Inspiration influences our hobbies, careers, and actions. I’m an interior designer who works at The Shops at Station 8, and thankfully my hobby is my career. I can’t say what inspires me in design without saying what inspires me in life. Design is my blood and its interwoven through my daily life. It was only natural for me to get my degree in Interior Design. My mom has a very good eye for placement. Growing up, our house was always pleasing to the eye and comfortable to the soul. I remember at a very early age wanting to be able to arrange my own room, and thankfully, she let me. I loved rearranging my furniture. I continually looked for opportunities to change things up. I still do! It’s like food for the body. I need to create.
There isn’t a project I do, big or small, where I don’t pray over it. Whether I am working with a client or doing a floor set at the shop, I ask God to give me creativity and direction. This doesn’t mean it comes without trial, but I can trust that it will all work together for good – sometimes even a life lesson. Many times He just pulls things together in a way that I couldn’t have, just as in life. He is the ultimate creator.
I love mixing new with old. I enjoy the clean and fresh lines of modern design, but my favorite pieces are those that are sentimental to me. I know the story behind them; pieces that my relatives once used in their daily lives and are now in mine, or items that I remember as a child. I have some of these in every room of my house. These pieces add warmth, depth and character that can’t be duplicated. Combining the uniqueness of vintage pieces with the crispness of modern design is my favorite way of decorating. That’s part of what makes working at Station 8 so exciting. Every piece that comes through that door has its own story.
God’s country. The Last Best Place. I’ve been blessed enough to call it home for over 6 years now although even as a child my heart called it home. There’s something about Montana that satisfies that soul, and gives root to creativity. Being surrounded by God’s creation and splendor is inspiring. Some of my preferred elements to incorporate into a space are wood, glass and stone. It’s like brining the outdoors in. This quote by William Hiortsberg says it perfectly, “Of all the memorable views, the best have been framed by Montana windows”.
I started working at The Shops at Station 8 just over a year ago. I realized quickly that Colette, the owner, had a wealth of knowledge that I wanted to tap into. She is encouraging, inspiring, inventive and incredibly savvy. I’ve never been more challenged and I love it! We need other career women that spur us on to greatness, women that inspire us in our field. I’m thankful to have found that in the leadership at The Shops at Station 8.
I’m blessed to call Montana home and to be able to draw inspiration from my faith, family and surroundings. Stop in and see me at the shop and share with me what inspires you!
On behalf of Team 8,
Jennifer Goff – The Shops at Station 8