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Meet Jan Ware, an interior designer with a broad smile, ice-blue eyes and a definite eye for beauty. Jan’s inspirational home decor designs are grounded in a neutral palette with just the right amount of “wow” elements. Produced by blending the traditional with a pop of modern, each Jan Ware Designs project is individualized to suit the owner’s needs and personality. Welcome, Jan!

Jan Ware

Jan Ware

How did you get your start in decorating?

The interest started as a young child when I would check out home design books and magazines from the library. That interest was reawakened when I started helping family and friends with their home design needs; I did that for more than 10 years. I decided to follow my passion, and I started Jan Ware Designs in 2009.

How would you describe your style as a decorator?

Traditional and classic, with a twist and pops of modern. I do not believe in “intsa-rooms”; be patient and allow me to find the personal pieces that will add character and functionality to your home.

Painting by local artist, Meredith Keith at Gallery 1930.

Painting by local artist Meredith Keith at Gallery 1930.

What are the cornerstones of good decor? How would you suggest people get the most bang for their buck?

Always start with a solid architectural foundation and add furniture as you go. If the room has good bones, you can easily add decor over time.

What trends do you see growing in home decor?

There is no question there is a movement to create minimalist, simple, fuss-free lifestyles.

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Do you have any local go-tos for decor finds?

MCJ Company Interiors, Hiltz Lauber, Marguerite’s Conceits — actually we have a lot of wonderful local shops to support.

What are three major design faux pas?

Cheap fabrics, hanging art too high and excessive overhead lighting.


What did your bedroom look like when you were a teenager?

Like Laura Ashley threw up in it. Ha!

What local event are you most looking forward to?

Ray LaMontagne at the BJCC Concert Hall.


Do you have a favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

A simple cookout at home when the stars align and our entire family of six is together.

Favorite local restaurant?

It’s incredibly difficult to pick one from so many fantastic restaurants, but Chez Fonfon has been our go-to restaurant of late.


What books are on your bedside table/eReader?

Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

What are you listening to?

My playlist my husband made for my birthday. It has a variety of music, ranging from Van Morrison to Jason Isbell to Emmylou Harris.

What do you do to recharge your batteries?

I sneak away to the lake for a night. Or I hide on my breezeway with a magazine if I can’t abandon four children.

What’s the best piece of advice ever given to you?

“A moment of pleasure, a lifetime of regret.” — my mother

What advice would you give to others?

Live your life without fear of what others think. Take risks — soar on the wind God gave us.

Do you have any personality quirks or irrational fears?

Several! My house can be in total chaos, but my bed is always made. And please don’t end sentences with prepositions.


If your house was on fire, what’s the one nonliving thing you would grab?

My photo albums that start with my first date with my husband.

Name three things you can’t live without, excluding friends, family and faith.

French-pressed coffee, music and my garden.

Thanks for sharing, Jan!

And thank you, Alisha Crossley, for today’s fabulous photos!


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