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“Sam” Jernigan

Interior Designer

 

 

 

 
My 2+ decades of expertise
will provide
“decorating insurance”
for your next project…
(e.g. peace of mind
& NO co$tly mistakes!)

 

residential   .   commercial   .   retail

Not a commissioned salesperson like most decorators and designers. Instead I work for YOU, not “the store.”

Consultation services by the hour, on-site OR remote (virtual).

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No “sales pitch” as I do NO retailing, period.

So you’re also free to shop wherever you like!

Get JUST the fresh & stylish ideas, technical guidance, and advice you need…

Greetings
& WELCOME

As my main website — Renaissance Design Consultations is very detailed, this lean overview has been created to streamline your introduction to my creative & solution-driven interior design services.

So throughout this page you’ll see links which will route you to additional information housed there (note: these will open in a new browser window).

Greetings & welcome

As my main website — Renaissance Design Consultations is very detailed, this lean overview has been created to streamline your introduction to my creative & solution-driven interior design services.

So throughout this page you’ll see links which will route you to additional information housed there (these will open in a new browser window).

Interior Designer Sam Jernigan
Designer Sam Jernigan Renaissance Design Consultations with client Nancy Lindberg

Designer “Sam” Jernigan of Renaissance Design Consultations with client, Nancy Lindberg, working on the plans for her custom home.

“One of the best parts for me of working with both you and Roy (her contractor) was that you broke the project down into small parts. I found too many “things” on my plate at one time overwhelming for a newbie to the building process. Having those small increments (i.e. “homework”) made for an orderly process rather than an overwhelming list right off the bat.”

Client Nancy Lindberg quoted in article forlogo for the Auburn Journal newspaper, Auburn, CA

(Nancy and her husband subsequently decided to sell their land and relocated to Montana to acquire a business there.)

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Having founded my business in Sonoma County…

after serving clients in Sonoma, Marin & Napa counties (following 5+ years of working sequentially as two retail stores’ full-time designer), I then followed my ♥ to the Sierra foothills and have been providing design solutions to clients here regionally in Nevada, Placer,  Sacramento counties & surrounding areas since 2004.

 

Having founded my business in Sonoma County…

after serving clients in Sonoma, Marin & Napa counties (following 5+ years of working sequentially as two retail stores’ full-time designer), I then followed my  ♥  to the Sierra foothills and have been providing design solutions to clients here regionally in Nevada, Placer,  Sacramento counties & surrounding areas since 2004.

 

And now

E-DESIGN SERVICES

are available on a remote (virtual) basis as well. So, Good News…your LOCATION doesn’t matter!

And the fact I do NO retailing means you’ll never be “maneuvered” into a purchase OR only presented with a limited number of design materials and options — like commissioned decorators & designers so often do.

Instead…my focus is solely on you & your home’s best interests, and providing solutions tailored to YOUR tastes, lifestyle & budget, period.

 

And you’re also free to shop wherever you like!

And the fact I do NO retailing means you’ll never be “maneuvered” into a purchase OR only presented with a limited number of design materials and options — like commissioned decorators & designers so often do.

Instead…my focus is solely on you & your home’s best interests, and providing solutions tailored to YOUR tastes, lifestyle & budget, period.

 

AND you’re also free to shop wherever you like!

 

ALL styles welcome…specializing in historic & vintage

MORE about my design background & philosophy

MORE about e-design (remote/virtual) services

Designer Sam Jernigan has been quoted as a design expert in the national media
Sam Jernigan has been quoted as an interior design expert in national media including Realtor.com, Bed bath & beyond, US News, Chicago Tribune, Parade, Redbook, Fox News, BobVila.com, The Union Newspaper, Auburn Journal, et al.
Renaissance Design Consultations...in the national news
…among others.
You can READ these articles which include comments of mine along with others I’ve written as well as those covering timely topics including 2021 Colors of the Year, the annual Cost vs. Value Report commissioned by the National Assoc. of Realtors, et al.
…visit the Library
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Sam Jernigan's own formal dining room in feature article on Realtor.com

Photos from my own residence

…have been used in some of these national media articles from time to time including this one of my formal dining room on:

Realtor.com logo

for an article on using rich, dark colors which was featured on their site’s homepage (screenshot).

While this & my main site are primarily geared to homeowners, I also welcome projects for:

  • Commercial
  • Retail
  • Also visual display (e.g. retail windows & store interiors – have 3 yrs. full-time experience as a Visual Display Artist for a S. California clothing chain)

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When still in Sonoma County I also freelanced for one of…

     the top staging firms in San Francisco

and have been quoted in the media for articles on staging including:

FoxNews logo, Realtor.com logo, AOL logo

 

READ these and other articles in the Library

 

R E V I E W S

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Two Room Inn, Nevada City, CA

The Two Room Inn, Nevada City

“Sam Jernigan was a huge help to me when I bought my little Victorian house in Nevada City. I was turning it into a vacation rental home, and having no experience decorating in the Victorian style, I hired Sam, who came highly recommended, to help me.

With her knowledgeable advice, wonderful design ideas and expertise in the use of color, and I was able to create exactly the look I wanted inside. And she was fun to work with!”

Marney Craig

Owner, Two Room Inn, Nevada City

READ Marney’s second review recounting our work together on her own whole-house renovation on HOUZZ.

“We are midway through a house building project, and Sam Jernigan of Renaissance Design Consultations has been so expert, insightful and gracious as we confront one design decision after another. Sam is a true lifesaver because her expertise is helping us to design both the exterior and interior details of the house–a wholly daunting set of tasks for us.

…for instance she guided us through choosing our exterior home colors by having us choose our stonework and roofing first. She doesn’t just recommend an option or color; she explains her ideas within a context of what works best, and why.

Sam is creative, and “thinks outside the box” when confronted with an interesting design challenge. She knocked out a CAD rendering of the space in record time, and worked with us on refining our choices. We never would have come up with those solutions on our own.

Sam is helping with all aspects of design as we build our home. She is a consummate professional—flexible, punctual and completely transparent about fees.

Finally, Sam is so personable and non-intimidating. She interacts with cheerfulness and kindness…quickly responds to phone calls or emails, and makes us feel like she really is so happy to help us. We expect to be working with Sam through this year, and I will be happy to review her again once our project is finished. I do recommend her without hesitation.”


READ her unabridged testimonial…

Maria Hetherton

Nevada City

logo The Union newspaper(see her additional reviews below and here’s a feature article of mine which includes a photo of her completed home.)

READ Maria’s review #2 several months later.

READ Maria’s review #3 at the conclusion of their build.

Houzz 5-star customer rating for Sam Jernigan, Renaissance Design ConsultationsThese and more client reviews are on HOUZZ.

awards from Houzz, Thumbtack, and HomeAdvisor

And here’s an entire page of client feedback…

 

“When we moved from the city to a more rural setting I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with our new home. All my modern furniture seemed out of place! Sam helped me establish a look that suited our new setting without compromising my preference for contemporary design.

She helped me make some bold choices like painting the bathroom black and using reclaimed lumber for window trim. The results are stunning.

Sam was really creative and collaborative as we worked our way through multiple rooms. And the results are fantastic! We always get compliments.”

Jeannine Glista

Nevada City

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Here’s the feature article on her renovated home.

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And Jeannine’s newly black (!) bathroom was also included in this feature article (which includes my own formal dining room too, see photo in prior section).

Now...what decorating questions are bothering YOU?

Here’s a list of typical client’s issues I’ve been addressing for over two decades:

 

 

What’s YOUR dilemma?

* Trouble FIGURING OUT what to do with one or more rooms?

* Ready to undertake some purchasing but are concerned about making costly MISTAKES?

* Planning OR in the midst of a remodel or new build…and have hit a key snag?

*  OR you sort of know what you want but have trouble ENVISIONING in your mind’s eye…so you’re feeling STUCK?

Feeling OVERWHELMED inside the design, remodeling, or build process and wanting someone seasoned to just bring your vision to life for you (e.g. project management)?

OR are you looking for something “different” vs. the ho-hum generic “big box” offerings?

 

Want help with:

  • DIY – ideas or how-to’s for projects including upcycling? (I’m an avid DIY’er too)
  • Adding a home office, granny unit (ADU)?
  • A tiny house or innovative shipping container project?

Relax…

Regardless, I’ve got you covered for any and ALL design questions – interior and/or exterior. In addition to the hundreds of homeowners I’ve assisted over the years, I’ve also personally renovated two residences as well as served as designer plus general contractor for the construction of my own custom home. This sizable undertaking (beginning with a large parcel of raw land) utilized my comprehensive 2D/3D space planning — an invaluable rendering resource so you too can “SEE” (and test drive) various ideas BEFORE you pull the trigger for that next key purchase or remodel/addition/new construction.

READ more about test-driving ideas for building, remodeling, or for ANY room or project via my 2D/3D space planning service.

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Via the magic of graphics, another specialty of mine is rendering desired changes ON YOUR OWN PHOTOS — interior or exterior — another invaluable tool for eliminating the guesswork of your next project…proud member of Nevada County Contractors Assoc NCCA

READ more

Here’s a list of typical client’s issues I’ve been addressing for over two decades:

 

 

What’s YOUR dilemma?

* Trouble FIGURING OUT what to do with one or more rooms?

* Ready to undertake some purchasing but are concerned about making costly MISTAKES?

* Planning OR in the midst of a remodel or new build…and have hit a key snag?

*  OR you sort of know what you want but have trouble ENVISIONING in your mind’s eye…so you’re feeling STUCK?

Feeling OVERWHELMED inside the design, remodeling, or build process and wanting someone seasoned to just bring your vision to life for you (e.g. project management)?

OR are you looking for something “different” vs. the ho-hum generic “big box” offerings?

 

Want help with:

  • DIY – ideas or how-to’s for projects including upcycling? (I’m an avid DIY’er too)
  • Adding a home office, granny unit (ADU)?
  • A tiny house or innovative shipping container project?

Relax…

Regardless, I’ve got you covered for any and ALL design questions – interior and/or exterior. In addition to the hundreds of homeowners I’ve assisted over the years, I’ve also personally renovated two residences as well as served as designer plus general contractor for the construction of my own custom home. This sizable undertaking (beginning with a large parcel of raw land) utilized my comprehensive 2D/3D space planning — an invaluable rendering resource so you too can “SEE” (and test drive) various ideas BEFORE you pull the trigger for that next key purchase or remodel/addition/new construction.

READ more about test-driving ideas for building, remodeling, or for ANY room or project via my 2D/3D space planning service.

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Via the magic of graphics, another specialty of mine is rendering desired changes ON YOUR OWN PHOTOS — interior or exterior — another invaluable tool for eliminating the guesswork of your next project…proud member of Nevada County Contractors Assoc NCCA

READ more

client renderings 2D & 3D by Designer Sam Jernigan
Prices start at

$150/hr.

Fees are charged by the hour

…with a 1-hour minimum inside the service area (COVID-compliant: mask + socially-distanced). Actual fee will be quoted based on driving time to YOUR location.

Nevada County:  $150/hr.

Placer County:  $175/hr.

Sacramento County:  $185/hr.

Other regions: will quote — additional time available as desired, billed in 15-minute increments

READ more about how a consult works.

 

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E-design (remote) services –  $150 – $185/hr.

  • Will quote based on YOUR needs:  NO one-size-fits-all pricing – will instead tailor to the scope of YOUR project(s)
  • Inspiration boards
  • Shopping assistance if desired, including a host of specialty and to-the-trade retailers I’ve curated
  • Altering of YOUR photos to envision planned changes (especially ideal for test-driving new exterior paint colors and/or planned structural changes like the addition of French doors, new balcony railings, or other architectural changes)
  • 2D/3D space planning so you can test-drive your ideas on paper FIRST…before you buy Or build
  • Plus, if requested, I’ll provide you with detailed guidance for implementing your recommended design plan in working with you via email, phone, Skype/Zoom/video chat & routing of online resources including creation of private shopping pages

READ more about e-design remote/virtual services.

& . . .

Your “safety net” (follow-up)

Post-consult “decorating insurance”adding 30-minutes to an initial 1-hour or longer consult will provide you with access to additional support as your decorating project progresses (as above, hourly rate based on location).

Ideal for small projects, this built-in “safety net” permits you to get your questions answered via phone, email, or video chat once you begin shopping for planned purchases, testing paint colors, etc.

Prices start at

$450

Re-imagine & Re-use…

N E W  “Refresh my room(s)” pkg. – 3-hours

Given my staging background think of this as a re-staging of one or more rooms in your house.

Time can be used to select new paint colors and/or furnishings, materials, window treatments, etc. AND, if desired, includes rearranging furniture, rugs, accessories – including potentially rejiggering items from other rooms (with some help by you or a family member for heavy or awkward items).

A visual reboot of your space(s) with minimal investment – rate based on location…any leftover time can also be utilized for follow-up questions and/or shopping assistance, etc. (including later on).

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Gift Certificates

available too…

Prices start at

$1500

Projects

While smaller projects of less than 10 hours are available too, larger projects such as new home construction, remodels/additions, or more comprehensive assistance for one or more rooms are facilitated by supplying you ongoing design support beyond your initial consult.

These additional services utilize a Project Agreement and include:

Shopping assistance – in-person and/or online, including private Ideabooks I can curate for you on Houzz among other digital tools of mine.Houzz logo2D/3D space planning so you can SEE & test-drive your ideas on paper BEFORE you buy or build – ideal for those who have trouble envisioning planned changes or purchases, or just want to consider various options on paper first.

Continuing consultation services via phone, email, video chat so you have the ongoing support you need every step of the way…

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It’s no accident that I relocated to this 1850s Gold Rush-era neck of the woods

…because I adore vintage. So small wonder my own custom-designed/built residence has Old World (mostly French Country) influences throughout its interior as well as exterior — including custom tiles I designed for two rooms: one featuring photos of Paris and the other has a collection of vintage French food ads on tumbled marble tiles as accents in the kitchen backsplash.

So while I regularly work with clients who have contemporary, Mid-Century, Asian, Scandinavian Modern, or other types of clean & lean style preferences including boho or eclectic, I especially relish the opportunity to work on projects which are vintage-inspired or historical in nature including Shabby Chic, Country Farmhouse, Craftsman, Rustic, and Industrial among others, including Victorian. (And have you heard of this new one called “Cottagecore”?)

And it’s been such a joy to work on a number of period projects over the years including a circa 1905 VIP guesthouse for a premium winery in Sonoma County, a historical B&B, along with having clients whose residences were featured on a prominent Heritage Homes tour, etc.

To me, classical design rich with yesteryear sentiment is not only timeless (e.g. “trend proof”)…but also creates such a warm & inviting feeling of welcome

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YOU too?

Then I share with you my latest obsession:

Escape to the Chateau

…and wait until you see the moat(!), “orangerie” & 6 other outbuildings set amidst 12 idyllic acres which are home to this 19th century relic! The series provides a captivating armchair trip to the rural French countryside in watching this gorgeous architectural gem being lovingly & imaginatively revitalized top-to-bottom by the adorable and re$ourceful British couple, Dick & Angel, who’ve made it into their home (& destination-wedding business) — after it laid abandoned for 40 long years.

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“At the end of the day, as long as YOU like it, that’s all that matters…”

 

Angel Adoree

Designer & co-owner, Château de la Motte-Husson, France

I couldn’t agree more!

Because now more than ever, there’s no place like home. Thanks for stopping by & I’m looking forward to working with you…

Cheers,

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“Sam” Jernigan
Interior Designer, IFDA

Designer Sam Jernigan has won awards for excellence by Houzz, HomeAdvisor and Thumbtack

Copyright 2021 Renaissance Design Consultations, all rights reserved.
Website designed in-house.

Providing remote COVID-19 e-design services, interior design & interior decorating consultation, 2D & 3D space planning, e-interior design services remotely, real estate staging services, home design and remodeling guidance, holiday & special event decorating, retail window display & merchandising services, retail store and restaurant design and re-design plus project management services in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Alta Sierra, Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, Colfax, Truckee, Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, Granite Bay, Auburn, Newcastle, Loomis, Penryn, Marysville, and Yuba City. Other areas by special arrangement for on-site design services and most services also available on an off-site (remote, virtual) basis.