Michele Joly has been a professional interior designer and space planner since 1984. Working in New York City, Paris, France and now in Dallas, Texas.
Her earlier experience was working with Gordon Danieli Designs doing model apartments and lobbies in Manhattan for builders and developers. This lead to being asked to design the homes of the builders and many of the new tenants.
After solidly establishing herself in New York, Michele moved to France in 1988 to begin a very fulfilling and rewarding new life!
For it was in France that Michele found herself pulled by her desire to create and fabricate soft home furnishings using traditional French artisan techniques and materials. This lead to international recognition as her products were marketed by both Bergdorf Goodman and Maison et Jardin in Paris.
In time Michele started working with individual clients and American Companies for their expatriate personnel in order to make their transition as seamless as possible for their families to relocate to Paris and start a new chapter in their life.
Michele wanted her clients to feel very comfortable in their new home as well as taking some things back to their home country which would remind them of their time in France. “Antiquing” was one of many such excursions that Michele made both for her clients and for herself. The “Puce” in Paris was one of her favorite shopping venues for antiquing along with going to the L’isle sur-la-Sorgue antique market in the south of france near Avignon.
After many years it was time to move back to the US and be near family. After almost two years of getting acclimated to dallas, it was time to start something new. Artifkt was created!