gracie’s Kitchen), furnished a family home with Bright Beginnings, and brought Christmas to a family in need.

This year, we’ve decided to commit the funds set aside for our Rebuild Project to another community: Three Angels’ work in Haiti. Earlier this month, Hurricane Matthew made its way up the Florida coast, affecting countless communities, including our own. But before it hit the United States, it devastated parts of Haiti. As we wait here for our adopted child from the island nation, our hearts break for those who lost everything there.

We have supported Haiti’s Three Angels orphanage outside of Port-au-Prince for several years now. In operation for more than a decade, Three Angels has served orphans and at-risk families Haiti, working to help them escape poverty so that they may experience God’s love, become part of a healthy home – in Haiti or abroad – and grow into who they are called to be. They aim for sustainable change in the community and employ close to 50 Haitians in the orphanage and at the on-site clinic, Bijou artisan program, and the Three Angels Christian Academy.

After the storm, we were relieved to hear that Hurricane Matthew spared our friends at Three Angels, but also saddened to hear of the country’s remote Southwest area decimated by the storm – areas never built to withstand a Category 4 Hurricane. After extensive research and prayer, Three Angels identified specific areas of need, particularly Dame Marie. This coastal jungle town has been – as with many other Southwestern Haitian towns – flattened; with extensive damage to the infrastructure across the country, little aid has made it to this area.

There is a critical need for clean water. Yes, simply clean water. Residents have survived on coconut water and any stored water for more than a week resulting in a rise of Cholera in the area. Three Angels in-country director, Eric, along with established local organizations traveled to Dame Marie with food, medical supplies, tents, and most importantly the tools needed to build a water filtration plant for the area. Their work continues there – and the greatest need is money – first and foremost to provide a sustainable supply of clean water in the short term, but also to rebuild the community in the long term. So this year, our Rebuild Project budget will go completely to this community that has been absolutely devastated by Hurricane Matthew. 

So many stories emerged after the Hurricane about unbelievable amounts of money never making it to Haiti after 2010’s devastating earthquake in the area. We want you to know how much emphasis we place on being good stewards and if donations are needed, donating knowledgeably. And that’s why we choose to support Three Angels; they’ve done their research and spent days on the ground in the country looking for ways donations can help – and not hurt – the Haitian people. We absolutely trust their stewardship and encourage you to consider contributing to the cause.

We hope you’ll join us in prayer for the Haitian people and Three Angels’ work. And, if you feel so called, we hope you’ll join us in this year’s Rebuild Project by donating HERE on Three Angels’ website.

ISAIAH 58:10-12

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Lola Loves: Our Five October Faves

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The beginning of October brings changing leaves (we hope), cooler weather (we really hope), and another installment of Lola Loves! We’re beginning to incorporate more rich and natural elements into our clients’ projects and adding #allthewhitepumpkins to our own home decor. Check out what we’re loving this month:

1// Threshold’s Fall Harvest Dining Collection at Target: Y’all should know by now that we have a dish/kitchen tool obsession. (The first step is admitting you have a problem.) So, obviously, we’re loving Threshold’s Fall kitchen line. I mean, baked goods HAVE to taste that much better when the ingredients are measured in gold measuring cups, right?!

2// The Joshua Porch Bed by Vintage Porch Swings: The weather is finally cooling off enough to sit outside without instantly sweating (as in it’s 75 degrees at night instead of 85 degrees), so we’re taking advantage of more time in nature. And by more time in nature, we mean, doing a lot of sitting on the porch. And you know what’s perfect for porch-sitting? A porch bed by Charleston’s Vintage Porch Swings! We cannot say enough about the product’s quality and company’s customer service.

3// Our Daily Bread Platter by Sir|Madam: We recently traveled to Fall Design Week at America’s Mart in Atlanta and found inspiration everywhere around us – as well as some of our new favorite brands. One of those: Sir|Madam. Their collection of tabletop items, serve ware, linens, and more include updated versions of classic motifs, resulting in unique finds that are perfect for a variety of styles and homes. We fell in love with their Daily Bread platter as a beautiful reminder of daily blessings!

4// Fabricut Weisbecker Slate Fabric: Some projects practically scream for a touch of the unexpected that a leopard pattern brings. This version, with its tight pattern and tones of both gray and linen, is really a perfect neutral; we recently used it to upholster a set of fun Hickory Chair chairs that will find their home alongside an antique game table in a client’s home.

5// Lowcountry Originals Three-Tier Shell Chandelier: We loved visiting Lowcountry Originals showroom again while in Atlanta. Their lighting concepts hold their own in the market; they’re beautiful, and each one has one-of-kind details that we love. They also make each light fixture custom to the project – select the style, select your desired metal, and they’ll make it to order! With oyster season right around the corner, we’re loving all of their unique shell fixtures.

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The Final Word on Finishes

You’re not alone. Choosing finishes for your home IS difficult! Which finish fits best with the look and feel of your home – or your desired color scheme or style? Which ones will be “in” for years to come? With so many options, it’s intimidating to choose just one – so, we’re breaking down our most-used below.

CHROME // Overall: Modern, but can play traditional.
Chrome is classic – we use it in almost every project we take on! It can feel modern or traditional in a space depending on the style of fixtures, hardware, or lighting you choose. Chrome is the least expensive finish, which is always a plus when you’re trying to stay on budget. Fellow clean freaks: chrome does show marks and water spots more than other finishes.

Plays well with: Carrara marble, brushed nickel/stainless steel, grays/whites (we usually stay away from using it with tans).

POLISHED NICKEL// Overall: Traditional
Polished nickel is really the fairest of them all… It’s the most beautiful, elegant rich finish. Its color is deeper than chrome with gold undertones. To the naked eye, the two finishes are hard to distinguish, but put them side-to-side, and the color difference becomes more evident. We find it to be a great finish for a master bathroom – or any area where you’re looking to bump up the “wow” factor! The downsides: it can be the most expensive finishes, and it has to be polished as it can tarnish over time.

Plays well with: satin nickel, brushed brass.


OIL-RUBBED BRONZE & MATTE BLACK// Overall: Warmer, Rustic
Oil-rubbed bronze (ORB) and matte black are two different finishes, but we often use them in similar areas of the home to achieve more warmth or to add a touch of rustic appeal. ORB is a living finish, meaning it will evolve over time to reveal more wear and patina. Matte black will stay the same – a deep, rich black! We often suggest a matte black finish for interior door hardware; it is complementary to a variety of finishes and will be classic for years to come.

Plays well with: ORB works well with warmer color tones and brushed finishes – like brushed nickel, brass, and stainless steel. You can use matte black with any other finish.

BRUSHED NICKEL & STAINLESS STEEL// Overall: Transitional
Brushed nickel and stainless steel are the most neutral of all the finishes. We also see these finishes as more casual, often using them for guest or kids’ bathrooms. We frequently suggest stainless steel kitchen faucets as they widen the possibilities for complementary light fixtures and hardware in the space.

Plays well with: pretty much everything!

BRUSHED BRASS// Overall: Trendy (for now)
Brass is back, baby! Brushed brass is everywhere on social media and in the magazines, and we love it! We also remember how much we loved shiny lacquered brass in the 70s/80s/90s (eek!) – so, we’re careful with how and where we use this finish as replacing plumbing and lighting can be a pretty big investment. Brushed brass does look beautiful everywhere though, from plumbing to lighting to cabinet hardware; it’s a warmer finish, but it plays well with cool or warm tones. As with any trend, you never know if it’s here to stay (although, we sure hope it is!)

Plays well with: other brushed finishes – brushed nickel or matte black/oil rubbed bronze.

There isn’t a magic formula for choosing the best finish “fit” for your space – but we use these guidelines when helping clients select their favorite. We hope they’re helpful to you! What’s your favorite finish?

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