“I knew at a really younger age that I liked design,” mentioned president of Portland, Oregon primarily based JHL Design, Holly Freres. “My mother restored a Twenties Tudor once I was in highschool. I vividly bear in mind serving to her choose the finishes for every house and watched how she developed the story by weaving our household historical past and trendy finishes collectively.” In the present day, she proudly leads a woman-owned and run enterprise that was based in 1999 by her mom, Jane Freres.
“[My mother] nurtured me to be a savvy-minded enterprise girl, however she additionally confirmed me find out how to have a discerning eye. Jane began the enterprise and skilled me in my twenties. One in all my first pitches was to a gaggle of traders for a brand new industrial constructing – the whole inside bundle and branding. She let me run the present, and from then on I’ve been studying and rising my apply. Twenty years later, I’m nonetheless loving it.”
Holly took the lead as Principal in 2003, and now leads a 12-person staff of collaborative, dynamic design visionaries. Her husband, David Horning, leads the constructing design and structure facet of JHL. Each Oregon natives, their backgrounds consists of a mixture of residential and industrial tasks, together with restaurant and hospitality purchasers, high-end single-family houses, and retail and industrial designs.
Holly’s in depth expertise touring – which incorporates residing in France and New Zealand, in addition to visiting a lot of Europe, Mexico, Southeast Asia, India, and Africa – has helped form her trendy aesthetic. She relishes the juxtaposition of textures and colours encountered throughout her travels, reminiscent of vibrant, hand-dyed ikats from Indonesia or hand-made artifacts of Africa.
In addition to a profitable enterprise, Holly appears to have her work/life stability down pat – which incorporates belting out just a few songs within the automobile every day. “My commute house is delightfully quick, so I discover a good tune or two helps me reorient my pleasure to share the love with my household of 4 once I get residence. My little ones are 5 and 7, so we dive proper into artwork, cooking collectively, and telling tales of their faculty day,” she shared.
We’re glad to have Holly Freres becoming a member of us right this moment for Friday Five!
1. Cape City, South Africa
Cape City, South Africa is a spot I visited with my husband a few decade in the past. It shortly grew to become the favourite journey of my lifetime. The town was very metropolitan but additionally felt prefer it was on the verge of being engulfed by rugged, pure magnificence. The mix of historic and trendy structure was unbelievable. Particularly, the buildings within the wine area of Franschhoek are centuries outdated, and but the interiors have been so gracefully modernized. The folks coming from everywhere in the world, mixed with stunning views and wonderful meals and wine, made for a life-changing expertise.
2. Handmade Textiles
I’m fascinated by something woven. Once I journey, you can find me deeply immersed within the textiles of a area. There may be a lot to glean a few tradition by way of an understanding of cloth makers. I all the time ask in regards to the instruments they use, what fibers they work with, and the way the artwork and manufacturing of textiles impacts a group. I like studying about what the totally different patterns and symbols imply. Among the richest conversations I’ve had have been in Jaipur, India the place everybody I talked to spoke from a spot of unbelievable pleasure. I’ll additionally always remember mountain climbing to a number of the smaller villages in Sumba, Indonesia to be taught in regards to the stunning Ikats made by native ladies on the island.
3. The Versatility of Etna Rosso
We’re doing a lot work in wine nation lately, and I’m very a lot delighting in the entire perks that come together with it! I haven’t but earned the title of wine aficionado, however I undoubtedly know my means round a cellar. I’m actually having fun with the flexibility of Etna Rosso. It’s a medium bodied, dry crimson wine with a really recent style. It comes from a volcanic area of Italy, so there may be an acidity and minerality to it. You possibly can eat it with meaty pasta, or chill it and revel in with lighter fare like grilled shrimp.
4. Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris, France
I lived in France in my twenties, and once I visited Paris for the primary time I fell fully and completely in love with Sacré-Cœur Basilica. This historic Roman gem of Byzantine structure is like nothing I had ever stepped foot into. Its mass, its location on the hill, its solitude and peace. I’ll always remember the sensation of sitting inside and taking in the entire particulars. I visited through the daytime and at night time to review each the inside and the outside kind. It actually is the sacred coronary heart of Paris. I can’t wait to indicate it to my youngsters sooner or later and see it once more by way of their eyes.
5. Native, Pure Supplies
In our designs, we advocate to be used of pure supplies of their purest kind. This stems from my upbringing in Oregon, the place my household has been within the wooden merchandise enterprise for greater than 100 years. With a view to have one of these tenure within the enterprise, you must assume long-term about how you’re utilizing the earth’s sources. I’m very pleased with the method my household has taken over the past century to reap sustainably, use each final piece of a log, and finally re-plant.
Work by Holly Freres + JHL Design: