DESIGN YOUR LIFE: jen of madebygirl

Today’s DESIGN YOUR LIFE participant is Jen of the popular style and home decor blog, MadeByGirl! I love Jen’s design perspective not only in blogging, but also in her booming online business. (I even have my own lemon colored Love poster in my bathroom.) Anyways, I have secretly had her on my list of DYL interviewees for a while and finally got up the courage to ask her to participate, and she said yes!

It’s very clear from following Jen’s business and blog that she really walks the walk when it comes to these intentions. They all align so beautifully with the life she leads and they translate so perfectly to her online presence, which is not always an easy thing to do.



I have lots of intentions for my life, and believe me….I intend to get to most of them.

My Relationship

At this moment in my life my relationship is very important to me, especially since we recently got married.  People always say once you get married, things change….oh how I am so afraid of that.  I think things change as a result of what you do & don’t do. For me, I intend to always work on the little things that are important for love to keep growing between us.  There are many things about my husband that I love and I think it’s very important to show how you feel.  I do things like leave him a hand-written note, a text message or a mid-day phone call to his office to tell him I’m thinking about him.  These are the type of gestures I intend to keep making.

Growing My Business

My 2nd intention is to keep growing my business and maintain a successful online presence. I’ve always felt  that working for someone else wasn’t for me, but if i had to do it, I would. However, life has given me the opportunity to start my own business and I’ve been living my dream of being an entrepreneur for about 3 years now.  Having an online shop has been an advantage for the simple fact that people from all over the world have access to my shop. I love knowing that we get orders from Australia, Brazil, Canada & more. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to know that my products are being enjoyed by so many people and that keeps me going.

My Passion

Anyone who reads my blog knows my passion for home interiors.  Knowing that, my goal is to one day live in a home that I feel excited and thrilled to decorate. The truth is, my current home is very cookie-cutter and I don’t feel I can fully express my vision the way I’d like to in this space. Basically, my style doesn’t fit this house.  I intend to make it my goal to find that home where my husband and I feel suits our lifestyle…  Being in Las Vegas has presented a huge challenge for me. Homes are beautiful here but they lack character and charm, something I had been used to growing up in New York City.  It’s so important for me to make my home feel like it’s an extension of my personality and I definitely intend to do that in our next home!


Spirituality and God have been part of my life ever since I was a little girl.  Life is full of disappointments as well, so there has to be a sense of love & hope to keep moving forward. I’ve never lost my faith I just put things ahead of it. My beliefs make me feel good & always keep me from doing things I know I shouldn’t be doing. You know, bad things. I normally don’t have problems with temptations and peer pressures because I have such a leader type personality. I guess that is what also keeps me strong.

Being Healthy

Being healthy….let’s see, I try to eat healthy, exercise and remain as active as I can, but it never seems to be enough.
Before I got my online shop going, I used to go to the gym 2-3 days a week, now I am no longer going. I feel awful admitting this, but it’s true. The only physical activity I get is Yoga class once a week & walking my dogs around the city on the weekends.  I also know that being healthy is more than just exercise, walking, going to the gym and eating. Having balance in my life & feeling happy also makes me feel healthy and in shape. When I say in shape, I mean my my frame of mind, it’s focused and ready to take on whatever comes my way. Being physically lean all my life, I’ve been lucky that I didn’t have to work tremendously hard when I did work out. I do intend to be more physically active, because as I mentioned before, it’s all about balance.


Art is a big part of my life….I adore painting my own work as well as purchasing artwork from artists I admire.  To me, a home isn’t complete without art, it really transforms a space. My favorite artists are Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and some paintings by David Bromley.  When I was young I wanted to be a painter and even though that isn’t what I’ve become, I am proud to say that painting is still something I look forward to doing.

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  1. Lovely interview, I fully agree with the Spiritual and Healthy Life issue. I believe that you can´t perform to the fullest if you are body and your soul are not in the mood…And it also helps for an optimistic life!

  2. Erin

    “Being in Las Vegas has presented a huge challenge for me. Homes are beautiful here but they lack character and charm” – Yes, Yes, Yes!!! – You put this a bit more kindly than I would have, but we just moved to Vegas, and while the homes there may be big and new, they all look exactly the same and are so uninspired. I’m glad someone else feels my pain!

    I enjoy your prints – I’m sure I’ll be back 🙂

  3. I love Jen’s work — great interview!

    Jen – When I got married (nearly four years ago), things did change. For the better. I certainly didn’t expect to feel differently in my relationship, but I make much more of an effort to be gentle with my guy now than when we were “just dating.”

  4. What a great interview! I just came across Jen’s work the other day and was instantly smitten. She’s so talented and definitely very inspiring!

  5. Tanya

    Jen, You’re a real inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing your life and love with all of us.

  6. Marivic

    A great interview with one of my favorite inspiration ladies out there. All I can say is I love madebygirl blog and her cool lifestyle…simply amazing.

  7. Wendy

    Great interview. Jen’s work is amazing and she in an model to follow for so many of us that are just starting out. I love that she keeps her life balanced in all areas, body, soul and spirit. Keep it up girl.

    BTW, that picture of you and your hubby is TOO CUTE!

  8. ashlina

    i love this list….i’m a christian and believe that your husband is most important. and i LOVE that she put her relationship first! thats a beautiful thing…an entreprenuer, aritst and home decorator…i am so feeling that!!! JEN you are such an inspiration to me! xoxo

  9. lindsay

    Great interview… loved it! Very inspirational, yet “real”~ It’s great to hear what others have going on!

    A Design Story

  10. wow. Really Inspiring. I feel like no matter what your focus in life, these intentions can only enhance it! What a great series!!

  11. Marsha

    Very good advice, and very wise…love the photo with you and your note cards….beautiful.

  12. Simag

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    A great interview and very inspirational!!!
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  13. This was so great. I loved getting to know more about you. That wedding photo looks like a movie still…its beautiful!

  14. It’s great to get to know a little bit more about Jen and to see that a young beautiful woman is not afraid of talking about spirituality openly. Many often people prefer to be seen as vane and superficial thinking that it’s cool. It’s refreshing to see someone who is real and full of personality. Congratulations on the interview.

  15. It’s great to read what inspires you. It makes you stop and think what aspects of your own life is just as important. Lovely read. x

  16. Kerri

    What a great interview, and a wonderful subject! Jen is such an inspiration and I visit her blog when I find myself doubting my choice to go it alone in business. Thanks for such a great post, and now I’m off to read more of your lovely blog – I’ve just found you and can’t believe what I’ve beed missed for so long! Kerri xx

  17. Kerri

    It would be nice if my fingers would obey my brain – my comment should read ‘been missing’. Oops, sorry! x

  18. Piper

    Jen is such an inspiration, thanks for this great interview! I love that she put her relationship first…that’s how I feel with my husband, he’ll always be first! Jen is such a great role model for those of us aspiring entrepreneurs so it was great to hear how she designs her life – such great advice!! I just got one of her prints – I love it 🙂

  19. WOW….first, thank you Jess for the pretty feature and for asking me to do this. I have to say I really enjoyed this because it wasn’t the same questions I get asked all the time. 🙂
    Also, thank you to everyone else who has actually read this and commented….it’s so nice to hear from all of you as always. Enjoy the weekend OXOXO

  20. Martina

    Very inspiring – makes me think about my own list! Am a frequent reader of Jens Blog and can relate to most of what she said. It’s so great to achieve a life that matches your dreams, but not easy – it’s what i go for as well.

  21. decor8

    I saw a side of Jen that I didn’t know before this interview, it makes me feel closer to her.

    This is really nice Jen! 🙂

  22. Sara

    Thank you for sharing this interview…and than you to Jen for being so open. It is always inspiring to hear from others on what drives and inspires them.

  23. jasna

    I recently found Jens blog and yours through Tieka and I am so inspired when I read your blog xx

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