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Spaces // Jennifer Chong

I’m so excited to share another exciting Spaces features with you! This week’s workspace features designer and photographer, Jennifer Chong. Jennifer’s blog and portfolio, is chalk full of beautifully curated images and tons of images of her own. A lot of her photography consists of really amazing food photography. She makes everything she takes photos of look so so delicious! And I’m in love with her home/space. Just check it out yourself!

Tell us about yourself as a creative.
Hi! I am a graphic designer and photographer living in Long Beach, CA.  I spend most of my days designing for big corporate events but lately I have also been photographing yummy things to eat! I also started my blog in 2008 as a creative outlet as a place for me to share some tidbits into my life and things that inspire me.

Describe your creative journey.
I’ve always loved being creative and hands on. I originally  wanted to be a pastry chef (well actually just design and decorate cakes all day long). I even took a summer course at a culinary school but I quickly realized that in order to decorate cakes I also had to do lots of other things that I wasn’t interested in at the time. Photography was also a big passion of mine but I was afraid that I was entering a tough market that i didn’t quite know how to navigate. I ultimately chose to pursue graphic design as a more practical degree where I would still be able to utilize my photography skills. Thinking back on it – I stumbled upon design but it was something I became immensely passionate about.

However my love for food and photography have always been on my mind. This year I’ve been in a big transitional period for myself. I am moving away from spending the majority of my days designing to pursuing more food photography projects. I hope that one day I will be able to travel the world and document tasty eats for all to see.

Share a little bit about your space.
I live in a small one bedroom apartment with only so much space, so I knew when I moved in that my ‘living room’ would really need to function as a studio where I didn’t feel confined to a tiny desk. As I continue to spend more time working from home the space will likely evolve based on my creative needs – but I love how its turned out so far.

What’s your favorite thing about your space?
Definitely the light. The way the light shines into this room during the day is so beautiful. It keeps me going and makes me feel like I’m even working outside sometimes.

What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
Natural light! I hate feeling as though I am sitting in a basement or  under a bunch of fluorescent lighting – some natural light always makes me feel a lot happier and inspired.

Thanks so much Jennifer!

Find her: Design | Photography | Blog | Twitter


  1. October 9, 2012

    So lovely to see Jennifer (and her space) featured here. She has successfully managed to create a work space that feels both cozy and stylish. She has the best collection of art, too!

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  3. Anonymous
    October 9, 2012

    Its great to see a photographer’s studio space featured here, as a photography student its hard to know how to best use a space in the studio if you are often out taking photos. Natural light seems to be key!

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  4. October 11, 2012

    thanks for having me eva!

    to anonymous – yes! natural light is your best friend – the space is totally transformed when i am shooting definitely not as neat!

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  5. October 11, 2012

    your blog is just beautiful!

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  6. October 11, 2012

    @!*•Gehirnkirmes•*! Thank you so much!

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  7. October 11, 2012

    @Jennifer Chong Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Brittany
    October 16, 2012

    @Jennifer, if you happen to check back in on the comments I’d love to know where you got your couch. It’s exactly what I’m looking for! Beautiful space you have.

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  9. October 16, 2012

    her space is so beautiful! i used to work on my living-room as well and just like her one of my favourite things was the light! it is so important to have natural light when working all day long in front of the laptop! and i think she has just inspired me to put some colour on my office furniture! so good to see her space here!

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  10. October 24, 2012

    I really do love this home..but that chevron rug! Awesome. Thanks for sharing…! Loving this blog by the way.

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  11. November 7, 2012

    Where is that map poster from?!

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  12. November 30, 2012

    @Brittany Hey Brittany I got my couch from Crate and Barrel its the Petre Couch. I love it!

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  13. November 30, 2012

    @Dori Hey Dori the map is from The Future Mapping Company

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  14. February 19, 2013

    This design and furniture would be ideal for any home office set up – simple and minimalistic in idea.

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  15. Anonymous
    February 22, 2013

    Love the pics! Can you tell me if thats a 5×8 rug? I love it!

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  16. March 12, 2013

    In all fairness, you have pretty good furniture design for your house! You are indeed a good designer.

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  17. Sonya
    April 12, 2013

    You have a lovely space! Where did you get the sofa from?

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  18. August 2, 2013

    I love how the messy style it looks like, and how organized your stuff at the same time. Also the color mixes are just good and the study nook you got here is just elegantly pretty and finesse.

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