Tuesday, July 5, 2011

TUESDAY: Inspiring Spaces by Martensen Jones Interiors

I sometimes find pictures that I can't immediately find a source for. In fact, it happens a lot. But when I do, as I have today, I like to put them on my Tuesday Inspiring Spaces posts. Back in May, I posted 29 rooms that I had fallen in love with on my 29th birthday. One of those images was this one:

I found the picture on a blog, which they credited to DMagazine, but no credits to the designer. I loved the white sofa, the seagrass rug, the soft blue silk drapes, and the Swedish chair in the corner in front of the window. I craved more photos from this room, even dug through the archives of DMagazine where I found that the house was actually the Dallas home of the designer and her husband. The magazine did a wonderful interview, and showed eleven other photos of the house:

Ok, so are you in love with the chinoiserie handpainted mural as much as I am? I read ... ok, absorbed ... the article. Lisa is a collector of fabulous things, including Indian miniatures, neoclassical creamware, Wedgwood basalt, all things plaster, and ... well, the list goes on. But perhaps the most interesting thing about her own home is that it's filled with collections she acquired almost exclusively at estate sales, flea markets, live auctions, and garage sales. Of course, she mixes in high-end pieces; but it's the mix and the art of it that I find so beautiful, and showcase her true talent.

But she's not alone in her business, in fact, she's got a wonderful partner, and together they make a fabulous team! Lisa co-owns the firm with Jan Jones, with whom she worked when they were both stylists at Neiman Marcus. Together, they've been in creative industry for over 25 years as make-up, fashion, and interior stylists. The eclectic approach of Martensen Jones is classic, contemporary, global, and comfortable which often results in pairing a pedigreed antique with an economical piece. The final product can result in rooms that are timeless, have style and are fresh and personal.

You can view their portfolio here: http://www.martensenjonesinteriors.com/portfolio.html and, please, enjoy the photos above and these below. Enjoy your day!