Meet the design team
AJ's by Design is a family-owned business run by a mother-son design duo.
As a real estate agent with a penchant for design, Michele went back to school to study interior design and launched a second career when she founded AJ's by Design in 2001. With her exquisite taste and a keen eye for color, pattern and texture, Michele elevates her clients' style into the best version of itself. Michele prides herself on her ability to pull out the personal aesthetic of every client she works with. A favorite challenge is finding the balance between a couple's conflicting tastes and creating a space they both love. Michele and her husband have been active members of the Gainesville community for many years. She travels to Ponte Vedra Beach often to visit her grandsons and beach-side clients.
Michael A. Johnson
For as long as he can remember, Michael has been a student of living spaces (tagging on to Michele's open houses as a kid helped spark his interest.) While working at the University of Florida's Planning, Design & Construction department, he realized his passion for residential design could become a career by teaming up with Michele in her newfound venture. From the blank slate process for new home design to the puzzle-solving challenges of renovations, Michael's drafting and design talents have been creating spaces for AJ's by Design clients for over a decade. Michael lives in St. Augustine, Florida with his wife and travels to Gainesville each week for client meetings and installations.