Architect Spotlight: Jamee Parish
At Premium Hardware, we’re blessed to work with some of the most talented interior designers and home architects in the Midwest. People would be amazed at how much raw talent there is right here in Columbus, from interior design and home decor to architects and building contractors. It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous work and we want to shine a spotlight on some of the most talented people in the industry.
In this edition of Designer Spotlight, we speak with Jamee Parish of Jamee Parish Architects. As a brilliant architect and designer, Jamee is one of our go-to resources here at Premium Hardware and works closely with families and contractors all over Central Ohio. She’s also a wife and mother, balancing a thriving career with a blessed and beautiful family. As a notable industry blogger herself, we’re very eager to share Jamee’s thoughts on design and architecture here on the blog. Without further delay, meet Jamee Parish!
Jamee, how did you get started with Architecture and Design?
I actually grew up wanting to be an Architect. My dad and I used to take bike rides to the homes in our neighborhood that were under construction and those are some of my fondest memories. I knew very early on that I wanted to design beautiful homes.
I went to The Ohio State University where I received both a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and a Master of Architecture degree. I started working for Rich Taylor, AIA during my undergraduate education, specializing in residential design. I continued working with him for thirteen years until I decided to start my own company in January of 2014.
What kinds of design projects do you usually work on?
I continue to specialize in residential architecture, focusing on remodeling and addition projects as well as custom homes. I love working on a broad range of projects; old and new, big and small.
How would you describe your creative approach to design?
I believe that designs should center around the way the client lives and reflect their own personal style. I’m passionate about creating spaces that are functional, comfortable, and (of course) beautiful! I’m determined to make every inch of a home mean something. No matter how large or small the project, it’s important that the house has thoughtful, timeless, purposeful spaces.
Kitchens and bathrooms are such highly utilized spaces that it’s of the utmost importance that these function properly. So often, kitchens and bathrooms are designed to be large, cavernous spaces for fear of them not functioning properly. Instead, I like to really dissect and analyze the space that needs remodeled – and even the spaces around it – to determine how we can maximize the function at all times based on each individual client. I like to design “smart”, not safe.
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Who are your biggest design influences?
Gosh, there are so many! I could probably go on a tangent for this question, but I’ll hold back a bit. First and foremost, I try to keep an open mind when it comes to other Architects and designers, because there are always new ideas, styles, and technology that can influence me – in a great way. It’s important to me that I engage myself in different styles and ideas so that I can maintain my versatility.
I am also influenced quite a bit by older homes; period styles, late 19th century, and early 20th century architecture. These homes are great because of the character, attention to detail, scale and proportion, and quality of finishes. A lot of my aesthetic probably lends itself to these qualities because I place a lot of value in them.
How important are the details like knobs, drawer pulls, and other accents? And how do you go about selecting the right hardware?
Hardware is extremely important in adding those last final touches! These are just some of those details that really “make” a house. It’s important for a home (old or new) to have unique hardware that compliments the style of the home. Hardware is one of the many reasons I do love older homes – they are usually full of higher quality, unique hardware!
Also, hardware is one of the few things on a house that you really touch all the time. Architecture isn’t just visual – our other senses come into play all the time when we are in different spaces. Hardware, though, becomes part of how you experience the house because you actually interact with it constantly.
I have often looked at the knobs, pulls, and hardware in general as jewelry for the house… and it really is. For me, it’s necessary to put just as much thought into it as the lighting fixtures.
How would you describe your experience working with Linda and Premium Hardware?
I absolutely love working with Linda! She is always so courteous in helping my clients find the right item for them, for their homes, and within their budget. Her shop is wonderful and I absolutely love the selection she has to choose from.
Shopping with her is truly a different experience altogether. She values every client that comes through her doors; no matter the project. I love her custom, hands-on approach to each individual client. Her knowledge within her industry and her products is invaluable.
We absolutely love our design partners and want to thank Jamee one more time for agreeing to give us her insights on design, her process, and her experience working with us. Premium Hardware is blessed to work with some truly amazing talent here in Columbus and Greater Ohio. We encourage anyone interested in really doing something amazing with their home to come pay us a visit and let us connect you with one of our star design partners.