Big Sky celebrates 25 years of design and retail

Big Sky Design celebrates its 25th anniversary this year in Wilmington, North Carolina. It is a commercial, hotel and residential interior design company with retail.

WILMINGTON, NC – In 25 years, Big Sky Design has become a benchmark in this North Carolina port city for commercial, hotel and residential interior design and retail.

Founded by Jennifer Kraner in 1997, the brand has grown over the years and has become a staple in her hometown of Wilmington.

“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years. It’s been so much fun for me to do this over the years,” Kraner told Home Accents Today. “It’s hard work, but we love what we do. One of the things I’m particularly proud of is the amount of work we’ve been able to accomplish for the Wilmington community.

Big Sky’s work can be seen throughout the region, including the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher near Kure Beach, as well as a number of civic projects around the city.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of Big Sky Design’s notable projects.

“It was a great introduction to what interior design means for public spaces. Over the last few years we’ve done some fun projects like hospitality. It’s been interesting to see the evolution of how interiors amenity spaces have evolved,” Kraner said. “Our team had fun providing an interesting, modern, multi-layered solution to some of these amenity spaces in different community pavilions. These projects are a lot of fun. the way we started, we’ve been working on a lot more creative commercial spaces these days, educational spaces as well, we’ve also done a lot of schools and community colleges.

Five years after gaining a foothold in commercial spaces, Kraner has added residential interior design to its line of services. She said the decision was made because of the opportunity in the area and it paid off.

“We are a destination community. We’ve been through a few recessions, but luckily as people have moved here, Wilmington has continued to grow. I have to attribute some of our growth to the community,” she said. “We’re looking at a lot more custom solutions for our client to build that deeper, longer-term relationship. Residential has been really rewarding.

In addition to the business created by design projects, residential design has also served as a gateway to retail. Kraner said retail has exploded and allowed the Home Accents Today 2021 retail star to introduce his design chops to a broader base.

Jennifer Kraner

Jennifer Kraner

“We have always been a concept-driven design company, so our ideas have driven projects. This has allowed us to create unique solutions. We’ve adopted the same in-store methodology in how we present furniture in the store,” she said. “We give them packed inspiration to see what the spaces look like. You move from one time and space from one thumbnail to another depending on the furniture; the beautiful materials, the accessories, the lighting, everything that comes into play. I couldn’t be happier with the retail. It shows how we present the design and it was a hands-on experience for everyone who enters the store. »

And with so much going on, Kraner said she’s excited to see what the future holds for Big Sky and the team.

“I was so fun starting Big Sky and there was a place for it in the community. It’s my career and I’m here. It’s been going on for 25 years,” Kraner said. “I’m so excited to see where we are at with Big Sky. It makes me proud of the hard work I’ve put into Big Sky as well as the team. Having such a dynamic and creative team for all these years has played instrumental in Big Sky’s growth.

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