We are so excited to have Interior Designer Jenni Hilbun join the SummerHouse team in our Oxford location! Jenni is so much fun, is beyond talented, and keeps us laughing! We are thankful to have her as a part of our family. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know her just as much as we have!
Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
I grew up across the south – North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. I spent lots of time with my grandparents in Columbia, MS learning everything from needlepoint (which eventually lead to sewing) to Canasta and of course, spoons! I finished college at MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Theory. I fueled my creative side with all types of sewing projects and poured through books and magazines learning interior specialty sewing and loving it, often sewing into the wee hours of the morning. This love and ability has grown into a 20 year career in Interior Design.
I live on a farm in Pontotoc County with my husband, Benton, three children, three dogs, one crazy cat, two beautiful horses and five hens! Life is full and rewarding.
At what point did you realize you were interested in interior design?
Pretty early actually. One of my grandmothers always let us cousins decorate her house for Christmas and that was such a treat. She bought whatever “supplies” we wanted and we went to town with it! We even caught her piano on fire one year with a candle! Never even got in trouble, although I’m sure she was clenching her jaw!
She also fostered my love of sewing and fabrics.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go?
I am really a homebody. I love being at home!
What is the best movie you’ve seen recently? Why’d you like it?
I don’t really go to movies… They’re too loud! But I have been watching The Crown and Reign and loving both. Of course the costumes and drapery details are fantastic.
What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?
I have lots of favorite restaurants because I don’t like to cook. My very favorites are the ones that get a “to go” order correct consistently! And have a pickup lane.
What is your favorite design publication?
This oscillates between Veranda and Traditional Home. Such good publications. I have difficulty parting with back issues.
If Hollywood wanted to make a movie about you, what actress would you want playing you? Why?
Reese Witherspoon because she catches my attention. She is about my size (a.k.a. “short”) and she is already Southern.
Give us the number one reason you’re excited to be a part of the SummerHouse team!
Absolutely because it is a part of a team. Also, positively: Lisa Palmer!
What is your favorite thing about being an interior designer?
My favorite thing about being a designer is helping families and clients fall in love with their home and special keepsakes all over again.
Who is your favorite character on a TV show and why?
Loreli Gilmore. I SO relate!
What else do we need to know about you?
I am part time at SummerHouse and am primarily there on Monday, Thursday, and Friday, but will always make an appointment convenient for my client.
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Read more about Jenni and get her contact info here! Thank you so much, Jenni, for your time. Thrilled to have you aboard!