Meet Joan Adamson - Knilans' Interior Designer

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This week, we’re introducing you to the Knilans’ design team. Haven’t met Judy yet? Click here! The whole team is excited to bring you design tips, project ideas, room spotlights, and more in the new designer blog! We wouldn’t take advice from an anonymous ‘expert,’ and we don’t expect you to, either. As we finish our introductions, you’ll get to know the Knilans’ design team: a group of passionate, creative interior designers with a knack for understanding your style. We’ve been serving the Quad Cities and surrounding area with pride for years, and can’t wait to get to know you! Read on below to meet our next Knilans’ designer, Joan Adamson:

When you’re making a decision on which designer to work with, it can be challenging; you may not know what we’ve done as a designer, would we be a good fit, etc. I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself; tell you a little bit about my background, and help you get to know me better! I’m Joan Adamson, and I’ve been with Knilans’ Furniture as a designer just over 20 years, and I LOVE what I do! I have a degree in Art Education. I’m married to Jeff and have one son, Koury. As with the other Knilans’ designers, I’m answering 5 simple questions, in the hopes, you come away with a better picture of me!


How did you get your start as an interior designer?

I do have a degree in art education, and while looking for an interim job, I decided to apply as a manager of a local art store; the position was filled. However, the owner also had an interior design shop, thought I would be a good addition, and would train me. I guess fate knew better!

What is your goal when you work with a client?

To ask questions, to listen closely to their answers, and give the client something that is classic, a bit unique in some way, and feels like home to them!

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What is a current design trend that you love?

I’m not a huge fan of a “trend”; don’t want to look back in 5 years, and feel like I made a choice that dated itself, but I do love the Moroccan tiles, for floors and backsplashes. I also really like the use of black on trim, doors, and window frames, we’re seeing a lot of both; very striking!


If you had to pick a favorite room in your home, what would it be and why?

That’s a tough one!  My home is a work in progress, and I’m always tweaking something here and there; I don’t know if that’s “Joan” or “designer Joan”. This is a picture of our den; use it to watch TV, read, and it features a cabinet that was my grandparents’. I had it painted a distressed black, with a cream interior!

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

Easy, I love to cook! Cooking gives me a similar creative outlet to design. It’s a great sense of accomplishment when I’ve made something that tastes great, and the plating looks beautiful as well!

I hope, in a small way, I’ve given you a sense of who “Joan” is, which is tough to do in 5 questions, and 500 words or less.....

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