Jill Egan’s path to her own interior design business started in classrooms at West University Elementary and River Oaks Baptist schools, where she taught math.
Her love of design led her to a job with a leading upholsterer. At the same time she worked as a design assistant for an interior firm’s showroom as an entry into the world of antiques buying, traveling to Europe to acquire pieces. Through both positions, Egan began acquiring skills she still uses to create custom pieces for her clients today at Jill Egan Interiors, 2532 Amherst St. in Rice Village.
The new 2,000-square-foot showroom and office is the culmination of Egan’s 12 years building her firm, which emphasizes her “keen sense of space and focus on relaxed luxury.” The minimalist retail space is designed to feel more like the interior of one of Egan’s residential projects than a store. Highlights include cast bronze light and sculptural objects by Studio Henry Wilson of Australia, pieces from Parisian artist Lauren Collin and an Argentinian textile line exclusive to Jill Egan Interiors.
“I’ve always loved the beauty and imperfection in all things handmade,” says Egan.
In addition to showcasing furnishings, accessories and art from around the globe, the new facility will serve as a studio for development and sale of the firm’s own items. Junior designer Katharine Powell creates photo realistic renderings and virtual presentations that allow clients to visualize the firm’s designs for their projects, a hallmark of the firm.
“I am a big believer that creating beautiful spaces for others has a positive impact on their well-being,” Egan says. “My wish is for this space to have that same impact on everyone that walks through our doors.”
This article first appeared in the Business section of the August 2022 edition of Bellaire•West University Essentials magazine.