Who We Are
Keith Johnson & Chris Hardison
In the same location along St. Johns Avenue since 2003, Design Additions has evolved as much as the creative duo behind the stores success.
Chris & Keith moved to Jacksonville in 1994 finding the Riverside, Avondale neighborhood a great place to call home. In 2000 After restoring a historic bungalow, they found their new hobby. Encouraged by family and friends, they used their creative talents and spare time to make a little extra money painting vintage furniture and creating cool home accessories.
19 years later, these elementary school teachers and small business owners have a full plate but love every minute of it! The birth of their two children, Addison & Aiden, most significantly added to their lives and the juggling act of time. The young family of four, in 2013 moved from their second home in Avondale to Ortega for the space a growing family needs. In 2017 after much family discussion, they welcomed two puppies Winston & Bailey to their happy family.
Design Additions of course has flourished as well to a swanky boutique for locals and visitors alike to find an almost endless supply of “wants!” The painted furniture, still hand finished by the boys, is combined with wonderful “buying trip finds” from French milled soaps to unique jewelry and gift lines.
Geneva has been dishing southern charm and helping store guest since 2007. She exemplifies the level of friendly service we pride our store reputation on! A true southern belle, Geneva relocated to Avondale from south GA to be closer to her two grown sons and their families. It doesn’t take long for Geneva to tell you a little bit about her two amazing grandsons or what she is planning to cook for dinner! She is a very special lady with an infectious bubbly and warm personality! Geneva has made many friends through working at Design Additions. A day doesn’t go by when she is off that customers don’t ask “Where is Geneva? followed by “Tell her I said Hello!” There is no doubt Geneva is a true treasure. We are very fortunate she is a part of our family!
Upon completion of her interior design degree from FSU, Betty’s design career flourished working with numerous architectural firms and ultimately running her own design business. She met her husband Richard and together they choose to make Jacksonville their home. Betty utilizes her impeccable taste and design sense to help shoppers make just the right merchandise selections. Betty says, “Since retiring, working part time at Design Additions gives me satisfaction in helping people with their design projects and showing off new products we offer.” Betty joined our staff in 2016 after being a regular shopper for a number of years. She has brought a great deal of talent to our team and in case you are wondering, yes she is still an excellent Design Additions shopper too!
After a long run as a corporate retail executive, Jackie transitioned to another rewarding role as a wife and stay at home mother. Jackie’s first priority is her family yet she volunteers a great deal of time to her church and a variety of organizations she is passionately involved with. Jackie utilizes her years of exceptional customer service and buying experience to help our team at Design Additions. Jackie is a trendsetter with a great eye. She frequently suggests new ideas and products to keep our merchandise assortment fresh and interesting. It’s likely you may have bought a product that Jackie suggested & sourced for our store! If you too have suggestions of items you would like to see us carry - let us know!