Interior Designer Spotlight with Jennifer Ribek
Owner of Jennifer Ribek Interior Design, Jupiter, FL
Jennifer Ribek has been featured in Veranda, House, Design Times, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, Luxe Interiors and was named Best of HOUZZ 2015 & 2016 for Design and Service. Jennifer was born on Long Island, New York, received a degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, worked as an interior designer/kitchen designer on Long Island for ten years and then moved to Florida with her husband Richard.
Join me as Jennifer gives us the inside scoop on designer rugs, luxury interiors, and on satisfying a client…
Are People Going Online to Find an Interior Designer?
“Yes the internet is a fabulous tool for searching for an interior designer and also to get inspiration and access to beautiful things. Social media has created a new platform for getting your portfolio out there for people everywhere to see. Traditionally in order to hire an interior designer you had to be wealthy. Now we can access websites that provide e-design for people with smaller budgets or those looking to design one room at a time. I think this new trend will continue to grow. Pinterest is a great resource to organize and gather inspiration. Many of my clients will send me their boards so I can get a feel of what they are looking to achieve.”
What Do Your Clients Want From a Designer Rug?
“Durability. A good portion of my clients have young children. Our number one priority is how easily does it clean? How do we remove stains? Can they clean it themselves or does it need to be cleaned by professionals? When you’re investing this kind of money into a rug you want to make sure it lasts. I try to find all these details before I present a rug to my client.”
Why is it Challenging to Source a Designer Rug?
“I find that rugs are the most challenging selection for a project. I first need to decide what is going to be the star of the room. If I want the rug to be the focal point then that is my first selection. Other times I will select all the material and then find a rug to match. My budget for a rug is sometimes smaller than I would like which means a lot more time goes into researching for the perfect option.”
What Are the Challenges to Designing a Nursery?
“You are designing a room for someone who is not yet in this world. You don’t know who this tiny little person is going to be. What I love about a nursery is that you can be really creative. I’ll use different textures, patterns, colors, and stripes. I will go with a more modern animal print and stay away from cartoons or mainstream characters. I want the room to be calm and cozy with a touch of sophistication.”
What is it Like Being an Interior Designer in Florida?
“Where we live in Jupiter it is very seasonal. We get the snowbirds who come from many different states up north. They come sometime after October and stay through Easter. We see a lot of custom built homes and remodeling projects begin during these months. Most of the planning and designing gets done and installation carries on during the summer months when they go back up north. That’s unique to our area.”
Do You Have a Favorite Design Style?
“I think I lean more towards contemporary and transitional. I love using bold colors and patterns. I’ll take a monochromatic color scheme and then mix all sorts of patterns with it. That’s what I personally love and what I lean towards, but I love all design and things beautiful.”
How Do Your Clients Choose an Interior Designer?
“Around here, it’s word of mouth. Probably 95% of my clients are from referrals. And the other 5% are from Houzz, Facebook, and my website.”
What Are the Dangers of Not Hiring an Interior Designer?
“Making a financial mistake. When designing your home, you invest a lot of time, money, and emotion. You have to make big financial decisions and sometimes people don’t get them right. I see that happening a lot. People invest in a large piece of furniture, and end up hating it. Sometimes people will hire a general contractor and let them take on the designer role to save money, that typically ends in disaster. An interior designer will design and manage the whole project for you. If you don’t have someone helping or guiding you, things can take way longer and you can get into financial trouble.”
Where Do You Source Home Fabrics and Furniture?
“I mainly buy things wholesale at the local Designers Buying Group showroom. I live five minutes away so it’s very convenient. The Design Center of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale is about an hour away so I go there when looking for something specific or working on a larger project. They have showrooms where you can sit on everything and touch, which is sometimes required.”
Do You Source Online?
“Oh yeah, lots! OneKingsLane is big for me. I might buy one or two things per project from them. I’ve purchased rugs, furniture, and accessories. Right now I’m looking at an ottoman and some dining room chairs. They have a great reputation and work with the bigger designers in the world. I’ve had a great experience. I also shop at Candelabra. They carry all the high-end furniture, lighting, and accessories and have a trade program. Wayfair is wonderful when I need something quick. They also have a trade program and free shipping. And of course Asmara for my rugs!”
What is Your Favorite Industry Magazine?
“House Beautiful. I really relate to their style. I’m in love with every page. I think they are really good at choosing beautiful work. They pick a lot of work that is eclectic with a nice mix. I get a lot of inspiration from the pages of the magazine everything.”
For more on Jennifer Ribek visit: http://www.jenniferribek.com