Let us introduce you to the Valley’s top design and build professionals. Today, let’s get to know Jenny Slingerland of Black Ink Interiors and her wise words for aspiring designers.
How did you get started in the design/build industry?
I got my start in the industry as an in-house designer for custom home builders in Southern Utah and Las Vegas. These valuable years helped develop my love for working with architects, builders and clients, and deepened my understanding of the vital role an interior designer plays in delivering amazing homes from the ground up.
What is your favorite project in Arizona?
It’s difficult to choose a favorite, but one that comes to mind is an incredible project for an equally amazing client in Rio Verde. It was a new build, so we were involved very early for the construction selections all the way through to furnishings and styling the entire home. Our client is a cowgirl from the midwest, who also wanted to incorporate the principles of feng shui, so we had our work cut out for us to ensure the home represented her style and met her needs.
What inspires you and your work?
I am inspired by traveling and experiencing different cultures. Fashion has also been a source of inspiration for me, and it always seems to lead the way for design trends.
What is something timeless every home should have?
Every home should have some natural elements such as marble countertops, wood flooring and natural light. Nobody does it better than Mother Nature!
What is considered trendy in homes at this time?
The colors trending right now are ochre, dusty rose and blues. We are also seeing a lot of soft curves in furniture pieces. Cane is making a comeback, and we are seeing this detail a lot in chairs and sofas.
What do you consider your biggest professional accomplishment?
Starting my own business, and growing it to a current team of five.
What advice do you have for young people or students hoping to pursue a design/build career?
Invest in people and relationships. In the current social media-driven world, I cannot overstate the value of face to face interactions and relationships. Start building your network while in school by seeking internships, visiting local vendors and suppliers, attending relevant events, etc.
What are you working on now?
We have some really fun projects that are underway, both locally and out of state. One is a modern mountain retreat in Coeur d’aLene, Idaho that will break ground this summer. A local project we are really excited about is a custom home in the east valley that is wrapping up this spring. It’s going to be a beautiful home with some fun spaces, including a secret door to a mancave and shooting range. We also have some incredible projects on the books that will kick off later this year.