Three local Interior Designers Redesign One Space

Three area interior designers put their own spin on the same space.

We found an old bookshelf—destined for the junkyard—painted it white and challenged three local interior designers to create a room around it. Jane-Marie Bloomberg, Jessica Cook and Molly Gilbertson accepted our challenge, creating three unique “rooms” in the same corner of our photo studio.

Molly Gilbertson
M. Gilbertson Design

Molly Gilbertson, who founded M. Gilbertson Design in Eden Prairie, describes the space she created as “modern, clean and sophisticated, without being too fussy.”

She wanted to create a quiet space for reflection and relaxation, so she started with a luxurious chaise lounge covered with Italian linen—similar to one that she has in her own home. She used the floral pillow ($838, fabric: Groundworks Kaleidoscope EMB Grey/Wheat, from Kravet) as inspiration for the color pallet in the room, bringing in chartreuse to give the calming space a pop of color. “It’s the kind of place I’d want to be in,” Gilbertson says. “It’s my dream space.”

Pictured: The Pasadena chaise, $4,385, Kravet; Indian bamboo silk rug, $2,800, Woven Arts; floor lamp, $5,190, and spot table, $4,500, Baker McGuire; canvas by Hibberd, $2,150.

Get the look:
Items in this room available at Kravet, Art Resources Gallery, Woven Arts, Tapis Décor, Francis King, Zachary and Baker McGuire at International Market Square.

Jessica Cook
J.L.C. Remodel Consulting & Interior Design

“It’s very rare you can’t do anything with your space,” says Jessica Cook, who started her design company five years ago. Cook’s specialty is making rooms function better. Whether it’s adding a built-in or just streamlining the layout of the room, she loves the challenge of making a dysfunctional space work.

Inspired by the bookshelf, Cook set out to prove that a gender neutral baby room doesn’t have to be boring. By pulling together turquoises, yellows and tans, she created a cheerful room fit for a boy or girl. She opted to layer small kitchen rugs on the floor, because they’re easy to clean, and she repurposed a new dog bed as comfy seating for story time or quiet play. Framed artwork created by her 2-year-old son Edward adds color and playfulness to the room.

Pictured: Dog bed, $25, HomeGoods; hedgehog stuffed toy; $24, acorn flash cards, $14, and On My Leaf, In My Ocean, In My Patch books, $9/each, Tazzie Baby & Child; Kitchen rugs, prices vary, Target.

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Items in this room available at Target, HomeGoods and Tazzie Baby & Child.

Jane-Marie Bloomberg
Embellishments Design Studio

“One of my favorite trends right now is mixing a more bohemian spirit with graphic prints and modern shapes,” says Jane-Marie Bloomberg, who founded Embellishments Design Studio almost 14 years ago. “Think ‘a hippie and the set designer from Mad Men walk into a bar.’”

That playful combination of handmade/found items and crisp, modern lines inspired her to create this room, playing off the book shelf’s quirkiness. The patterns and colors from the Otto G foot stool ($900, built in collaboration with d. furnishings using Goldfinch Blankets one+one throw) served as inspiration for the room’s vibrant color pallet. She shopped design showrooms, West Elm, HomeGoods and her own house to curate a grouping of items that appeared to be collected over time.

Pictured: Artwork by Greg Dickerson: Mixed Media on Board, $595, Fuse; Goldfinch X-stitch throw in wool mélange, $300; Goldfinch Blankets (; red metal chair, $200, and metal & glass table, $555, Francis King; herringbone runner, $1,755 and red wool rug, $2,295, Aubry Angelo; ceramic lamp, $30, HomeGoods.

Get the look
Items in photo available at Fuse, KDR, Francis King, Aubry Angelo and Zachary showrooms at International Market Square, Goldfinch Blankets, West Elm and HomeGoods.