Spring is just around the corner. That also means the annual concept of Spring Cleaning.

It might be a daunting task in your house, but designTEN1 Interiors in McKinney is ready to help, especially with their designBAR.

“It’s geared toward the do-it-yourself person; someone who wants to spruce things up but doesn’t have the budget to hire a designer,” said Jennifer Akerman, co-owner with her husband John.

“They can come in the store, bring pictures and measurements, and we give them the tools to get it done. Sometimes we get something simple, sometimes it’s complex.”

designTEN1 is located on the square in downtown McKinney near the corner of Tennessee and Louisiana. Prior to opening the store, Akerman worked out of the house with a phone and computer drumming up business mainly by word of mouth.


“We decided to open a store to complement the business, and I wanted to stay local,” she said. “Since opening the store, business has grown four times the size.”

Akerman brings many years of experience to her business.

“I have all the sources and connections,” she said. “I can get you the number of a painter and give you the paint colors, or I can make those contacts too. We can take things from the store and bring them to your home.“We can do as little as they want or as much as they want.”

The latest edition for designTEN1 is fabric lines. “People can come look through books to decide what fabric they want instead of having to buy it first,” Akerman said.

Plus, designTEN1 also works with outdoor furniture. “People are thinking outdoors,” she said. “We can re-cover outdoor cushions too.”

The name of the store is unique, as is the story behind it.

“The TEN1 comes from my initials – J.A.,” Akerman said. “J is the tenth letter of the alphabet and A is the first.”

designTEN1 is there for you when you are ready to make a change.

“If you are ready for something fresh and new, we are ready to help,” Akerman said.

The designBAR service costs $30 per hour. For more information about the store, visit their website at designten1.com.