Auburn INDS Alumnus Featured in Southern Living for Storytelling through Design

Charlotte Tuggle | Communications Editor

Jeremy Clark quietly opened the doors of his interior design firm in the spring of 2019, and persisted among uncertain times with a clear purpose: to tell stories through design. Less than two years after launching his business, Clark now sees his work featured in the pages of Southern Living, one of the largest lifestyle publications in the country and a dream come true for every Southern designer.

The project that landed Clark there, as well as in One Kings Lane, was a Nashville condo that once belonged to interior design icon Albert Hadley’s sister. The project was a tall order: redesign a condo nearly untouched since the late, legendary Hadley designed it.

“I approach a new project much like storytelling,” Clark said. “I learn the narrative surrounding how clients live and create the supporting cast with interior design solutions intended to curate beautiful, expertly-appointed spaces.”

Southern Living and One Kings Lane praised Clark’s work to preserve Hadley’s inspiration while refreshing the storied condo. By mixing everyday comforts with the condo’s traditional charm, Clark transformed the space to honor residents old and new.

This artistic approach also recently caught the attention of Weezie Towels, which featured Clark as a successful young business owner on the cutting edge of design. Clark said he’s ‘humbled and excited’ by the recognition and opportunity to further market his growing business.

“While the world seems upside down, I’m finding solace in the (near) normalcy at work. I’m currently working on projects in Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta,” Clark said. “Additionally, upcoming projects will span from coast to coast–a longtime goal of mine.”

Jeremy D. Clark Studio is primarily based in Nashville, Tn. and Birmingham, Al., but Clark works with interior design and branding clients from across the country, equipped with the real-world knowledge from working under Nashville industry professionals and his Auburn degree.

“My time at Auburn proved invaluable. While I do find much of interior design is shaped by your surroundings and inspirations, without the structured curriculum from AU INDS, that free-thinking dissipates,” Clark said. “Auburn taught me execution, excellence, and the power of curiosity for creation. All of these tools equipped me to be a business owner, and allow me to responsibly create storied interiors.”

Growing up, Clark was drawn to a variety of visual arts including interiors, architecture and graphic design. He found that interior design provided an intersection for each artistic discipline, and said Auburn was the perfect fit because of its support of the arts within a large public university setting.

His professors and mentors in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University are delighted, but not surprised, by Clark’s success. While at Auburn, Clark was the first student in Alabama to win the national American Society of Interior Designers Student Chapter Leader of the Year award and excelled both in class and in extracurricular engagements.

To current students, Clark encourages involvement in student organizations, seeking out internships with firms and learning all you can from the INDS faculty.

“Curiosity is crucial,” Clark said. “My time at Auburn only furthered my craving to know more about design and business. Auburn INDS holds endless opportunities if only you seek them out.”

Clark’s work can be found here. Get more information on the Interior Design program at Auburn University.