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OUR MISSION is to create thoughtful, beautiful interiors that meet our clients’ aesthetic, functional, and economic goals while honoring and celebrating the buildings that contain them.

OUR PERSPECTIVE is informed by a respect for historical architecture coupled with an appreciation of the playfulness and brightness of modern design.

OUR EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE applies to all types of projects: on smaller residential and renovation work we can produce the drawings necessary for permitting and construction, on larger commercial and new-construction projects we focus on the interiors and work in tandem with architectural and engineering teams.

OUR APPROACH is flexible and responsive. We work with some clients who have a strong vision and we help them achieve it. Others are less sure and we guide them through the design process, helping them to formulate their own aesthetic as we go.

OUR NETWORK of collaborating professionals, formed through fifteen years of practice, includes architects, builders, artists, and artisans who share our vision.

WE ARE BASED IN PORTLAND, OREGON but we are currently working on projects in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities in the US. We enjoy the diversity and learning opportunities offered by working in communities other than our own.


Jessica Helgerson has more than fifteen years experience designing residential and commercial interiors. Though her interiors are typically clean and uncluttered, she is comfortable working in a variety of styles, guided by her clients’ individual needs and tastes. Her design process is pragmatic (how should the space be laid out to flow and function well?) as well as creative/conceptual (what idea or feeling will ground and focus the design?).

At the beginning of each project, Jessica likes to start with the same questions: What’s the best design for the client? What’s the best design for the building or space? What will stand the test of time, stylistically and functionally? For any project, her goal is to ensure that the fundamental design and materials are classic, long lasting, and appropriate to the building and its period. Then she likes to layer on fresh, contemporary elements—such as lighting, furniture, and art—that feel just right for the clients and for the moment.

Jessica has a long-standing interest in green building and sustainability. At the start of her career she was a green building activist, sitting on a number of boards devoted to environmental preservation and serving as president of the Sustainability Project. She continues to bring this interest in sustainability into her daily life. For four years, her family lived, rather experimentally, in a 540-square-foot cottage on five acres of farmland. Adorned with a planted green roof and big front porch, the cottage was remodeled with almost entirely reclaimed materials. With her husband, she has been raising chickens, turkeys, and bees and growing nearly all the food their family eats, as well as throwing lots of big dinner parties for friends hungry for food they can see growing. They now live on a larger house on the same property, where everyone can spread out a bit.

Fluent in French and Italian, she has lived and worked in Italy, Switzerland, and France. Her life in Europe and her travels in India, Mexico, Morocco, and the Far East have strongly influenced her work.

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Chelsie Lee

Originally from Ohio, Chelsie studied Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. During school she interned in Nashville, Cincinnati, and Boulder and studied abroad in Copenhagen where she fell in love with Scandinavian design aesthetic and principals. After graduating in 2008, Chelsie temporarily shifted her path away from design and volunteered at AmeriCorps. She spent a season living and working at Arches National Park in Utah before eventually finding her way to Portland in 2009. Prior to joining JHID, Chelsie spent six months at Skylab Architecture where she worked on a number of projects including the renovation of the W Hotel in Seattle.

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Em Shephard

Em Shephard first discovered her passions for design and travel touring across Asia with her 78-year-old grandmother when she was 12. Since then, she has studied in Europe, taught English in Argentina, eloped in India, and travelled throughout SE Asia and Central and South America. Along the way, she has fed her design aesthetic with the cultures, perspectives, landscapes, architectures, and inspirations of her travels. She earned a Bachelors in World Religions from Colorado College, and went on to receive a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She then spent three years at Kelly Wearstler, Inc. in LA where she managed design projects for 5-star hotels (including the Viceroy brand), high-end residential, and boutique retail. She worked on new construction and renovation projects, while gaining extensive experience with custom designs—from rugs and lighting to furniture and millwork. Tiring of the clichéd LA traffic and smog, and looking for a community to compliment her sustainable design perspective, Em and her husband moved to Portland where she joined JHID. She has fallen in love with the city, and surrounding area, and spends her weekends hiking, camping, and indulging in Portland’s renowned food and wine culture.

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Mira Eng-Goetz

Mira Eng-Goetz enjoys exploring the relationships between objects, people and spaces. She studied sculpture at Mills College in Oakland, California and later received a bachelor of science degree in interior architecture at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Mira’s designs are often influenced by her experiences abroad in Europe and West Africa where she interned with a variety of visual artists and volunteered as a health worker in the Peace Corps.

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Alisha Borden

Alisha Borden is intrigued with the effect the built environment has on its users. She believes the most inspired designs are created through multidisciplinary practices, and is always seeking to learn. Alisha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interior design and a minor in sustainability from the Art Institute of Portland. During her time in school she completed an internship at Skylab Architecture, and regularly collaborated with students in various fields of study, broadening her perspective on design and how it is influenced by allied arts.

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Mariah Hum

Having grown up around and in her father’s ceramic and woodworking studio, Mariah has developed a deep appreciation and connection to fine craftsmanship and the intimate qualities of the handmade object. These influences inspire her to design spaces with intention and integrity that create human and environmental wellbeing. Mariah earned her BFA with honors in Interior Architecture and Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In her free time she continues the creative tradition with her own art making, be it painting old buildings, sculpting with clay or carving wooden spoons. In any endeavor Mariah always brings a positive attitude along for the journey.

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Kayti Huffman

Kayti Huffman grew up in the suburbs of Southern California, where she longed to be surrounded by architecture with history and a story. Before beginning design school, she spent time training in water purification relief work in Hawaii, then volunteered in Southeast Asia providing aid for tsunami victims. Upon her return she earned a bachelor’s of art degree in interior design and a minor in business administration. Working in the service industry throughout college, Kayti couldn’t help but notice that the spaces she was working in could be better designed, and she began to develop a strong interest in hospitality-oriented public spaces. She is particularly interested in the relationships between brand identity, consumer behavior and the built environment.

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Stephen Pierce

Stephen was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After receiving a B.A. in marketing from the University of Memphis, the humidity finally drove him out of the South to teach ESL in Korea and Spain. He decided to move to the Pacific coast after hearing about the food and culture of Portland, and he received a post-baccalaureate degree in accounting from Portland State University. When he is not at JHID, Stephen spends his time biking, cooking, and exploring our beautiful city.

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As a primarily self-taught, multidisciplinary artist and designer, Adam experienced a late-in-life realization that dabbling is, in and of itself, an interesting career path. In working with JHID, Adam has been provided the opportunity to wear many hats; from scheming dream projects for the firm, to corresponding with the press, and picking up tile samples. Every day, and every project, is chock full of opportunities for learning, growth and gratitude.

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Matteo Nunziati collaborates with leading international brands in the hospitality industry, Trump Organization, Park Hyatt, Rezidor Group, Fraser Suites, Boscolo Hotels, and others. To make a top interior design project, Matteo Nunziati seeks to balance between the different aspects that characterize the development of a hotel, like the aesthetic, technical and economic aspects. In particular, the idea is to study the spaces that have the characteristics of a cozy home, but at the same time they can amaze involving people in a thrilling, unique and unrepeatable experience.


Matteo Nunziati produces two types of residential interior design projects. The first sector is related to commercial residential projects, such as an apartment or a villa that are realized in multiple (Studio, One Bed, Two Bed Penthouse, Villa) inside a building or in the context of a master plan. The second is related to private interior design projects made with the highest quality standards for carefully selected clients.

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Matteo Nunziati collaborates with some of the most prestigious brands in the field of wellness. To create a project with top international interior design standards Matteo Nunziati considers the place of comfort not only as a space for the care and relief of the body but also as an environment where the beauty heartens the soul: infusing new energy to all aspects of the human nature.

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Matteo Nunziati collaborates with leading furniture and automotive brands for the realization of their showrooms. With some of the international brands he cooperates to design their corporate office. For this sector a transparent and continuous dialogue with the customers is fundamental. Understanding, interpreting and translating with a personal language and effective vision, the ideas of each client, creating a project that summarizes all elements with value. Searching the balance between the commercial logics, especially in a shop, and the creation of an aesthetically exciting and technically perfect ambiance. In the office sector he considers the work space, where you spend most of the time, as an extremely comfortable and functional place.


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Whether you are redecorating your kitchen or building an annex to increase your home’s usable living space, tackling home improvements by yourself is a daunting prospect. Even before you start drawing up plans, there are many questions to consider: What building codes apply? Where should you position windows to get the best light? Do you need to move electrical outlets? What kind of paint creates the most welcoming environment?

If your head is starting to spin and you aren’t sure where to start, it’s time to call in the professionals. Employing an interior decorator or interior designer helps to keep a project on schedule and on budget; however, the services of these talented individuals come at a cost. Fortunately, having a designer on board often creates savings in other areas by helping to bring a project to completion on time and leveraging trade discounts for materials. It’s important to realize that interior design and interior decorating are two separate professions. Designers are usually more expensive, but they bring a wider set of skills. Understanding the difference between the two roles ensures you employ the right person and helps to keep your budget under control.

Cost Structures

When you’re shopping for quotes, comparing rates isn’t always as easy as you think. You may get a quote that seems too good to be true, only to discover the designer is using a different pricing structure than the one used by other professionals you have approached. Knowing the main ways designers price a job makes it easier to compare quotes to get the best deals.

Generally, decorators and designers use one of four ways to charge for their services: cost plus, fixed rate, hourly rate, or square foot. There may also be additional charges, such as retainers (usually a percentage of the project cost) or consultation fees (a flat fee for the designer to visit the property ranging from approximately $200 to $300).

Cost Plus

Designers using the cost plus method purchase necessary products and then bill you for the total, including a markup you agree to when drawing up the contracts. The markup is usually around 20 percent and pays for the designer’s services. So, if the work costs $10,000, the designer bills for $12,000.

Fixed Rate

A fixed rate, or flat rate, is a single price that covers all of the work, materials, and other expenses. This is the simplest way to cost up larger jobs, and it’s helpful for you as the customer because you know exactly what you need to pay.

Hourly Rate

Some designers charge by the hour, with rates ranging from $50 to $200. Because the total fee depends on the amount of time the project takes to complete, designers often reserve this method for small projects where there is less risk of complications and spiraling costs.

By the Square Foot

Commercial designers often charge by the square foot. This is effectively a flat rate based on the size of the property. Some designers implement a minimum charge to cover the amount of work involved for a small room, so you pay the minimum fee, or the fee based on the actual room size (whichever is greater).

The Cost to Hire a Professional

Homeowners employing the services of an interior decorator or designer usually pay $1,839 to $8,842 for materials and labor, with an average of $5,296. Small projects cost as little as $499, while large projects cost as much as $17,000. Costs vary significantly based on the skill of the designer or decorator, the geographical location, and the scope of the project.

Interior Decorator vs. Designer

Do you need an interior decorator or an interior designer? They may seem like interchangeable terms, but they actually describe two different professions. Before you start shopping for quotes, you need to know your project requirements and what services you actually need. Understanding the different skill sets decorators and designers bring to a project makes it easier to make the best choice for your needs.


As the job title suggests, decorators are primarily concerned with aesthetics. They choose and implement the decor that gives a room its unique appearance, such as window treatments, paint, wallpaper, and accessories. Decorators don’t design or build spaces, but they dress them stylishly, introducing new color schemes and decorative elements.

Decorators don’t require any formal training, and therefore many aren’t qualified to remove existing structures, build new structures, or change the wiring in your home. It’s important to check what qualifications a decorator has before agreeing to any terms.


Interior designers are qualified professionals who become involved with projects at the construction stage. They often work with architects, using their skills and knowledge to create functional, quality interiors that match a homeowner’s requirements. Designers attend an accredited college or university to major in Interior Architecture or Interior Design, and then they complete an internship. They also pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam to attain state recognition as part of acquiring a license.

Designers have knowledge of building codes and regulations, making it possible to create a functional environment that is aesthetically pleasing while also adhering to all applicable construction laws. Their level of training and their ability to help plan, schedule, and execute a project make their services more expensive than those of a decorator.

How to Prepare

Interior designers help to facilitate your ideas, making your dream home a reality. Before you contact a designer to work with, it pays to think carefully about your requirements. Pre-planning lets the designers know your expectations and helps to guide any consultations. Consider the following:

  • Define your goals: Building an extension on your property entails planning permission and the services of a designer. Changing the color scheme in your living room is much simpler, and only requires a decorator. Having clear goals makes it easier to know which professionals to hire and helps to ensure your contractors know exactly what you want.
  • Get inspired: There are certain styles you love, and others you hate. Give your designer a clue by cutting out pictures from magazines or printing off images from the Internet.
  • Set your budget: Let your designer know your spending limit. Once a designer knows your budget, it’s much easier to shop for suitable decor.
  • Stay in charge: Designers are trained professionals with a keen eye for detail, but only you know what you love. If a designer is coming up with suggestions that don’t match your tastes, say something. It’s a good idea to express any strong opinions you have on sustainable and organic materials, animal skins, “Made in America” products, upcycling, and child safety features.

Why Hire a Pro?

There are many reasons to employ a decorator or designer:

  • They save your time: Professionals know where to shop and have a lot of business contacts, making it easy for them to find exactly what you need for your project. This insider knowledge speeds up the project because you don’t have to waste weeks hunting down the perfect decorative elements, comparing prices, or researching the benefits of different types of fixtures and fittings.
  • They have necessary skills: Designers and decorators are very knowledgeable. Decorators have an artist’s eye for color and composition, and they know how to arrange furnishings to create a welcoming environment. Designers go a step further and know how to create a space that utilizes acoustics, lighting, and temperature.
  • They have the tools: Professional contractors have all of the equipment and materials they need, so you don’t have to worry about sourcing tools and products to get the job done.
  • They simplify a project: Designers have in-depth knowledge of building codes, and they work in association with architects and builders to keep your project running smoothly. Designers and decorators identify and resolve problems, minimizing the delays that can cause costs to escalate.

Before you hire an interior designer or decorator, make sure you understand what you are paying for. If you just want to reinvent your living space with a new look, calling on a designer isn’t the most cost-effective solution. However, if you are planning a complex project starting from construction, hiring a designer helps to keep the work on track through planning and execution.

When shopping for the best deals, get at least three quotes to choose from, and consider employing designers with certification from the American Society of Interior Designers to ensure you get the best results.

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Why interior design, materials firm opened showroom in West Palm Beach

By Alexandra Clough – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 8:04 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Opustone Stone & Tile has opened a West Palm Beach warehouse, expanding north from Dade and Broward counties.

Palm Beach County is coming into its own as a center of interior design and materials. Just ask Eric Schigiel, founder of Opustone Stone Tile Concepts.

The supplier of fine natural stones and tiles recently opened a West Palm Beach showroom to meet the demand from Palm Beach County customers. For years, they have made the trek south to his warehouses in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the company s headquarters.

The 25,000-square-foot West Palm Beach showroom, at 1333 N. Jog Road, is just off Florida s Turnpike. Schigiel said he looked for three years until he found the right space. Now he s hit the right timing.

Housing is booming and customers are building out designer-ready homes or renovating bathrooms and kitchens. About 60 percent of his business is from designers coming to find something unique and different, he said.

Moving north up the coast has become a natural progression for Opustone, which sources stone and tile from all over the world. Materials offered at Opustone include coral stone, dolomite, granite, limestone, onyx, quartzite, shell, travertine, volanic stone and many more.

Schigiel said he started Opustone in Miami in 2001, after working with his father in the construction industry. He began the business with a partner, but the partnership didn t work out.

At that point, Schigiel said he faced a choice: Sell the business or continue on his own.

At 23, you don t know anything. But I knew I wanted my own business, and I decided this is what I m going to do, he said.

Schigiel said he made some mistakes along the way, but learned quickly that the most important element to a successful business is having the right people around him. It took some time, but now he has experienced teams in place for sales, management and the warehouses.

A few years ago, he expanded from Miami and opened a warehouse in Fort Lauderdale.

I was worried we were going to lose the business from Fort Lauderdale that comes to Miami, Schigiel said. But we just got more business.

That lesson taught him he could thrive in Palm Beach County, too. He s already hearing positive feedback from customers: They know about us because of Fort Lauderdale, and they were all very happy we were opening in West Palm Beach.

Schigiel said he can accommodate buyers with generous budgets, or buyers who are bottom-line conscious.

If customers don t find a slab or tile they like at the West Palm Beach warehouse, it s no problem. They can select online from items at the Fort Lauderdale or Miami warehouses, which then will be shipped to Fort Lauderdale for customers review.

I have a big touch screen for customers if they want to search our inventory, Schigiel said.

Schigiel said the Palm Beach County market still is wide open for vendors such as him. Many stone and tile purveyors left or closed during the recession in 2009.

With the county s continued growth and the new housing popping up, Schigiel is optimistic about Opustone s future serving not only Palm Beach County residents but also residents in counties to the north who know his products and have been driving south to his warehouses.

Hometown: (where you grew up and where you live now); Grew up and resides in Miami

Education: Florida International University

About your company (revenue, clients/caseload, employees, mission): Opustone Stone Tile Concepts was founded in 2001 by Eric Schigiel. The company has showrooms in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Jacksonville. With over 115 employees in total, Opustone has earned a reputation of quality and offering exclusive products in through the state of Florida. Clients range from interior designers and homeowners, commercial projects to architects and builders.

First paying job and what you learned from it: Worked for my father growing up doing many areas from warehouse and labor to office work. I learned how to appreciate what you build on your own.

First break in the business: We learned how to accelerate quickly during a fast pace of South Florida rapid growth and opened several showrooms to keep up with the extensive demand

How your business has changed: Design trends have moved towards creating many design options for tile concepts, so we expanded within this category quickly and rose to the top for selection and quality.

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Best piece of business advice you ever received: Move forward and don t look back. Learn from mistakes and make lessons count.

What you tell young people about your business: Always have integrity in doing the right thing for customers, employees and vendors. Don t burn any bridges and never take shortcuts. It may take longer to succeed but it lasts longer.

Many successful people learn from failure. Do you have a failure you can share and what you learned from it? It s important to offer what others don t offer.We learned the value of creating demand based on being unique and exclusive.

What do you see ahead for Palm Beach County? On-going development and a surge of business on the residential and commercial side of our industry.

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Where we d find you when you re not at the office: Fishing in the Florida Keys

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