Exclusive interview: Interior designer for 2017-refitted Superyacht LUCKY LADY, Juniper Hill Furniture

The summer season is in full swing and in anticipation of the busiest charter ...

Exclusive interview: Interior designer for 2017-refitted Superyacht LUCKY LADY, Juniper Hill Furniture

July 25, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The summer season is in full swing and in anticipation of the busiest charter period in the Mediterranean, shipyards across the globe have been active with superyacht refits to offer guests the latest in modern technology, water toys variety and interior and exterior design.

Oceanco superyacht LUCKY LADY

Oceanco superyacht LUCKY LADY

Oceanco superyacht LUCKY LADY (ex.LADY LOLA) was one such vessel that recently underwent maintenance and an extensive refit to prepare her for the summer season in the Mediterranean, and her interior design was completed by the owners’ favourite designers: Juniper Hill Furniture & Design.

Run by mother and daughter team Trish Dietze and Stacy Hernendez, Nevada-based Juniper Hill Furniture & Design sources quality furnishings from hundreds of boutique brands and renowned designers to create stylish, comfortable and cohesive interiors that follow the owner’s requirements. Trish Dietze spoke exclusively to CharterWorld to provide greater insight into the concepts that created the radiant interiors of 62m/205ft motor yacht LUCKY LADY.

Does Juniper Hill Furniture & Design have a history of working on superyacht interiors?

While we have not worked on interior designs for a superyacht before, we have done several large estates from Reno to Hawaii to Southern California, Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley and Florida.

How did your company diversify from luxury residences to superyachts?

A simple answer is that most owners of superyachts are also owners of luxury residences. In addition to residential design, we have designed medical offices, a hotel in Yountville, Napa Valley, clubhouses and even a private jet. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some very incredible people in my life, and this has been a great example of that: I’ve worked with the owners for many years designing the interiors of several of their homes and when they purchased LUCKY LADY, they invited me to design this interior as well.

Superyacht LUCKY LADY - The main salon after the 2017 refit

Superyacht LUCKY LADY – The main salon after the 2017 refit

What were the key concepts behind the interior design for superyacht LUCKY LADY?

As a guest on several superyachts in recent years, I have seen many different beautiful styles and designs. One thing that has been an issue though is the comfort: Many of the furnishings were great looking but lacked in comfort. When the owner of LUCKY LADY and I first began working on the interior design of the yacht, our goal was to create a sophisticated yet relaxing environment.

“I would say that any designer’s style evolves with the current colors and trends to a point, but really my design is drawn from the area, owner and home that I work on. As a designer, I work by my motto, “I have only one design style: Yours.” On each design project, I work closely with my clients to create a space that is comfortable, stylish and reflects their personality and lifestyle.”

Superyacht LUCKY LADY - Fantastic views seated on the sundeck forward

Superyacht LUCKY LADY – Fantastic views seated on the sundeck forward

Did Juniper Hill Designs collaborate with any other interior designers or yacht industry professionals to complete the interiors?

There weren’t any other interior designers, but there were some yacht industry professionals that I worked with: Powless Drapery for bedding, drapery and upholstery, and Yacht furnishings by Eclipse for the outdoor cushions and awnings.

Is there anything within this project that you would like to draw special attention to?

I have always maintained that the right accessories and artwork really give a room their personality and finishing touches; we found some amazing pieces to accent the rooms with! My favorite detail is possibly the unique display of wine in the beautifully lighted wine wall.

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY - Master suite details

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY – Master suite details

How has your company’s style evolved over time?

I would say that any designer’s style evolves with the current colors and trends to a point, but really my design is drawn from the area, owner and home that I work on. As a designer, I work by my motto, “I have only one design style: Yours.” On each design project, I work closely with my clients to create a space that is comfortable, stylish and reflects their personality and lifestyle.

Each area and home have a character that we design around. For example, a home in Lake Tahoe was traditional European with many rich colors, elaborate faux painting and heavily carved and ornate details. While the home in Hawaii was more contemporary with coastal colors and natural furnishings, and another Tahoe home featured a lighter palette with Mountain Contemporary designs. I am very comfortable with any style, allowing me to draw inspiration from my clients to bring their dream interiors to life.

The recently refitted Master suite aboard luxury yacht LUCKY LADY

The recently refitted Master suite aboard luxury yacht LUCKY LADY

What makes Juniper Hill Designs stand out from other designers?

We moved to Reno from the Napa Valley 17 years ago with the goal of “bringing the world closer to home.” To us, that meant bringing the unique designs, accents and vendors we had seen in all of our worlds travel back to our store.

Our large showroom features a rich collection of items that reflect our travels and unique design sense. We have carried everything from furniture and accessories to bedding, linens and tableware: We are able to furnish a home in its entirety, from living rooms to bathrooms.

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY - Main deck aft seating

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY – Main deck aft seating

Most of our competitors are either designers working out of small studios, or furniture stores that offer a variety of items, but have no designers and very few custom choices. We are a full design studio with a carefully curated showroom to represent our vendors and feature an extensive collection of accessories.

We have a library of over 500 vendors and my design team is made up of myself, my daughter Stacy Hernandez and Leona Torres. We all work closely with each other and our clients to create their dream interiors. In addition, to stay competitive with other stores and the internet, we offer 30-40% off suggested retail on all of our items across the board and all of the time.

Luxury yacht LUCKY LADY - Sundeck alfresco dining and pool

Luxury yacht LUCKY LADY – Sundeck alfresco dining and pool

Are there any company awards, achievements or milestones that you would like to mention?

Trish’s designs have been featured in Sunset magazine, Reno magazine and Tahoe Quarterly. And if you’ll allow us a little ego, we believe we are the preeminent furniture and design source in Northern Nevada which is borne out by the broad geographical range of our projects.

Is there anything else you would like to mention regarding M/Y LUCKY LADY?

Foremost, I have to say what a privilege it was to be chosen for this project. As previously mentioned, having been a fortunate charter guest six times in the last six years, I believe we came to this project with a unique perspective. With that background, we made sure M/Y LUCKY LADY is equipped with the finest china, crystal and linens to match the gourmet dining experience and luxurious atmosphere. I hope we succeeded creating an environment with the client in mind to offer the absolute best possible charter experience.

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY - Aft deck sun lounging

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY – Aft deck sun lounging

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY will be available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer from €343,000-€371,000  per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to reserve your dates, and visit Juniper Hill Furniture & Design to see more luxury interiors from Trish Dietze, Leona Torres and Stacy Hernandez.

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