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Personal Profile: Jennifer Lea Staggs-Manley

Name: Jennifer Lea Staggs-Manley

Occupation: owner/decorator of Decorating Den Interiors

Web site:

Birth date and place: Aug. 14; Denton

Family: husband, Eric, 41; son, Garren, 20 months old

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: There are so many things I love about being an interior decorator, but if I had to pick one, it would be helping people create beautiful spaces that reflect who they are and how they want to live.

My business philosophy is: If you build relationships that will last a lifetime, then you’ll always be in business. It’s very important to me that my clients love the space they live in and truly enjoy the decorating experience.

If I could, I’d be an: interior decorator. This has been a lifelong dream of mine and it’s finally coming true.

I’m so sick of: road construction.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Candice Olson, Frank Lloyd Wright, photographer Walker Evans and Ellen DeGeneres.

My hobbies are: tennis and working out.

The last book I read was: A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life by Bethenny Frankel.

I wish I knew how to: sew.

Nobody knows I: can’t drive a stick shift.

The person I most admire is: my mom.

My guilty pleasure is: cookies ’n’ cream ice cream.

I drive a: Decorating Den Interiors Color Van.

I’d like to be driving a: Ford Edge.

My favorite restaurant is: Saltgrass Steakhouse.

I’m happiest when: I’m with my husband and son.

I regret: not following my dreams sooner.

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Relax.

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: I wouldn’t change a thing.

When I retire, I plan to: do all of the things time doesn’t afford me now.

Community activities: member and visitor committee of Business Networking International