Houston’s Premiere Decorative Painting and Plaster Company

Anything But Plain has amassed a repertoire of stunning, award-winning finishes ranging from dimensional layering of artisan textures and hand-painted murals, to extraordinary cabinet and furniture finishes. 

Janie Ellis launched the business in 1989 with a creative approach to decorative painting. Janie, an interior designer at the time, saw an opportunity to create beautiful unique finishes that could not be created by painters or ordered from a wallpaper manufacturer. Beautiful hand-crafted results can only be achieved by artists.  A wealth of education plus 25 years of experience has positioned Anything But Plain as a forerunner in their industry, consistently garnering many awards and earning a reputation for excellence. 

Of all the accolades, we are most proud of is the continuing satisfaction of our clients. That satisfaction is brought about by our unique ability to create fabulous results within budget and on time. Janie and COO, Kristi Morrison, work hand-in-hand with leading Interior Designers, Architects, and Builders to ensure the end result is a perfect reflection of their vision and the client’s dream.


Janie Ellis

President & Founder

Certified Master Artisan, Janie Ellis works predominately with the trade. Janie has created beautiful decorative finishes for award-winning interior designers, decorators, builders, and architects for 25 years. Janie has a BA in Art and a Master’s Degree in Interior Design.

She honed her talents with training here in the United States, as well as Europe. Known for her innovative concepts and traditional and contemporary application of finishes, she is most proud of the continuing satisfaction of her clients. Anything But Plain's work has been showcased on Television, in books and national publications and in American Society of Interior Designers show houses.

  • Certified Artisan
  • Certified Faux Consultant
  • Industry Partner of ASID
  • Director at Large for ASID-IP for Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (2010-2012)
  • Invited Participant of International Salon of Decorative Painters
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Professional Decorative Painters Association
Our Artists are at the heart of what we do; it is what sets us apart from the competition.
— Janie Ellis


Audrey Shannon

Lead Artist

Audrey is a gifted inventor of beautiful finishes, accomplished fine artist and exemplary leader. She has been creating our distinct finishes for over 15 years. Many of favorite finishes are "Audrey Originals". She not only creates a plethora of fabulous samples for our clients but she also directs our crew of artisans on each project. In addition Audrey is creator of our line of Audrey-Jane hand painted pillows and hand made wallpaper. She works side by side with Janie and Kristi to ensure each project is finished with perfection.  

Kristi Morrison

Kristi Morrison

Chief Operating Officer

 Kristi works directly with interior designers and custom builders on projects from start to finish, helping them to create elegant spaces for their clients by offering Anything But Plain's innovative, on-trend wall and ceiling finishes and plasters. As COO, Kristi maintains schedules, adheres to budgets, oversees projects, and follows through with details of each project.    In addition, Kristi assists in product development by researching industry trends, scouting out the unexpected, and bringing back inspirations and ideas. Be on the lookout for her blogs as well!  She is passionate about her work here at Anything But Plain and looks forward to working with you on your next project.

Our Crew of Talented Artists