“Every rooms needs a touch of black just as it needs at least one vintage piece.” Jan Showers
Principal Jen Talbot, conceives artistic, modern and timeless environments that tell the individual story of each client with a collaborative approach. She believes that whether it be a residential, commercial space, it should speak to and reflect the client naturally. As an installation artist, Talbot entered the design world unconventionally. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent the early years of her career as a practicing installation artist. She started designing space out of necessity, creating and developing the look and feel of a room to intersect with the art. Her trained eye as an installation artist, allows her to see each interior space with an unique perspective. Talbot has collaborated with a variety of clients, ranging from top executives at Boeing, grass roots start ups and world renowned hotel chains. Talbot’s experience extends to a wide variety of styles, from a Kenwood historical home- mixing modern and prairie, ultra modern high rise in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park townhouse with a hotel regency spin to a bohemian chic loft in the Loop. Her background is full service residential and commercial design. Press includes House Beautiful, Country Living Magazine, CS Interiors, LMNOP, Lonny Magazine.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- Chantilly Lace, Anchor Gray and Gray Owl
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- When I travel, I like to tap into the local scene and stay at an AirB&B. My most inspiring stay was a home designed by an architect located out in the desert outside of Santa Fe, the space was clearly a labor or love and every detail was thoughtful.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- While in the field, pulling samples or sourcing vintage finds I use my Iphone to send ideas directly to clients or post to Instagram.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Typically, in the most unexpected places.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- The Publican. Clean modern, with a pared down overall visual and interesting way to think about the guest experience.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- Masions Satie, based on the life and work of Erik Satie. The museum is in an old house and each room is a visual experience, dynamic and odd as Satie himself.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- I start my weekends, with a run, a long walk with my dogs and hot cup of tea.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- Michelle Bradely, Kelly Wearstler, Cloth & Kind. Oly Studio and Arteriors.
- How do you keep it all together?
- Humor and humility.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?