The MNY Spotlight
Meet Jennifer Hunter, Founder of Jennifer Hunter Design
Hi! I am Jennifer Hunter of Jennifer Hunter Design, a boutique residential firm based in New York City. I am also a mom to two adorable little girls, Hadley and Elle who keep me very busy!
My design philosophy is all about balance, scale, and proportion as I believe those are the key components that make up a space. Personally, my aesthetic can be described as equal parts tailored and eclectic, glamorous and relaxed, bold and subtle. It is this unique balance that I strive for in every project. I am constantly drawing inspiration from my surroundings, whether that be Central Park, museums, or fashion. I am all about getting up and going to see, touch, and experience. It is the best way to learn and evolve.
I would have to say my parent’s apartment in Washington, D.C. as it was a true family affair. My parents were the client, I was the designer, and my late grandfather was the builder. As if that wasn’t special enough, the apartment had not been touched since the early 1960s when Sister Parish and Albert Hadley decorated it. It was like stepping back in time and hitting the jackpot. In addition to being the epitome of a design jackpot, the discovery was also deeply personal as I had the rare opportunity of interning for Mr. Hadley in college.
My personal style and interior design style pretty much parallel one another. I would describe my fashion sense as classic and feminine, but not too fussy. I would say that my clients would probably describe my designs in very much the same way. I wouldn’t really call myself avant-garde or too daring when it comes to fashion, but I do enjoy having fun with it!
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I think about the legacy I leave behind often as both my girls ask to work with me one day. I hope they see me as an inspiration and that you can do anything you want to do in this world with hard work, savoir faire and most importantly, kindness.
Wallpaper! I would wallpaper every surface I could get my hands on if I could. It just makes a room really come to life. I don’t think any client has ever regretted using wallpaper in their home.
I think the next big venture would be my own home in CT. I am super excited to share it with everyone as it has truly been something so personal and personifies my style.
Get as much experience as possible! Cold call design firms you align with aesthetically and ask to intern or help with photoshoots and installs. “In the field work” is the best way to learn. Also ask lots of questions!
There are so many reasons, where do I begin? First and foremost, I love the idea of creating pieces that are meant to be passed down. Mestiza is synonymous with classic and timeless and I cannot wait to one day gift my girls my Mestiza garments as I know they will be just in style as they are now. I also love the idea of empowering women around the world. At the end of the day us women have to stick together and help lift one another up.