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Jana of Studio J
Hi! I’m Jana Gebhardt…and I’ve been in love with creating beautiful interiors for most of my life (…even before I realized it).

I love creating things that spark a smile and make life a bit more beautiful. There is nothing more satisfying than to give a tired room or a dated piece of furniture a fresh, new life. I strongly believe that your home environment has a huge effect on your quality of life. I also feel that your home should be a personal reflection of you…one that looks and feels good (and makes you happy).

Childhood Jana was more interested in setting up the Barbie village in the basement than having a Barbie fashion show. My Barbie didn’t have a Barbie Dream House, so I set about creating one for her by using what I had or could find or make (…think Dairy Queen banana split container -> Barbie’s custom claw-foot bathtub!).

As it turns out, my girlfriend (whose Barbie DID have a Barbie Dream House) ended up liking my Barbie’s home so much better…little did I know that I was starting the seed of Studio J even way back then – to use what you have to create a unique and personal home…for my very first client – Barbie. I know Barbie was a Princess and Astronaut and Ballerina and Pediatrician and Cheerleader and Olympic Athelete and Race Car Driver and Presidential Candidate AND a Rock Star…but even she could use some help making home her own!

Adult Jana openly admits to rearranging hotel room furniture because it just wasn’t right, not functional or didn’t feel good (…but don’t worry, I always put it back the way I found it). I’ve also been sewing since I was a teenager and love to create pretty things (…think pillows, slipcovers and window treatments) that are one-of-a-kind and make a space both beautiful and unique.

Born and raised in CoMo, I left after my years at MIZZOU to pursue my first career as an Engineer and now have finally returned home. In the intervening decades, I’ve lived across the US as well as a couple of countries overseas and I have transformed many a humble apartment and abode along the way. I am a big Introvert and an even bigger h.o.m.e.b.o.d.y. The way my home looks and feels is super important to me. Eventually (and it took a while), I discovered that my passion in life is creating beautiful interiors. So, I went back to school, got several Professional certifications and opened Studio J for business in the Columbia, Missouri area.

In the beginning…long before Studio J was even a twinkle in my eye – I was my only client (not counting Barbie, of course). I did a lot of learning about and honing of my personal style over the years. I completely remodeled every surface of my first house (the mid-70’s Harvest.Gold.Nightmare.) and I completed several smart cosmetic updates to improve the value of my second home and create a space that was more “me”. Ultimately, I designed and built my custom Forever Home and created a personal haven that is 100% me and makes me happy…every.single.day.

Studio J is here to inspire you to create a home that you love and help you find creative solutions to your decorating challenges…in an approachable and affordable way that is specific to you — what you need, what you want and what you love.

My superpower…

Asking the right questions that get inside your head so I can understand what you want and what you love (even when you’re not even sure what that is!)

My specialty…

A “use-what-you-have” approach to Rescue, Recycle and Restyle what you already own to transform your space.

My purpose and passion…

To inspire and help you create a haven that reflects your style and tells your story.

I want your home to make you smile every.single.day.

Contact me today, so we can chat about how Studio J can jump-start your journey to the home of your dreams…with creative ideas and immediate results so you can…

Fall in Love with your home again



Interior Redesign
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Interior Decorator
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