Interior Design - Alumnae Profile: Jennifer Eanes Foster
“Meredith provided me with a wonderful education and helped prepared me for the design field. I was able to transition from hospitality design to residential design easily. I credit Meredith for that. They taught me the basics that I use every single day as a designer, like scale, proportion, knowledge of fabrics, the history of furnishings and architecture...I could go on and on.
Everything you learn at Meredith you can use in the real design world, even things like how to create a presentation board, or two-dimensional design classes or color theory.”
Jennifer Eanes Foster, ’97
Major: Interior Design
Career: Owner, Eanes Foster Design
“Every day is different, and I learn something new. I work on projects where I select everything from light fixtures, artwork and furniture, to doorknobs and paint colors.”
Rewards of the Job: “Clients become friends over time because we work so closely together on their homes. I have clients that I have worked with for over 10 years...I have literally done every room in their home, and then re-designed rooms after several years.”
Challenges: “One of the most challenging and important aspects of being a designer is making sure everything you provide your client is not only aesthetically beautiful, but safe (i.e. shower floors that aren't slippery) and stands the test of time and wear.
Advice to Current Students: “I recommend working for different types of design firms during breaks before you graduate...it will allow you to see what the different fields are like, and it will also provide you with invaluable contacts and resources for when you graduate.”