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Meet Jen Talbot of Jen Talbot Design in Oak Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Talbot.

Jen is the Principal of Jen Talbot Design, a full-service design firm with a focus on Residential + Commercial Design. Entering the design world unconventionally, Talbot holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to founding Jen Talbot Design in 2011, she spent the early years of her career as a practicing installation artist, an avid traveler and product designer. Talbot’s first company was a product based business called B.Delicious that was a kids t-shirt and handcrafted room accessories. The company was successful for 5 years, reaching 150 stores and sold in the early days on One Kings Lane and Gilt. B.delicious phased out a product line and transitioned into a custom room design for kids. She started designing space out of necessity, creating and developing the look and feel of a room to intersect with the large-scale art installations. One of her first clients was Stuart Weitzman’s daughter. Talbot has created work for clients such as Boeing, Renaissance Hotel, Western Union, Drifire, designer Kara Man and VP of Kate Spade. Her trained eye as an installation artist, allows her to see each interior space with a unique perspective and have an innate understanding of spatial relationships and material combinations.

Jen’s art training and love for unique combinations give her a design perspective that allows her to blend old + new, modern + vintage to create a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing environment. Jen works tirelessly for her client’s to ensure a design that is cohesive, personal and thoughtfully crafted, bringing to life the space they imagined. Jen believes that whether it be a residential or commercial space, it should speak to and reflect the client naturally.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I came to the design world later than most colleagues. As a creative person, I saw opportunities and followed those opportunities which lead down numerous paths. Such as the lead stylist for Land of Nod, creating art for Anthropologie windows, large-scale art installations for corporations and hotels, like Renaissance Hotel Chicago and Western Union San Francisco Corporate office. All these opportunities lead me down a varied path that ultimately gave me experiences that make me a better designer. I kept to my true creative voice and people finally started to take notice. I basically kept doing “my thing” and people finally caught on, but it took 15 years to happen. Years of hard work, trying; failing, trying something else; making mental notes along the way of each lesson I learned on every job. With truckload persistence and a smattering of tenacity mixed in, I have grown company I am proud of that curates personal, artful spaces for each client.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We specialize in relaxed luxury. Predominately residential spaces that are curated for each individual client. We work tirelessly to create a space that reflects that client organically. We pride ourselves in creating spaces that fit the needs of each individual client and tailor our service accordingly. You will never see the same space twice from us. We do not cut and paste our design from one client to the next. If we did that would drain the life out of each space because that would also drain creativity out of our process. We live to do it differently each time. That is where the magic happens. New creative perimeters on each job because the space is different, the color palette is different the client is different. It’s like putting on a new stage production each month with a fresh set of a cast of characters. We also work with some of the best artisan craftsmen in a city to create custom furniture, lighting, and cabinets. We are dialed into the Chicago art world to support local artists and tap into particular antique dealers to source that perfect piece for any project.

We are all about luxury curated, relaxed, personal spaces that feel effortless. We love to include color, in edited applications and often live in the scape of sophistication because that is timeless.

What were you like growing up?
I grew up in Michigan to a family of artists. Both my parents are painters and both grandfathers inventors. I was a very curious and always making something. I would spend hours creating with my hands and only truly happy when I was. I would get bored easily so I was always moving on to the next project and experimented with a ton of different mediums, which later lead me to installation art. My mother owned several business, and I followed in her footsteps as a budding entrepreneur creating Christmas ornaments to sell at the local mall at 12 years old. I was helping my dad raise bees for honey in my off time and climbing in the trees in the wood with my three siblings.

I was a highly creative child and taking college-level art classes in high school. I was a very stubborn child and unrelenting when I had an idea I wanted to make a reality. This stubbornness turned into persistence as I got older. I was a very fun lovely, easy going kid that made friends easily but never felt understood by most peers because no-one was creative. It was not until college that I found like-minded people and felt like I found my people.

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Dustin Halleck

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1 Comment

  1. Tay Evelyn MacIntyre

    August 8, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    It is wonderful to read about this talented designer. Thank-you for featuring her and sharing photos of her work. However, the article contains many grammatical errors and those errors are distracting for readers. Missing words, wrong punctuation and syntax errors made this painful to read. Please, if you aren’t going to use a skilled editor on your staff, at least use an app like Grammerly to help you! Form matters just as much as content. And in this case, the poor form distracts from interesting content. Ms. Talbot deserves better from you. Step up.

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