Jamie B Design Coach

So often when people find out what I do for a living they share with me that they could really use some design help, but can’t afford the luxury of an interior designer. I decided to put together a DIY approach to interior design and offer a one-time two-hour consultation. In this consultation we talk about your design goals, wants, needs. Then I provide you with a thorough budget conscious DIY design strategy.

 

Here’s what you get:

 

Color palate (paint color suggestions, finishes, and paint vendors)

Room layout suggestions/ furniture arrangement

A list of items to purge and or purchase

A list of vendors (places or people to shop from)

Window treatment

Floor coverings (people often forget about the 5th wall)

Art placement and decor

Textiles

Lighting options (lighting is EVERYTHING)

 

Some people just need a little direction and this is where I can help. I take a very personal and sincere approach with every consultation. I find most people who think they don’t know their style really do; they just need a little push to find it and make it a reality.

 

Living in LA can be a grind, people need sanctuary to come home to, a place that flows, is efficient and most importantly makes you feel good. I am proud of my home and want everyone to feel that way. I hope you dig it and I look forward to helping you realize your design goals very soon.  

 

Here’s a testimonial! Check it out…

 

I just bought a craftsman house in Eagle Rock and I needed some help with fresh decorating ideas. I no longer wanted to just "throw" things together to make my space livable.  I don't have a lot of money to spend on an interior designer, so I called Jamie B and asked if she could come over and give me a couple of pointers on how and what direction I should go in to create the environment I wanted. She has an impeccable eye and so I trust her taste completely. Jamie B not only gave me excellent advise on what colors to paint and what kind of fabric to use for curtains and what lighting would look good in each room, but she also gave me a list of places to go to find exactly what I wanted and who to talk to once I got there; A D.I.Y. approach with a decorators eye! I couldn't be happier.

 

I text her pictures of my progress and she gives me a big "hooray!" in response. It makes me feel successful and proud of my efforts and my new home.

 

I highly recommend Jamie B Interiors!

 

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Loquat I Made!!!

Loquats. What the heck do I do with these things?!?

A few things irritate me in life; mass text messages, bad drivers,  and the uninvited Possum that has taken residence in our back yard. She parties all night feeding off of the fruit and anything else she chooses from our garden. So I'd had enough and decided if she was going to enjoy all of our fruit, by damned we will too.   Loquats are, and have always been a head scratcher for me so I decided being the experimental kitchen witch that I am, I was going to concoct something tasty with these bountiful beauties. If I could describe a loquat I would say it's as if a peach, lychee, mango, and a lemon had a baby... but weirder than that.  Loquat is native to south-central China and is apparently high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin A. Another fun fact: the seeds can kill you, granted you'd have to eat about a bucket full, but still, danger tastes sooo delicious doesn't it?   

A few things irritate me in life; mass text messages, bad drivers,  and the uninvited Possum that has taken residence in our back yard. She parties all night feeding off of the fruit and anything else she chooses from our garden. So I'd had enough and decided if she was going to enjoy all of our fruit, by damned we will too.  

Loquats are, and have always been a head scratcher for me so I decided being the experimental kitchen witch that I am, I was going to concoct something tasty with these bountiful beauties. If I could describe a loquat I would say it's as if a peach, lychee, mango, and a lemon had a baby... but weirder than that.  Loquat is native to south-central China and is apparently high in potassium, fiber, and vitamin A. Another fun fact: the seeds can kill you, granted you'd have to eat about a bucket full, but still, danger tastes sooo delicious doesn't it? 

 

So the first thing I decided to make was Loquat Jam, Obviously. Here's how I did it... 6 cups of loquats peeled and seeded 3 cups of granulated sugar 3 cups of water 2 lemons (just the juice)  and about 3 hours of patience and not much else to do.  

So the first thing I decided to make was Loquat Jam, Obviously. Here's how I did it...

6 cups of loquats peeled and seeded

3 cups of granulated sugar

3 cups of water

2 lemons (just the juice) 

and about 3 hours of patience and not much else to do.

 

mixed all the ingredients. Brought it to a boil for about 5 mins, then let it simmer on very low heat for about an hour and half. Stirring occasionally. Oh! This is a VERY small batch by the way. I didn't want to over do it in case it turned out to be one of those weird jellies you get and it eventually lives in the back of the refrigerator until you get a new one. (A new refrigerator, not jelly) Admittedly I did not do the proper canning bath I just poured the hot jam into sterile jars, sealed them and popped them into the refrigerator, once they had cooled. 

mixed all the ingredients. Brought it to a boil for about 5 mins, then let it simmer on very low heat for about an hour and half. Stirring occasionally. Oh! This is a VERY small batch by the way. I didn't want to over do it in case it turned out to be one of those weird jellies you get and it eventually lives in the back of the refrigerator until you get a new one. (A new refrigerator, not jelly) Admittedly I did not do the proper canning bath I just poured the hot jam into sterile jars, sealed them and popped them into the refrigerator, once they had cooled. 

Side note: This is the jam a few minutes before it's ready, you'll want to skim off the foam. I wanted to show you this because it will eventually  turn this beautiful red berry color. 

Side note: This is the jam a few minutes before it's ready, you'll want to skim off the foam. I wanted to show you this because it will eventually  turn this beautiful red berry color. 

Ta-Da!!! Btw. it tasted great and wont be lost in the back of the fridge. 

Ta-Da!!! Btw. it tasted great and wont be lost in the back of the fridge. 

Next on the menu LOQUATKABOBS! Yes you heard me, say that 5 times as fast as you can. 

Difficulty level: a 5 year old could do it (sans the cutting and manning the grill, or I guess the potential skewer in the eye) Anyway, it's really fast and really easy. Here's what you'll need to serve two people with yummy leftovers most likely 2 boneless skinless chicken breast. 1 red onion 1 large red pepper a dozen loquats (I'll be honest I don't remember how many I used, but it was around that many) for the dressing I did a simple Asian Marinade  2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 hunk of ginger (1 tablespoon diced) 1/8 cup of rice vinegar  2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/4 cup olive oil MIx it all together, baste kabobs and also while they're grilling. Grill for about 10 mins, turning about every 2 and a half minutes.         

Difficulty level: a 5 year old could do it (sans the cutting and manning the grill, or I guess the potential skewer in the eye) Anyway, it's really fast and really easy. Here's what you'll need to serve two people with yummy leftovers most likely

2 boneless skinless chicken breast.

1 red onion

1 large red pepper

a dozen loquats (I'll be honest I don't remember how many I used, but it was around that many)

for the dressing I did a simple Asian Marinade 

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 hunk of ginger (1 tablespoon diced)

1/8 cup of rice vinegar 

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 cup olive oil

MIx it all together, baste kabobs and also while they're grilling. Grill for about 10 mins, turning about every 2 and a half minutes. 

 

 

 

 

By the Way loquats are the BOMB when grilled. This was so so yum! 

By the Way loquats are the BOMB when grilled. This was so so yum! 

annnnnnnnd of course my favorite course, DESSERT! Here's my latest and greatest...

LOQUAT BLUEBERRY GLUTEN FREE CRUMBLE

(the gluten free eye roll is totally justified here, but just trust me, it's pretty great) 

1 1/2 cups organic fresh blueberries

1 1/2 cups loquats seeded and peeled

for the crumble 

1 cup of Bob's gluten free all purpose flower

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

1/4 lb. of butter melted (this where the gluten free bit is totally negated) 

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Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Grease an 8x8 baking dish. Pour in fruit mixture. in a separate bowl mix the sugar, flour and egg. it will be crumbly-ish but possibly on the gooey side. (this is okay) So 'crumble' the the flour, sugar, egg mixture over the fruit. Pour melted butter over that and pop that baby in the oven for about 30 - 35 mins. Honestly I just pulled it out when the top looked golden and crispy. 

 

Piping hot goodness right there. What's the one thing all crumbles need? Vanilla bean ice cream obviously. 

Piping hot goodness right there. What's the one thing all crumbles need? Vanilla bean ice cream obviously. 

You're Welcome. : )

You're Welcome. : )

Cut to... the following morning. 

LOQUAT KALE SMOOTHIE 

Sure, maaaaybe I was suffering from a little sugary crumble remorse, but at this point I am also officially obsessed with Loquats. I made this protein shake before hitting the gym. Here's what's in it.  1 banana 1/2-ish cup of raw kale 1/2 cup of Loquats peeled and seeded 5 dates (for an extra sweet fibery - I know that's not a word- treat) 1/8 cup of raw cashews  1/2 cup of almond milk  I use Whey Protein Vanilla, a teaspoon of Maca powder, 2 tablespoons of superfood.  ice blend, drink, enjoy.   

Sure, maaaaybe I was suffering from a little sugary crumble remorse, but at this point I am also officially obsessed with Loquats. I made this protein shake before hitting the gym. Here's what's in it. 

1 banana

1/2-ish cup of raw kale

1/2 cup of Loquats peeled and seeded

5 dates (for an extra sweet fibery - I know that's not a word- treat)

1/8 cup of raw cashews 

1/2 cup of almond milk 

I use Whey Protein Vanilla, a teaspoon of Maca powder, 2 tablespoons of superfood. 

ice

blend, drink, enjoy.