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About Mari

Mari Johnson's eye for design is the product of more than 35 years of retail experience and the endless well of creativity that comes from global travel. Mari is known for her French finds—art and handcrafted furniture sourced on more than 30 trips to Paris and surrounding villages. She is heavily influenced by the joie de vivre of the French, as well as the culture and scenes she's encountered in Asia, from small fishing villages to coastal enclaves. Mari has worked on design projects of varying scale and style in the years since opening Back Home, and she still finds herself excited by the challenge of curating a space that inspires. 

Meet the Team

Lucy Screws, Store Manager/Designer 

Lucy has a bachelor's degree in interior design from Baylor University and over 35 years of experience in all aspects of interior design and retail. Lucy has twenty years experience designing with a high-end custom home builder. 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 more than 18 years. Lucy is more than qualified to help you make your home a beautiful retreat for you and your family. 

Cristalle Barajas, Designer 

With more than twelve years of experience and the completion of hundreds of projects, Cristalle Barajas has learned and mastered many styles of interior design. From traditional to modern endeavors, simple and functional design is her 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. 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. 

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