Jennifer Van Galder
Owner and founder of Van Galder Design for Living, Jennifer Van Galder, was raised in an environment that elevated her senses and inspired her to seek creativity in the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life. Her mother was also a talented designer, whose many travels and love for exploration encouraged much of her work. Jennifer now uses this same motivation, extracting the emotion and spirit from fashion, travel, food and greatness of day-to-day experiences to bring her designs to life.
Her professional career in interior design started in 1988 where she learned the ins and outs of the industry at Kreiss on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Encouraged by her own creative eye and entrepreneurial nature, Jennifer opened Maudlin in Corona del Mar in 1991 and a second location in La Jolla in 1992. She operated this full-service, boutique design firm alongside her mother and sister for over 20 years. Connecting her family name to her work, she went on to launch Van Galder Design for Living in 2013.
Jennifer’s design can be described as classic with a clever and fresh twist. She uses unexpected combinations of textures, colors and metals to create a warm and inviting balance of design elements. Her fabric and pattern choices allow her work stay current, yet one-of-a-kind. Most importantly, she seeks to elevate living experiences by designing homes with her clients’ lifestyles, personalities and needs in mind. Each client is involved in the creative process from start to finish, crafting spaces they will continue to love once the project is finished.
Jennifer devotes much of her time to her storefront, where she houses exclusive materials and samples from vendors, hosts trunk shows and highlights fabric collections. Always seeking the unique, she scourges trade shows to find intriguing objects to showcase and sell. However, her favorite part about the business is connecting with clients, striking up conversation and sharing the story behind her unconventional pieces.
She now resides in La Jolla, where her passion for design influences her hobbies outside of her day-to-day creative space. In her free time she enjoys restoring antique trucks, including the current undertaking of a 1959 Chevy Apache.
Julie Levesque studied in Interior Design at California State University Long Beach. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. She has worked in many facets of design including tenant improvement, high end restaurant design and collaborating with custom home builders. After taking time off to raise her family, Julie joined the VDG team in 2015. Her love for good design and desire for clients to live in a home that feels comfortable and fits their style, are what makes Julie an asset to our team.
Kristine Van Galder