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 Peter Kim, 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


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

Peter Kim

Principal / Owner

December of 2016, Peter transitioned into ownership of Anything But Plain. He has a proven track record and over 15 years of experience driving sales growth. Prior to joining Anything But Plain, Peter was in the oil and gas industry.  Peter is a graduate of the University of Texas (BBA), the University of Houston (JD) and a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is an avid fan of the arts, museum nerd and a world traveler. He is dedicated to making each project run smoothly from start to beautiful finish. 

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