Employee Spotlight – Jane Excell

by shari on September 15, 2015

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What got you started in the furniture/design business?

I was selling clothing for a well known department store and was recruited by a chain furniture store sales manager whom I waited on. She appreciated the customer service, helpfulness and suggestions from me and asked if I would be interested in interviewing with her store manager, I got the job.

Where have you worked during your career?

Rhodes Furniture, 6 years/ Haverty’s Furniture, 12 years/ Custom Home going on 8 years.

Who are some of your favorite designers {and why}?

My favorite is Joanne Gaines, I love her Shabby Chic style and how she re-purposes old items into something relevant and modern for today.

What is your favorite design/style/aesthetic?

Cottage, shabby chic, casual elegance

Most interesting room you have designed or worked on?

One for a client who lives in Florida. When hurricane Andrew blew through in 1992, she lost everything she owned. We refurnished the entire home and it was very satisfying to see a tragedy turned into triumph for her. Even though she lost precious personal things that could never be replaced ,transforming her home with a fresh new look was very healing and therapeutic for her.

What advice do you have for someone with a new house to decorate, perhaps on a limited budget?

Prioritize with the most needed items first. The brand new sofa can wait until later if you don’t have a kitchen table to eat on. We have so many options with being able to custom order for someone that it can become very overwhelming to them. We can cover all price ranges and can certainly accommodate someone who has limited funds to spend, still enabling them to find quality items at a fair price.

What do you see trending in 2015?

Weathered gray finishes & reclaimed wood pieces. In our coastal environment people are looking for lighter finishes, bolder color choices in fabrics as well as painted wood pieces for accent.  Also I am favoring  soft, spa like colors.

Feel free to contact Jane with any design questions!


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