Ten years ago, Wendy Fennell quit a job she loved in the fashion industry in order to be more present for her newly adopted son. The conclusion of one career opened the door for her to start another. She began offering interior design services as a side hustle before launching her own full-scale business Bohemian Bungalow design.
Why did you choose a bohemian style?
I have always been drawn to boho interiors. My aesthetic is eclectic and colorful but also with a lot of modern elements. Although my business name is Bohemian Bungalow, my project designs have always offered different styles from transitional to modern with lots of texture, color, and patterns.
Out of all the designs you have done, what was your favorite one?
That’s a hard one! I just completed a fun project in the NoDa area and these clients were up for anything, so I had a ball with bold wallpaper choices, super colorful and geometric fabric, and funny lamps choices.
What work have you done with Savvy Giving By Design?
Savvy Giving By Design is a non-profit, national organization of professional interior designers coming together to create and design rooms for children and families in medical crisis. It is my honor to be the lead design firm for the Charlotte Chapter.
What was the hardest design you have ever done?
I just started to do some commercial projects and the rules are different. I wouldn’t say it’s harder but definitely a different challenge.
What approach do you use when working with customers?
I start with a discovery call for new clients then follow up with an in-home consultation where we walk their space, discuss styles, identify items that need to stay, and talk about budget.
It’s very important to convey how long projects will take. In these crazy COVID times, everything is taking way longer, and the delays and lead times on product and shipments are ever-changing. We do the best we can, but regular communication and bi-weekly project updates with clients are essential.
What are your plans for the future of Bohemian Bungalow Design?
We have a wallpaper collaboration with Mitchell Black Home and we are in the process of expanding the Bohemian Bungalow Collections. To see the line, check out mitchellblack.com
Photogrpahy by Laura Sumrak