You Oughta Know: Jen Chu

9.30.2010

If you’ve ever been in my home, you know it is a huge work in progress. I have an idea of what I want my house to look like, but the execution has been challenging for me to do, especially on my own.

I am always looking for inspiration, and affordable design ideas online and I think I may have found my home interior DIY Yoda. Her name is Jen Chu and she is the truth! She refers to herself as an "Asian Martha Stewart, minus the prison activity". I stumbled across her blog last week and found out she was also featured on Apartment Therapy for a room makeover she did for a friend in Brooklyn.

From what I can see, Jen likes to ball on a budget, meaning she can bring a room to life without breaking the bank. A lot of the items in the room came from pocket friendly stores like Ikea, and Target, and she isn't afraid to hit up a flea market to save a buck or two. I think it would be awesome if she had her own TV show for real people, with realistic budgets, and I'd love to be her first guest!

Check out some of the pics of Jen's work below:








(all images from Apartment Therapy)

What I love about this room is how Jen uses everyday items and displays them in a way that it looks like art. The scarves, the purses, and hats seem more like room accessories, instead of fashion accessories.



 (Images from jenchudesign.com)

I love her style, it is so clean and chic! I also admire that she does a lot of the handy work herself, something I hope to be able to do one day. Who needs Ty Pennington when you can hang your own light fixtures? Who am I kidding, I wouldn't turn Ty away but you get my point!

To see more of Jen's work, including original art and learn about her career as an Art Director for Project Runway check out her blog.


Until next time!

Deidre






4 comments :

Jada said...

Wow I like it!

Deidre James said...

Isn't she talented? I'm inspired to finish my projects around the house now :) How are you doing today?

Eric said...

These are nice looking but I prefer the "Someone actually lives here and isn't afraid to use/touch things" look lol

Deidre James said...

I think the colorful bedroom "lived in" I like that she's diverse enough to do a laid back playful look and clean modern looks like the black and white rooms. The books, the laptop, guitar and accessories all scream "someone likes living here, look at all of my interesting stuff!" :p

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