Several years back, a reader submission landed in our inbox from Lisa Jones, a former fashion buyer. The pitch? A dark and dated bungalow on New York’s Shelter Island that she and husband James Hyatt had remodeled, tip to toe, into a midcentury-style lakeside escape (with a laundry room modeled directly after Julie’s). The story—A Fashion Buyer’s Danish-Inspired Getaway on Shelter Island—was a hit. At the time the editorial team pored over the photos and Jones’ knack for sourcing vintage finds. Was I sure she wasn’t a designer?
Fast forward a few months and I got another email from Jones, this time from her native London. Expecting a baby, the couple had moved across the pond to settle into a Georgian-era maisonette in Hackney, which they’d purchased before moving to New York. “We had tenants living in it while we were away,” Jones says. “We didn’t think we’d embark on such an extensive remodel, but after two sets of renters, the house was very tired.” She included a few tantalizing hints: Dinesen floors, expertly sleuthed hardware, an Ikea hack kitchen. Keep us posted, I told her.
Then a while back Jones emailed again. After a “simple redecoration” snowballed into a massive overhaul—all amid the birth of their son, Bo—the couple had fallen for the London way of life, and the maisonette was finished—just in time for them to move house again, in search of more space.
And, the completion of the project spurred Jones to open her own design business, Lisa Jones Design, with a small, curated shop soon to come. (We approve.)
Take a look inside the maisonette, and keep an eye out for this rising design star.
Photography by Richard Round-Turner, courtesy of Lisa Jones.
When they moved back to London, the couple expected only to make minor updates, to create a light and airy house for their growing family. But, as is so often the case with renovations, they encountered old, sub-par work and problems as they went, and needed to re-wire and re-plaster throughout.