Meet The Team
Led by founder Marie-Joe Bouffard, the JFY Designs team shares a love for creating fresh, beautiful, and innovative spaces that express our clients’ unique stories and fulfill their distinct needs in timeless and inviting ways. The JFYD team consists of a talented group of designers, creatives, and business savvy individuals with diverse yet complementary skills and strengths.
Our team’s collaborative approach and shared dedication to client satisfaction are some of the greatest strengths we hold here at JFY Designs. Utilizing the unique expertise and talents of each team member, we are able to elevate any given project to its greatest potential and bring a cohesive vision to life.
MARIE-JOE BOUFFARD // Principal Designer & Founder
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? "Bold.”
Founder of JFY Designs, Marie-Joe combines a distinct passion for interior design with an extraordinary devotion to her work and clients. Her creativity and infectious personality coupled with a determination to deliver beautiful spaces that uniquely reflect her clients’ styles, needs, and stories are just a few of the many qualities that have led to a long and continuously growing career in luxury residential interiors.
Marie-Joe’s personal aesthetic and style is heavily influenced by the city, family, and culture in which she was raised. Originally from Quebec City, she loves to spice up traditional rooms with modern touches and vice versa. Describing the influence her roots have on her personal taste, Marie-Joe explains, “I come from a family who loves to entertain and come together for endless meals. To me, home is a place where you can welcome friends and family, gather together but also live well every day.”
Marie-Joe started her career working in the publishing industry, an experience she believes helped to develop her eye for design. From editor-in-chief of a magazine to a simple word-of-mouth start in faux finishes and interiors, Marie-Joe has since grown her business into a full-service design company. In 2002, she took the leap to establish JFY Designs, and you can now see her work across Middle Tennessee’s most elite luxury communities and homes.
When she is not officially working, you can still find Marie-Joe in search of inspiration. She describes, “I find my work exhilarating therefore it can sort of consume me. I am always discovering new sources of inspiration through travel, food and even fashion.” Some other favorite pastimes include cheering her kids on the soccer field, curling up with a book and her doodles, Fitz and Mousse, and entertaining with her husband as they gather friends at their dining room table “to share a meal and attempt to fix all of the world’s problems.”
CINDI MCSHAIN // Business Manager
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Analytical.”
The queen of all things financial at JFY Designs, Cindi is a Vanderbilt graduate with a BA in Economics and Psychology and an MBA in Accounting and Finance. She brings to the team 25 years of experience in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and venture capitalism. When she’s not using her very particular set of skills to “keep eight designers on track and within budget,” you can find Cindi exploring new cities, searching for new restaurants, reading a good book, and/or traveling as much as possible. Some of her greatest passions include her family, good food/wine, and traveling. In fact, Cindi and Marie-Joe first met years ago on a group trip to France with their children’s French class where they became fast friends and have been ever since.
Once Cindi’s kids went off to college, Marie-Joe proposed that she come manage her growing business, and Cindi has proven to be nothing short of a rock star for JFY Designs. When asked what she enjoys most about working at JFYD, Cindi responded, “I love watching the passion our designers devote to each project and especially enjoy how happy our clients are with the end products.”
MARY CATHERINE (MC) COOPER // Designer
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Adventurous.”
Bringing her love of drafting, adventure, and asymmetrical details, MC joined JFY Designs as a full-time designer in 2015. A native Chattanoogan, MC graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Interior Architecture. Raised by an art teacher mother and an engineer father, she describes herself as having “an interesting mix of right and left brain.” It only took one art elective class her freshman year of college—a drafting class—to discover how she could apply that unique left & right brain combination and to uncover her passion for design.
MC’s personal taste and aesthetic can be best described as eclectic. She loves mixing old with new, traditional with modern, and to tell a unique story. Her limitless creativity and innovative eye for envisioning beautiful spaces are some of the greatest strengths she brings to the JFY Designs team. While she loves all creative aspects of a design project, her favorite part is the architectural planning stage. She explains, “to take something on paper and manipulate it to create beautiful spaces that fit our clients’ needs and then watch it come to life is pretty amazing.”
In her spare time, MC enjoys tackling projects like bringing the older homes in her historic neighborhood back to life and is happiest when her house is full of good food, good wine, and friends. Despite working on very large-scale design projects at JFY Designs, she also has a special love for designing tiny spaces and “used to dream of living in a tiny house on wheels.” You can depend on MC to try just about anything at least once.
AMANDA FRENCH // Designer
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Happy.”
Amanda assists Marie-Joe on large scale design projects and works independently on projects as well. Her favorite aspects about working at JFY Designs include the people with whom she works and the creative aspect of the job. A self-taught designer, Amanda attributes her eye for design and interest in the field to growing up in in a very artistic and creative household. She has a deep love for design and textiles while also dabbling in photography and videography on the side. When she’s not working on a design project or assisting the team on any and all things technical, you can find Amanda in the bleachers watching her kids play soccer, spending time with her family and friends, walking her dogs, reading a good book, and/or traveling.
SUSAN HASKINS // Designer
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Possibilitarian.”
Having a strong distaste for the word “no,” Susan sees potential and possibility in most things. In fact, her two favorite words are: “Watch me!”
Susan is an expert in the buying/selling/redecorating/renovation process after 13 moves in 20 years. She acquired a love for design along the way. She had a design blog for several years before joining the JFYD team and her work was featured in magazines including Woman’s Day, Cottages and Bungalows, and Romantic Homes.
At JFY Designs, Susan works mostly with new construction, builder speculative, and custom homes. However, she is involved in various other client projects as well. Describing what she loves about working at JFY Designs, she comments, “I absolutely love what I do and the people that I do it with. I love the collaborative aspect and how we feed off of each other’s ideas and creativity. I’m constantly inspired.”
When she is not working, you can find Susan listening to live music, hiking, creating, traveling, spending time with her kids, spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, and exploring Nashville.
MEGAN KIRKPATRICK // Designer
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Resourceful.”
Having a creative and outgoing personality, interior design was a natural career choice for Megan. From a young age, she relished projects that promoted innovative, creative and out-of-the-box thinking as well as collaboration with others. She received her undergraduate interior design degree with a minor in architectural drafting from NKBA and CIDA accredited Southeast Missouri State University.
Megan officially joined JFY Designs in February of 2019, making her the newest addition to the JFYD team. She is an expert in bringing designs to life through various computer-aided drafting programs. These tools and 3D renderings help clients visualize their design plans which are then realized with confidence.
Having travelled extensively, both domestically and internationally, Megan finds inspiration in people and places around the world. Visits to Spain, England, Morocco, and Italy during her studies abroad expanded her view of design and appreciation of the world’s unique architecture.
Outside of work, Megan enjoys trying new restaurants, meeting new people, and spending time with friends. She lives for the summertime, when you can often find her outdoors hiking, walking her dog, or doing just about anything that involves the water. Although a social butterfly, she states, “I also love being at home and cuddling with my 3 animals: my cat, dog, and boyfriend.”
LAURA ANDERSON // Studio Manager
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Detailed.”
Laura’s primary responsibility at the company includes the management of all JFY Designs’ deliveries. From clients’ furnishings and lighting to décor and accessories, Laura ensures that all items are received and safely delivered to their new homes in pristine condition. Her favorite part about working at JFY Designs is the team camaraderie and getting the opportunity to know all of our great clients.
KELSEY HERR // Marketing & Stylist
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be? “Inspired.”
Kelsey holds a BS in Business: Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MS in Communication with a concentration in Advertising from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Design and all things creative was pretty much always in the cards for Kelsey who is surrounded by a family of architects and designers. An opportunity to lead the digital media marketing efforts of JFY Designs was the perfect opportunity for her to combine her analytical skills with her inherent creativity.
A self-proclaimed inspiration addict, you can often find Kelsey pinning away on Pinterest, flipping through magazines, snapping pictures, and taking note of pretty much any and all things she finds inspiring. In her spare time, she also enjoys movie nights with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Pacey, spending time with family and friends, and occasionally blogging or Instagramming about her personal home decorating, styling, and other creative life adventures.