Homepolish designer and accomplished artist Jennifer Hallock shares where she first got the design bug, her experience designing a private jet, and the accidental beauty she finds in the world's gloomiest corners.
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?
I split my time between Manhattan and Connecticut.
What inspired you to become an interior designer?
I have this strange habit that started when I was 11 or 12 years old—wherever I go, I basically remodel the space in my head. I rearrange furniture, change out paint colors, move walls. In middle school, I would literally rearrange the furniture in my friends’ bedrooms and then say, “There! isn’t this much better?” not realizing I was being slightly insulting! By the end of a church service I attended last month, I’d completely remodeled the building’s interior in my head. It came out lovely.
It’s safe to say that organizing spaces has been a life-long compulsion, and I’m just grateful to have turned it into a career.
Tell us a little bit about your artwork. What’s your inspiration?
I’ve been painting since I was in high school and I studied fine arts in college. Inspiration comes from almost anywhere—a city street, a gorgeous sunrise, even something as mundane as the produce section in a local market. I sell original and commissioned pieces to my interior clients and the general public. Most of my work is sold as prints through online retailers to buyers all over the world. One of my pieces was featured on the cover of HGTV Magazine last year—that was a fun surprise!
How does your creative process work? Do you usually paint with an interior in mind—or do you find your paintings inspiring your interior choices?
They’re really two separate entities. I have created commissioned works with a particle interior scheme in mind, but I don’t enjoy being too “boxed in” by specific details. Creating art is a special process for me and I don’t ever want it to feel like “work”; maintaining creative freedom in my process is always a priority.
Currently, I’m most inspired by the very talented artists: Danielle Krysa and Cj Hendry.
Tell us a little bit about your workspace. Where do you usually paint?
I paint at home in a sun-filled room. it’s truly my “happy place”! Currently, I’m focused on abstracting skylines with an emphasis on colors and shapes.
Describe your personal style?
I have a fondness for so many styles and my preferences are constantly evolving. I do tend to gravitate towards a combination of modern, clean lines and pieces with a ton of character and history. It’s the best of both worlds and with a bit of strategy as the two styles combine perfectly.
What was the last home decor piece you bought?
Today I bought a vintage Turkish rug off Etsy for a client. She’s a beauty.
What piece of advice would you give someone working with an interior designer for the first time?
Trust your designer. If your designer has a strong portfolio and years of experience, then [having faith] is the best thing you can do to ensure a really great final product.
What has been your most memorable project?
I designed the interior of a private jet a few years ago and was amazed at the craftsmanship and man-hours that go into a project like this. Everything is made by hand by such skilled artisans. It took a village to expedite, but it felt like we’d created a piece of art when we finished.
Who are some of your creative heroes?
Most of my creative heroes are painters and writers. I’m inspired by people who live their fullest lives, have found a way to artistically express themselves in an honest way, and don’t pay much mind to public feedback.
Which city should every design enthusiast visit?
New York City. Even in its darkest, gloomiest, graffiti-ridden corner, there is still so much accidental beauty and design. There is no escaping it here. It’s truly amazing.
What’s your favorite design-on-film moment?
Anything by Nancy Meyers, hands down. Her set design is a dream!
What was the last thing you Instagrammed?
I just uploaded a photo of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel—I’m in LA this weekend for a festival and happy to be staying in this beautiful historic building.
What’s the most rewarding thing about being a designer?
I help people love their homes. For me, my home is my sanctuary. It’s my safe haven—a true reflection of who I am and filled with things I love. It feels good to know that I can help other people feel the same way about their personal spaces.
Ready to love your home? Get started on your own project with Jennifer here.