Only The Look Is Luxurious

BY DESIGN

January 26, 1992|By YOLANDA GARFIELD

Jan Jones, principal of the interior design firm According t Jones, has a penchant for "expensive visual taste." But rather than spend scads of money on a design, Ms. Jones thrives on translating her exciting vision into budget-conscious decorating that reads pure luxury.

"I work with what is already in the home," she says. "I do my own sewing [for slipcovers, draperies, pillows, etc.], and this immediately cuts down on the cost. I rely on paint and creativity. Color creates the harmony. Luxuriously made accessories often do the rest. I use high-end fabrics and down filling, and I like buying that one great high-end accessory to provide an individual statement and make a difference."

As in her clients' homes, Ms. Jones' own two-story apartment in Mount Vernon is an inspired palette of colors, all selected to create a mood. "I decided to make this apartment my home until I could move out to the country," she says. "But I forget there's a city because this feels so much like a home. I have 2,000 square feet -- a challenge to decorate for little money."

The crimson dining room walls enhance both romance and appetite. Ms. Jones saw the Ralph Lauren window fabric advertised in magazines for $80 per yard. She paid only $15 a yard for what she calls "unflawed seconds" at Calico Corners, a Towson fabric shop. Blackout thermal lining ($2 a yard) was stitched behind this as insulation.

Inexpensive cotton gauze, selected for sunny front-room windows, was dyed a soft kiwi color and puddled onto the floor. A collection of wrought-iron furniture is displayed throughout the room, and a 1910 chair sans seat is now a sculpture.

Ms. Jones' handcrafted accessories are available through the Coop, a boutique in the Baltimore County town of Butler.

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