Jeffrey King of Jeffrey King Interiors doesn’t just create beautiful rooms; he
provides “lifestyle design” for his clients. From over-the-top children’s retreats to
projects that demonstrate you can ‘live large” in any space, Jeffrey tells us how
he interprets his client’s vision to create truly specialized rooms.
You have designed extraordinary rooms for children, including your own
three children. How is your role different when kids direct the show?
Designing for children isn’t a lot different than for adults. They want rooms
decorated in their favorite colors, they request space to pursue hobbies, house
their favorite treasures or to pay homage to sports teams. They also want, but are too young to articulate, rooms that make them feel safe and encourage them to dream and be
creative. The best part of designing for kids is that there are no rules.
Your designs run the gamut from
stark contemporary to traditional.
What is the common thread that
links your design styles together?
Whether you live in a 1,000 square
foot loft or a 12,000 square foot
mansion, you can 'live large' in any
space. I create rooms that encourage
activity and gathering. For example,
I recently completed a 'grandchildren’s
room' for a Florida couple. This room
can accommodate up to eight and
contains built-in bunk beds – each
with its own TV – designed to
encourage the grandchildren to visit.
Do you have a favorite type project?
I love to create entertainment areas –
again, a reflection of my lifestyle design.
I’ve created entertaining areas that
include home theater systems and
seating, and I’ve made bars and gaming areas that rival some of the best clubs
in metro Detroit. I recently completed
a project dubbed 'The Gathering Place'
by the homeowners. It is a free-
standing building next to their home
that houses a wine-making room in
the lower level and a main level
kitchen with restaurant-sized counters
for family pasta making and brick
ovens for homemade pizza.