Jennifer Hunter Design Interview
From an early age, Jennifer Hunter’s (@jenniferbeekhunter) for interiors and design has flourished. Her grandfather was a builder in Washington D.C and would take her around his job sites, exposing Jennifer to a now engrained admiration for the love, care and attention that goes into the process of renovating and rejuvenating spaces. Now a boutique residential interior designer based in New York City, where Jennifer resides with her husband and two young daughters Hadley and Elle, her focus remains on providing clients with a home that is a true reflection of their personalities. A former intern for the great Albert Hadley, we caught up with Jennifer Hunter to discuss her passion for interiors, design aesthetics and managing a business and young family.
Are there any stand out moments that you remember as being a key turning point that directed you to your chosen career path? Being raised in a design and real estate family, what influences were your raised with?
From an early age I was exposed to architecture and design. My grandfather was a wellknown builder in Washington, D.C. and would take me to all of his job sites, so I was really able to see the process from the ground up. I loved climbing on ladders, asking questions, and just exploring a construction site. For me, hands-on learning was the best and allowed me to really gain perspective. There wasn’t a key moment or turning point; I think just growing up around it, design and building came naturally to me.
Tell us about your time interning for Albert Hadley, what did your role involve and how did this influence your design aesthetic?
After my internship for two summers I was at a crossroads. I asked his advice on next steps in my education as I was struggling with the decision to go to design school post architecture school. He said that you either have an eye for design or you don’t. My architecture degree taught me the technical skills, but what I was lacking was the foundation of antiques. I therefore applied to the Masters program in American Fine andDecorative Arts at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. There I learned the history of furniture,decorative objects, and fine art. It was exactly what I needed to round out my education. I always had an affinity towards traditional design, however he really sharpened that. Mr. Hadley taught me to edit. You can’t just throw every pretty fabric in one room. There needs to be a rhyme and reason and some unifying thread. One also needs to understand “the why” and the historical significance. He was disappointed that the younger generation didn’t quite understand this concept, hence his guidance of attending the Sotheby’s program.