Designer Profile: Jan Finlayson

Jan shares her design favorites and tips

Jan Finlayson has been designing interiors for over 25 years.  Her store, Luxe Interiors, is a must see Coralville, IA shopping destination in Iowa River Landing.  Here she shares some of her personal design essentials.

Design Philosophy

Elle Decor gallery

Live with what you love.  Who cares if it doesn’t quite match.  Enough said.

Favorite Club ChairSherrill 1319 chairSherrill Furniture’s 1319 Lounge Chair

What makes this such a great chair?  “Comfortable, compact, and some sexy little nailheads make this a perfect chair.” It’s a perfect transitional style.

Best Neutral


Sherwin Williams SW7029 Agreeable Gray

This soft, taupe gray tone looks lovely with both crisp white trim or warm toned woodwork.  This favorite neutral makes it just as easy to work a brighter color scheme around as it does an earthy palette.

Where to spend your money

“Cry once, keep forever” are words Jan lives by.  When you purchase something you really love, it never goes out of style.


Cambria Brittanica, courtesy of

  • Kitchen Countertops.  Everyone gathers in the kitchen, so why not create a worry free space?  Using solid surfaces such as quartz are simple to maintain, and you get your money back out it if you sell.  Granites and other solid surfaces are plentiful to choose from as well.


Nathan Anthony sofa courtesy of

  • Upholstery that gets used daily is the other area to best spend your money.  Consider your sofa to be “the little black dress” of the room and purchase in a great solid texture.  You can change up your pillows and accessories with no regrets, but that larger piece will always be your foundation.  Cushions will keep their shape, frames will stay tight, and fabrics will be more durable.


Design MUST DO


Area rugs need to be the right size for the space.  All the dining chairs need to stay on the rug when they are pulled out.  In a large living space all the front legs should at least be on the rug.  One of Jan’s biggest peeves is seeing spaces undermined by a rug that could have been at least one size bigger.

What Jan can’t live without


Books…and music.  The best day spent is one curled up with a great read and tunes in the background, ranging from classical guitar to Nina Simone to Hozier, and everything else in between.  And a glass of wine…and her puppy Lulu.




One thought on “Designer Profile: Jan Finlayson

  1. Hello,

    I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Julie, I work for the company Le Présent in Montréal, Canada and we specialize in importing high end planters and pots. I noticed your website and love the different styles you’re displaying so if you ever need any pots or planters for your projects, you can contact me. I’ll leave you the link to our catalog if ever you’re interested. We also do pottings with plants and have no issue shipping to the US.

    Here’s the link to the catalog:


    If you need any information or the pricelist, please let me know, it will be my pleasure to help you with any inquiries.

    Best regards,



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