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Profile in Style | Callie Jenschke

An adventurous designer and native Texan returns home to inspire design clients with her eclectic finds from around the world.

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One step into Callie Jenschke’s home and, quite suddenly, you are transported around the world and back again. To begin with, the living room is adorned with global treasures—Persian rugs welcome visitors underfoot, while an African feather headdress and Indian batik watch carefully over the space from adjacent walls. Two Moroccan tray tables center the room and face a midcentury Asian armoire to the right. Callie is an interior designer by craft, traveler by compulsion, and both spirits are exceedingly obvious inside; each and every treasure carries a different story to be told, and all are placed with expert precision. Her home exudes warmth and character, as does the tall, native Texan.

Born and raised in Fredericksburg, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas before moving to New York City to pursue writing, styling, and eventually, design. In her impressive decade-long career in NYC, Jenschke worked in editorial for magazines like Metropolitan Home, Lonny, Domino, O Home, Martha Stewart Weddings and Blueprint, and landed high profile design clients like helping finish the design on the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca (owned by Robert DeNiro). Now, back in her home state and here to stay, she’s one year deep in a new endeavor: her own business, Native Design, which harnesses not only Jenschke’s eclectic taste, but her clients’ as well. “My background in magazines and prop styling helps me to be really adept at creating different environments that are not necessarily my aesthetic,” she says. “I’m very comfortable in the modern realm as well.”

Jenschke focuses on residential and commercial properties with equal amounts of enthusiasm. Her love of design is instinctive; with builders and an architect in the family, it’s not surprising that she inherited their same passion for well-made, well designed structures and interiors. “It’s important for a space to reflect the person that lives there,” she says. “I have to figure out how to make a space livable and good-looking – it’s a challenge.” Jenschke’s home is just one testament to what clients should expect upon hiring her expert hand—an array of warm, livable spaces that breathe life into the homes they inhabit. Transforminga house into a home can be a challenging, intimate experience, and she conducts each phase of the process with a grace that puts her clientele at ease. “It’s a rewarding thing, that people welcome me into their space to help make it their own,” she says. “I feel very lucky that they would let me do that.”

It’s safe to say the feelings of gratitude are mutual—after all, if Jenschke’s home is any indication of her talent, every potential client she encounters has struck gold indeed.

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Photography by Nicole Mlakar

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