Friday, April 15, 2011
Jessica Pakzad Bennett: Good Shepherd Interview
Situated in the heart of gorgeous Southern California, Jessica Bennett Interiors is a full service residential interior design firm with one mission in mind: put the client (and their budget) first to create a comfortable yet sophisticated home to suit their needs. Known for a style that reflects her constantly discerning eye, Jessica Pakzad Bennett, is committed to delivering designs that are fresh yet timeless, livable yet tailored, and above-all, completely authentic to the client who has trusted her with their most personal space.
Jessica attended USC’s Marshall School of Business, graduating Magna Cum Laude with an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Studies. Throughout college, Jessica worked at family-owned, Ebanista, a nationwide chain of high-end to-the-trade home furnishings showrooms ultimately taking over as their Business and Operations Manager where she resided for four years.
Always wanting to one day open her own design firm, Jessica combined her skills in small business and design to establish Jessica Bennett Interiors with the goal of making quality interior design accessible to young professionals and families. Breaking the myth that professional design service is only for their parents’ generation, Jessica excels at maximizing the potential hidden in each of her client’s homes…leaving them with a place they can live, love, work, and play in ultimate pride and comfort.
With Jessica’s propensity towards creating tailored interiors, we were excited to ask her a few questions about decorating small spaces and being a part of the GSCDP.
TP: How did you hear about the GS Design Project?
JB: I follow Vanessa De Vargas on Twitter and she Tweeted about it! Got to LOVE social media!
TP: Why did you choose to design a room?
JB: How could I resist? This project is such a wonderful opportunity to combine my business, my passion, and a great cause, all while getting to know other great Southern California designers.
TP: What do you think the biggest challenge of the project will be?
JB: Donations! I can work around the clock, and I can easily work with a small space but I really want to have the funds and materials to make this room gorgeous for the women who are going to call it home.
TP: Do you have an inspirational photo for this project?
JB: No photo yet, but I can’t stop thinking pink when planning this room.
TP: What are you most looking forward to with the project?
JB: I can’t wait to see how twenty different designers are going to interpret twenty different rooms. Are there going to be similar looks or are they all going to be strikingly different? I also can’t wait to see the reactions from the Good Shepherd staff when we hand over the finished product!
TP: All the rooms at Good Shepherd are dorm size, what advice or tip do you have for someone decorating a space this small?
JB: I love spaces this small! It forces you to concentrate on the details and create a really intimate, livable space. Tips include sticking with big solid blocks of color instead of tons of different prints and patterns. On a more practical level, think vertically for storage! Whether you place baskets under the bed or shelves above the desk/dresser, remember to use the space above and below your furniture pieces.