Keeping up with Miss Jones
Jennifer Jones had a goal to start her own business by the time she was 30. So just shy of her birthday, she quit her managing director job at fashion brand Diesel Australia and tried her hand at selling ‘almost anything’. In the end, it was homewares that struck a chord and Have You Met Miss Jones was born. Starting with fine bone china and moving on to clay, porcelain, wood, resin, recycled glass and lacquer, Jennifer’s homeware style is constantly evolving and refreshing. Whether it’s a mahogany apple or a ‘paper bag’ vase made from bone china, these gorgeous, decorative objects are always playful and textural.
Jennifer spoke to us about her love of bone china, the people that inspire her and the art of ‘tablescaping’.
Which is your favourite product from your collection?
I have our new lacquer boxes on my coffee table at home. Their saturated colour lifts the whole room.
What is your favourite material to work with?
White bone china which is typically a refined and collectable medium. I wanted to adapt it and basically bring it into the 21st century! I love using such a fine porcelain for really playful items such as paper bags and high tops.
What’s best part of your job?
Freedom and no glass ceiling.
Who is the most exciting person you’ve met?
When I used to work for Diesel, we used to have conferences in Italy. Spending any time with the founder Renzo Rosso was always illuminating. He has such incredible creative energy.
Who would you like to meet?
Richard Branson and Channing Tatum!
Explain the term ‘tablescaping’…
An artistic or creative arrangement of articles on a table or surface. Done well, it brings harmony to disparate objects and unites vintage finds and keepsakes.
Jennifer’s top ‘tablescaping’ tips:
1. Composition: start with the largest item and group items by size to create a natural flow between the sizes, think of mountains and valleys.
2. Ingredients: include different types of objects in varying sizes and textures – try framed prints or photos with a lamp, vases, books and smaller decorative boxes and objects.
3. Finishing touches: natural elements always make a tablescape sing; flowers, greenery or fruit and elements from the earth such wood, wicker, shells and coral all work really well.
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