Designer Crush: Jennifer Wundrow And Heather Brock Of Nest Design Co.

1.  Who is your biggest role model?

Jennifer Wundrow: I have been impacted by so many wonderful women in my life, it’s really hard to choose just one! I would have to say that Suzanne Tucker has had a major influence on my professional life. Not only is she an immensely talented designer, she has built her company all while being a devoted mom. She is well spoken, has a level-head and always greets me with open arms. Her architectural and design knowledge is infinite. It’s a lofty goal, but I strive to be more like her in all I do.

Heather Brock: My mom has been instrumental in my life. Most importantly, she raised us with more love and understanding than seem possible. She started an interior design business when we were just toddlers, doing all of her own sewing (!!!). Her drive and determination to make a go of her business was inspiring.  This mixed with her wit and charm make her a joy to be around. I hope to be half as patient, loving, and fabulous as she is!

2.  Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?

JW: Meet Joe Black or The Great Gatsby! Both amazing, well-designed homes with beautifully manicured gardens to boot! These “homes” have a grandeur and beauty that set the scene along with conjuring up motifs appropriate for the storylines and locations.

HB: Definitely Dirty Dancing. I love the era, clothes, and adult camp-like setting. Nobody puts baby in the corner!

3.  What is the best way to gauge a client’s personality before starting a project?

We always schedule an initial consult with potential clients to meet them and see the space. This is a good opportunity for us to see if our personalities and design style mesh, how willing they are to take our advice, and how trusting they are. The immediate follow-up from that meeting is also very telling in how the project will go. We like to think we are pretty good judges of character.

4.  What new design trends are you excited to integrate into your work?

Trends are hard. They are “in” today and gone tomorrow. We try to design spaces that are classic and timeless, spaces our clients will still love in two years, five years, ten years. No one wants to re-do their homes every couple of years to keep up with the “trends." But, if we are going to go there, we love wallpaper. A current "trend" to some but always "in" for us!

5. How do you completely unwind?

JW: Near any body of water...a tropical beach, the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe, or the California Coast with my husband and kids, or girlfriends, ideally with no cell service (or no phone in hand)! 

HB: A glass of wine, a great decor magazine or book, hopefully in the sun with waves crashing!

6. If you hadn't become a designer, which career would you have pursued?

JW: In college I started with a double major, interior design and early childhood education. I know, two completely different things! If I wasn’t a designer I would be a teacher. I absolutely love children, their innocence, devotion, honesty, and hilarity. If only we could bottle them up and keep them little forever!

HB: I wanted to be a veterinarian for years and years. My love of animals has never waned, especially that of the large, furry, golden retriever variety.

7. What’s the worst pre-designer job you’ve ever had and why?

JW: Watering plants at the Tahoe Tree Company as a summer job when I was in high school. Not only did I have to wake up at 4am (I am NOT a morning person), I do not have a green thumb and was in charge of making sure all plants were watered and kept alive! I think my parents had to pay them to keep me employed.

HB: I did real estate after college and had to sit in a trailer in Mission Bay, SF (when there was NOTHING there) and give hard hat tours to potential buyers (which at the time were few and far between). I would much rather wear a hard hat on a job site now than back then.

8. Who has your favorite client been and why?

That’s a tough one! We have had a lot of wonderful clients. Our favorite clients are those that trust us implicitly to design a space for them and return to us year after year. They know and love our style and let us take the reigns completely.

If we have to choose one, it would have to be a wonderful family that was decisive and fun to be around. We recently gutted their guest bathroom and had all items selected and on order within two weeks...a designer's dream!

 9. Create your perfect playlist for us.

 JW: I am a country girl at heart but I love all genres of music!

HB: I love how music can bring me back to a certain place in time. So many of my memories have songs attached. Looking at this list, I must be an '80s girl!

Lightning round!

10.    Would you rather shop new or vintage?

Both! We always love to incorporate different styles, different eras. It helps to add interest and layering to any room.

11. First celebrity crush?

JW: Matt Damon.

HB: Matt Damon.

12.  What’s your hidden talent?

JW: I can wiggle my ears! I also love photography and taking photos. It has become a bit of an obsession since taking a photography class in high school. Learning to develop my own film was an added bonus. If I could, I would spend hours upon hours in a dark room. I have tens of thousands of photos of my kids and photos of our jobs...I love it and can’t get enough!

HB: I love to paint!

13.  Best restaurant in your area? 

 JW: I will go to Picco in Larkspur any chance I get. I love it! Their avocado bruschetta and gnocchi are to die for and their daily risotto is amazing every single time.

HB: Farm Shop. I love to sit outside in the sunshine with girlfriends.

14.  SF or LA?

JW: San Francisco, 100%. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, I’m fifth generation Marin County. Having lived in Southern California for five years, I wouldn’t want to live or raise my family anywhere else!

HB: SF ALL THE WAY!!! Go Giants! Go Warriors! Born and raised here and would never leave.