Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones blends tradition with modernity in a Dallas home's dramatic renovation.

Text: Andrea Caughey
Photos: Manny Rodriguez

Inspiration for a home’s redesign can come from many places, and often one of the most powerful is art. Texas interior designer Jan Jones strives to infuse the richness of art into all of her projects, and this Dallas transformation is no exception. Using her background in art history and fashion, Jones took her interior cues from the homeowners’ existing and newly acquired artwork, textiles such as rugs, and even the color palette of fine bone china.

“We were blessed with a well-designed, newly built custom home as a starting point, “ says Jones. “Also, the homeowners had some wonderful furnishings— mainly antiques and family pieces—that we were able to invigorate with some new modern touches.”

A perfect illustration of Jones’ blending of the mix is her clever reworking of the dining room. Just like an artist begins by building a foundation on the canvas, “I usually like to start with the style, pattern, and colors of a rug or painting to ground the space,” says Jones. “For the dining room’s palette, I keyed off of the soft blues and pinks from her fine china. As these pieces are used for entertaining, it was important to coordinate with the room. I also found an Oushak rug that picked up those tones, as well as a modern painting.”

While the homeowners already had an existing formal dining table and chairs, Jones was able to soften and contemporize the look by saving the table but introducing new seating upholstered in a custom leather color. Fearless about recycling pieces from other spaces, the designer also placed a carved table from a daughter’s bedroom between two elegantly draped windows. She then designed a clean-lined china cabinet to house the couple’s extensive dinnerware collections and topped it off with dramatic urns. “Juxtaposing custom with retail is a fun way to loosen a look,” she says.

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Designer Jan Jones Modernizes the Mix

Introduced by a broad arch and towering windows, the sunlight-flooded living room underscores Jones’ signature elegance as glass, metal, textiles, and art coalesce. Playful patterns in fabrics, the simple lines of a custom-made sofa, a modern Donghia coffee table, an antique Swedish side chair, and layering of an Oushak rug over seagrass furthers the informality.

As another nod to comfortable luxury, Jones boldly repurposed a carved table from the homeowners’ former patio for nook dining, outfitted with leather-strapped Oly chairs. The buffet is an antique Swedish piece the designer scored at the famed Round Top Antiques Fair, which she paired with an exotic Moroccan mirror.

The card room was painted a rich navy to create a cozy space, offering the perfect place to showcase the homeowners’ extensive Staffordshire porcelain collection.

In the serene master bedroom, Jones refashioned an existing heirloom desk as a bedside accent and freshened the feel with a sunny upholstered desk chair and yellow-and-pink Oushak rug. Dusty gray Legacy Home bedding and a Holly Hunt fur throw further the restful tone along with a pair of former chintz chairs recloaked in white linen.

Grays—accented with lively citrus colors—also dominate in the children’s bedroom. Plaid upholstered twin beds and a bold, striped Missoni rug elevate the vibe well beyond a typical child’s room.

Describing the entire design process as seamless, Jones credits the use of storyboards as a guidepost. “While electronic devices, and especially smartphones, are now used a lot in the design world, I’ve found the flipping back and forth of images to be confusing. Using the old-school method of photos glued on boards to capture the feel, layout, and tone of each room offers a more cohesive road map,” she says.

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