We were lucky enough to experience a day in the life of J&G Design with founders, Jennifer Hunter and Georgie Hambright. The two designers have worked together on projects including a loft in Soho, a pied-à-terre in Gramercy and even a modern brownstone in Harlem. They took us to some of their favorite design shops, an outdoor farmer’s market for fresh flowers and indulged in their guilty pleasure in the winter time. We got to learn a little about their background and some of the challenges of being a young interior designer in the city.
What’s your background?
After meeting briefly years earlier, we ran into each other at Housing Works’ Design on Dime and started working on side projects together shortly after. Working together came very naturally and our tastes very much aligned. I think that’s when we knew that we complimented each other as business partners!
How would you describe J&G Design in 3 words?
Neo-traditional, sophisticated, classic
What inspired you to open your interior design firm?
We both worked for really great designer mentors who took the time to teach us the ins and outs of running a design business. After our first side project was a success, we gained the confidence to take the leap.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in starting your own business?
Being young is definitely the biggest challenge. In this industry you have to earn your stripes.
Who would your dream client be?
A client that gives us the reigns and lets us work our magic!
Who are your style (fashion or interior design) icons?
We look up to the old guard of designers, with whom we would not be here today! That includes Albert Hadley, David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Elsie de Wolf, and the like.
What’s your go-to housewarming gift?
A hand-picked bouquet–it not only gives that personal touch, but completely brightens up any space!
What the best piece of advice you have ever received?
It is a process and sometimes a slow one–anything worthwhile takes time. A lot of clients want everything done yesterday. You want a space to feel collected and curated and that takes time! So I guess patience!
Shop the look:
J & G Design Guide to NYC
ABC Home – We love getting lost in the floors of ABC Home. The entire store is styled to perfection. It’s one of our favorite places to get ideas and see new trends.
Studio Four – We always know that we will find something special at Studio Four. Owners Stacy Waggoner and Kate Reynolds do an incredible job curating the showroom with unique fabrics, carpets and wallpapers. Not to mention the showroom itself, it’s so colorful and fabulous!
Fishs Eddy – We make a beeline to the vintage section. We could spend hours searching through all the monogramed plates. They make great unique and personal gifts.
City Bakery – This place is dangerous if you’re a chocoholic like us. The hot chocolate is the absolute best and can be just the pick-me-up we need to get through all of our errands. You have to get it with the homemade marshmallow!
Union Square Farmer’s Market – Did you know that there is honey collected on rooftops in NYC? You can find almost anything at the Union Square Green Market. If we’re hosting a dinner party, we come here to get beautiful ingredients. Your guests will be so impressed!
Photography by Alysha Rainwaters