“The key to great design is capturing the essence of the space & the heart of the client” - Jane


Jane Gardner returned to school for interior design (International Academy of Design, Chicago, IL) in 1985 after leaving the nursing profession. Though she was thoroughly committed to excellence in nurse education and health care management, she always had a strong desire to improve her own and other’s living environments. Her interest in interior design was sparked when she hired an interior design firm to work on her first home in 1983. These designers were her initial mentors and opened Jane’s world to interior design at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, for which she will always be grateful. Jane continues to source for her clients at Chicago’s Mart, Atlanta’s AmericaMart, High Point North Carolina Markets, Miami, NYC, and across the globe.

Jane has based her practice on the belief that her job as an interior designer is to create ideal living environments for her clients. She is inspired by her their particular tastes, perspectives and living/working requirements. She celebrates the fact that everyone experiences the world differently, and is driven by the challenge to find what works best for her client’s sense of aesthetics in their home or work space.

Jane’s clients have noted her particular expertise in color, texture and pattern and her ability to find the perfect combination for her client’s individual style. She has a great passion for finding the perfect fabrics to enhance the furnishings and decorative accessories in a client’s home or office. Colors, form and pattern all lead to the perfect space for work and relaxation.

When Jane is not designing she loves to spend time with her children and friends. She has a strong love of animals and nature — in particular, dogs, horses, birds, iguanas! Travel has always been an important aspect of her life, and with travel comes beautiful new avenues for sourcing, such as antiques and one of a kind specialty items.

Jane serves on the Board of The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL and the Red Barn Theatre in Key West, FL.  She is also passionate about keeping the Key West Police Department’s Mounted Unit in Key West.  She organizes fundraisers to help replace equipment for both the horses and officers.  Just ask her about it…


"Design is not a way for Jane to express herself. Design is a product she produces for her clients. She doesn't follow trends, she creates them..." 

- S.J.B., Chicago