Learn about J. Allan's
About J. Allan's Furniture
At J. Allan's we have a feel that's all our own and it's what sets us apart from other interior design and furniture organizations.
A Step Up from the Competition
At J.Allan’s, shoppers will discover unique and exclusive furniture and decor that encompasses many tones. What our buyers will not find is furnishings of the traditional type. Today’s homeowners are looking for something different. No longer content to buy mass-produced furniture, they want their home to reflect their passions, their sense of style. J.Allan’s offers an eclectic assortment of rare and distinctive pieces that will help bring life and vitality to any home. The inventory includes pieces from local artisans as well as imports from all over the world. Our ever-unfolding selection of assorted furnishings and accessories is what sets J.Allan’s apart, and because of the changing merchandise, shoppers will find a new store with the same feel every time they step inside.
Customizing Your Home
We also offer in-home design consultations. An interior designer from J.Allan’s will visit a home, create a design plan then present the layout to the customer within two weeks. Find more about the in-home design under “Consultations” on the home page. Also, browse away the featured products, and learn more about us in our frequent blog posts under “Revelations” on the home screen.
The intention and purpose of J.Allan’s is to honor and portray the same caliber nature that Allan demonstrated throughout his life. Through his name, we aspire to continue his lasting legacy and pass on his values through the J.Allan’s experience and concept.
Beginning in late 2011 in historic Brookhaven, Mississippi, J.Allan’s was established in honor of James Allan Smith, a tried and true prodigy of the furniture industry. Allan learned the business from his father and then passed down the knowledge to his son. Unfortunately, Allan was stricken with cancer in 2010 and succumbed to the illness later that year. Therefore, the new concept was brought forth and the store was named to honor his lasting legacy.
Due to the amount of positive feedback about the J.Allan’s product and shopping experience in Brookhaven, a unanimous decision was made to open another storefront, this time in Mississippi’s “Hub City” of Hattiesburg. Now, with two locations, J.Allan’s current and prospective customers have a bit more convenience and leisure in their decisions to shop for their style.
Meet The Team
Owner / President
Favorite Color: Sleek Black and Navy
Owner Christopher Robinson began his career in interior design selling furniture at discount warehouses and quickly realized his customers sought affordable options. But they wanted something different too – unique conversation pieces. Christopher began researching options to find that this concept was possible, and J. Allan’s was born. In 2011, his idea became a reality, and his objective ever since has been to stay ahead of design trends, offering customers an inviting and exciting shopping experience they look forward to sharing with friends and family. While he appreciates every aspect of interior design, Christopher’s passion is helping customers furnish the outdoors, building on the decor inside to expand living space and make it just as comfortable. When he’s not providing the perfect finish to homes and business spaces, this self-proclaimed foodie enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife Misty and four children, Reece, Case, Emerson and Silas.
Favorite Color: White
With an appreciation for traditional designs and an understanding of contemporary trends, Julie’s favorite place to reimagine is the bedroom. Whether it’s creating a romantic luxury hotel inspired space or helping children make their fairy tales come to life, this USM interior design grad feels the bedroom is the spot that is the most personal and allows her to really get to know her clients. Julie experiments with textures to create serenity, and she loves asking questions to help her customers’ dreams come true. Her favorite part of the job is going to market and finding unique items that will work within existing spaces to create new attitude and spirit. She loves clean lines and open spaces, and she has the perfect solutions for accessories and decor that call for calm and relaxation. Julie is the proud mom of two dogs, Bella and Lucy.
Favorite Color: It changes with each client
Cathy says her favorite thing about working with clients is their desire to learn how they can create a magnificent space. She works with them to rearrange and redecorate to design a space that is comfortable and inviting. Her specialty is the living room, where people gather and families build memories. An Army wife, Cathy has collected design ideas from all over the country and the world. Having moved every couple of years and been challenged to make each place feel warm and cozy for her children Jess and Brodie, she stretched her imagination to combine elements of previous dwellings into the newest family home. Cathy believes design comes from the inside, and she feels everyone has ideas that can be brought to reality. She is honest with her clients about the possibilities of their space and welcomes opportunities to make the most out of every design challenge. Outside of her true passion for interior design, Cathy’s favorite things to do are writing love letters to Jesus, cheering for the Saints and hanging out with her four grandchildren.
Favorite Color: Bold Pink
A Whodat at heart, Kelsey began her design career just after she learned to walk. Even as a child, she would move furniture around to accommodate her imagination, and she later became an interior designer to fulfill her dreams. Kelsey loves bold splashes of color and combining rustic with formal to create unexpected spaces. She appreciates furniture collections that have been curated over time, and she has the know-how to create the same look from the vast selection at J. Allan’s. Kelsey was an art major, and her favorite space to explore her talent is in the foyer – the first place people see. She says families can exhibit their personalities in the foyer and set the mood for their home. She is happiest when she creates a space that challenges the norm. Kelsey’s family is her pride and joy. Her husband Cody and children Camilla, Delilah and Finley are her deepest inspiration.