Material instinct: a Jackson interior designer's eye for color and pattern guides her growing custom textile design business.
"Traditional with a twist!"
That's how Jacksonian Jane Shelton describes both her decorating affinity and her exclusive line of custom textiles now being sought after by a worldwide clientele.
Over more than two decades, Shelton's name has come to be synonymous with synonymous with
adjective equivalent to, the same as, identical to, similar to, identified with, equal to, tantamount to, interchangeable with, one and the same as a certain brand of traditional elegance, comfort, pizzazz, and color in Verb 1. color in - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour residential interiors. The clients with whom she works tend to share certain preferences: for the eclectic in fine antiques, for lots of light, for sumptuous fabrics, and for a certain shade of cadmium yellow Noun 1. cadmium yellow - pigment of cadmium sulfide and barium sulfate varying in hue from lemon yellow to orange
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc. .
This sunshiny hue suits the personality of Shelton herself. A vibrant Grace-Kelly blonde with a flashing smile and boundless energy, she has parlayed her skills into one of the most successful design firms in the state.
In recent years, however, her career has evolved from straight design into an exciting new field: marketing her own line of custom textiles. Jane Shelton, Inc., a line of exquisite interior fabrics, can now be found in the finest showrooms around the nation. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , and San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden are just a few of the high-end to-the-trade venues where Shelton's fabrics can be selected by professionals for their clients. Overseas, she is represented in the Simon Playle House of London.
"Fabrics have always been my passion," comments the Cleveland native, who has an education degree from Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women • • [ ). "I started my own line after having the opportunity to select fabrics for another line. There really wasn't any big epiphany--I just kept one foot in front of the other!"
Shelton's first mill run was in 1988. These days, her line runs to some 600 patterns and is frequently selected by the country's most prestigious decorators when they want a certain upscale, traditional look.
"I'm not really an artist," Shelton asserts. "I do sketches which other artists then interpret for me. I buy old documents and reinterpret re·in·ter·pret
tr.v. re·in·ter·pret·ed, re·in·ter·pret·ing, re·in·ter·prets
To interpret again or anew.
re them by adding background or re-scaling or coloring them to suit our line."
Her own house in Jackson, which she shares with her husband and business partner Tom, is a crucible for her design philosophy and a showcase of her textiles. When the family relocated to the capital city from Indianola about 10 years ago, they found a spacious, vaguely French-flavored house and "just basically took it apart," laughs Jane. "I love to move walls, close up doorways, rearrange the footpath. I even changed the ceilings!"
Aided by her good friend and kindred soul, architect Lewis Graeber, she reconfigured the 3,900-square-foot house to suit the couple and their two children then still at home, Jane Alexander and Tom. An awkward front hall that ran horizontally from the bedroom wing to the dining room was made more gracious by eliminating an off-center doorway and replacing it with a huge centered cased opening leading into the sitting room. The slanted ceiling was reshaped into a gently rounded barrel arch, subsequently glazed a sunny yellow to draw the eye upward. Identical pairs of painted consoles and contemporary octagonal oc·tag·o·nal
Having eight sides and eight angles.
Adj. 1. mirrors flank this doorway, giving an early indication that Shelton favors symmetry.
The sitting room is divided into two distinct conversation areas. One is centered about the cast-stone fireplace. Graeber, who executed the intriguing twin white chinoiserie chinoiserie (shēnwäzrē`), decorative work produced under the influence of Chinese art, applied particularly to the more fanciful and extravagant manifestations. bookshelves here, also designed all of the architecturally detailed doors and cabinets throughout the house. The other seating area features a sofa and armchairs comfortably arranged beneath a life-size 18th-century portrait. An English ancestor, perhaps? "No," Jane smiles, "we just call her 'the lady.' I found her years ago and love having her on the wall!"
"The lady" is one of many oil paintings and prints that fill almost every square inch of the Sheltons' walls in every room. A large portrait of son Tom hangs behind the grand piano, done by family friend Equen Rhodes. Hanging in the birch-bark-papered passage from the kitchen to the small rear den is another of Rhodes' charming portraits, that of a very self-possessed dachshund dachshund (dăks`hnd, –ənd, dăsh`–), breed of small, short-legged hound developed in Germany over hundreds of years. It stands from 5 to 9 in. . "That's our Oscar," says Jane, recalling a late much-loved family pet.
The dining parlor, glazed a bracing spearmint spearmint: see mint.
Aromatic herb (Mentha spicata) of the mint family, the common garden mint widely used for culinary purposes. and given a subtle spatter spatter,
n droplets of airborne particulate matter larger than 50 μm that fall to the ground. finish by decorative painter Tammy Cook, is a bit unusual and harks back to prior centuries when such rooms were used for relaxing as well as eating. A large round Regency table, surrounded by painted French chairs covered in a tangerine tangerine: see orange.
Small, thin-skinned variety of the mandarin orange species (Citrus reticulata deliciosa) of the rue family (citrus family). velvet, occupies an aviary-like triple-windowed nook at the far end. A sitting area makes up the room's other half but allows space for a second table if required for large dinner parties.
On the opposite side of the house is the bedroom wing, with the spacious master and a little suite of two rooms formerly occupied by daughter Jane Alexander, who recently graduated from New York University New York University, mainly in New York City; coeducational; chartered 1831, opened 1832 as the Univ. of the City of New York, renamed 1896. It comprises 13 schools and colleges, maintaining 4 main centers (including the Medical Center) in the city, as well as the with a journalism degree and now works as her mother's right-hand assistant. These two rooms are connected by another rounded-ceiling hallway, evocative of secret passages in ancient English and French castles, and an excellent example of the designer's attention to even the smallest details.
Another local residence, the home of Madalyn and Steve Hindman in Meadowbrook Highlands, also shows the work of Shelton at her best. A neoclassical ne·o·clas·si·cism also Ne·o·clas·si·cism
A revival of classical aesthetics and forms, especially:
a. A revival in literature in the late 17th and 18th centuries, characterized by a regard for the classical ideals of reason, form, Palladian-style two-story home also designed by Graeber, its graciously proportioned rooms lend themselves to a mannered approach, and its many sunny rooms showcase the designer's cheerful style.
The Hindmans had previously owned a larger home in Rankin County, but with children grown, they decided to simplify a bit. Their present house features a welcoming, expansive formal plan that allows them to live on one level, with rooms for visiting children up a leopard-print-carpeted staircase.
The entry passage is painted in a Provence-yellow strie and centered by a painted cabinet over which hangs an overscale o·ver·scale or o·ver·scaled
Being of a size or scope that is greater than usual; unusually large or extensive: overscale furniture; an overscaled jacket. painting of bright red poppies. Straight through a large cased opening is the sitting room, which runs to the rear of the house and opens onto a manicured terrace. Painted a soft pale butter yellow butter yellow
p-dimethylaminoazobenzene. Used as a laboratory agent. It is a carcinogen and is the type poison for causing hyperplasia of bile ducts involving the smaller interlobular bile ducts and the intralobular cholangioles. , the room is filled with art, beautifully upholstered seating, books, and bibelots. A huge tapestry over the nubby deep-cushioned sofa anchors the traditional space and provides balance against the weighty stone mantel and large circular gilded gild 1
tr.v. gild·ed or gilt , gild·ing, gilds
1. To cover with or as if with a thin layer of gold.
2. To give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to.
3. Regency mirror opposite. Underfoot, there is a contemporary woven banded wool carpet in a cross-striped pattern. The effect is formal but light, mixing French, English, and Italian influences with a dash of modern sensibility.
The adjoining dining room, with its chocolate-brown walls, also sounds a formal note, but with furnishings kept to a functional minimum, the effect is welcoming. Further into the family living quarters, a more relaxed den adjacent to the kitchen serves as the daily spot to relax. Pale custard walls, an eclectic mix of comfortable seating, and all the necessary media gadgets have a home here.
On the opposite end of the first floor, the pale-olive-toned master bedroom provides a serene hideaway, with separate his-and-hers dressing rooms on either end.
"I met Jane through friends, "says Madalyn. "Every time I visited a home she had decorated, I just fell in love with the look and atmosphere she created with colors and fabrics--calming yet stimulating. Her interiors and fabrics just put you in a wonderful mood."
While their expanding fabric business frequently calls Jane and Tom to their representatives and fabricators around the world (their textiles are milled in France, Italy, and China as well as in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. ), their operation is centered right here in a warehouse and office in Pearl. Here, they receive and ship orders and see to the myriad daily details of supplying their wares to a growing global market.
Running a successful business is time-consuming, but the Sheltons are grateful for an able support team. They employ a national sales manager sales manager n → gerente m/f de ventas
sales manager n → directeur commercial
sales manager sale n → who handles the bulk of the showroom work, and each individual showroom has a representative for the Jane Shelton line. "We try to get to each showroom once a year to gauge our progress," says Jane.
New lines are introduced twice yearly, in spring and fall, and there are always new projects on the drawing board. A recent development is a line of trim to complement the fabrics. The fabrics themselves are colored and planned to make a comprehensive group which include wovens, prints, stripes, and trim, which all work together.
It's a busy life, but an immensely fulfilling one for this Delta-bred designer-turned-businesswoman and her family.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG CAMPBELL
Gregory Dale Campbell (born March 10, 1964, Launceston, Tasmania) is a former Australian cricketer who played in 4 Tests and 12 ODIs from 1989 to 1990.