We wanted you to really get to know the people behind the scenes at Jabot Interiors, so we did a Q & A session with Design Consultant and Owner of Jabot Interiors, Charlene Ingram.
Q: What made you get into interior design, and make the jump to opening your own business?
I always loved decorating from the time I was a young girl, I naturally just followed my passion. I worked for a large window covering chain for 3 years and ended up managing the North Vancouver location. I learned the the ins and outs of business there, but eventually, I knew I would be running something of my own. When I turned 30, I made the leap.
Q: How has your business changed over the years?
We started out with just window coverings which is the main part of our business, however, we have evolved into doing interior design as well. There are so many options of window coverings and ways that people do business, find business etc., that it’s not as simple anymore.
Q: What is the biggest thing you have learned in your 26 years of running Jabot Interiors?
That by trusting and believing in yourself you can make it happen, always!
Q: Where do you receive your inspiration?
Everywhere I look–and pictures of interiors. When I do a clients home, I do it from what I feel in the home, from them, and the space they have. I know it sounds funny to some, but when I am in the space, I intuitively get a connection to what it needs, and what I know the client will love. This is what is inspirational to me and when the client lets me run with it, it is very satisfying. I just feel sure; I don’t think, I know.
Q: What is your favourite part about owning your own business?
The freedom of making choices and decisions of your own.
Thank you for taking the time, Charlene!