What do you get when you mix an accessories designer, an architect and an Al Beadle condo remodel project? You get a “fashterior” aka a unique and quirky modern space inspired by fashion (btw – we just coined that word). Equally intriguing as the space itself is the owner Jennifer Paige Boonlorn, the accessories designer behind Soul Carrier, a unique brand that takes interesting materials, like recycled seat belts, and turns them into fashion accessories.
Jennifer’s remodeled Beadle Box, on the southside of Camelback, is a product of her passion for fashion, modern design and her friendship with architect Bob Wilkinson “I worked with Bob Wilkinson to completely renovate my Beadle Box. Bob and I were college friends, and I was his first client after he left Construction Zone last year to form his own company Worksite,” says Jennifer.
When it comes to passion, Jennifer believes in surrounding yourself with inspiration to influence the creative process. According to Jennifer, a Parsons Fashion Marketing graduate, “Modern architecture is very inspirational to me. I believe that cool spaces and atmosphere have the ability to influence and inspire the creative process…simply being in the renovated space has a pretty stunning impact on my mood and artistic ideas.”
Her home is clearly a reflection of her ideals. At first glance the architecture, clean lines, minimalism and concrete give off a sleek and modern vibe. However, looking closer you’ll find snapshots of warmth in every corner, all inspired by fashion, giving you a small glimpse into Jennifer’s soul.
Boutique Living Room – Jennifer used the Soul Carrier handbag line as the focal art in the living room, highlighting the wood and stained concrete floors. “We turned my living room into a showroom – mounting the “Soul Carrier” bags on the wall with metal clamps, so that they hang like art.”
Branded Dining - Even the centerpiece in the dining area combines fashion with architecture. “Bob, designed and built this table with wheels so we can cart it through the multi-slide glass doors outside when the weather is lovely. The “Soul Carrier” yarn letters are my visual merchandising that I take with me to trunk shows.”
Inspired Work Space - Jennifer’s workspace inspires her to create on a daily basis. A sticky note on her computer screen reminds her to “Just be at peace and free,” one of her favorite mantras and ultimate missions in life. Also, casually yet intuitively placed around her space is fashionable art, like this art piece by San Francisco’s Danny Roberts which depicts Marc Jacobs models around a table.
Fashionable Study – Jennifer’s work place continues with a door, found at the vintage thrift store Qcumberz, turned into a desk. Bob attached random table legs to the door, framed it in steel and topped it with glass. Underneath is the unmistakable shade of red, Jennifer’s nod to a Christian Louboutin shoe. An image of Lady Gaga, painted by Jennifer’s friend Moises Ramirez, a MAC makeup artist who does all the makeup for New York Fashion Week, completes the space.
Sleek Kitchen – Inspired by an image Jennifer discovered in Dwell, Bob created glass cabinets as an alternative to traditional kitchen cabinets. The kitchen counter was another Bob masterpiece developed using composite material by LG and an aluminum pinstripe.
Historical Staircase – On the way up the spiral staircase, an Al Beadle signature, the vibe changes and Jennifer speaks passionately about her father who inspired the guard railing at the top of the stairs, “My dad was an architect, so Bob took my dad’s blue prints of a memorial my dad had been commissioned to design in honor of slain Buddhist monks. Bob cut the design into steel and used it as the end piece of the guard rail. It’s a great way for my dad to literally shine into my life everyday. My parents passed away in a car accident 12 years ago, so this piece is really a memorial to them as well.” Next, the guard railing introduces the large art piece in the hallway, a mannequin which inspired the Soul Carrier brand. Jennifer and Bob created this piece for the Mannequin Is Our Muse art project which was featured during the grand opening of the East Wing and Barneys at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Whimsical Bedroom – Upstairs in Jennifer’s bedroom, the theme of fashion and art continues but in a calm and serene environment. The affect is accentuated by Anthropologie and West Elm Bedding and a hand me down bathroom sink from Bob’s former client. But what catches our eye is the real Chanel signage salvaged from a remodeled Chanel store on Madison Ave, placed on the bedroom floor.
As our home tour ends we leave feeling like we were given a look at something very precious and intimate, something people only share with their closet friends. Jennifer’s fashionable Beadle Box inspired us in more ways than one, but mostly it reminded us being free and at peace is directly connected to the spaces around us, making them an extension of ourselves and snapshots of our souls.
Images by Ashley Bugg of Bugg.Photographer.