This week, we are so excited to share some insights and inspiration from New York based interior designer, Jennifer Hunter! Jennifer’s fresh approach to classic design can be seen throughout her impressive portfolio of residential projects. Scroll below to see what she has to say about the industry, the latest trends, and her advice for new homeowners – plus a peak at some of her fabulous work! 

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How did you first get involved with interior design?

I was born into it--my grandfather (my biggest inspiration) was a developer in D.C. From an early age I would spend Sundays with him visiting job sites. When it came time to apply to college, I pursued various 5-year architecture programs and landed on The University of Texas, Austin. In my summers I came to NYC and had the privilege of interning for the design legend, Albert Hadley. Upon graduation, Mr. Hadley advised me to apply for my MFA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (American Fine and Decorative Art Program) in order to develop a foundation in the history of furniture and decorative objects. Once I graduated, I was hired by one of Mr. Hadley’s lead designers, Harry Heissmann, and helped him launch his business. From there I went off on my own with a business partner and eventually then went solo over 4 years ago.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from all over, but my preferred way is being able to see, and engage in person. The period rooms at the Met are incredible, and the perfect way to get your creative juices flowing. I believe it is so important to have a historical foundation before you can design.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The biggest challenge is setting client’s expectations with regard to lead times in this current climate of supply chain issues. Most clients are understanding, but we know how hard it can be to wait. We are navigating it all the best we can!

What is the most fun/rewarding part of your job?

Installation days are the most rewarding part of being an interior designer and certainly my favorite! The clients get to see all your hard work and vision come to life. There is truly no better feeling than happy clients who validate and appreciate your work!

Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on?

I really loved our Houston, TX project. Our client really let us take the reins, which always makes for the best projects!

How would you describe your style?

I describe my style as traditional but seen through fresh eyes. It is equal parts tailored and eclectic, glamorous and relaxed, bold and subtle. It is this unique balance that I strive for in every project!

How has the industry changed since you first got started?

The world has gone digital since I first started out, which has enabled us to take on projects all over the country. We do a lot of e-design, from as small as a nursery or to an entire build from the ground up. It is very exciting to have the ability to work all over the US!

What are some products on our website that you love?

Wave Moderne Wall Mirror

Blue and White Bone Inlay Mosaic Floral Pattern Decorative Storage Box

Floral Block Print Hand Towels in Blue and White

Wicker Rattan Daybed Sofa

Sweden Flowers Towel Collection

Wicker Play Chair for Kids

What predictions do you have for styles/trends in 2023/2024?

We love that our clients have been more and more interested in sourcing
vintage/antique pieces. Not only does this bring a historical element to the space, but it is also a greener way to source furniture!

What advice would you give a new homeowner, or someone embarking on their first design project?

Designers bring a wealth of knowledge and guidance to the interior design process. As an expert in the industry, interior designers are a smart investment—preventing costly mistakes and acting as resources to provide continued solutions to inevitable design challenges. It is a service that is invaluable and will guarantee results that ultimately turns clients dreams into tangible realities.

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Photo by Kirsten Francis 

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