You may have spotted designer Jenny Rausch from Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath in the “My Houzz” Season 1 episode with Jenna Fischer. We caught up with her to learn more about Jenny’s approach to design and what inspires her.
What got you started in your career? My mom, who never really meddled in my life, sent a letter to a local kitchen and bath showroom and told them I was really talented and could design kitchens. At the time, I could not, but I learned really fast!
Growing up, my parents had a construction company where my mom designed spaces and my dad installed them, so she thought I would be a natural. I guess moms really do know best!
What is your design philosophy? If it feels like home, follow the path. Everything we do is focused on family, from the way we design to the way we treat our people, our clients and our designs. We want everyone to feel something when they enter a space and typically that feeling is warmth and comfort. We try to create a place they can enjoy with family and friends.
Where’s the most unexpected place you’ve found design inspiration? My dreams. I process design problems quite vividly when I sleep. I see beautiful things in my dreams that seem way beyond my capabilities as a designer. I think it’s proof that we really only use a tiny percentage of our brain’s capacity.
What trend are you most excited about right now? Green! It’s finally coming back! It’s my favorite color to use inside because it’s so warm and comforting. It left us for a while and I have been very disgruntled about it.
What do you geek out on when it comes to design? Anything old in terms of architecture, especially the Biltmore in Asheville, NC. I can walk around the Biltmore for hours and just soak in the greatness of its bones. I pretty much cry every time I go. It tugs on my soul and plays with my emotions in a very profound way.
What excites you the most about going to work every day? I love to problem solve. It’s in my blood. Everything we do is solving a problem, whether it’s space planning, color selections, a client compromising with their spouse or a hidden pipe in the wrong place. It’s all about finding the best possible solution that works for everyone.
What is your favorite part of the design process? I love to space plan – sitting down with my paper and figuring out the puzzle of the space. It’s very rewarding to dynamically change the function of a space, to make something that was not useful for a family into something that makes their lives better.
When you’re not designing, where can you be found? On my porch having a drink or in my car with the windows down listening to really loud music. Those are happy places. In reality, I am probably at the grocery store, cooking dinner, cleaning up dinner or putting my kids to bed and then collapsing on the couch for 10 minutes before I fall asleep myself!