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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 What are three elements of good design?

A Imagination, color, texture — combining those three to create an experience, not just a pretty space. But there’s a fine balance between just right and over-the-top.


Q How has interior design changed in the past decade?

A Technology has made a big impact. We use 3-D computer-modeling tools to create a base file and add design pieces. We can even turn it into a virtual tour with a video. It’s like trying out the car before you buy it. Digitally printed images on glass and other materials give endless opportunities for individuality. Now you can make wallpaper out of family photos. Clients have so many resources and websites like Houzz for ideas, and the sheer numbers of design options are endless.


Q What design trends have had their day?

A I don’t care for the whole shabby chic look of washed-out florals and wrinkly linens. It feels like it should be on the beach, not in a Midwestern home.


Q What’s the secret to your success?

A Tenacity — my ability to get knocked down and get back up. I’ve also learned to surround myself with gifted people who can do the things that I don’t do well.


Q What drives you to keep creating?

A I love how design changes the world, and is in everything we smell, see and touch. The challenge drives me.


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619



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