Do you dig dynamic design? Always on the prowl for the perfect piece for your house? Lusting after treasures from far off lands? Our sponsor, Nanie Inez, has got your covered. At its core, the design-concept shop is a collection of experiences manifested in smart, interesting products. From Japan to England and back, co-ownders Deeyn Rhodes & Lonzo Jackson are on a constant worldwide hunt to bring a bring a whimsical and varied array of design elements to both its South Austin and digital storefronts. Good thing these two design wizards do all the heavy lifting for you. Do yourself a favor, skip the security line at the airport & just pop over to Nanie Inez!
We hear your background is in fashion, true? How’d you make the leap to home & design?
Yes, that’s true. I really loved working in the fashion biz but I was never obsessed with fashion. At a certain age, I was just more interested in my living space and creating a nice environment for my home than I was with the latest collection from XYZ designer. I had an amazing opportunity to live in London for a few years and it was while there being exposed to British design that I felt the urge to move into the world of home décor.
Nannie Inez is stocked with goodies from around the world. Do you get to travel much to source your goodies?
Traveling is my favorite way to find new products! Something about stepping away from your ordinary schedule and seeing things with fresh eyes out in the ‘real world’ rather than on a blog or instagram is 100% night and day different than discovering something naturally while exploring a city. Although I do travel to some trade shows, I think I’ve determined this isn’t the best outlet for me. It’s like design hunting of sorts and an over stimulation of products. I went to Maison & Object last October and I came back having only sourced a series of Japanese envelopes!
Speaking of travel, what's your favorite spot to visit?
For cultural stimulation London is one of my all time favorite cities. I love that it can be both posh and very gritty. The diversity, the art and culture are so special. From a design perspective, I love to visit London to see what’s new and fresh.
Can you tell us a bit more about your shop’s name? What’s the story?
Nannie Inez was my paternal Grandmother’s name (Nannie was her actual given name). I always knew I wanted to own a shop and the idea of picking a name always stressed me out so bad. One day right after we moved back to Austin, my partner Lonzo and I were talking about family and when I mentioned her name, Lonzo said to me, “you know that’s the name of your shop right?” I immediately knew that was it and never looked back.
Tell us a secret!
Hmmm, a secret. Just this week we signed a lease on a new and bigger space for Nannie Inez! I’m SO excited about it. It was a really hard and somewhat scary decision to make considering we didn’t HAVE to do it. I would say my secret is to trust your gut! Sometimes fear and anxiety can step in and really cramp your style and cloud your judgment. Listen to you intuition, its pretty might always right. Now that we are planning the move, I’m so glad I didn’t let a scary decision and a little hard work hold us back.
All images via Nanie Inez.