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Beyond the Palette

Mar 28, 2024

Adventures and Emotional Depths in the World of Interior Design

Interior design is not for the faint of heart. It’s an art form that requires a magician’s touch, the patience of a saint, and the ability to see a swatch of fabric and not immediately want to take a nap. Let’s dive into the thrilling world of interior design, where every day is a battle against beige, and your biggest enemy is a client’s “I’ll know it when I see it” approach to style. Join us as we travel transforming spaces in the interior design world.

The Challenges in Interior Design

Keeping Up with Trends vs. Timelessness: The Eternal Dilemma

JLI thrives on timeless design and personalization. So, imagine trying to predict whether avocado green will make a comeback or if it’s going to stay in the 70s forever, alongside disco and a questionable understanding of hairstyles. This is the daily bread of interior designers, who must navigate the treacherous waters of trends while trying to steer their clients toward something that won’t make them cringe in a decade.

The Dreaded Budget

It seems like a dirty word in the beginning stages of working with clients, but it is crucial to set those boundaries so the best design is curated for your home. We like to think of your budget as that cozy, white picket fence that wraps around a charming home. It’s not just a boundary; it’s a symbol of warmth, guiding you along the path to creating a space that feels like yours. Just like how a picket fence adds character while keeping things tidy and in place, a budget helps you navigate your interior design project with a sense of direction and purpose.

Think of it as a friendly chat over the fence with a neighbor—your budget is there to talk you through your decisions, reminding you when it’s okay to splurge a little on that one piece you love and when it’s smarter to save and opt for something just as lovely but more affordable. It’s all about balance and finding those sweet spots where cost meets quality.

So, as you set off to sprinkle a little magic into your space, remember that your budget is like that white picket fence—there to guide you, keep you focused, and, ultimately, help make your design dreams come true in a way that feels just right for you.

Spatial Limitations: Where There’s a Wall, There’s a Way

Every designer knows the horror of walking into a room that seems to have been designed by someone playing a cruel joke. “You want to fit a dining area, an office, and a lounge in here? Oh, and it’s also a passageway? Fascinating!” It’s a puzzle that would make even the most seasoned Tetris player sweat. But, this is the challenge and joys transforming spaces interior design.

The Joys of Transforming Spaces

The Cinderella Moment

There’s nothing quite like the reveal moment, when a drab room turns into a masterpiece. It’s the designer’s equivalent of Cinderella’s transformation, except instead of a fairy godmother, you’ve got a paintbrush, and instead of a pumpkin carriage, you’ve got an stunning coffee table.

Creative License: The License to Thrill

Interior design is the playground for the imagination. It’s where ‘eccentric’ becomes ‘visionary’, and ‘that’s an interesting choice’ translates to ‘I wish I’d thought of that’. Every project is a chance to rewrite the rules, paint outside the lines, and occasionally, convince someone that yes, a zebra-print ottoman is essential.

Creative way to hide a litter box while transforming spaces in interior design

Bathroom bench plus a hidden storage for the litter box. Check out the video below!

Making People Cry (In a Good Way)

Let’s be honest, one of the secret joys of interior design is the emotional reveal. There’s a unique pleasure in watching a grown adult tear up over a throw pillow or get choked up at the sight of their new kitchen backsplash. It’s a reminder that what we do touches hearts, even if it is through strategically placed mood lighting and expertly coordinated color palettes.

The Successes

Conquering the Impossible

Every designer has that one project that was supposed to be impossible. Whether it was turning a broom closet into a guest room or convincing a client that wallpaper can be cool, overcoming these challenges is like winning an Olympic gold medal in problem-solving.

Becoming a Household Name (in Certain Households)

There’s a special kind of fame that comes with being an interior designer. It’s the kind where you’re not just recognized in the streets, but in the living rooms of the homes you’ve transformed. Its fame is measured in referrals, repeat clients, and the occasional feature in a local magazine’s “Homes We Love” section.

Be sure to check out the different articles Jennifer Lynn Interiors has collaborated on, including Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens and People Magazines.

The Joy of Creation

At the end of the day, the real success of interior design is the joy of creation. It’s about turning a vision into reality, and the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’ve crafted something beautiful, functional, and maybe just a little bit magical. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, fabric samples, and paint swatches, but it’s one that we wouldn’t trade for the world. Follow along with our INSTAGRAM to see all of our transformative journeys with our client’s projects.


The world of interior design is a delightful mix of art, science, and a tiny bit of madness. It’s a profession that challenges, inspires, and sometimes makes you want to scream into a perfectly fluffed decorative pillow. But for all its ups and downs, interior design remains a deeply rewarding journey. It’s about creating beauty, transforming spaces, and occasionally, making people cry (in the best possible way). So, here’s to the designers, the dreamers, and the brave souls who look at a room and think, “I can fix that.” Welcome to the wild world of transforming spaces in interior design—it’s going to be a fabulous ride.

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  1. Lisa Peck says:

    I appreciate your insights into what interior designers need to balance on a daily basis.

  2. “I can fix that” is the perfect line! Bravo!

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