Upon graduating from Mary Baldwin College at the age of 21, she moved to an apartment in New York’s West Village with a job as assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Notorious Magazine which was owned by internationally known rapper and fashion mogul, Puff Daddy. Her eye for scale and proportion and her uninhibited ability to share her perspective became valuable assets to her career. She later worked in the creative departments at Butterick- Vogue and Redbook.
After getting married and taking a hiatus from publishing, she found herself sitting at her own kitchen table, this time, in New York City, drawing scaled floor plans for an apartment she and her husband had purchased together on the Upper East Side. She had found her niche. With encouragement from her architect and building contractor, she went back to school and earned a second degree from the New York School of Interior Design. In 2004, she launched her own design firm and began working on high- end residential projects in Manhattan, Chicago and later in Virginia. Her reputation for being honest, pragmatic, and versatile has followed her in her career.
Commercial & Residential Design
Art & Antique Acquisition & Curation General Contracting
“There is balance in life, everywhere - in nature or in our own homes… Everything should have a purpose. For me, designing is staying inside the box and knowing when to let go- to be free. Helping others find that balance and satisfaction in their lives, in their homes, is a great adventure and a huge source of happiness for me. ”
Creating scaled drawings was a skill Jenny Barker learned as a young girl from watching her grandfather, a retired engineer, work at his kitchen table. It required discipline and creativity, two qualities she admired and understood. Drawing houses, complete with floor plans, perfecting them often late into the night, became a favorite pastime of hers from then on.
Undoubtedly, being raised on a farm on Virginia’s Eastern Shore peninsula gave Jenny an early sense of adventure along with the paradoxical curiosity to see the larger world. Whether she was en point in ballet class, riding horses down deer paths, or designing and sewing her own dresses, her creativity and energy became her trademarks among her family and friends.