Our Team


Mari Johnson, Owner

Mari’s design success has been her ability to pick trends well and her timeless style. Her popularity with clients is in her ability to assist them with updating their personal style. Mari’s clients have sought her design expertise based on the look and feel of her stores and consistent referrals from her work.

Her design experience is from a combination of 31 years of retail experience and her international travels of which 30 trips have been to France, specifically Paris, and surrounding cities. Other experiences include working with existing furnishing and re-staging, incorporating new furnishing to update a client’s style, selecting entire palettes of paint, tiles, fixtures, etc. for new or newly-remodeled homes. She has worked on homes and businesses with square footages varying from 3,500 to 12,000 square feet as well as showcase homes, twice winning interior design awards. One of her greatest retail accomplishments was her store being named the Best Specialty Store in the Midwest/SW Region of the US by the ARTS Committee.

Mari is also available for speaking engagements to share her passion for French inspired living.



Cristalle Barajas

With over twelve years of experience, Cristalle Volpi has learned and mastered many styles of Interior Design through the completion of hundreds of projects. From traditional to modern endeavors, simple and functional design is the main objective in creating a space that is both restful and relevant to the client’s personality and lifestyle. Academic and eclectic techniques are thoughtfully balanced to produce unique and beautiful interiors with elements that are both fresh and timeless. This approach was developed from a strong interior design background from Michigan State University combined with work in Paris and other worldly travels…

Residential and commercial clients can expect a professional level of services including hand drawn space planning and elevations, custom paint selection, lighting design, furniture selection, window treatment selection and installation, custom millwork design, plumbing fixture selection, and even just help with general “clutter management” which alone often proves to be a tremendous help for most people. Whether the job is a simple bath renovation, new home construction, or office finish out, all work begins with a friendly and realistic consultation to establish the scope of the work and a plan to accommodate the proposed budget. In person consultation times are very flexible and work from these meetings is turned around in a timely manner that is appropriate for the project schedule.

Three years of freelance work through Back Home Furniture and projects in MI, CA, IL, and TX has offered a perspective and knowledge of interior design that comes only with many trials and tribulations and allows for an outstanding consistency in her ability to produce wonderful designs and happy clients.


Lucy Screws

Lucy has a Bachelor degree in interior design from Baylor University and over 35 years of experience in all aspects of interior design and retail. She lived in Waco for several years and has been in Austin area for 10. Lucy has 20 years’ experience working with a high-end custom home builder where she was involved in designing of the homes of which she lived in many. The efforts of pulling together all aspects of the home from plans to furnishings has given her invaluable real-life experience that she can pass along to her clients.

Lucy was also part of a family owned home accessories, furniture and gift store for over 18 years. She was a buyer and designer in that store as well. For nine years she has been working as a manager and designer for Back Home.

Lucy is more than qualified to help you make your home a beautiful retreat for you and your family.


Judi Fuller

As the newest member of the Back Home Design team, Judi brings a background immersed in the Arts. With parents who were both a professional artist and musician, Judi was destined to follow in their footsteps as she was surrounded with creative expression daily. Those influences and exposure lead to her appreciation and understanding of many different design styles and elements. This versatility allows Judi to create vastly different styles all resulting in a beautiful, functional and versatile space that are unique to her clients. Careful attention is given to detail, organization and budget.

“I really enjoy breaking down the process for clients and taking the anxiety out of home projects. The best part is watching the design unfold and in the end when my clients tell me they can't wait to go home, then I know my job is done!