interior designer | wellness advocate | life-lover
Why Reiko? I’m half Japanese and it is my middle name – a common Japanese name (pronounced ray-co).
With a background of many years of working for design + build firms, I have a holistic take on interior design guiding my clients through the process of not only design but also construction.
I believe good design (of any kind) has the capability to improve people’s lives and wellbeing. With regards to interiors, I guide and collaborate with my clients to curate spaces that are beautifully refined, highly-functional, and catered to their soulful calling, and remain true to the nature/spirit of the existing home. In turn, promoting user wellness + nurturing better living.
Meet the Team
founder + lead interior designer
J REIKO + CO
How it all began
A little love for design can go a long way…
I have always been fascinated by living spaces. Growing up in rural Colorado, I remember making mud forts outside as a child and obsessing over how they were laid out and what they would be used for.
Little did I know – that even then – I realized the importance of functionality in the home. A home is such a key element in anyone’s life. By making spaces beautiful, functional, and meaningful to the user, we have the power to dramatically change lives for the better.
By curating interiors and finding purposeful solutions, I want to promote well-being from the outside-in. I love how much joy and gratification it brings to my client’s lives – and in turn, mine.
No questions are silly questions. Need to know more?
When is the best time to enlist the services of a designer?
The earlier the better. Design is the first phase of any project. We (designer + homeowner) create the initial vision for your space – so the sooner I am involved the better. I'll collaborate with your builder or help you create a team of trusted trade professionals that will ensure the success of your project from start to finish.
Other professionals might include but aren’t limited to: architects, structural engineers, financial lenders, builders/contractors. I can also recommend professionals that I trust and have built long-standing relationships with, so you don’t have to worry about the vetting process.
Will you work with my existing contractor or trade people that I have worked with in the past?
Absolutely! If you have professionals that you know and trust with your project, I am more than happy to work with them.
I love meeting new companies and people that provide exceptional quality of work and a positive experience for their clients – I am always looking to build my professional network.
Is my project too small? What if I need help with some random odds + ends?
I am happy to help anyone...no matter the scope of their project! I can perform services under an hourly design agreement so you can customize what you want help with… even if it is just a one-hour consultation to pick a paint color or a quick walk-through for some overall design advice.
How involved will I have to be in the design process?
This depends on the client... Some clients like to be very hands-on and others would prefer to leave everything in my capable hands, knowing I will remove the stress and decisions from their plate.
I value my client's ideas and input which ensure the space will reflect their needs and lifestyle. My approach is personalized for each project to ensure it is an enjoyable collaboration where my clients feel guided throughout the entire project.
Who are your typical clients?
I work with a wide variety of people and believe good design should be made accessible to all.
My clients see value in the creative process, overall experience, and the benefits of working with a professional designer. These clients are ready to make decisions and willing to invest in what they truly want their home to look and feel like.
The common thread is that they all desire a home that will be their sanctuary; one that will complement their lifestyle and taste.
What cities do you work in?
My typical project is in the Denver Metro area or Northern Colorado (Front Range). I do take on out-of-town and out-of-state full-service design projects on a case by case basis, travel fees will apply.
Virtual Design services are available for Furniture + Styling – there are no boundaries.
What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?
Interior Decorators | Typically focus on the decorative elements of a home, such as: paint color, furniture, décor, window treatments, bedding etc.
Interior Designers | As well as the items mentioned above, interior designers typically have a formal education and knowledge of interior architecture principles, drafting skills, general building code guidelines. They are also responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its users.
Interior Designers with a Design+Build Background... AKA Me
With a Bachelor's degree of Human Science: Interior Design, most of my working experience has been in design + build which has given me exposure and insight into the architectural and construction process. Many designers stay in the world of interior design and furnishings, but half of my world has always been construction.
By approaching the project with this holistic vision, I am taking into account not only how things will look, but understanding how they can be built/implemented, and how it will ultimately affect the lives of those that use the space when it is completed.
I have a process, product knowledge, and eye for curating their space from start to finish (architectural design through fixed finish specification and wrapping up with furniture + styling).