Tuesday, October 27, 2009

San Diego Daily Transript -Green Designer Jen Guerin


Thursday, October 22, 2009


Local color expert has designs on being 'green'
By DAVID MOYE, Special to the Daily Transcript
Thursday, October 22, 2009

For designer and certified color expert Jen Guerin, "green" isn't just a color.
It's a viewpoint toward environmentally friendly design that colors her way of seeing the world. She learned firsthand of the toxic fumes that can be present in products while running her own decorative painting company, Ox & Olive.
Guerin, who runs JG Color Studios in Banker's Hill, received national attention earlier this year when she was one of 10 contestants on the fourth season of "HGTV Design Star," the network's most popular series. Although she didn't win the coveted prize of hosting a series on the network, she has been able to parlay her success into a platform to promote green products such as American Clay, a natural Earth plaster.
"American Clay has many benefits that I haven't been able to find in any other paint product besides sharing the fact that it has zero VOCs," or volatile organic compounds, she said. "Since it is almost completely made up of clay material from the earth, it harbors such benefits such as 'breathability' and permeability. That means it allows moisture to pass through the wall surface and lowers the propensity for mold or mildew."

Jen Guerin

Guerin also points out that the natural components of American Clay help it repel dust and pet hair as well as technical ion charges "that aren't so good for us.
"Studies also show that clay plasters on walls can actually lessen heat or cold coming through the walls. How about that? It saves on your energy bill," she said.
Although some people assume that going green means resigning one's self to earth tones, Guerin insists that belief is incorrect.
"It's only a myth," she said. "I have a client who has fuchsia in the kitchen and cobalt blue in the dining room, but has solar panels, and uses only green energy."
Guerin also like to "go green" by reusing old items in fun new ways. She has been shopping at Architectural Salvage on Kettner Boulevard for 12 years and enjoys finding new uses for the beautiful old objects she gets there.
"I recently found some vintage crystal door handles and I'm installing them in my bathroom walls as a towel rack," she said. "Also, I am currently working on turning U-31 in North Park from a nightclub to an eatery in the early evening hours before the D.J. arrives.
"Instead of throwing away the gorgeous circular tops of the tall tables, we are cutting them off the stems and installing them on the wall with backlighting to create a stunning three-dimensional wall.
"For me, reusing items such as salvage items as this is better than recycling; you have a little piece of history in your home."
While it may be easier than ever for a designer to go green, Guerin suggests people decide how deep they want to go before they start a project, because it's a lot "like deciding whether you're a vegetarian or a vegan.
"Using green paints and plasters is a good start, but it's important to do research because that Italian couch made out of hemp may be environmentally friendly at its point of origin, but its carbon footprint gets bigger the further away it's shipped from the factory," she said.

Moye is media relations manager at Alternative Strategies.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ikea rooms get a color analysis from color expert Saturday October 24th in San Diego

Ikea has asked me to speak to its customers about the importance of color in space this Saturday at the Mission Valley store. Rotating between the kitchen, office and bedroom spaces I will address the importance of visual ergonomics in office spaces, choosing the right pallette for your personality in bedrooms and the colors that can drive you to digest, socialize and make food taste better.

11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm to catch the show that only lasts 20 minutes on the up to date trends and what to do in your own space.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Check out the Front Pages of San Diego Magazine

Rebeca Chapell's write up in the San Diego Magazine for October was one of the best I've seen..it even inspired me to ensure I live the life I've set myself out to experience. Travel and color the world. :) I'm proud to be a part of the October issue and can't wait until my next destination presents itself.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Adventures in Designing a tiny space - My New Pad!

This is the first time ever I have had complete carte blanche (yes for even as bossy as I am I have comprised for a significant other in design) on designing a new apartment. I have decided to take it on with vigor using my passions; color and recycling.
I pinky scout promise to:
- buy only used items, water saving products, fight the city to get recycling in my complex, create an outside dog run haven for my puglet and an exterior dining room.

I'll update with photos of before, during and the final product (October 30th is my deadline).

Watch and see how I can pull it together.....keeping the enviroment in mind every second and each purchase.

Budget: $1000.00
Deadline: October 30th, 2009
Launch: today September 24th, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Creating art and speaking at the Woman's Expo

So my new to do list includes not only speaking at Ikea Thanksgiving weekend and the woodworkers meeting here in San Diego but I've had the honor to be asked to lecture about color and my experience being a part of the Design Star cast at the Women's Expo in Pasedena on October 11th and on December 4th in Del Mar. I'm working my booty off on a new line of paintings that will be exclusively for sale at the two events and a small design line for the home. Laura of Colori will be selling her gilded tiles at the booth as well. Come check it out!

Riveria magazine

This month's latest Riveria magazine features not only JG Color Studios as the back page but also Matt Devine of the Glass Haus and Little Italy's Luis de Jesus. Some of the biggest artistic influences in San Diego this year. The Glass Haus is one of my favorite places to visit new artists and see the most talented pieces put together in our little art scene. My other favorite Friday night stop is Subtext and this Friday night is Kettner Nights. I'll be stopping by Bedford Built to see his new pieces and Klassik to check out a new sofa for my new pad.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

GRAND OPENING for JG Color Studios Thursday

The summer event.... JG Color Studio GRAND OPENING! Join us to celebrate at 1843 5th ave, San Diego, CA 92101 in Bankers Hill on Thursday August 6th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
(between Fir and Elm)

Meet Design Star finalist Jen Guerin PLUS .....

DJ Buttonsdown and Blk Pants will be spinning
Demostrations of the guilding process by Colori decorative arts
Tend Living from Pigment store in North Park will have their self contained orbs
Architecutural Salvage will have pieces on hand for the show
Jason Champion outdoor furniture will be unveiled for the event
World wide beers will be sponsered by the Tin Can Ale house
View the latest trends in color and green decorative art
Jennifer Guerin's latest fine art show - Sold