J. Stephens Interiors is led by Principal Jo Ann Alston. A licensed interior designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Jo Ann is based in the New York City metropolitan area and serves clients throughout the United States. As one of the leading interior designers in the country, she is regularly featured in leading design magazines and books and has accepted multiple national awards for her unique ability to design timeless custom environments from their inceptions. She has partnered with many of the same clients for years, developing personal and meaningful relationships that underscore her dedication to the next level of client service. Known for her artful approach and deep experience in the industry, she brings a timeless freshness to luxurious, high-end interior design. Jo Ann has been widely recognized for her impeccable interpretations of Modern, Classic and French interior design into enduring and forward-thinking inspiration for the modern day. She has innovated at the intersection of fine art and interior design for over 30 years.
Jo Ann Alston holds a B.F.A. in fine art from Northern Illinois University with post-graduate studies in historic preservation. Her experience includes a seven-year tenure with a top-100 design firm in the United States, which informed her process-oriented approach and gained her access to a national network of highly specialized artisans and tradespeople with whom she has developed longstanding relationships. She delights in curating antiques and art from around the world, drawing from an extensive list of sources she has developed over time. Jo Ann regularly collaborates with top architects, builders, lighting and landscape designers, and master millworkers. She excels in managing projects within a team environment. Clients benefit directly from Jo Ann’s highly curated network of professionals and from her adept management of the process from start to finish.
As the creative drive for J. Stephens Interiors, Jo Ann Alston employs principles that apply in art, color, form, balance, scale, and proportion, to interior design. By applying these principles we achieve enduring inspiration in every new project, employing wonderfully unexpected color combinations, stunning style juxtapositions and bold mixtures of textures, fabrics, and fixtures with a highly curated selection of hand-crafted, artisanal objects often chosen for their sculptural quality.