Jan Showers Celebrates 15 Years of Her Eponymous Collection

Happy Birthday!

Jan Showers PortraitTo celebrate, we’re taking talking inspiration, the Dallas design world, and how she got started in the business.

D Home: When did you know you wanted to be an interior designer?

Jan Showers: I think it was something that was always in my DNA—I was interested in it from the time I was 8 or 9. When did I decided to actually do it? In my mid-20’s.

D Home: What was your first design job?

JS: Well, I was decorating for all of my friends and family for more than 10 years, but my first real job was around 1980 for Shellie Sills.

D Home: How doe you think the Dallas interior design aesthetic has evolved or changed since you joined it?

JS: It is much more sophisticated than in my early years as a designer. There was lots of “brown furniture” around in those days, and things were much more traditional. There were some wonderful antiques though, if you really knew where to look.

D Home: Where did your inspirations for the Jan Showers Collection originally come from?

JS: I was on a month-long vacation in Santa Fe in 1999. While having a second cup of tea one morning in the garden of the house where I was staying, I had the idea. I started thinking about all of the wonderful custom pieces we were making for our clients that we couldn’t find in any showroom and thought that I already had the beginnings of a wonderful line of furniture and lighting that didn’t look like anything else out there. It all seemed so simple and easy! I had no idea what I was getting into in order to make this all happen.

D Home: How has the line chanced since its inception?

JS: I think it changes and evolves on a yearly basis, but if you look at our top selling items, some of them are still early pieces that are classics. At this very moment, I am very influenced by all the curvaceous lines of Italian pieces that I see all over Paris and Italy from the last 1940’s through the 1960’s.

D Home: How will you be celebrating the anniversary of the Collection?

JS: Since the real birthday is not until September, I’m not at liberty to say, although I will say that we will be dong something special.