Jason Lynn, Decorators Unlimited
As Vice President of high-end interior design firm Decorators Unlimited Jason Lynn is used to delivering one-of-a-kind spaces. Never one to shy away from a challenge, the former U.S. Coast Guardsman relishes the idea of creating exquisite interiors that combine luxurious furnishings, fabrics and finishes. Based in South Florida, the award-winning design firm's reputation for delivering unparalleled interiors, both big and small, has clients from across the globe clamouring for their services.
RL: Decorators Unlimited was founded in 1985 and you joined as Vice President in 2008. Why?
JL: They were at the time, and remain, one of the top firms in the country, and I wanted to work with the best in the industry. Their team approach allows everyone to have input into creating amazing designs, and I value that philosophy.
RL: You served with the Coast Guard before persuing your Interior Design degree. Tell us how those experiences complement each other.
JL: Once I finished serving my country, I attended college and kind of fell into the interior design industry. My father is in fashion and my mother worked in art and furniture, so I grew up around design. I guess you could say it was in my genes! My experience in the Coast Guard instilled a strong work ethic and don’t quit attitude. It also gave me respect for a team effort approach, while understanding the need for leadership.
JL: Being able to turn dreams into reality is amazing. We’re always researching new materials, finishes and styles, pushing the envelope so we can exceed our clients’ expectations.
RL: Tell us what makes the Decorators Unlimited unique.
JL: Besides having some of the best designers in the world who always strive to create amazing timeless interiors, we also travel the world to find one-of-a-kind quality products. We have 19 designers on staff, so our knowledge and resources far exceeds our competition. Plus, our state-of-the-art 55,000 sq. ft. headquarters provides us the luxury of designing, shipping, and installing projects anywhere in the world. Our clients love that everything is under one roof: CAD department, two-storey fabric library, on-site warehouse, showroom and a custom cabinet shop. This allows us to save time, and our client’s money, while creating a more seamless approach.
RL: What role does a well-designed interior play in our lives?
JL: It’s everything. A well-designed and furnished house is comfortable to live in, and that makes families happy.
RL: Describe your dream client.
JL: A client who knows what they want from architectural style to interior vision and colour palate. When they have a clear vision, we can create the house they’ve dreamed of. We’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of clients like this throughout the years.
RL: What projects do you have on the horizon?
JL: We design and furnish over a hundred projects annually across the globe and always feel fortunate to be part of a great new endeavour. Right now we have The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Florida, a new build custom estate in Grand Cayman, new condo towers in St. Petersburg, Florida and community clubhouses throughout South Florida, just to mention a few.
RL: Who are your role models?
JL: Decorators Unlimited Founder, Bob Martin, has been a huge influence in my life. He’s shown me how to always make sure the project functions before making it beautiful, as well as manage client expectations and properly run a large firm. Vance Cryder’s definitely been my spiritual role model. He taught me the value of always telling the truth and that if you givea 110%, you have nothing to worry about.
RL: How do you like to spend your free time?
JL: With my beautiful wife and our dog by the water. Otherwise you can find me at the gym – that’s were I find my inner peace.
Designer – Frank Lloyd Wright
City – Chicago. I still consider it home.
Monument – Sears Tower
Hotel – Gansevoort
Holiday Spot – Florida Keys
Food – Sushi
Drink – Protein shake. I’m a health nut.
Vice – Gym
Tool – Slide ruler and pencil
Magazine – Architectural Digest. I love to see what others are creating.
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