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."