An Interview with Interior Designer Max Jones

If you want an energetic and dedicated interior designer and furniture, then there really aren’t many companies that will outperform Jones Walker Home of Texas. Max Jones and his team know what it takes for a room, and a rug, to impress!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.

I started working for a leather manufacturer in my 20’s and really enjoyed the creative aspect of furniture creation. The passion for beautiful furnishings was my motivating factor for opening a full service showroom in 2002. When we first opened I wanted to focus on selling furniture based on the overall design of the room. Over the years, after countless projects, design is the biggest part of our business.

What would you describe as your style?

I would call my style Urban Chic. My aesthetic usually leans toward the modern but with some warmth thrown in. I also like to mix pieces in a way that is unexpected to make the space more interesting. The best way to do this effectively without looking too random is by balancing your elements. Like putting in a modern abstract painting over classic heavily tufted sofa, a feminine crystal lamp on a chunky industrial steel table, or covering an antique ball and claw chair in a bold modern fabric. For me it’s all about breaking the rules!

When you enter a room, can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs?

I don’t know if I can tell if the design was paid for but I definitely know if a room is done well. For me it is about whether the room looks cohesive and finished. The last layer of design (art and accessories) really can make or break a space. The large signature pieces are the bones but the finishing touches are what make it feel “done”. That is usually the giveaway for me. The finishing details are so important because it is the aspect of a space that tells the story about who lives here. The little details like books, art, accessories, and lamps really convey the personality of the room.

Which project are you most proud of and why?

I think my proudest moment is always the project I am currently working on. It’s always where my current creative passion is living at the time! I will be installing a new design in a couple of days that I think will be stellar. This apartment is in a new high rise in the Arts District in Dallas. The client has really given me full artistic freedom to design the apartment from scratch. The clients decided that they wanted a clean slate and opted to only bring a couple of art pieces. The rest was up to me. I love the process of getting to know the client and really creating an environment that is their dream.  They really feel the need for professional input and let me do what I do best which is design the project in its entirety.

Are there any rules you must follow when decorating your own space? When should you call in a designer?

Yes. Be true to who you are when working on your own space. Remember that even if you don’t know all the rules of design, if you pick items that you love, you will create a consistently “you” design. That will give you at least a bit of cohesion just in the fact that everything is part of your story. If you find that you don’t know what direction to go or find it challenging to pull it all together, you might want to think about hiring a designer to guide you through the process. Like a lot of my clients, you might just be too busy or uninterested in the process of designing your space. Follow your gut! If you want to be hands on ; be hands on. If you want the process to “just happen” then hire a professional! Let us do the work for you!

We like rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways you incorporate them into your designs.

I like rugs too! I think of a rug like a tie on a man’s suit. It’s a great way to bring in some energy, color, and texture. Rugs are a great way to pull together colors living in the space. Since I like to break the rules, I often mix colors in a room that you might not normally think to mix. The rug is a great way to connect all of these colors! I will also use fabulous patterns in the rug to add energy to a space that needs a little jolt.  Remember that much of a rug will hide under furniture pieces, so go bold with your pattern to make sure you feel it in the space.  If I’m trying to create less energy in a space, I might go for something more textural in the rug like a solid-colored shag. Very luxurious! I also like creative placement of rugs. I find that if you need to purchase a smaller rug to save money, you can place it at a diagonal in the room to give the illusion that it covers more space. It’s a good trick!

Why do you rely on area rugs? What is the biggest addition they make to a room?

That’s easy! Because the rug in a room is what literally connects everything in the space! A rug grounds the area and lets you know that everything touching the rug is part of the whole. Rugs pull it all together.

Do you have a particular type, size, or color rug that you like to include in your work?

I have a tendency to go with really bold pattern with lots of color or super shaggy. I seem to use 5 x 8 and 8 x 10 a lot although each project and space is different! As far as color, I never know what I might do next! Currently, I’m really into turquoise and yellow! Tomorrow may be a different story!

Any that you avoid?

The only time I avoid a rug is if it won’t enhance a space. The natural fiber rugs are great but I find that a sisal rug on a wood floor can pretty much disappear. I want a rug to say “Hey! I’m right here! And I’m talking to the drapes and the chair and the pillows!”

Are there times where a rug just won’t do the job?

I use rugs in a multitude of applications! I guess the garage is the only room that is really off limits!

Anything else to add?

I think that’s all I know! Just have fun in the process and surround yourself with things that make you happy!

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