Licensed interior designer, Jinx McDonald, originally from Jamaica, is one of Naples’ leading Interior Designers. Her creative flair, broad experience, and warm personality enable her to understand a client’s requirements and to provide original, beautifully designed interiors to suit each individual and their lifestyle as well as their environment.
A Naples resident for over 27 years, Jinx opened her own firm twenty years ago. She has designed interiors for residents of the area’s most prestigious communities and furnished model homes for many of Florida’s top developers and custom home builders.
In addition to her success in southwest Florida, Jinx and her design team have completed projects throughout the U.S., Costa Rica, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Canada, and Ireland. The firm’s portfolio includes a wide range of distinctive high-end residential projects and numerous awards for its continued excellence in design.
Minka, Jinx’s daughter, earned her master’s degree in interior design from Florida State University. She is a fully accredited interior designer, and has her LEED certification, which gives her specific expertise in environmentally conscientious design. Minka continues to be an advocate of the importance of the emotional value of good interior design and the affect that our living spaces have on all aspects of our day-to-day quality of life. Having called Naples home on and off since she attended high school at Barron Collier, she truly understands the Naples lifestyle and the need for practical design tailored to our tropical climate. Minka earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in communications from Florida International University and manages JMID’s marketing and advertising initiatives. With over 12 years of residential design experience between Naples and Orange County, California, Minka is poised to take the company forward as Jinx begins to step back, and she is determined to ensure that Jinx McDonald Interior Designs continues to earn one of the very best reputations in the industry.
Chrissy Howard is JMID’s lead designer, and has nearly twenty years of experience in residential design. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design at Florida State University and is a licensed interior designer. Her extensive history in the home construction process gives her unique insight into managing projects as well as working with building trades. She enjoys collaborating with clients to translate their ideas into fabulous interior spaces. She finds inspiration in traveling and has a deep interest in architecture.
Beth Walker-Fenton brings over twenty-six years of experience in the design industry to Jinx McDonald Interior Designs. Beth was born and raised in New England, then obtained her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Baylor University in Texas. She has been designing in Naples for over thirteen years and focuses on building strong customer relationships. Beth pays amazing attention to detail, and creates spaces that are both inviting and inspiring, while still reflecting her clients’ personalities.
Barbara Schwenk joined the JMID team in 2012, and adds a unique sense of style and panache to our group. She developed her passion for design growing up in New England and honed her skills at the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design. Her understanding of historic architecture combined with her interest in contemporary styling, gives her an exceptional skill set. Barbara also has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Janine Blume has been a Design Associate at JMID for four years and is working toward becoming a licensed designer. She is from Chicago, and earned her degree in interior design from Harrington College of Design, with high honors. Janine has specialized experience in kitchen and bath design, is very skilled at working with construction and detail drawings, and produces beautiful CAD designs. Janine always has a positive attitude and her work ethic is unparalleled.
Lucy recently graduated from High Point University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. While completing her studies, Lucy took on in-depth internships at Collins & DuPont Design Group, Century Furniture, Amer Rugs, and RC Studio. She is energetic and talented, with a true passion for design. While Lucy is from New Jersey, she has made Naples, Florida her new home. She is adept in a variety of software and we are so happy to have her!
Sarah is Jinx’s elder daughter and has her bachelor’s in political science from the University of South Florida as well as her Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University. Sarah previously practiced land use, real estate, and corporate law, and switched gears after becoming a mom. She joined JMID part-time in 2013 and manages our general office functions including bookkeeping and accounting.
Diana holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and has worked in the interior design field for over twenty years. She brings her experience in the design realm as well as her sharp business skills to the table to work with Sarah in the financial management of the firm.