Jen Talbot, Principal
Sydney Piwowar, Associate designer
Jen Talbot Design is an interior and design studio that provides full interior service as well as corporate branded environments. The firm embodies design that is detailed, personal and thoughtfully crafted. Incorporating her background in art, design and product development, Principal Jen Talbot, conceives artistic, modern and timeless environments that tell the individual story of each client with a collaborative approach. She believes that whether it be a residential, commercial or environmentally branded space, it should speak to and reflect the client naturally.
As an installation artist, Talbot entered the design world unconventionally. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent the early years of her career as a practicing installation artist. She started designing space out of necessity, creating and developing the look and feel of a room to intersect with the art. Her trained eye as an installation artist, allows her to see each interior space with an unique perspective.
Talbot has collaborated with a variety of clients, ranging from top executives at Boeing, grass roots start ups and world renowned hotel chains. Talbot’s experience extends to a wide variety of styles, from a Kenwood historical home- mixing modern and prairie, ultra modern high rise in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park townhouse with a hotel regency spin to a bohemian chic loft in the Loop. Her background is full service residential and commercial design.
What people are saying......
Lauren B. - "Jen is fantastic on so many levels. My husband and I bought a house and had a tight timeline to get some work done before we moved in. We wanted to focus on renovating the kitchen, and get some guidance on the rest of the house too. This included turning a galley kitchen in to an open concept living space, painting the entire house, and redoing all the floors (hardwood and carpet).
Jen worked with our budget, recommended and managed our contractors (we didn't even live in the state when the construction started on our home), and did an awesome job with all of it. We hired her initially to help with the big stuff, but loved working with her so much that we have re-hired her to help finish off the rest of our house-- which includes a guest room, a family/play room, kids room, office, and master. Our budget was not on the high side-- but Jen never made us feel like that was a problem. She worked with what we had-- both in terms of budget and existing furniture that we wanted to keep. She was completely amenable to working with us on some projects where I wanted to be a bit hands-on, and she was great at making decisions for us when we had no clue what we wanted. She is always willing to roll up her sleeves to get something done-- whether it's lugging furniture around the house to find the best spot for it, or hanging curtains because we kept putting it off.
Jen used Pinterest to get a feel for what we were looking for, and made us believe that we could actually have a beautiful, kid-friendly home! Even our realtor was shocked at the transformation of our kitchen, which I think says a lot. Jen is practical with her recommendations (always keeping our lifestyle in mind), and pushes us a little bit when our design ideas need a bit more oomph. (In the nicest way possible, of course!) I would trust Jen to do any type of project-- big or small. Her background, experience, and brilliant design brain would be unstoppable no matter the task. She is professional, punctual, and driven. It doesn't hurt that she's super fun to be around, too!"
Jenica M. - "I highly recommend Jen Talbot Design for your home renovation and interior design needs.
Jennifer helped me redesign my entire home, indoors and outdoors. Including a kitchen remodel, lighting and tile overhauls, paint and floor color selections, structural changes to maximize efficiency, and interior design & furniture selections for every room. There wasn't a challenge she couldn't tackle from construction needs, to finding gorgeous fabrics for reupholstery, Jennifer handled them all with ease.
Not only is Jennifer an incredibly talented designer, she is also wonderful to work with. She is thoughtful, authentic and optimistic. She spent time getting to know my style and was always open to listen to my ideas. Jennifer helped guide my decisions to stay within budget and still accomplish the impact that I desired. Her approach and personality made the major task at hand a lot of fun!"
Randall Architects- "Jen Talbot has amazing creativity and vision. She has rearranged space and added numerous self-created decorations for our projects; each could stand as a work of art on its own. Fun to work with, a fantastic eye for color, and the perfect person to hire when you are looking for that extra something."