Jayne Bunce: A Redesigned Career
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
DANVILLE — Dissatisfied with her technology career, Jayne Bunce decided to completely redesign her professional livelihood. “Before getting into interior design, I worked in the technology field, designing databases and doing systems work for Fortune 500 companies,” she recounts. “However, after 13 years, I found that I wasn’t very happy, largely because I wasn’t utilizing the creative side of my brain. I began working with a career counselor to find a vocation that would better fit my personality. Interior design was one of the options that came up, so I decided to take some classes on the subject. My first class was on color design and I immediately felt like I was in my element…it just felt right.”
From that initial class, Jayne went on to earn her college degree in interior design and subsequently founded Jayne Bunce Interiors in 1994. Today, Jayne says her favorite part of her redesigned career is working with her clients. “I’m a people-person, so I enjoy being face-to-face with my clients, helping them develop their ideas and getting them excited about their projects.”
Originally from Chicago, Jayne resides today in the East Bay, where she appreciates the setting’s natural beauty. “When it comes to topography, Chicago has nothing on the Bay Area,” she says. “I love being able to take hikes in the Sierra foothills, plus the fact that I can drive three hours and be in a completely different world. Also, I believe my natural environment has an impact on the way I design, so that’s another advantage.”
Outside of work, Jayne spends her free time engaged in a variety of active pastimes. “I love being outdoors and doing things like hiking, skiing, sailing, and camping,” she details. “When I’m at home, I enjoy reading, doing puzzles or just watching the birds outside.” Jayne also likes spending quality time with her son, David, who is currently attending UC Davis.
In her life and career, Jayne espouses the virtues of the Golden Rule. “I really believe in treating other people as you would want them to treat you,” she affirms. “I apply this in my work by treating my clients with respect, being sensitive to their needs and preferences, and doing the best I can for them. Interior design is a very personal thing, so I want to make sure the end result reflects the client’s personality and makes them feel happy.”
When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Jayne says she wouldn’t know where to start. “My goodness—there are probably 10 things I want to do, so it’s hard to say. Besides planning a trip around the world, I’d probably take some art history classes and look into becoming some sort of architectural history tour guide. These are the kinds of things I dream about.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: I have two: “Outlander” and “Game of Thrones.”
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Blue Gingko in Danville.
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird. I like getting things done early so I can relax in the evening.
Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
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A: My Barbie Dreamhouse.