After one interior design class and a short stint at Washington Design Center, Jennifer Wagner Schmidt launched JWS Interiors. She’s been successfully creating gorgeous spaces for happy clients ever since! Her sage design advice extends far beyond the D.C. area, thanks to her blog and genius e-decor service, which equips non-local clients with design plans they can carry out themselves! As a mother of two, Jennifer has also learned to account for an element of practicality — expertly balancing utilitarianism and polish to create some seriously chic spaces. Glam and modern yet timelessly chic, Jennifer’s aesthetic is one that will never go out of style!
Tell us about JWS Interiors and how you started.
After earning a degree in Communications and working in the PR field for six years, I decided to make a career change and follow my passion: interior design. I quit my high-tech PR job and took Interior Design 101 at my local college. I landed a job working with high-end clients at the Washington Design Center. While at the Design Center, I learned some of the ins and outs of the design world, and, after a short stay, decided to break out on my own and start my own business. In 2006, with encouragement from both family and friends, JWS Interiors was born. I’ve been growing my business ever since while raising two daughters with my husband.
Z Gallery desk / Worlds Away chair / Urban Outfitters lamp
What has been the most rewarding aspect of owning your own business?
You can feel a sense of accomplishment as you grow, establish new relationships in the field and with clients and learn how to run a company. You and only you are responsible for both your successes and failures. Learning from failure and relishing success is amazing.
One Kings Lane bed / Bungalow 5 end tables and dresser
How would you describe your overall design aesthetic?
My aesthetic lends itself to clean, more modern furnishings. I like to add a bit of glamour to my designs, if it’s appropriate for the project.
Ballard Designs bookshelves
Where did the inspiration come from for this project?
This was a whole house project for a newlywed twenty-something couple. It was a complete renovation and they hired me to design just about all of the spaces. My client wanted the newly decorated spaces to be fresh and modern yet comfortable. Since she is so fashionable, I added in some glamour — the loft area and master bedroom in particular. Touches of gold, textures and white-on-white made everything come together nicely.
World Market table / Vintage mirror
What is your favorite piece in this home?
Wow — I love so much, but I have to say that the loft area with its vaulted ceilings was such a unique space. I loved using the black velvet & gold chair with the lacquered white desk. Again, a very glam space for a glam gal!
Where are some of your go-to places to shop for home décor?
Some of my favorite places to shop include Jonathan Adler, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Worlds Away, Bungalow 5, Zinc Door and Wisteria.
Crate & Barrel table
What are your main sources of inspiration?
I love glam spaces, so I love looking at luxury hotels and designs by my favorite designer Kelly Wearstler. I also draw inspiration from travel.
How do you sparkle?
I would like to think of myself as a positive person, and I hope that shows when I’m with others! I believe each day is a gift and that we must use our time and talents wisely. I want to look back on my life someday and say that I did my best in every way — being a mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister and entrepreneur!
Pottery Barn sofa / One Kings Lane pillows / Vintage lamp