At Floor Coverings International Concord, we love helping our customers keep up with the latest trends and voices in interior design. This month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Marhoefer, Owner & Interior Designer for Jessica Stout Design. She spoke with us about her love of blogging, supporting other designers, and her latest projects. Read on to learn more!
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hey, my name is Jessica. I eat, sleep, breath interior design. I am so passionate about what I do and grateful that I can wake up and do what I love every day. I’ve lived in Indiana my entire life but I’m a coastal girl at heart. Coffee and Jesus get me through my busy days!
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
I started blogging about 4 years ago to show friends and family design and DIY projects I was working on. It was a way for them to stay up to date on my portfolio. As the projects got bigger and bigger, and I began to have strangers following my blog in hopes to hire me as a designer or to get some inside knowledge about decorating, the blog really grew into a more professional lifestyle blog for the masses. It’s always been my creative outlet and a platform to share my life as an interior designer. I love that there are no rules when it comes to blogging, and it allows me to share anything I’m into at the moment, whether it be my own home, new construction projects, renovations, decorating, recipes, or even beauty and fashion reviews.
How would you describe your interior design and DIY style?
My interior design style is classic, timeless, modern, vintage. I really love to mix old with new, even blurring the lines a little between what is old or new. My goal is always to design a space that will last through the years, but with some fun, unique pieces to keep it casual. My style is always evolving, but you will continuously see these key elements in every one of my designs. When it comes to DIY style, it has to be simple. If it’s not 5 steps or less, than it is probably easier to buy than to DIY. If it is not saving me money, then I won’t be spending the time to DIY!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find a lot of my inspiration from other designers and through social media these days. I’m obsessed with scrolling through my favorite bloggers and designers on Instagram. I think it is important to support each other in this industry, to challenge one another, and to praise each other’s work. I don’t mind telling another designer how much I love their work and trying to incorporate a similar design element into my client’s home without copying their style. I also love to shop around for unique finds to really get the creative juices flowing. If I am really stumped creatively, furniture and home décor shopping can get me excited about a project again. Antique and flea market shopping is truly my favorite way to challenge myself in creating something new from something old.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
I’m always proud of the residential new construction projects the most. It is such a personal project to help a family through a 6 month (or longer) project of designing their dream home. Every home is such a privilege and honor for me to be a part of. Every detail of a new home is very important to me and has to come together seamlessly. My favorite part of interior design is the journey through the design process rather than the actual destination or final product, which is why I think I love these new construction projects the most.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
My husband and I are building a new home for the first time. It is always harder being the client and the designer. I am excited to evolve my own design style in this new home and to incorporate some new, unique design elements. I always feel like I can take a few more risks in my own home than in my clients’ homes. Follow along on Instagram as we build Marhoefers Modern Farmhouse!! #marhoefersmodernfarmhouse