We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Feldman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenn, what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson I have learned in my journey of Interior Design, is that at we never stop learning! Just when I think I’ve figured out that perfect client approach, found the perfect fabric or unlocked that perfect process that makes something come together … that curve ball comes flying again! I think change and reinvention is the foundation to both the success and flow of creativity when you’re an entrepreneur in a creative field ; but now more than ever I think the ability to embrace the unknown, understand the changing needs to be flexible and practice patience is so important for us to both survive and thrive.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All of it! The personal connection, the ability to translate someone’s story into a space is the greatest joy I get and the greatest asset that I bring to a family and projects we are hired to design for them. I really take pride in becoming an extension of a client’s home, life, family and their needs, and giving them all of it in the best version possible, maximizing all their spaces in the best of ways. I always say we work hard to make it look easy! That perfect pillow combination tossed into the corner of the sofa, the ottoman at just the right height to put your feet up on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee. The lamp by the front door that gives the perfect glowing light as the sun sets for the day. Blue or green – that’s the easy part! But thinking about all these details and how our clients can live their best life as we design every element, that’s the art of what we do.
Our job is to make someone’s house their home, and I love that we can create that feeling that lives on for a long, long time. We create spaces that people love and live in every single day. And never has that role been more important than it is right now.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A trip downtown to Wall Street for fabrics and trims, Heidi Merrick for bespoke designer dresses, Hill Street for jewelry and a visit to the BROAD Museum to the Infinity Room!
LA Arts District to explore all the new galleries and shops, then to Dover Street for inspiration and an afternoon snack at the café.
Melrose Place for Sunday Farmer’s Market, a table outside at Alfred for coffee, and bagels from the food trucks and a peek into all the shops, Dinner in West Hollywood at JAR, Ciccone’s or the rooftop at Terra.
A trip to the Weisman Foundation in Holmby Hills to see the contemporary art collection, followed by Malibu for a walk around the country mart and an afternoon on the beach.
Abbott Kinney to walk the boutiques and ice cream at Salt & Straw, Venice canals for house stalking and a bag of bread to feed the birds, then rooftop drinks at Hotel Erwin to watch the sunset!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big shoutout to my husband for being incredible at making sure the foundation and structure of my business was always being thought about and taken care of … 2 steps ahead of my needs! My mom for always thinking everything I do is amazing and that I am capable of doing all of it (even when I don’t!) and the opportunity that the visual platform of social media has provided all of us as a window into the creativity, style and ideas that inspire me daily.
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