The 2018 #JLPShowHouse may be closed, but we'll continue to share information about the people and groups that made this mansion so special. Do you remember the pink hummingbird room on the first floor? James Checkeye, half of the @evelynjamesinteriors team which designed it, knew he wanted to be an interior designer since he was a child. He came from a simple upbringing, but always had a fascination with the finer things. “I had no idea that I was different from some of the other design students," James recalled. "I spent money on every fine home design magazine I could get my hands on, from World of Interiors to Architectural Digest. Even while in design school, I worked with a well-known designer in Squirrel Hill, Natalie Friedberg."
After working on private Squirrel Hill homes and redecorating the Concordia Club, he moved on to a job with Mary Drysdale in Washington, D.C. "I was lonesome for Pittsburgh, though, so I came back and went to work for Arthur Moser," he said. "I was with them for 14 years until they closed. It was then that I decided to join forces with @evelynwedner, who also worked there. Together we started @evelynjamesinteriors. With all of our wonderful clients, we have manged to keep busy and successful in Squirrel Hill."
(Pictured: James during his time with Drysdale Design Associates. This was taken at the National Symphony Orchestra Showhouse in McLean, Virginia, in 1991. He helped with the dining room.) #interiordesigners #interiordesignlife