About J2


Combining pre-construction planning and interior design expertise to deliver beautiful, customized solutions for your residential and commercial challenges.


Our passion for collaboration was born from the regrets of homeowners and businesses whose projects experienced missed opportunities or cost overruns, because planning and design were neglected in the pre-construction stage.


By engaging J2 Design Studio early, when that first idea strikes, we can craft a plan that optimizes your space and project efficiency while saving time, money (and headaches).


The success of any project is dependent on the strength of the team. The relationships between client, architect, designer and contractor are paramount and produce solutions unique to your individual project. Collaboration and trust are key. We work with talented professionals who are the finest in their fields.


OUR Services


  • Pre-Purchase Property Walk Through
  • Identification of Personal Vision Criteria
  • Conceptual Design
  • Design Development
  • Custom Cabinetry Design
  • Construction Permitting
  • Cost Estimation
  • Fixtures, Finishes & Furniture Selection Or Specification
  • Advising Or Guidance On a renovation Specifications
  • Trade Coordination (Construction, Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC)
  • Project Management


  • Site Assessment
  • Goal Setting, Programming and Work-flow
  • Team and Brand Cultural Considerations
  • LEED or Green Building Considerations
  • Test Fits/Preliminary Space Planning
  • Construction Document Detailing and Fulfillment
  • Bid Management & Selection
  • Fixtures Finishes & Equipment (FF&E) Specification or Coordination
  • Project Oversight
  • Facilities Management


  • Field Measure / Site Survey
  • 3D Visualization
  • Exploration of Finishes and Materials
  • Space Animation / Video Walk-Throughs
  • Conceptual Renderings for Sellers or Realtors
  • Pre-Construction Due Diligence
  • Project Planning and Phasing
  • Realistic Project Timelines and Scheduling
  • On Target Cost Estimation
  • Clearly Defined Desired Outcome and Project Deadline




By participating in the initial planning stages of a project, we can provide guidance through the early challenges of clarifying the scope of work, introducing new concepts and identifying issues with potential building code requirements, service access or budget constraints.

Ours is a team approach based on collaboration, transparency and communication. Your project is treated as if it was our own personal property, with consideration and care every step of the way.

Experience has shown, that bringing us onboard at the project inception ensures the best J2 experience as well as many restful nights during the process.




J2 Studio is a renovation and interior design collaborative, born out of over 40 years of practice and experience with a wide range of residential and commercial projects.
Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or bath, adding an extension to your residence or relocating and redesigning your office, our design expertise and project management experience will streamline the process and improve your environment.

Denise Jones


Surrounded by talent and creativity from a very young age with family in interior, landscape, graphic and architectural design, it’s no wonder Denise is a natural in her field.


Denise is a visionary, expediter and self proclaimed “air traffic controller.” She has the unique combination of creativity tempered by critical and analytical thought which enables her to identify solutions that please the senses while performing a valuable service. She truly believes in and enjoys the collaborative experience and has found that a strong vision developed in concert with a powerful team produces excellent results.

She is in her element amidst the chaos of construction, conceptualizing with architects, collaborating with contractors, scheduling and managing projects and is proud of the work she and her teams deliver.

Denise is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has served the New Jersey Chapter of ASID-NJ as the newsletter committee chair, a member of the nominating committee and as the Communication Director delivering the newly reimagined chapter magazine, BLUEPRINT, during her term. She is licensed by the State of New Jersey and is an alumni of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts.

Denise is also a member of The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

She is loyal and dedicated to her clients, family and her life in the unique, diverse and beautiful Garden State. She’s a proud wife to her architect husband, Patrick M. Jones, AIA and mother to three adult children…as well as two golden retrievers, Bella and Hope.


Tommy Dakouvanos

Senior Designer

With over twenty years of experience in the kitchen and bath design industry, Tommy has a depth of manufacturer knowledge that is extraordinary. He is in his element collaborating with clients and installers to ensure our projects are executed with exacting detail. He is meticulous and takes pride in delivering a precisely designed, specified and installed project. Tommy is a great asset to J2 Design Studio and the perfect compliment to our creative team.


Tommy is an alumni of Kean University where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts. He has worked in the interior design industry for over 20 years and specialized in kitchen and bath design exclusively for more than 15 years.  His depth of experience will provide valuable wisdom pertaining to the industry overall as well as his specific expertise on the nuanced offerings of a vast number of cabinetry manufacturers. His extensive industry network and sharp awareness of competing manufacturers features and benefits will be a great asset when identifying the right solution to meet a client’s budget, style, and deadline.

Tommy enjoys creating thoughtful and accurately detailed drawings and specifications and will be an invaluable resource to installers as he communicates and coordinates precise installations in the field. Aside from his work, he is an accomplished tournament bowler and heavy metal enthusiast! Welcome Tommy!




The relationship between client, architect, designer and contractors is paramount. By working together, they create solutions unique to your individual needs and ensure the project stays on track. We work with tradespeople who are the finest in their fields and through constant collaboration ensure that designed outcomes are achieved.
We know that the best results are delivered when we are engaged from the very beginning of the project. That way, we can ensure that both the vision and functionality of the space will be realized, whether it is a new office environment, a home addition or a kitchen renovation.

Realizing Dreams Since 2011