Jennie, who was born, raised, and still lives in Alabama, obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia college in Birmingham. Jennie has always been creative so it came naturally when chosing a profession that something centered around art would be the obvious choice. Two of Jennie's favorite passions are finding the best prices on quality items, and making the most out of small spaces. Jennie works for a design company, H.L. Coshatt Company, that have a majority of clients with either tight budgets or small spaces (and sometimes both), and she loves the challenge that part of her job presents her with.
We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?
I absolutely love, love, love the details. I love being able to take a simple floor plan (like one drawn on a napkin at 3am while you were supposed to be paying bills) and turning it into a 3D concept that leaves a client with the feeling of “wow, I can already see myself functioning in that space”.
What’s your prediction for the next big trend in design?
I think Eclectic Style is on the rise. While our up and coming Generation X and Y groups will always have a mental bond to Traditional/Transitional Styles (thanks to their parents decorating habits), but the upswing of Modern Style and all the cool things it offers (but can often leave a home feeling a cold/empty) blends so well (if done right) into Eclectic Style; that I believe more people (than we know) are already beginning to break the mold of sticking to one or two particular types of design. Why? Style and taste are so all over the place right now; because of all the choices they are presented with, so it only makes sense to blend them all together, and I think breaking the old “you can’t use that with that” frame of mind is not only refreshing but super exciting!
What drives you to design?
Space Planning; it’s who I am and who I’ve always been. I walk into a space and can almost immediately see areas I think could function more productively, and then my brain starts coming up with solutions that could not only help it have a better function for the people using it, but make it look pleasing in the process.