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Continued: Interior designer Jaque Bethke goes for drama

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 22, 2013 - 2:01 PM


Q Why do clients seek you out?

A. No matter what their home’s style — it’s people who have a passion for color but are afraid to do it themselves. They’re impressed with the way I use color.


Q What’s one of the most off-the-wall ideas you’ve used in your own home?

A Living-room drapes made out of metal chain-link fencing. I like a little bit of edge, something unexpected and artistic, but simple in its form. Each panel weighs 200 pounds and is opened by remote control.


Q What’s an unusual request you’ve fulfilled for a client?

A A Superman-themed bedroom for an adult. It has an image of a flying Superman across the headboard. The red, white and blue room has silver drapes and spaceship-shaped lamps. I displayed his Superman comic-book collection in shadow boxes.


Q What’s a product that you recommend to many clients?

A Centiva flooring for its durability, reflective quality; it’s easy to clean and is soft under your feet. I have it in my lower level.


Q What’s one of your design disasters?

A When I was a young designer, I worked on a residence for a basketball player, who later became very famous. I designed his closet, and when the garment boxes were delivered, there was no way his shoes and shirts would fit on the standard-depth shelves, and his pants dragged on the floor. It was a costly mistake.


Q What’s the interior style of your home?

A I like to mix classic and midcentury modern — with a little bit of an edge.

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