Best of Houzz 2024!

Best of Houzz Award


Awarded Best of Houzz 2024

Annual award highlights home remodeling and design professionals with top ratings and most popular designs among the global Houzz community

Santa Monica, CA, February 14, 2024 – JL Interiors of Santa Monica, CA has won a “Best of Houzz” award for DESIGN on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, including the all-in-one software solution for industry professionals. The LA-based creative/diverse firm that specializes in residential interiors was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 3 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Best of Houzz awards are given annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro's overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2023. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

“Best of Houzz 2024” badges appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help the more than 65 million homeowners and home design enthusiasts on Houzz to identify popular and top-rated home professionals for their projects.

Design won't save the world, but it damn sure makes it look good.

“The Best of Houzz awards serve as a symbol of trust and validation among homeowners seeking top-notch professionals," said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This year’s winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry - many of whom are using Houzz Pro to enhance their services -  and we are extremely pleased to give them this recognition.”

You can see more of JL Interiors’s work on Houzz.

About JL Interiors

JL Interiors is a LA-based creative/diverse firm that specializes in residential interiors. JL Interiors empowers homeowners to design their dream home that they can be proud of! The design isn’t just about making things beautiful; it’s also about making things work beautifully. JL Interiors does it ALL!

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing an all-in-one software solution for industry professionals and tools for homeowners to update their homes from start to finish. Using Houzz, people can find ideas and inspiration, hire professionals, and shop for products. Houzz Pro ( provides home industry professionals with a business management and marketing SaaS solution that helps them to win projects, collaborate with clients and teams, and run their business efficiently and profitably. The Houzz community is made up of millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals around the world. Houzz is available on the web and as a top-rated mobile app. For more information, visit Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide.

KILZ Destination Restoration: MarCom Gold Winner!

Interior design meets creative content and video excellence! The collaboration between renowned interior designer Jason Lai, pro painter Jared "JPaul" Foster, Arcana Academy, and The Buzz Lab has recently been named as the prestigious MarCom Gold winner for their outstanding work on Kilz: Destination Restoration. This project not only showcases the power of artistic innovation but also demonstrates the potential of creative partnerships in the modern design world.

Jason Lai: A Master of Interior Design

Jason Lai is a well-known figure in the world of interior design, celebrated for his talent in creating captivating spaces that seamlessly blend form and function. His portfolio boasts a wide range of residential and commercial projects, each characterized by its unique aesthetic and remarkable attention to detail. Kilz: Destination Restoration offered Lai a unique canvas to demonstrate his interior design prowess by restoration instead of demolition.

Arcana Academy: Crafting Creative Brilliance

Arcana Academy, a Los Angeles-based creative content agency, has a strong track record of delivering strategically sound solutions for branding, advertising, and marketing across various media channels. Their team brings world-class experience and innovative ideas to the table, making them the perfect partner for projects that demand creative ingenuity. The collaboration with Jason Lai was a testament to their ability to translate his design vision into captivating marketing materials.

The Buzz Lab: Mastering the Art of Storytelling through Video

The Buzz Lab is a name synonymous with high-impact video storytelling. With over 16 years of experience, they have developed a reputation for delivering high-value content with style and speed. They specialize in helping large companies create strategic video campaigns that drive results. For Kilz: Destination Restoration, The Buzz Lab's involvement meant that the project would be brought to life through the power of visual storytelling.

Kilz: Destination Restoration

The Kilz: Destination Restoration project was a unique undertaking that required the fusion of interior design, creative content, and video storytelling. The objective was to not only restore a fourth-generational family home by preserving original features without breaking the bank but to narrate the entire process in a compelling and engaging way.

Jason Lai's innovative interior design was the foundation upon which the project was built. His vision for restoring and reimagining the space was nothing short of remarkable.  Jared "JPaul" Foster's perfectly executing the paint by Kilz to restore old surfaces to better than its original glory prepped for paint.  Arcana Academy used its strategic and creative prowess to create branding and marketing materials that would resonate with the intended audience, while The Buzz Lab harnessed the power of video to tell the captivating story of the restoration.

The result was a project that seamlessly integrated design, marketing, and video content, showcasing the beauty of the restored space and the artistry behind it. Kilz: Destination Restoration became an exemplar of collaboration and creative synergy.

MarCom Gold: A Well-Deserved Recognition

MarCom Awards, an international creative competition, honor outstanding achievement in the concept, writing, and design of marketing and communication materials. Winning the MarCom Gold is a testament to the exceptional work put into Kilz: Destination Restoration by Jason Lai, Jared "JPaul" Foster, Arcana Academy, and The Buzz Lab.

The recognition highlights the impact of combining interior design expertise with creative content and video storytelling. This collaboration is a testament to the power of interdisciplinary teamwork in creating marketing materials that engage, inspire, and drive results.

In conclusion, the collaboration between Jason Lai, Jared "JPaul" Foster, Arcana Academy, and The Buzz Lab, resulting in their MarCom Gold-winning Kilz: Destination Restoration project, is a prime example of how creativity, innovation, and teamwork can produce remarkable results. It underlines the potential that lies in bridging different creative disciplines to create something truly extraordinary. The success of this project serves as an inspiration for those seeking to explore new horizons in design, marketing, and storytelling.

Arcana Academy & The Buzz Lab
Arcana Academy & The Buzz Lab

Designer Predictions & Trends for 2024 | Redfin

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As we approach the cusp of 2024, the world of interior design is brimming with exciting possibilities and new trends that promise to transform living spaces in both bustling cities like New York and serene retreats like Virginia Beach. Design experts are forecasting a year that celebrates the cozy embrace of nature blended seamlessly with modern aesthetics.  Prevailing themes revolve around the harmonious fusion of nature’s gentle embrace
with living spaces that captivates the senses and elevates our daily lives.

This Redfin article on interior design trends invites us to the new New Year’s lifestyle where organic and the modern converge, where every
corner becomes an inviting sanctuary, and where innovation and tradition can exist in one room.

Read the full article here: Designer Predictions & Trends for 2024 | Redfin

JL Interiors project was featured in Redfin

11 Timeless Beige and Neutral Home Decor Ideas | Redfin

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Creams, beiges, and taupes, often overlooked in favor of more vibrant colors, are again making a resurgence in the world of home decor. These neutral shades bring a sense of calmness, warmth, and versatility to living spaces. Whether you’re designing your new house in San Marcos, CA, or Oklahoma City, this is a good style because it effortlessly complements the serene and diverse
landscapes of both regions, providing a timeless backdrop for your home that harmonizes with the natural beauty of coastal California or the heartland of Oklahoma.

This Redfin article explores the renewed popularity of these understated hues, offering insights from interior design experts on how to use them effectively in your home. From creating texture to incorporating pops of color and adding personal touches, discover the secrets to making these neutral tones the foundation of your stylish and inviting living spaces.

Read the full article here: 11 Timeless Beige and Neutral Home Decor Ideas | Redfin

JL interiors was featured in Redfin

Designing Your Dream Home on a Budget: Tips from Interior Designer Jason Lai

Creating your ideal living space doesn't have to be a financial burden. Interior designer Jason Lai, known for his versatile design skills, shares valuable tips and tricks for crafting your dream home without breaking the bank. In this blog post, we'll explore Lai's insights on budget-friendly design, emphasizing the importance of creating a sanctuary that's accessible to all.

Jason Lai, with his background in communications and marketing, transitioned into the world of design in 2006, founding JL Interiors, a Santa Monica-based design studio. His approach is centered around crafting spaces that authentically reflect the client while remaining flexible to adapt to evolving needs.

Lai emphasizes that creating a personal sanctuary is crucial, especially for the LGBTQ+ community, and it can be achieved on a budget. He encourages the use of affordable key pieces from stores like IKEA to transform your living space. Lai believes that a well-designed home positively impacts mental and physical well-being, resulting in increased energy and relaxation.

According to Lai, the first step in crafting your dream space is recognizing that tastes evolve, trends change, and future homes may require different configurations. To ensure your investments are worthwhile, choose pieces that can grow with you or be easily resold when the time comes. Lai emphasizes that well-chosen, budget-friendly items can maintain their value over time.

Modular pieces that can adapt to your changing needs offer excellent value for money. Lai often recommends customizable sofa systems, like IKEA's SÖDERHAMN series, for their plush minimalism and mix-and-match flexibility. These pieces can easily scale up or down to suit your living space and lifestyle changes.

While furnishing an entire home can be costly, it's essential to treat it as an ongoing project. Key items like a comfortable sofa and a supportive bed frame and mattress are worth a splurge, as they significantly impact your daily life. Lai advises picking a bed frame with a classic style and using versatile bedding that can be swapped with the seasons or your mood.

Jason highlights the importance of engaging all five senses to make your home feel refined and personalized. Tactile throws, speakers to set the mood, and scented candles can create a sensory-rich environment without breaking the bank. Lai suggests the IKEA SYMFONISK, a table lamp that doubles as a speaker, as an affordable and stylish solution. Dual-function items can maximize utility in small spaces.  He encourages clients to use accessories to inject texture and personality into their space. He suggests that mementos from your travels can add character and positive memories to your home. Experimenting with groupings and scale can also revitalize your living space without additional expenses.

In conclusion, Lai emphasizes that design is subjective, and it's essential to experiment with your space. Your home is your oasis, and it should reflect your personality and style, regardless of your budget. Designing a space that feels good will ultimately help you present your best self to the world.

Creating your dream home is less about budget constraints and more about creative expression, according to Jason Lai. With the right mindset and strategic choices, anyone can achieve a beautiful and functional living space without overspending.

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