Meredith Ellis brings over 20 years of design experience to JAMES Showroom, and has been named one of the nation’s rising stars of design by Traditional Home magazine. Meredith worked for renowned American designers in New York and Los Angeles, including Bunny Williams, Thomas Beeton and White House designer Michael S. Smith, before launching her own design firm in 2008. In 2010, Meredith returned to her home state of Texas, where in addition to raising a family, she continued to build Meredith Elis Design, while maintaining clients on the West Coast. She has been featured in Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, The Los Angeles Times, Austin Monthly, Austin Home, The Austin American Statesman, Tribeza and Austin Way, and in April 2015, Meredith was one of 13 American designers selected to participate in the Second Annual Sotheby’s Designer Showhouse in New York City.
Meredith has always dreamed of bringing a curated collection of fabrics, wallpapers, lighting and other design resources together under one roof to share her love of the industry and the vendors she uses. JAMES is that vision. Using her vast knowledge and industry contacts, Meredith has assembled a family of vendors from around the world to truly bring a one of a kind showroom to Texas.
Click on image below to learn more about JAMES Showroom founder, Meredith Ellis, in her interview with Million Dollar Decorating’s James Swan
Lisa Womack’s love for design started out of necessity; she and her husband moved many times in their early years together. Each time the couple relocated to a new city, Lisa looked forward to the challenge of setting up a new home by scouring the local design centers, antique shops, estate sales, and flea markets. Lisa especially loved antique hunting in western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, after she and her family spent five years living in New England. Lisa’s husband, Jesse, is a native of San Antonio and the Womack family moved to Austin, Texas in 2012 in order to be closer to his family’s ranch in south Texas. They quickly enlisted the help of Meredith Ellis, whose daughter attended preschool with Lisa’s son, to help unify their 1940’s colonial home. Lisa and Meredith immediately found an easy working rapport and a shared love for all things English. The women entered into James with a desire to bring a touch of antiquity and a modern traditionalism to a vibrant, up and coming city.
A native of Pennsylvania, Lisa Womack attended Colgate University in New York and graduated with a degree in English. She then completed her M.A. at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. Lisa worked as a middle and high school English teacher before transitioning into the design field.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Hunter developed his keen sense for operations and logistics through years of military training and extensive international travel in documentary television. Journeys through remote regions in South America, Asia, and Africa have given Hunter a deep appreciation for the artisans in each culture and the impact they have on design around the world. Embarking on this journey with his wife Meredith is a true honor, and sure to be the greatest adventure yet.