A big part of the business of interior design is developing relationships. This starts in the office. Jones-Keena & Co. is an eclectic group of designers known for interiors that sample every different style, that find unique personalities within each genre. The ability to zone in on the lifestyle of each client has allowed the team to create the highest quality projects with the highest business integrity. Never restricted to its home state of Michigan, Jones-Keena & Co. has, since 1991, guided homeowners on personal journeys of discovery. Founded by Lucy Earl, the firm produces individual projects through its lead designers, Nicole Withers, Ian Hartwell, Deborah Keena and Lucy herself. The bar for fabulous spaces has definitely been raised.
Photos taken by Kerine Lavis
Lucy Earl, Owner
Lucy Earl, a part of the design business since 1974, founded Jones-Keena & Co. in 1992. She believes in producing individual design projects through various design teams while maintaining integrity and keeping it fun.
Amy Fraas graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. During college, she studied Architecture and Design abroad in Italy which she believes was one of her most influential experiences as she realized he importance of Architecture in each design job.
Upon graduating, Amy began working with Jones-Keena &apm; Co. where she has assisted on an array of projects that include complete renovations and new builds to single room makeovers. No matter what size job, Amy takes a sincere and personable approach with each client working together the assure the client’s vision is carried through.
Heather Duggan joined the Jones-Keena team during the winter of 2008 after graduating from the CIDA accredited Interior Design program at the International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Heather strives to utilize unlimited resources to create unique and functional spaces and believes a timeless design aesthetic is the staple of her design style. The passion she holds for Interior Design allows her to exceed her own expectations as well as those set by each client.
Owner, Interior Designer
Nicole Withers, who owns Jones-Keena & Co. with her mother, Lucy Earl, has been working in the design business for as long as she can remember. Nicole began her lifelong love of design when she helped her family run a successful interior and gift store in her teens. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked at the Michigan Design Center. In 1999, she became the co-owner of Jones-Keena. Nicole and her design team are known for working closely with their clients to help create unique spaces that are both beautiful and functional.
Rachel Hartung graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design. The further her education, Rachel spent time abroad in the many regions of Italy studying Architecture and Design. The experience influenced her greatly and continues to be an inspiration in her design concepts as well as her daily life.
Rachel joined the Jones-Keena & Co. team in 2001 and has proven herself to be a valuable asset. She has a great deal of experience from working on a large list of projects including renovations and new construction homes.
Deborah Keena, ASID
Deborah Keena has close to thirty years of professional experience-over twenty of which she practiced in Naples, Florida as a licensed, principal Interior Designer and president of her namesake firm. Deborah is a design chameleon as her strength lies in her ability to easily work in any design genre ranging from Period Historic Preservation to Modern to Minimalist, Deborah adheres to a design philosophy that an interior should reflect each client’s unique lifestyle and personal style preferences and believes her role and responsibility is to translate those into a space that combines beauty and function-with intelligence, elegance and her signature element of whimsy.
A graduate of Central Michigan University, Meg Courser, builds upon her studies in design, construction and art to intuitively create interiors that often feature unique and unexpected treasure collected or cherished by clients. Meg believes that the display of such items is integral to transforming a generic space into a welcoming and personal retreat.
Megan Watson, a 2010 graduate of Central Michigan University, double majored in Entrepreneurship and Interior Design and minored in Art. During her time at school, Megan studied abroad in Beijing, China where she worked with Chinese architectural students designing an Intergenerational Center. The experience gave Megan a chance to immerse herself in Chinese design which is among her favorite styles. Megan’s goal is to design a space that embodies the client’s persona style to create a lasting interior.