We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Aos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
As a LEED accredited interior designer, I am dedicated to sourcing sustainable, eco-friendly materials and supporting local businesses and suppliers who share these values. It’s important that the interior of a home is toxic-free, cruelty-free and creates a healthy and harmonious environment for the client. Also, that the remodeling process does not create unnecessary waste, toxic chemicals, runoff or other hazards, which are common in the industry. Using zero VOC paint is the easiest change that anyone can do. In addition, there are numerous plant-based leather alternatives that are actually more affordable and last longer than leather. And now many fabrics made from bamboo, which is a very green material. I drive an all electric vehicle, have been vegan for 8 years, do not purchase single use plastics and I recycle, repurpose and reuse. It’s important to be a good example and make the world a better place.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I was younger, I experimented with numerous creative outlets. For example, in college I studied drawing, design, music theory, guitar, piano, art history, theater, set design, drama literature, jewelry making, color theory and more. I had to ‘try on’ different identities to see which one fit before I landed on interior design. I had many interests and passions, including psychology, politics and philosophy. I think it’s important to let yourself explore everything as you never know what you might need in the future. In fact, I recently got a set design project for an Alice In Wonderland pop up event. The project came to me unexpectedly and out of nowhere. My background in theater and fine art suddenly became crucial. All in all it was a huge success and was a sold out show. As a creative, it’s common to wear many hats but I think it’s best to narrow the focus a bit. I recently sold my guitar and keyboard because I found that running an interior design business and creating art was more than enough. This is not a field for the faint at heart. Much like acting, art and music, it requires a lot of perseverance, patience, tenacity, talent and humility in order to succeed. The industry changes quickly and is demanding and time consuming. One should only go into it if they love it more than anything else, which I do.
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?
Torrey Pines Hiking Trail in La Jolla. Trilogy Sanctuary (La Jolla) for dinner, Cafe Gratitude Restaurant after shopping in Little Italy. Maybe dancing at a club in Hillcrest or Gaslamp. I’d also visit the SDMA in Balboa Park. Coronado Beach for a leisurely day. Moonlight Beach in Encinitas is also nice. If there was time I’d take the train up to LA for museums or concerts. LA has the best art museums in Southern California. LACMA, MOCA and The Broad would be my top picks. I go to LA about every other month for entertainment.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is a green building certification program used worldwide. It was only after I became LEED accredited that I gained the knowledge to transform my desire to be eco-friendly into a reality. The courses were quite challenging and it took a few months of my time, but it was well worth it. I’m glad there are non-profit companies out there doing good in the world. I was very inspired.