In early 2013, after years in the garment business, Jeanne Chung realized that interior design, not fashion, was her calling. Soon after, she started her blog, Cozy•Stylish•Chic to chronicle her everyday musings. From there she made the transition into doing what she loves– Interior Design. Today she’s at the helm of a growing design business as she takes on various projects in and around the Los Angeles area, all while continuing to write about the world of design and the many things that inspire her on her blog. Less than a year after starting Cozy•Stylish•Chic, Jeanne was selected to be one of High Point Market‘s ten Style Spotters for 2014, where she will be scouring the world’s largest furniture market for the latest and hottest design trends. After sitting down to chat with Jeanne, we’re impressed by her work ethic, optimistic attitude, and humble approach to success. We hope you’re as inspired by her as we are:
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT HIGH POINT MARKET IS:
The breadth of product, the educational seminars, and the social gatherings. It’s a place to source product, be inspired and learn…and have some fun while you’re at it! If you’re a designer, High Point Market is the place to be.
Bernhardt, Taracea, CR Laine, Noir, Global Views and the temporaries at the Suites at Market Square and in Interhall in the IHFC building. An eclectic mix of showrooms, but each one is impeccably laid out and is easy for the novice designer or newcomer to High Point Market to navigate. The merchandised vignettes alone get the creative juices flowing!
Unique finds that incorporate color, detail, an innovative treatment or use of material, or architectural elements.
The amount and variety of resources available in one place. It’s a one-stop shop where you can see the newest introductions of home furnishings, accessories, floor coverings and tabletop. They also offer a variety of educational events to further the knowledge of the budding (or even seasoned) designer. I am of the school that no matter where you are in your career, there is always something new to learn, and educational seminars like those offered at High Point Market keep the designer ahead of the curve. In this day and age it is so important to continue learning to stay ahead of the pack.
I admire when a designer is sensitive to the architecture of the space. Personal expression in design is important, but being able to do so while being respectful of the architecture and underlying flavor of the space is not easy…which is why everyone should hire a designer!
I was at my desk sketching beading and embroidery for a group of tunics (I was a clothing designer before turning to Interior Design). House Beautiful was sitting on my desk and the urge to race through the magazine rather than sketch out bead placement was overwhelming. I wanted to practice interior design more than anything and it’s not as though my dreams were unrealistic – I spent 3 years at the New York School of Interior Design. (Upon moving back to LA I only went back to fashion instead of interiors because I didn’t want to start a new business in the middle of a recession.) So that evening I googled how to start a blog, set up a blogspot account under the name Cozy•Stylish•Chic, and started writing whatever came to mind. My first few posts were REALLY bad – but at least it paved the way for projects and other opportunities, and I was able to make the segué out of fashion. You’ve gotta start somewhere, right?
I have a double espresso with a dollop of sweet cream. Believe me – you don’t want to be around me until I have my daily dose of caffeine, because looks are deceiving. I’m a grouch behind the sweet smile.
Being happy with what I’m doing and taking a chance by putting yourself out there, and having people take notice.
A notebook and camera, whether my DSLR or my iPhone. I have a hard time remembering things because my brain is constantly on overload, but the action of jotting down a quick sketch or snapping a photos actually embeds the thought in my memory.
Hmmm…this is a tough one, because there are so many talented people out there, but I would have to say Frank Lloyd Wright. I love his use of manipulating inexpensive materials to create masterfully thought out works of art, as in the case of his textile block houses. I can only imagine the things he would be capable of if he were alive today.
Bali. I lived there off and on for 15 years and my family still has a garment factory there. My life is so hectic now that I wish I had now what I had then- a driver, houseboy, cook, staff to cater to my every whim. I can’t imagine what I could do with a support staff like that here.
I make myself an espresso and have a look at my Instagram feed. I love the spontaneity of Instagram, and the spur of the moment, unstyled shots are the best and most inspiring. Any cocktail with St. Germain doesn’t hurt either. Yup, caffeine and alcohol fuel my creativity. Sad, but true.
If you have passion and are willing to work hard to achieve your goals, success will come. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing- concentrate on what you are doing. Value what you do and what you have to offer, and never settle for less, as enticing as some offers may be.
Back in Bali…but for vacation. In the many years I spent there, I rarely took a break. I love art, culture, natural beauty, and Bali has it all, but I never took the opportunity to experience any of it because I was always busy working. I would love to go back and spend time on the beach- and perhaps get in a little bit of work sourcing “batik tulis” and hand woven ikats (the real thing, not the prints you see around these days). Ok, I’m a workaholic – I admit it, so I always manage to squeeze in work when I can. When you love what you do, it isn’t work, right?
ABOVE ALL ELSE:
Believe in yourself, always be humble and respectful of others, and never rest on your laurels.