In 1902, she went to France and studied painting at the Académie Colarossi and Académie Julian in Paris. Later, she was informed by the Japanese Sougawara in Japanese lacquer art.
During World War II she stayed almost continuously in London and returned in 1918 to Paris. Until 1919 she worked as a freelance furniture designer and as an interior designer.
In 1922, she opened the Jean Désert gallery as a showcase for her own work. In the same year she came in contact with the De Stijl movement. J.J.P. Oud and Walter Gropius published an enthusiastic review of her "Monte Carlo" rooms, one bedroom / boudoir, which she exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs of 1923. From 1926 she worked exclusively as an interior designer and presented some of their projects in Le Corbusier´s Pavillon des Temps Nouveaux at the Paris World´s Fair of 1937.