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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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