If you haven’t heard about the beautifully handmade beaded bracelets by JONESKATAMI, then I’m excited to give you an inside look with the talented duo behind the brand, Scott Jones and Paul Katami. They have been getting a lot of celeb and media attention lately and were recently featured on the entertainment news show, EXTRA. Scott sent over a bunch of their latest designs so I could get chance to see them in person. They really are amazing. You can feel the quality and time that went in to each individual bracelet. I took some pictures of my favorites to share.
Love and Rosen: Can you give us a little background on the two of you and how did you get together to create this line of jewelry?
Scott & Paul:
Paul and I have been friends for a long time and on many occasions spoke of creating various projects to work together on. Paul is a nationally known figure in the health and fitness industry and has a long history of producing various programs for health clubs as well as producing and starring in extremely popular fitness DVDs. He is a well respected and loved figure in the world of fitness. I have been in the television for many years. As a veteran television producer at EXTRA I have seen every kind of trend in fashion, style and pop culture come and go. Design is my hobby—whether it is interior design, art, fashion, I can’t get enough. JONESKATAMI came about as a creative outlet for both of us as well as out of our love of pop culture, talent for good design and our appreciation of quality things.
L&R: What is the process you go through to create these one-of-a-kind pieces? What materials do you use? Inspiration?
Scott & Paul:
Since each piece is handmade, our first concern is quality. We pick the finest stones that we can find – and trust me there is a lot of cheap stuff out there. Our vintage items are found by spending many weekends at the flea markets, combing through lots of junk to find the perfect objects to include in our pieces. Each piece is created with what we think is good taste mixed with a dose of wit. Nothing is more fun than finding great vintage pieces that contradict the imagery of the other. A peace sign and hand grenade….a cross and bullet.
L&R: Will you stick to bracelets or do you have plans for new product lines? What can we expect from JONESKATAMI in the future?
Scott & Paul:
Funny you should ask…the last few days we have been discussing our expansion into other items. We are really excited about taking the next step and expanding our brand. We have had great success in the few months that we have been producing pieces. Hollywood seems to have taken a liking to JONESKATAMI as well. Steven Tyler, Ashley Tisdale, William H Macy and Penelope Ann Miller are just a few of the celebrities that have discovered us, so we are really excited at what the future holds! We are also very excited to be included in the Love and Rosen Blog as well!!! Thank you so much for the interview!
Thanks to you guys! I wish you both much success and can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
I have been a fan of Kendra Scott Jewelry for some time and recently featured her beautiful yellow onyx ‘Danielle’ necklace in the latest of my “Two of a Kind” series. I was completely shocked to find that Kendra herself left a lovely comment on the post. How often does that happen? I decided to reach out for a Q&A to get a little more insight into the world of Kendra Scott. We get to hear straight from Kendra about how she started the company out of her home with $500, ways she balances life as a mother, wife and businesswoman and get to peek into her beautiful home too!
One beautiful day last month I was doing a little window shopping on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, CA which led me to a little pink shop called Eleanor Jean. At first glance I saw a beauty salon, noting their services on the door, but when I looked closer I saw a sparkling array of my most coveted brands in makeup, skincare, hair accessories and more in a store that made me feel like went to girly girl heaven. A girly, tasteful and elegant heaven. Just think pink, robin’s egg blue, crystal chandeliers and gumdrop candy…
Image via Eleanor Jean Boutique
I was greeted by one of the lovely employees and took my time walking around to look at all of the wonderful products. My eyes lit up in excitement when I saw the gorgeous display of my favorite hair accessories company, Ban.do. Until that day I had only ever seen the product online. I also quickly noticed that they sold the fantastic Apple&Bee and MOR soaps which I recently featured. I decided right then and there that I needed to meet the owner of this fabulous place. I got in touch with the owner, Jacey Kassabian, and set up a time for me to come down to the shop to interview her and take a few pictures of her store and products.
Don’t miss Jacey’s fantastic makeup and skincare tips in the last question! ♥
Welcome to the second part of my feature on Jayson Home. I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Q&A with the VP of Merchandise for Jayson Home, Devin Kirk. Today, we are going to focus on the great furnishings and home accessories that they have to offer on their website. I thought it would be fun to include three of my favorite bloggers to get their top picks from the shop and insight into their personal style when it comes to decorating their homes. Of course I’ll add my picks too. ♥
Because I’m Addicted
I’ve been following Because I’m Addicted for years and have always looked to Geri for her amazing style and up-to-the-minute fashion coverage. Her blog is a lovely mix of Los Angeles fashion, music, food, events and more. Most recently, she has been working on a video series called LEAF (Living, Eating & Fashion). All of the videos are beautifully shot and edited regardless of if she is teaching us how to create a dessert table or layer jewelry. You can watch them all here. Funny enough, when I contacted Geri to see if she would be interested in participating, she had just purchased chairs from them.
About Geri’s Design Style:
I’m in the midst of decorating my new place which has forced me to really explore my design aesthetic. Not the design aesthetic I love to gawk at in pretty pictures and fancy home stores but the world in which I want to live and breathe. As I’ve learned, these are totally two different things.
For the last six years I’ve lived in an all-white-California-beach-meets-Parisian-chic world and have dreamed of some sort of fresh modern abode. Surprisingly, I’ve put both the zen and modern minimalist chapters to a close and have opted for rich colors, comfortable couches, tons of texture, reclaimed woods, a pond of mixed patterns, dark paints and wallpapers. As you could imagine, I’m rather eager, and nervous, to see how this whole things come together. Nonetheless, I’m SO excited!
I am so thrilled to share my Q&A with the VP of Merchandise for Jayson Home, Devin Kirk. Devin’s own home was recently featured on Elle Décor. He has amazing style. The Q&A is the first of my two-part feature on Jayson Home. The second part will be posted tomorrow and will showcase a group of three very talented and stylish bloggers: Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay, Geri Hirsch of Because I’m Addicted and Cougar Hjelmeseth of Left Coast Fashion including their interior design style and personal picks from Jayson Home.
You may already be a fan but just in case you haven’t heard about Jayson Home, prepare to fall in love. Jayson Home, owned by Jay Goltz, is an artfully merchandised furnishings and home accessories store located in Chicago turned online shopping destination for professional designers and home decorating divas like myself. They’ve been in business for nearly 20 years. They offer modern and vintage items that are amazingly timeless but current at the same time. I’m definitely not the first blogger to feature them but I hope to bring some new insight into the company and the team that makes the magic happen.