Jennifer Ryan Design is a full-service interior design and remodelling company based out of Bellingham Washington. Recently, we caught up with Jennifer Ryan to discover more about how she creates such extraordinary designs for clients.
Jennifer Ryan Design projects can range from small room mini re-designs to whole house interior design. From colour consultation, furniture selection, all the way to complete design and finish selection, and then on to the remodel end of the project. Of late, Jennifer has designed and remodelled many kitchens and bathrooms. While designing a kitchen remodel, walls sometimes come down to open up the space which ten leads to a main floor design and remodel. Although Jennifer focus mainly on designing and remodelling existing homes, she has previously worked on some new construction as well.
As the contractor, Jennifer is the one redoing the room, removing cabinets, walls, flooring, etc. In addition to this, Jennifer has subs to do the plumbing, electrical, heating, drywall, etc. She builds walls, to do tile work, finish trim and painting, upholstery, plus anything else that may be required. Homeowners are usually pleased to have me on site so much of the time during the remodel process. This way decisions and/or changes can be made quickly and efficiently. Going into further detail about what makes for both excellent design and designers, Jennifer begins by explaining what which qualities make for both excellent design and designers.
“I believe that the most important quality of a good designer is the ability to not put their own style in a design, but to be able to figure out what the clients style is or can be, also to look outside the box, and to push clients a little further than their comfort zone. Having an artistic eye that is probably something we designers are born with. Of course, an art background helps as well. In my case, it comes in handy to know construction techniques so that when designing a space for a remodel, I know what will or will not work.”
During the initial meeting, the clients are not charged, as Jennifer sees this time as an opportunity for both herself and the potential clients to get to know one another, discuss the project and have a look at the space which they want renovating. Jennifer continues by informing us of the approach the firm uses to ensure that clients receive the best possible outcome.
“In the initial meetings, I want to ensure that the client is comfortable with me before we move forward. I always ask for any information the client can give me that will help me facilitate the design. Occasionally, I meet with a client who has no idea what they want, however by sending me digital pictures or magazine clippings of things they like or don’t like, the job gets easier. Also, I make sure that I am available throughout the process and available for questions or advice along the way.
“My aim is to have my client thrilled with the end product, to feel like their home is a space where they want to return to, spend time in, and is their ‘nest’. Being a good listener is very important to making this happen.”
Looking ahead to what the future holds for the firm, Jennifer signs off by envisioning her aspirations for the design company, especially following their recent success in LUXlife’s Leading Designers 2018 awards where they were titled Most Innovative Interior Designer – Washington.
“Moving forward, I hope to continue to bring joy and happiness to my clients. Also, to continue to be creative, to never stop learning and to always be curious. Lastly, I hope to bring inspiration from my travels, maybe work abroad, or even be on a television show someday!”
Company: Jennifer Ryan Design
Office Telephone: (360) 733-9519
Cell: (360) 319-7092