3.28.2016

Design Feature: Jenny Tamplin


I honestly don't remember when I was introduced to the darling Jenny Tamplin but I can tell you it was via a photo and I recall every single thing about it.  I spotted the picture of her office on Instagram and instantly starting following her and spent way too much time down the rabbit hole of her feed.  I just could not get enough.  I was immediately struck by her love of full, glossy color.  It was like we were meant to know one another.  I could not stop staring at that shot and to this day I still think it may be the most amazing office I have ever seen.  


See what I mean?  I could live in this office all day every day.  It is nothing short of incredible!  Those green cabinets ... #yesplease!!!

In her own words Jenny is "a mom of four, designer and connection expert" and after reading her blog for some time I could not agree more.  She and her husband and four children live in College Station, Texas.  College Station is the home of Texas A&M.  For four years in middle and high school we lived in Dallas and then San Antonio and I was sure I would be an Aggie.  I don't even like maroon but I was all in, and pretty sure I would have had the best time. She uses her passion for design and for keeping families connected to "create welcoming spaces for food, fun and conversation".  Her blog is a daily read for me.  I love how she shares her love for her Jesus, her family and her incredible eye for creating a bold and welcoming space. 

I just love Jenny's home.  The whole home is so warm and inviting.  I can just imagine being invited for the weekend and feeling like I was part of the family.  I have already decided which rooms I would visit the most while taking full advantage of her back yard!  Three of the rooms she has designed speak to me.  Actually they scream; her master bedroom, her office and the game room.  You will soon see exactly what I mean.

Her office is just incredible, that amazing green lacquer paired with the wallpaper and that amazing light.  I mean, I die, just die. I will let you soak it all in ...






Her game room is absolutely incredible!  Those pink walls and the details, she has simply left no stone un-turned in creating a space her kids and their friends will crave to spend time in. It is simply perfect!!






And her amazing master suite ... the green and blue is the perfect mix for me!  I am craving a room with those incredible blue stripes!  Doesn't it just play off the incredible green floral perfectly?  Oh, Jenny ... it's sooo good!!



Since I love to get to know people that I inspire me I asked Jenny if I could get to know her, along with you, for the blog.  She and I chatted forever on the phone in such a natural call that I could have held for hours.  We share so many of the same loves and as you see more of her home you will know why I am positive we would make great friends!  

First of all, tell me about Jenny Tamplin. How did you start decorating and how has it grown?

I remember changing things around in my childhood home as early as 4 years old!  I remember the yellow gingham curtains in my bedroom as a toddler.  When I was a young teenager I designed my summer camp cabin in green and pink!  Design is innate in me!  I did my first full service design when I was in High school.  I drew a pattern out for my mom to sew onto a custom bedspread.  I wouldn’t let anyone sit on it!  I made paint selections and painted my walls.  I went shopping all over for art and had it all framed.  My first apartment was a hodge podge collection from my parent’s house but it was planned carefully and combined with the pink and green pillows I found at JCPenney for my green leather sofa (It was the 90’s). I was so proud of my first space!  When my kids were babies I would scour the pages of design books and study different ways to decorate their rooms.  Through the years I have dreamed and schemed and designed and built and reconstructed so many times I can’t count and I NEVER tire of it!

Would you do anything differently?

I would believe in myself and my abilities more!  Looking back, I always had pretty good ideas, but I think I always questioned my skill and undermined my own abilities as a young lady.  I would also embrace the things that resonate with me and not worry about how everyone else will feel about it!  

Share two people who have influenced your life and why?

My friend and mentor, Janice Henry is not only a FABULOUS and fearless one-of-a-kind designer, but showed me early on what it is to be a designer for God’s Kingdom.  She never misses an opportunity to share Christ via her actions and love for her clients!  She has taught me that we need people in every profession (not just missionaries going to foreign countries) to sell out to His purposes and share His love via our different occupations.

My daughters have also influenced me to be creative in my own unique way.  All three of them are SUPER creative and so so special in their talents!  They have taught me so much about being true to myself and my own personal skill set!  They’ve encouraged me, in their actions, to believe in ME and GO FOR IT!

Where does your incredible love for color come from?

To me a space lacking color is sad and blah.  I began to understand a long time ago that color actually causes a reaction in my soul!  People ask me all the time, “How do you use color so fearlessly?” But to me, the fear comes when there is no color.  I just don’t see much reason to design and spend money on a neutral space!

Favorite room in your home?

My favorite room in the my house is probably my bedroom!  I absolutely love how it feels like a garden (but air-conditioned).  It truly lifts my spirits!

What inspires you to create?

Families honestly inspire me to create!  It is very important to me personally for families to have a space that each person can thrive in!  I love helping families find their collective sweet spots and making that come to life!  The goal is peace, love and ultimately positives healthy connection.



You have a large family, how do you manage it all?

I do have a large family!  It seems the brunt of the work is done as two (and almost 3) are in college now.  One of my strengths is time management and I can quickly calculate and keep tabs of the time each given task will take this family.  If we ever push the line of too much, my inside alarms will sound and I’ll know where to pull back.  It’s important to remember that everything (activities, laundry, meals, exercise, down time) needs a designated time slot and there is a finite amount of time!  So, every decision must be made from the view point of time.  “Do I really want a 2 acre lot?  Do we have the extra time to take care of a yard that size?” When you begin to think in terms of time, it is amazing what doesn’t seem so important on the “want” list anymore!

What is your favorite way to unwind?

My favorite thing to unwind is to float in the pool!  Honestly I come up with my most profound design ideas floating in the middle of my pool!

Five must haves.

1. My All-Clad Crockpot!  I seriously use it several times a week!
2. My Style Book app!  I started using this app last fall and I found that I have countless cute outfits already living in my own closet!  It fully removes the stress of getting ready every morning!
3. Fresh Flowers - Love bringing the outside in!
4. A fridge/fridges 100% dedicated to drinks so that visitors feel they get a special treat every time they come over!
5. Laughter - I know this is not a tangible object but I just don’t want to live without it!  I have been in the worst day of my life and the best day of my life, and laughter is equally refreshing on either side of the spectrum.

Isn't she precious.  I love her heart and her story.  She is a must follow for sure.  You will instantly fall in love with her love of color and the way she strives to create a place where all families can connect.  In the world we live in where time is so hard to come by with busy schedules and busy families it is so important to truly BE together! Check out the rest of Jenny's home on her website and make sure you follow her on Instagram.

I adore you Jenny, truly adore you!

All images via Jenny Tamplin Interiors and photographs taken by Fidelis Studio.  
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