Working predominantly with homeowners and renters on Sneak Peeks, I sometimes forget that decorating a home is just as much a creative expression of the person living in the space as it is for the person designing it, which in some cases is the interior designer. Of course, the designer is trying to capture and express what is important for her client, but there’s always some element of personal influence from the designer, and their vision is certainly imbedded throughout the home. That is the case today as we peek into a project by Jenny Norris, an interior designer who is on a constant quest to merge her three passions: photography, interior design and travel.
This Long Island City home was just a blank slate when she started out. She says that, first and foremost, it was important to soften the space with color and texture. She did this by introducing pieces such as a reclaimed wooden stool and dining table, grey grasscloth wallpaper and exotic textiles sourced from flea markets. These pieces are inspired by Jenny’s travels to places like Mongolia, Kenya and Morocco, among many others. Being that travel is Jenny’s first passion, it was important that she incorporate that into her interiors. Layered onto these textured accents is an intriguing collection of photography. Several rooms are adorned with photos of far-flung locales, including one with a personal story. While working on this project, Jenny became very friendly with her clients. She relayed that the clients, a couple on their honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, befriended Jenny’s favorite waiter from a restaurant she had visited on a trip to the very same place. Since the destination was so magical to all of them, they decided to incorporate that into the home, by hanging one of Jenny’s photographs of a secret beach in Positano, Italy in the bathroom. The result is an elegant home evoking the passions of both client and designer. –Shannon