Jennifer Stoner of Jennifer Stoner Interiors designed the two-story Dining Room at ASPIRE HOUSE McLean with a private supper club vibe. Inspired by a recent trip to Spain, Jennifer infused vibrant wallpaper as a backdrop, as well as her fearless use of color and pattern to create a memorable space. Read more about her room and why she likes to “Go Big Or Go Home” in an exclusive interview with Sherry Moeller.
Jennifer Stoner Rendering of the Dining Room in ASPIRE HOUSE McLean.
Sherry Moeller: Describe your room at the show house. How did you come up with the concept and what’s the backstory?
Jennifer Stoner: I’m excited to have designed the Dining Room, which is a two-story, barrel-vaulted room, truly an architectural show stopper. With this type of volume in a space, it can be difficult to create intimacy. So I decided to tuck the dining area into a recessed niche on the side of the space and create a bit of a lounge on the opposite side of the room. My design is inspired by a private supper club perhaps on the Catalan coast of Spain. Imagine a room of beautiful people sipping a Sazerac aperitif or a glass of Spanish vermouth on one side of the room and then shifting over to enjoy a wonderful intimate dinner in the vibrantly designed dining niche. I recently enjoyed a wonderful design trip to Spain and was inspired by their love of color, texture and bold design.
SM: What’s a favorite element you plan to incorporate into your space at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean?
JS: I’m excited to have installed a vibrant wallpaper designed by a very talented artist, Amanda Moody from Charlotte, NC. The paper has a wonderful hand-drawn artistic effect with bold colors and intricate patterns that are very reminiscent of the work of Antoni Gaudi of Barcelona, Spain. I immediately fell in love with it and knew it would be the perfect backdrop for our dining space.
A Jennifer Stoner-designed dining room.
SM: What projects have you done in the past that most resemble or relate in some way to what you plan to design at the ASPIRE HOUSE McLean? Or is this a completely different concept?
JS: I have become known for my fearless embrace of color and pattern, but we really work with all different styles. Each room and client speak to me differently and I pride myself on finding ways to make each design very personal. I do a lot of new construction and whole-house renovation work and we recently finished one home that is very Hamptons Shingle style with a more neutral textured palette. Another project that we just finished is very contemporary with some bold architectural features, while another one that hasn’t been photographed yet definitely embraces more international influences and bold colors. Lastly, we’re finishing a very traditional Antebellum influenced new build for the Jimmy Dean estate. So, every project really is unique in its own ways. I’ve included some photos of past dining room projects and other projects that incorporate some of my love of bold color and wallpaper. I won the Editor’s Choice Award for HGTV’s Big City Digs category for an image of a two-story floral wallpaper accent wall.
SM: Have you participated in other show houses and why?
JS: I have done several show houses for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League and the Richmond Homebuilders Association. I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to create a space from top to bottom with whatever happens to be influencing me at that moment in time. And then I love to see the reactions from people who visit my space. I have met some of my favorite long-time clients from show houses and I’ve made terrific connections within the design community. And I always abide by the motto “Go Big Or Go Home.” You may love or hate my design, but my hope is that you will not forget it.
The Jennifer Stoner-designed living room that won the HGTV Big City Digs Editor’s Choice Award.
SM: What’s next for you design wise—are there some projects you’re particularly excited about? Are there any projects you’d love to tackle, sort of a design bucket list?
JS: I’ve always got my eye out for some fun new construction projects since we’re finishing up several great ones now. And we’re tackling a great mid-century house on the river in Richmond currently, which has been a really great project. We’re also getting ready to start a new restaurant/cigar and whiskey lounge. So we have some fun things in front of us. But my bucket list includes a small boutique hotel or a collection of design-oriented Airbnbs. My love of travel has sparked some of those interests and has my creative juices flowing.
Proceeds for ASPIRE HOUSE: McLean will benefit the ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund. Click here to learn more, and purchase tickets for the event; opening August 21 through September 13, 2020.
About the Designer | Jennifer Stoner of Jennifer Stoner Interiors is an award-winning interior designer specializing in creating beautiful “Conception to Completion” design projects for discerning clients. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Jennifer’s services have now expanded to projects across the country. Jennifer’s clients have included a vast array of entrepreneurs, physicians, attorneys, developers, celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs. Whether in the process of building a new home, tackling a renovation or transforming your interiors, Jennifer and her team provide high-level services to both manage project details and effectively execute a plan of action. Jennifer’s talents have also been proven in the commercial realm, creating sophisticated and welcoming public spaces.
Jennifer’s passion is evident in the new construction or renovation process. She enjoys being an integral member of the client’s design-build team from the very beginning, believing that the collaborative efforts of the architect, builder and interior designer will ultimately lead to the smoothest process for her clients and the best possible finished product. Jennifer has also established a reputation for showmanship by adding jewelry in the way of sophisticated furnishings, beautiful window treatments, luxurious rugs and all of the details that elevate a home’s presence. Her work has been featured in Traditional Home, Home & Design, Virginia Living, Richmond magazine, and a variety of other publications. She has also had projects featured on HGTV, TLC, Today.com and Forbes.com. In 2019, HGTV awarded Jennifer with the Editor’s Choice Award for Designer of the Year for one of her renovation projects, and she currently has a project being considered for the 2020 awards.
Sherry Moeller is a contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine.
Header photo by Gordon Gregory.