Typically my designer crush posts feature decorators I've admired from afar, so today's crush is extra special- this designer is actually a girl near and dear to my heart! Jennifer Barron is a Houston-based residential designer who also happens to be one of my closest gal pals from design school. Born and raised in Dallas, Jennifer went to undergrad at Vanderbilt and went on to work as a teacher in Chicago with the Teach for America program. After finishing her 2 year term, she decided what she really loved was design. We always bonded over the fact that neither of us set out to pursue a design career, but that our interest and passion naturally evolved after a few years post college. When you've built 3D models, stayed up all night together rendering floor plans, and pulled together a comprehensive portfolio in 12 short weeks, you naturally become close to your classmates and I consider myself one of her biggest cheerleaders. Jennifer is already taking the Houston design scene by storm, creating livable, fresh spaces that remind me of her Texas roots:
As a young designer, Jenn's spaces feel comfortable and transitional with just the right amount of quirk. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! And I couldn't end the post without at least 1 photo of us from our design school days. Here we are at our senior portfolio show, in the fall of 2014:
Love you, girl!
To see more of Jenn's beautiful work, visit her website here.