Small Spaces Standing Tall: Janis Merrell Gipson

You guys already know Janis Merrill Gipson and Rhonda Hardy.  They have contributed to Garden Spices, and they have both created artful spaces on Chicago’s South side.  What makes their spaces worthy of attention?  First, I was delighted to visit them both for cuisine and creativity.  Secondly, they have both down-sized, which dictated  their creative use of space.  They have both masterfully accomplished interior magic. Time for your visit.- Victorine

Janis Merrill Gipson

This open kitchen catches Janis preparing brunch for guests. The stools provide seating for eating at the counter island and for turning for easy conversation in the living room.

Living room poised for comfort and conversation. The stools turn, chairs ready, and the glass table opens the space.

Built-ins for storage, flank the fireplace, with Dogon sculpture and art.



Lucite chairs and table for dining and chatting












Entertaining, with slim sculptures guarding the space. Deidre Dawson engages in the discussion.


Master bedroom majestically softened by an overhead puff


Sitting room doubles as a guest room with sleeper sofa.

Single bath with double sinks and art

– Janis Merrill-Gipson,

Janis is a self proclaimed domestic diva, living in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Janis is a chef, who loves to cook, an interior decorator, art collector, jazz fan, and an avid reader. She believes there are many layers and components that comprise living an enriched life. And Janis is here to share tips.





















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