A Red Ribbon Day
The season along Maine's Route One is off to a terrific start. The weather has been perfect, the roses and other flowering shrubs have rarely been so abundant, and we witnessed an amazing Strawberry Moon. A perfect time for our official ribbon cutting for The Inn at tj's. Read more.
Our wondeful visitors...
tj's receives many kind words, and this recent note from K and S was special indeed...
Kellie and I stopped in on Friday, 4.28.17 when we were on our way out of Ogunquit and heading home to Beverly. We were treated to the most amazing and best surprise of the day...getting to meet you and receiving an incredible tour of your wonderful showrooms, studios, gardens, guest room and even your personal home (with Porsche). We cannot begin to express what a wonderful time we had. From the amazing art work to the fabulous interior designs-- we were blown away by the incredible talent that surrounded us.
We were so touched by your kindness, your honesty, your stories and your welcoming nature. We cannot believe that you took the time to allow us to experience your wonderful work and treasures and view such special and unique pieces, decorations, fabrics...everything!
Although it was a special day for us as we celebrated our 11th year anniversary -- the chance encounter of meeting you both, seeing all that you have accomplished and learning that you are entering your 50th year together was such an inspiration for us!
You made our day!!
Wishing you continued health, happiness, success, and love. May our paths cross again.
Take a Virtual Tour of tj's
A wonderful photographer recently visited tj's Interiors. We thought the results were so terrific, we wanted to share them on our web site.
If you aren't able to visit us, take this virtual tour! Note our newly renovated Art building with paintings by Tony Sienicki.
tj's Recent Posts Featured in Boston Design Guide Blog
A Life Well-Lived Bddingblog.com October 28, 2014
A Life Well-Lived
Recently, we've bemoaned the seeming loss of graciousness and elegance in our lives. We all complain that life goes by too fast. We're in a hurry, at a rush to get somewhere, everything is high priority. Our appointment calendars are booked. We barely have time for a vacation. Rush! rush! rush!
Speaking with a realtor, she described the changing home-buying requests of younger people who don't want a formal living room AND a family room. They want one big room. They want open spaces, no designated dining room, etc. --a different and often bare bones approach. And demographics are even more telling, more and more households are single member only. Young or old, it spans generations. Even in a family home, everyone has a schedule and is preoccupied with outside interests with barely time to sit down for an evening meal together.
Fortunately, not everyone is on board with this overly casual, take-out meals and no-iron approach to lifestyle. We're encouraged to see resistance from our clients and have noted this resurgence in many shelter magazines, which are showcasing beautifully designed and elegant homes. Homes and apartments with exquisite furnishings, fabrics and, yes, wall-coverings!
There are many ways to include beautiful things in one's life, whether it is the entire house...or just some element of graciousness within.
Read the full post here.
When Do You Call in the Professionals? Bddingblog.com March 25, 2014
As the spring real estate season shifts into high gear, we are delighted to share these important reminders on the Boston Design Guide blog.
When Do You Call in the Professionals?
... Using the expertise of a professional designer to plan, select, and coordinate furniture and finishes in a renovation or new home is a smart move.
A professional designer also offers guidance on quality materials, fine furniture that endures, exquisite objects and details to enhance a room-- taking the space from merely ho hum to delightfully, strikingly livable. And too, a designer understands color relationships, proportion and scale.
Read the full post here.
Boston Magazine Design Home Issue is Out!
The 48-page section on the annual Design Home 2013 features our design for the Concordia. Tours begin September 12 and benefit Children's Hospital.
A Hit with the Herald
The Boston Herald covered the Concordia project in this terrific piece by Marie Szaniszlo.
The 3-bedroom condo is one of four units for sale at The Concordia, which used to be three buildings that encompassed Cap'n Jack's Inn before longtime business associates Barry Turkanis and Bruce Paradise converted it into 14 condominiums. What emerged was a home incorporating classic seaside architectural elements with the amenities of a modern residence.
"When we began the project, the developers said they were looking for classic, traditional design, so I started with wall coverings in colors that would reflect the ocean," said design coordinator Jerry Rippetoe of TJ's in Cape Neddick, Maine. "From there, everything just fell into place."
As you enter the first-floor unit, a chandelier from Lucia Lighting hangs overhead in the hallway. To the left are combined living and dining areas with a gas fireplace along one wall and a built-in, flat-screen TV discreetly hidden in cabinet space along another.
The living area also has a balcony with a piped-in gas hookup to accommodate a gas grill to cook up food from the full chef's kitchen, which features green tile walls and marble countertops, bone-colored cabinets, two built-in ovens, a stainless steel gas range and a hidden fridge with custom panels on the front.
Boston Magazine's Annual Design Home 2013 -
We are very honored to be chosen as the Design Coordinator for the annual Boston Magazine Design Home. The beautiful, waterfront residence is part of the Concordia, a luxury condominium project of Paradise Construction in Swampscott, Mass. Tours will start this fall and the Design Home will continue its tradition of benefitting a worthy cause, this year it will be Boston's Children's Hospital.
WMUR NHChronicle Visits Jerry at Tablescapes
Many visitors came to the Tablescapes show, among them, WMUR's NH Chronicle. Click the screenshots below for an interview with Jerry and a look at the many tabletop designs, including our golden "Twelve Nights."
tj's is back at 2nd annual Tablescapes!
A great event for a great cause. Jerry Rippetoe pulls out all the stops for a holiday-themed table titled "Twelve Nights." Look carefully for the doves we hand-carved!
Maine's Channel 6's "207" visits the Designer Showhouse
The Designer Showhouse has been a surprising smash hit. This segment from "207" on WCSH6.com reveals many fascinating details about Kenneth Roberts and the house. We show a few screenshots from the segment here, but viewing the clip has its rewards, not the least of which is learning that Kenneth Roberts was known to greet unannounced visitors at his front door with a shotgun! Link to video. Be sure to see our slide show of the installation of tj's Study.
tj's to be in the Kennebunkport Designer Showhouse
Saturday, June 23, through Saturday, July 14, Kennebunkport, Maine
The Kennebunkport Historical Society will sponsor a Designer Show House at Rocky Pastures, the former Kenneth Roberts estate in Kennebunkport. This is the first time this historic home will be opened to the public. Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki have been selected to design Robert's Study at this prestigious event.
Architect Frazier Forman Peters built Rocky Pastures for Kenneth Roberts in 1938. Near the picturesque Ocean Avenue, Roberts lived here while he wrote his popular historical fiction novels--work that won him a Pulitzer in 1957 in the Special Awards and Citations category. tj's is thrilled to honor the literary heritage of this room with their unique vision of a gentleman-scholar's study.
More information is available at the Kennebunkport Historical Society's web site. We hope to see you there.
tj's wins BEST of SHOW at Tablescapes
"An Evening with Neptune"
Fresh from tj's iPhone, here are shots of the award-winning Tablescape presentation "An Evening with Neptune" by Jerry Rippetoe and tj's at the Sign of the Goose. Be sure to notice the trident-inspired forks! Click any image to start a slide show. Floral design by Keith Shubert.
AIR presents Tablescapes and tj's is Invited
Jerry Rippetoe has been selected as one of the featured designers for the upcoming "Tablescapes: The Art & Design of Entertaining," to be held in Portsmouth on Friday - Sunday, November 6, 2011. (more information). Those who have visited our showrooms and viewed the Galleries of this web site know that the Tablescapes attendees will be in store for a design EVENT with his assemblage of extraordinary and luxurious dinnerware, decoupage, and table linens. This event helps support Arts In Reach, a program to empower teenage girls through mentoring and the arts. Can't make the Tablescapes event? Visit us on Route One or shop online.
Shore Décor - New Design Book
A remarkable home design book--Shore Decor: Design at the Water's Edge by E. Ashley Rooney and Andreas Charalambous has just been released. Included in this collection of waterfront home projects are five interiors by Jerry Rippetoe. All the projects and photos in this book are nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Here is the book's description from the publisher:
Homes that sit on the water's edge offer tranquility and tradition that have long been part of the American dream. For those looking to pursue that dream as a vacation home, a vacation to retirement home, or primary residence, this image-driven decor book presents more than 50 waterfront homes in the continental United States. From multi-million-dollar castles to Mediterranean-style villas to rustic cottages and contemporary condos, they provide inspiration through nearly 350 color photographs. See design choices professional interior designers made to decorate these homes in settings along oceans, lakes, and ponds. An ideal book for the dreamer, planner, and designer in you; use the resources section to turn your vision for a waterfront lifestyle into reality.
tj's goes Interactive
tj's was selected to be featured in Experience Boston, a fine coffee-table book and an interactive digital book created by Panache Partners. Experience is filled with photographs and editorial that present the region’s most interesting attractions, hotels, restaurants, shops, and experiences. We are thrilled to be a part of it. Click here for a preview of our profile and look for the 360-degree virtual tour of our showrooms and grounds.
Click through to the second page to see the tj's section.
Link to interactive presentation. [Patience, it loads slowly]
Scott Potter Winterthur Collection Arrives
Continuing in our tradition of carrying the finest home decor, tj's is proud to announce the arrival of Portland, Maine artist Scott Potter's new pieces from the prestigious Winterthur Collection. His handmade decoupage marries precious metals with luminous patterns. The design world knows how choosy The Winterthur Museum is—but that's nothing compared to Jerry Rippetoe. More about Scott Potter in our New England Artists section.
tj's Interior Design Earns A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau of New England
Emphasis on "earned." Our many long-time clients and customers probably are not surprised at this distinction. It certainly isn't achieved overnight! tj's rating in the Interior Designers category is a testimony to our unflagging commitment to quality design and materials that is our pledge and our passion.
A Real Find -- at NECN's Dream House
As most folks know, tj's is somewhat retiring when it comes to self-promotion. Behold, a camera crew from NECN's New England Dream House spent the day in our gardens!
Unfortunately, this video segment is no longer archived on NECN's web site. Why not visit tj's yourself?