We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeanette Chasworth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeanette, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Born and bred in the greater LA Area, SoCal is my home. My parents created in me a love of homes, beauty, history, and art which I use every day in my Interior design company. Our homes are a reflection of who we are, they shape how we live, and how we feel. They can cause chaos and distraction in our lives or they can empower give energy for a happier life. My mom had polio when she was young and she had some physical issues because of it. She loved moving the house around and experimenting with new ideas. She changed things to suit our growing needs and also to accommodate her physical boundaries, or rather to make sure we didn’t do things to impair them. And she was always looking for ways to improve how we lived and she did that by moving furniture, changing wallpaper/paint, etc. She had no idea she was grooming me for an interior design career in making homes that harmonize with their owners. My dad was 40 when I was born. He loved antiques and loved telling us stories of how life was at different times. He was great at telling a story so that you could step right into it and feel it. I took that storytelling into my work. My medium is furniture, color, and design. Your home is an expression of your story. I help my clients tell the best parts of their story. Many of my clients find me during times of transition, often, the loss of a loved one. They need to reinvent themselves and they don’t know what that looks like. I help them find their story, find their style, and create a new one. One that they can grow into and embrace their future again. Changing your home can change your life. It’s healing. This is what I get to do, help my clients heal. There are many factors that I consider in my client’s home. From being able to move with ease to creating rooms that bring joy to their world. Color has a great capacity to help people deal with change and to help my clients heal. Many times, at the end of a project, I find out what got healed without them ever telling me what it was that was needed. People don’t always realize the power that a beautiful space designed for them can do and are pleasantly surprised by the effects.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being an` entrepeneur is one of the most joyous and most difficult things I have ever done. The hardest job you will ever love, as they say and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Always something new to learn, and most importantly I love working with my clients. Changing people’s homes and creating a better life for them, helping them to achieve their dreams, working to discover what they never knew they always wanted, and give them a place that is their own private sanctuary. I help people going through big changes in their lives; loss of a spouse, parent, sibling, divorce, empty nesters. Times of transition. During these times, people need to reinvent themselves. My unique approach to design and color, help them to rediscover themselves and their style, creating a home that gives them a foundation for the next part of their lives. My system for helping them discover what their own personal design blueprint is and how to use that to create a home that not only reflects their personality but is aligned with their energy. This is incredibly empowering. Do you know how you feel in your favorite outfit? Imagine how you would feel if you’re home created that same feeling in you 24/7. Especially now that we are in our homes so much more and our homes are having to be multifunctional. This Design blueprint includes, styles, textures, shapes and colors that make you feel good. One of the other concerns people have is if they will get tired of their choices or if it will go out of style. That’s the beauty of the the system. It’s an extension of who you are so you will enjoy it for longer than just following the trends. The trends change, sometimes quickly, and can appear out dated. However, when you work within your blueprint, you will continue to rediscover joy in it over and over again. People often ask me if it’s Feng Shui? It’s not, but it does have to do with connecting with your true energy. It’s a different route but has powerful effects. Connecting with the energy of the client and the home creates a unique synergy of support and comfort. We work hard for our homes, our homes have the ability to work just as hard for us as well. Having experienced the loss of many loved ones, another element of my uniquenesss is helping people process their grief. My clients come to me when they start looking around their home and realize, this home reflects a life that no longer exists. It’s gone and it’s not coming back.. They ask, “Who am I now? What does the future hold? Who do they want to be now?” It’s a time of recreating and reinvention. The design blueprint is very important here because it provides an anvenue to rediscover beauty, within the home and themselves. . The home becomes a place to create from, to inspire and to comfort. This approach to design has a very healing affect on my clients. Changing the energy in the home, changes people’s lives. I am also an integrated healing practitioner. To those who are open to it, I can also do home energy clearings and/or help people remove the energy blocks preventing them from moving forward. Life is full of challenges. How I deal with challenges in my business is the same way I deal with them in my clients homes. It’s time to get more creative. Look at it from a different angle, reorient and find the freshness. That’s where the magic happens.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many sights to see, and it would depend on the time of year. A trip to Zelo in Monrovia for the best pizza ever is a must.. A day at Huntington Library is always enjoyable. A day kayaking and roaming about Newport Beach. No visit would be complete without a special dinner in LA at Crustacean, The Stinking Rose, or the Wursthaus and a play or concert. The Monrovia street fair is always a fun Friday night, topped off with an Ice cream from Paradis. And because she loves it so much, horseback riding at the Griffith Park observatory or hiking up to the waterfall in Monrovia. A day out at the Getty is always a wonderful way to spend the day, the art and the views are amazing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As mentioned in my story, I am grateful to my parents for their views on the world and how it influenced me. There have been so many who helped along the way, providing support and mentorship. I am grateful for all of them. Ed Kaufman taught me about energy healing and it changed how I looked at my world. Creative friends like Janet and Rafael at Tico Tech have inspired, comforted and grounded me, keeping me on track To Sean Chasworth for being there, reading countless marketing blurbs and offering his insights. .
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