We would like to introduce you to Jane Maxwell-Johnson, the newest member of the Surroundings with Natureworks team. With a family background in home construction and a degree in Interior Design from Indiana State University, Jane is the perfect addition to our design team.
Learn More about Jane Maxwell-Johnson
How many years have you been in the field?
My father was a builder but my first paying job as a designer was 1986…so nearly 35 years, professionally.
Are you a lifelong Hoosier?
Yes. I was born and raised in Indiana, though I did spend about 25 years in the Chicagoland area.
When did you first discover your passion for your job?
From a very early age, my dad and I would draw and design houses for fun. I loved to be on jobsites and in the draftsman office with my him, though my mom begged me to be a nurse.
What is your favorite thing about design?
I love the process of working with clients wants and needs to create a vision they love.
What is your favorite Indiana season and why?
Fall. I love the changing leaves and the crisp cool days and nights by the fire. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
I would be the bionic woman, of course. I grew up loving that show and how she helped people. It didn’t hurt that she lived in a really cool converted barn home.
Who has been the most influential person in your career and why?
My first real job as a designer was for a firm in Dundee, Illinois for Ed Dahlin. He owned a cabinet manufacturing company and sold it to start a design only firm. Because of his manufacturing background I learned about construction of cabinetry and what was possible. But, I’d have to say that my father, Chuck Maxwell was probably the most influential. He was a great father but also taught me about being a successful employee. He did whatever it took. If you needed any sort of part or piece for a project, he’d find it and deliver as needed.
What is your favorite way to kick-off a Monday?
A large iced tea is a sure fire way to start the day.
What’s your favorite thing to “binge watch?”
I love cooking competition shows like Top Chef and Great British baking show. I am not a big time cook but appreciate the creativity and talent of those who are.