New professional photos for the good ole portfolio

It’s always a major highlight for designers when they can finally shoot their projects, and this one is no different. I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing photographers in this business (Lauren Rubinstein, Jennifer Kesler and now Christina Wedge – my go to girls!) and they make our work SHINE. It is a major treat for me to be sharing these photos with you today!  It dawned on me, when we were shooting, it had been almost two years since we “finished” this project. Whoooops. That gives you an idea of what the last two years have been like so it feels great to finally be here! And I’m going to do my best to keep it rollin.

Just to give you a taste, shoot days are like graduation days. You invade your client’s home with tons of style props, fresh flowers and plants and make everything look absolutely perfect for the lens. Its fun, artistic and gratifying all day long (then you crash and order take out for the fam). So here we go team! Let’s see if we can glean some goodness for you to use in your own homes this happy Monday.

We’ll start here, with a peek into the mudroom, where we added the chalk walls, orb light, blue and emerald green palette and new barn door in kitchen for some architectural character and texture. Dash and Albert rug.

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The breakfast nook with a mix of seating, pinch-pleated drapes, French return rods and a display of silver trays.

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The family room…with blue and pops of orange. We recovered the pair of chairs in a wide awning stripe and added skirts to give them some more heft. The niches gave us a challenge as they weren’t low enough to make seating but not high enough to just put a pair of urns either. We finally came across these crusty pots locally and stuffed them with birch logs. A Mary McDonald for Schumacher appliqué was added to the far accent pillow. I love those for an added dash of funk.

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Golden Gate Console from Tritter Feefer, Ballard Designs courbe ottoman and the mercury lamp bases came from Scott’s Antique Market.

 

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Some fun graphic trellis wallpaper from Schumacher reigns in the foyer.

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We mixed West Elm, Ballard Designs, Potterybarn, Park Hill and Home Depot here. A melting pot of good times.

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Moving into the dining room, we used the existing furniture and re-invented them with bright white monogrammed host chairs and some added ruffles along the bottom for Mama, the only female in the home ;-)), recovered the seats of the side chairs with our favorite cheetah and added platinum colored silk panels and an oversized clock from Park Hill.

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Another view of the dining room, we commissioned the artwork to match our color palette and painted a very dated looking console with some high gloss color, thus making it the perfect partner with the art. We sourced some sweet brass chain at Scott’s Antique Market and hung the wrapped canvas from the ceiling, blurring the line where the wainscoting meets the wall.

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I still get a little jelly every time I see this glass chandelier I found at Scotts for this space. Like damn, maybe I should of kept that one to myself, hah! We painted vertical
“sandy hook gray” stripes and “palladium blue” insets in the cabinets. I remembering leaving for Michigan two Summer’s ago chewing on this space. Then I stepped foot inside The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, designed by the famous Carlton Varney of the more famous Dorothy Draper Design firm, and was like stripes and bright blue and red and all this lush emerald green velvet has to be in someone’s life!  I can’t wait to share the throw-back beauty that is The Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island for you folks that have not been there.

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Moving into the main level bath, we stenciled a Phillip Jeffries look on the walls, installed a custom sink base with antique brass faucet, selected the largest Hicks pendant they carry and a colorful, textural art install, instead of the obvious mirror choice. I absolutely love how it turned out. Powder Rooms are the most fun to design. You can break from the rest of the house rules and be all surprise (!!!) when you walk inside.

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And that’s a wrap team. I hope you enjoyed! Thank you to the fabulous Christina for all these gorgeous images. Have a great week all! Lots more to come from the road.

Jennifer

 

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let’s go to paris!

because “its always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn

Hello loves! How ya been? I really wanted to get this post out for you all on Valentine’s Day because hey when you think about lovvvvve you think of Paris (side note: who here is damn happy February is finally over?! You were mean February.)  Anyhoo, as I’m sitting here writing this post, the same word comes to mind over and over…the best…its just the best, simply the best, totally the best thing ever omg, phat, nasty, epic and on and on. So let’s make the BEST of this Thursday and cruise Paris eh?

 

Never tire of this pretty face…we’ll start here. xo

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The hotel bar (another good start ha) and its fabric-covered walls.

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These doors!!! Maybe my favorite thing of the whole trip #gottakissmyselfsopretty (I picked up this Frenchman along the way).

 

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A close up, the best color, finish, hardware. I’d like to trick or treat here.

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You know you’re not in Kansas anymore when you look at the price tag of a dress like this for a child?!?! Robin Leach all the way.

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Breaking for bubbles at the Galeries Lafayette. We hang our tree upside down here because ugh, let me think about it,  we canwe’re badass and the best.

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Recurring theme…me kicking myself for not buying something…both pairs! Damn jet lag.

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Trekking up to the Basilica, made a pit stop for more bubbles.

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Made it to the top! Montmartre. Can’t help but think of Rocky whenever I make it to the top of something. Tool.

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#gottakissmyselfsopretty

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Let’s bottle up that shutter color on left and bring it home.

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That red! Surprisingly becoming a fan favorite of mine and I’m kinda scared about it. Girl wants some RED in her design life.

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ALL the Christmas trees are Charlie Browns! All of them! The best kind.

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hey sexy corner building

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delicious…

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Notice the metallic gold chesterfield, oversized wall of steer or the paint splotches on window in this next pic? Yeah we don’t mess around with design here Ahhhmerican (my kinda town). The kids asked me Mom what was your favorite, and I told them, of course, being with daddy (puke, vomit, get a room) and how the city of Paris is all about go big or go home. Like everyone, everything, all of it! It’s a way of life. They’re not going to make some half ass effort at Christmas lights, or draperies, or tiles or flower arrangements or whatever it is! They are going all out, super-artistic, mega-fantastic, the whole boat. It’s like a spell, a fever and I think that’s why everyone who visits immediately falls in love with the city. And if you don’t, then there is something wrong with you, like maybe you don’t like Mexican food or puppies. What gives? If I was Bill Gates, I’d send everyone I love back and back again because it enriches your life. I’m not super well-traveled, there is a lot I need to see, and I’d venture to say there are a ton of places on this globe that give you a similar feeling but MAN there is just something about Paris. Its just the best.

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The view from the Ritz. Hemingway Bar is still closed for renovations and I can only imagine what that will be like someday.

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However the bar at Hotel Costes was open and such a dreamy place. Their candles are the best! If you can find them on line, treat yourself.

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Dig the long fringe on the chairs and the rug. Take note. Take note. Soak it up.

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ROSES EVERYWHERE and I mean everywhere.

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How can we fit this mirror in my suitcase?

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wall of herbariums coming soon to villa vreeland.

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On the way to the restroom…bring your phone…pretty things await.

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Buddha Bar for dinner. The Frenchman always gives me the view. Gets it from his Mother.

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cue the trumpet player

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Hermes. Be still our hearts. What time do you open tomorrow?!

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saint germain des pres

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We met the sweetest, stylish little Parisian kids coming home from school that day…”IPHONE SEEEKS IPHONE SEEEKS SO BEAUTIFUL!” They made our day. Precious. We still refer to our phones that way.

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Poser. Every time I drool over Hermes china and Saint Louis (pronounced san wee) bubble glasses I’m reminded of the show house where Melanie Turner designed the dining room ( the one with the sea urchins all over the wall, long before their time). I immediately went right for the Hermes china and the docent was like “don’t touch the china!” Dayum. Flashback to all those antique stores Mom dragged me through as a child…”don’t touch anything” she’d say, and me “are there going to be any Barbies in here!?” Hah! Little did I know, that would be my life. They let you touch the china in Paris.

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Sophie: “what in the world???” at this next pic. Two things I noticed about the people of Paris, they all wear Moncler jackets and wear Christian Louboutins like they are running shoes.

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The most amazing flavors at this Joel Robuchon restaurant. I haven’t had a meal like that since Aqua in San Francisco in the 90s! Black cod to die for.

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Mono prix, Paris’s version of Target, picked up some great clothes for the kiddos.

 

 

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Any suckers for packaging out there?

 

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It’s 1.30 A.m. in Paris, our last night. We’ve (I) just smashed a maple chestnut crepe, the Frenchman a beer, and watched the lights twinkle on the Eiffel Tower for the last time that evening. Till next time Paris! Tres, tres bien!

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Look at all the people and traffic at 1.30? The best.

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Missed these cuties. Grateful for friends, that are like family, to care for our kiddos.

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Sweet dreams mon amis. We will always have Paris! I’m off to Scott’s today, probably the closest I’ll come to Paris for awhile, and will post everything pretty I see to my neglected Facebook page (time you got some love). Cheers!

Madame Schoenberger

 

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Our mudroom design: need your help!

Hello team! I’m in need of some help. I’m really trying to get our mudroom up and functioning -all the bags, coats and shoes scattered about our home are driving me crazy! So over Christmas, Sophia and I started the daunting task of measuring and tracing horizontal stripes in our mudroom space as I’m going for DRAMA upon entry to the back door sort of like this…

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A black and white stunner! OR do I back her down a touch and go with gray???? I LOOOOOVVVVVE black and white stripes and I’ve told myself I can always get my fix of them designing our outdoor spaces this Summer…

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And then the neutral lover in me says maybe play it safe and go with good ole tried and true camel/tan (truly my favorite color – how boring I am!).

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We have a slew of family photos, probably too many, but I’ve always loved this next image, again DRAMATIC and over done can be really fun (and this space affords us that opportunity!). Building on the photos,  I’d like to add some of those framed sweet and hilarious sayings and prints that are all over ETSY along with a few favorite Bible verses…

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As well as smaller works of art and prints from our travels, the kid’s artwork and of course (duh ;-))) some of Mom’s AWESOME pen and ink creations! (insert long row of hearts here). So when we/you enter our home you are immediately hit with this wave of fun, love, hope, grace and family! Can you see why I’m so excited and anxious to get this train moving? This is what calling home is all about. xo

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Did Mom have skills or what? These are all buildings from my home town. This next one was my Great Grandpa Lee’s Barber Shop and is STILL THERE and now a registered historical site. Mom played a big role, she and the Flat Rock Historical Society, in saving the site and having it moved to the city park (its where my love and desire to save old buildings comes from). You can see a picture of it HERE.  My Grandpa Jack Vreeland painted all the signage around town and would “sign” each one with a black and white wood board that you can see if you look closely here just below the R and B in Barber…

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It was SO cool, the white on black, the penmanship in which he painted “Vreeland”, it hung in our home for years. Sadly, the dirt had barely settled on Mom’s gravesite when a distant relative came calling for it. Boo! Oh well, hopefully it brings them lots of joy. Moving on…

Here are a couple of photos of our mudroom in its current state to give you a perspective so you can make an informed vote ;-)) This is the view coming in from the back door (notice the black fleece flopped over the sofa in the distance SOPHIA arrrrrrr).

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I’d like to put a big thick rug down in this area to cozy it up…

 

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And a bench along the wall to your left. I just had another idea, wouldn’t it be fun to do a big lighting install on the wall above the bench? I installed the pendant (from Ballard’s Backroom) and purchased that funky round bulb to go inside to give it a little pizazz. Surprisingly the home does not have a lot of opportunities for hanging lights. Here I hired an electrician to convert the can light to install this guy, left over from a job. I felt like the space needed it and really would like to go WILD and do something totally unexpected but practical girl said use what you have. Save money. Lame.

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There is also the sweetest little window in the space, which offers a great opportunity to add drapes. Pam had a beautiful mohair drape, double width, hanging to the left of the window. At this point I’m at a total loss as to what to hang here…drapes, roman shade (one already on the back door), interior crusty shutters hanging to each side??? We’ll cross that bridge later. What I do know is, its going to need to coordinate with bench cushion and don’t even get me started on where to hang all the hooks. Ugh.

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Sooo what do you think?

1. Black and go for the GUSTO dramatic entry??? I forgot to mention the frames will probably all be a muted gold.

2. Gray and will mesh/flow well with the Kendall Charcoal walls in man cave and snakeskin wall covering in bathroom, both areas right off this space?

3. Tan and keep the neutral flow that the majority of the home has, not to mention I LOVE tan and charcoal together. Its one of my favorite color combos and might look cool in sight of the dark man cave walls!

Gosh now that I type this, I’m thinking TAN but would love to know your thoughts!!! It’s kind of a big decision because its kind of a pain in the ass to trace and tape all these lines HAH. Lots of wine. Lots of loud music.

 

Happy hump day team! I so appreciate your input! Can’t wait to share the finished product. Ciao!

 

Jenny the line tracing, painting fool

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j-sho spotted: a lot to love at market

January market came to town team! Its a time to be inspired and see what’s new in the lovely, wild world of design. Its a time when most designers in the Southeast head to Atlanta’s Merchandise Mart to scope out all the goods and hob knob with fellow designer friends and industry partners. A festive time with showrooms serving food, beverage and playing great music.  Fellow designer babe Dorothy and I had a blast perusing new and old favorite showrooms. Here’s what I loved (I love a lot), along with some serious styling/staging inspiration to take home and work into your own vignettes.

We started in Bobo where I’ve always loved how they lined up all these rocks on the table…

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The perfect patina’d pedestal for your Steven Schubel inspired bust…

 

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Great new server on display…

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Gaga over the base of this table and how they lined an entire large tray with votives…sultry.

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This table would be perfect between a pair of twin beds…

 

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Loved this mirror for a client’s basement bar but alas too big…

 

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Here comes some mad styling…

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So digging the pair of round mirrors with “all the pretty horses” on either side. Notice the new marble topped kitchen island below. So good! You can see a better picture of it HERE.

And totally digging how they clustered all these lights together, hanging perfectly in proportion to each other…I picture in a restaurant entrance or intimate round foyer, with velvet drapes covering the walls in the background…now that’s making an entrance.

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Quickly popped into Tritter Feefer and said hello to this hardware from Richelieu…

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Likey this side table…

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And fell in love with these funky ass sconces!

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Moving into the Europe 2 You showroom, I discovered this console…

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And this fabulous display! That’s the kind of styling inspiration I’m talking bout team…

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I’d someday like to start collecting these Italian olive jars, I think they’re GREAT. Crusty goodness.

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Popped into Uttermost where D was contemplating this mirror for a client. It was AT LEAST five feet tall…really really cool!

 

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Always have to have a few of these little dumplings in every plan…jewelry…

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Love the bottom heavy shape and slope of this one…I was going to crack a joke about my own bottom but will refrain #punchdrunk

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And lastly a new take on the x benches that are everywhere. Selfishly I thought about a pair of these for me somewhere.

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Hmmm…I’m forgetting where I’m at now…Regina Andrew! Yes, that’s it.  Good ole I’m sexy and I know it Regina…

 

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Yes this next picture is for sure Regina Andrew. I paid close attention to accessories this show as I want to up my accessories game this year. Having just the right mix of thoughtful and well-placed accessories makes all the difference.

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Killing it with all these lights coming up…

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Like whack-job crazy about this one!

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More fab accessories…

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And more fab lights…this one was long and large!

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This curved bench had great lines, clean and the perfect size for a cozy little corner…

 

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Then it was J. Douglas time…where we’re like “okay break! Meet you back at the pillows”.

LOVE…

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LOVE….what fabric would you select for this chair? I was thinking a dark velvet or mohair might be a different take? Steamy it up a bit.

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And love this little dumpling pendant…like five in a row, over a kitchen island…

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And pretty much everything in this photo crushes it, if you’re asking ;-))

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Especially these antlers! Gotta have you.

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How cool are these gold rings, layered in your favorite vignette?

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This floor lamp made my wish list, great mix of materials…

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And this one we all know and love…

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Probably my A number one find of the day though were these andirons! I’m going to be using them in a swanky new show house project I need to fill you in on…

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they make me so happy! ;-)))

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such goodness!

This dresser will also be making an appearance in that show house I mentioned above…

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Along with this gold sheath table…

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Let’s get our Mary McDonald on…

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I know they don’t look like much, but I was wild for these bamboo buffet lamps with lucite bases…

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WILD. I’ve come to the conclusion that bamboo is one of my love languages.

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Love these for nightstands…

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I was showing the hubs all my pics from the show and this next light he said, yeah, not a big fan of that. Rats, I kinda liked it. I think it would be cool over a round table. Ok moving on.

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Insert music:  “take my breath away” by Berlin here…

 

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You’re still the one clover table…I’d like you for the beach…

 

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I did however have luck with the hubs on this horse hoof bench and he gave me the go ahead to maybe one day order some for the man cave…winning!

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Another great nightstand option

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Would love to use a pair of these demi lunes somewhere…maybe a lake house…beach house…country house…

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well hello Atlanta…it was nice to see the sun that day…hopefully you’ll be back soon…

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Another top fiver…this mirror! Boo rah!

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Discovered a great new showroom I’ll be investigating…but fricken lost the card and cannot remember the name… I’ll work on that and get back with ya.

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Loved her dress with the leather trim and slyly took a shot of it, hehe.

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On to Currey and Co…damn I took a lot of pictures…

big fan of this for over a poker table or round table/intimate dining area…

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This next guy is my number one heartthrob at the moment…hoping someday he’ll be mine…

 

 

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I loved how petite and simple these guys were and that small rectangular detail of the taller one on the right…

 

 

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Next up  good ole Aiden Gray. These next two chandeliers are really impressive in person with their smoky quartz crystals…

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This mirror is tons o fun and hides all your flaws! Perfecto!

 

 

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Super large and in charge…really really love this gal…

 

 

 

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More like art than a mirror don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

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I think I need one of these to go with my logo??? ;-))

 

 

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Another oldie but goodie…can you tell I’m a huge fan of the empire shaped chandelier?

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Gorgeous new starburst…can never have enough

 

 

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Inside or out, this garden sculpture is killing it.

 

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This next one would be a great add to your foyer space…

 

 

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These shield sconces were SUPER oversized, SUPER fun.

 

 

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NICE work on the patina of this new writing desk/table team!

 

 

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The love affair with foxed mirror continues…

 

 

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It was about this time I started to run out of steam…I think I can…I think I can…

But we couldn’t miss out on Gabby…check out the frame on this mirror…holy pairs would make a definite statement…

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PRECIOUS wallpaper!!!!

 

 

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I LOVE THIS LIGHT and will be featuring it in the show house over the dining room table…the former choice just got booted.

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m always on the hunt for new, unusual or different looking nightstands and these fit the bill…

 

 

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I want to use these for an outdoor space…cabana striped fabric maybe?

 

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have long admired this little peanut…

 

 

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And yay! We got to see my dear friend and fellow designer Kerry Howard (big daddy!) and his well-designed space, with some of my favorites included woo hoo!

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I meant to sit inside the hands and forgot – poo

 

 

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Okay catching second wind and onto Codarus…where thank GOD there was wine!

Let’s pause for a moment and talk about this simple wall treatment. Nothing fancy, just board on board, painted white, some gaps bigger than others, who cares, totally organic and rustic – love.

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Are you guys still with me????? I thought about a two parter but who am I kidding, I’ll never sit down and do part two…market will be a distant memory when that happens.

okay next up…two words…

BARBARA

COSGROVE

!!!!!

Makes the must beeeeeutiful lights, all right here in AMERICA. Way to go girl. Keep it home.

 

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I can’t wait to put this into someone’s design plan, one lucky soul!

 

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Gotta have these foo dog lamps in my life…they’re so cute!

 

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While I was sipping and shopping I discovered a great new accessories line called Couture, also out of Codarus….

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pretty psyched to investigate Couture further.

The next showroom was rocking! I shazam’d some sweet music to download later #shakinthatass

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nothing like a great cheese spread to stop you dead in your tracks.

 

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got balls?

 

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And lastly (take a breath) we saw some old friends and met some darling new ones at Taylor Burke Home and Cotton and Quill space on the first floor.

I mean really, how adorable is she (and her designs are too!)  modeling one of her fabrics? Makes you wanna do a twirl.

 

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More awesome x benches, this time with hide…which might be the only way to go!

 

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I had a total soft spot for this Cotton and Quill wallpaper design after hood ornaments! Growing up in Detroit and born, raised and educated by Ford Motor Company, I couldn’t get enough of it. If anyone in Detroit is designing a restaurant space, this needs to go in the restrooms stat!

 

 

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This looks like a GREAT book from first glance, flipping through… I’d definitely like to attend one of her soirees no doubt.

 

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Green and gold…go rams for my FRHS classmates xo

 

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A close up of that fab skirt fabric she modeled…

 

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And this wallpaper!!!! I want to cover some lampshades in it, wouldn’t that be fun?

 

 

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If you’ve made it to the end of this post, God bless you! It was A LOT. I hope you enjoyed touring our rocking day at market. We were so inspired and hopefully you are too. Truly I write this blog in hopes that when you are done reading it, you start to look and walk around your own house and think of new and exciting ways to rearrange, redeux!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items I’ve featured or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I love hearing from you!

Cheers all and happy hump day!

Jenny from the rock

 

 

 

 

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Design updates and holiday decor at home

Happy holidaze!!! I hope you all are enjoying the season. Its been SWELL having some down time and thought I’d share what’s been up around here, along with some holiday cheer…

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Let’s start in the pecky cypress room…notice the slipper chair to the right. It was bound to happen sooner or later! Restyled in Kelly Wearstler’s “channels” in taupe.

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I recovered all but the seat cushions on the sofas in a natural linen and then went disco with a linen metallic finish on the cushions for some contrast. I love the tiny bit of sheen it brings to the space. My estate sale wing back was recovered in Thom Filicia’s faux bois from Kravet (obsessed with). I’ve been debating the color of the window treatments in here BIG TIME. I know I want taffeta with fancy pleats but WHAT COLOR??? I’ve contemplated blush pink, lilac, mint green, emerald green, duck egg, pewter and now I’m thinking WHITE…but of course not totally sold. We decorated our one live tree here, where Santa came, and tore it up Christmas morning…

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We left it like this the entire day as a happy reminder. I call this my fancy tree, decorated in all neutrals, textures, sticks and thistle.

Moving on to the dining room/hallway/foyer…I think I’ve made some decisions/progress relative to these areas. Thank the LORD because I was beginning to wonder about myself. I decided that this whole look here is being moved to the front foyer (ugh to move those mirrors again).

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But its just too much visual clutter with all the bookshelves in here. I want the back wall to be the main focal point and vision. AND I struggle with visual clutter. All those shelves make my head hurt a little bit. By moving this to foyer, fills a big hole there, and puts all the attention on shelves. SO after holidaze, at last, my favorite wallpaper will be setting up shop in the back drop of the shelves, giving them some uniformity and some spark! yeee haw. ;-)))

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I’ve then got my eye on a pair of one of these funky shaped mirror beauties to hang in the center of each side aeh?

We moved my old dining room table, the round from the first house, into the dining room and booted the old/new one to the screen porch. I’ve decided I’m just a round table kind of girl. As much as I wanted a long, mixed seating, kind of look – wasn’t feeling it. All the finishes in here were too light and it needed something dark to ground it. And the black in the table picks up on the tiny dark dots in the wallpaper. Granted its only a 60 inch round and I’ve got my eye on a 72 inch from Noir, it will do for now.

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Added one new tree to my collection this year and hung the usual mercury glass ornaments from the chandelier. Moving this year really took a toll on my holiday decorating inspiration hah. It all came and went so fast. Again.

Drummed up this vignette for the hallway, moving miss skirted python from the foyer to here. Hence the BIG hole in foyer needing a BIG look. With all this awesome, extra time, I painted a pair of my gold urns white and placed them here as well. Saving myself from wanting to order THESE.

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Let’s pop into the keeping room, where I did a semi retro/funky/colorful tree. Lots to talk about in this room. I’ve been trying to keep my ADD decorating focus in here. Long story for later.

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For starters,  we’ve got drapes! Broke my own rule and put pattern on the “big pieces” aka window treatments. Hope I don’t regret that. But to me their pretty neutral and the scale makes them a good mixer with lots and lots of other patterns.

 

Apparently I had a lot of left over bulbs in this palette (???) so I filled up all the empty glass jars taking space in my cabinets and displayed them here.

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And RIGHT after new year’s they’re going straight to the attic as is, to be pulled out quick and easy for next year. Getting organized is a huge goal for me this break. Making serious progress but much more to be done. Is it ever done? I wonder.

All new lights were installed.  The sconces on the fireplace above along with these funky ass stars next to the stove with mercury dipped bulbs from CB2.

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I turned them sideways to fit. Tricky.  ;-)))

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I debated no shades, the single square shade and the above round shades for weeks. This now hangs over the island. I’m really happy with the mix. A new sofa came, the banquette has been recovered in faux ostrich, a square table (that may be too big and moved to screen porch) is in here and a pair of KILLER blue chairs that I’ve tried to convince myself I can live with. But in the end I’m so neutral when it comes to my own space. Calming. So the hubs and I decided to recover them. Like I said, there is a lot going on in here. We’ll dissect this space later with more pics. But can’t help but think of this quote from a new design book Santa brought…

 

“THE DESIGNER IS A LITTLE BIT LIKE A CHINESE ACROBAT WHO SPINS A LOT OF PLATES AT THE SAME TIME.”

 

-Paola Navone

 

Moving on to the third (and final) tree in our home, the man cave tree, all decked out in traditional ribbon and the kid’s handmade ornaments. Some of Mom and Dad’s childhood ornaments are in here too. The big hurdle here is fabricating the cheesecloth drapes from our old house and installing. Removing the existing hardware from the wall in this space was no easy task! I’m grateful no windows were broken in the process. Two double widths flank the windows in here…

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And a single width hangs asymmetrical on each pair of windows here…

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I made a hasty decision and ordered a pair of these consoles for in here and they are all wrong. Into the sale you go.

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The gallery walls will take on several iterations and ultimately a pair of benches will reside here on these back walls in Kelly Wearstler’s Barcelo fabric in truffle.

Lastly, both bathrooms were wallpapered and styled (somewhat). This mirror doesn’t have much of a presence in this photo but I promise looks more exciting in person. Verdict still out. I can’t seem to get out of my head the burlap framed mirror my friend Pam had in here. Thinking that burlap texture would make a nice compliment…

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A new Jonathan Adler bamboo brass sconce was installed. I’d purchased the bamboo look when my fave brunschwig and fils paper was going in here (now booted to the dining room shelves), and how the two together would take on a palm beach kind of vibe. But then the hubs decides he wants snakeskin (can’t say I blame him) so I put the already-purchased paisley in here. Ultimately they work together, but a crusty old lantern-looking light would rock too.

 

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Well my friends, its getting late in the afternoon and the to do list is long. All good. xo

 

Happy, happy new year!!!! I’ll be back soon with postcards from Paris and our design year in review. Oh yeah, and can’t forget resolutions for the new year…how long is your list? #letsdothis2015.

 

Love, Jenny organized

 

 

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A magazine spread

Hello framily! How are the holidays treating you? I hope WELL! Real quick, our previous home was featured in Better Home’s and Garden’s special interest publication…

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Can you stand it? Hah!

Admittedly, it was pretty wild to walk into Barnes and Noble that morning and see if it had actually landed in the mag. I flipped to the back page first and spotted my name. Oh dear.

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And then frantically flipped to the front…it was a great ride. xo

 

 

 

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So if you happen to be out and about and wanna check it out, I highly recommend it (big smile).

Happiest of new year to you!

jen

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Show house holiday eye candy

Helllloooo friends! (by the way autocorrect wanted to change my hello to “hellhole friends” -hilarious. I beg to differ autocorrect!). I visited the most recent gorgeous Atlanta show house last week and my initial and repeated reaction, every time I step foot inside one, is wow, we really are lucky to live in such a design mecca city. VERY spoiled here in the South with the abundant talent, resources and overall style. I think once you peruse through these photos, you’ll agree. So let’s get to touring!

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The perfect study of mixing pattern, texture and trim RIGHT HERE. And the Robert Allen show room informed this week they’ll be launching a very similar trim soon!

 

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If any of my college roommates are reading…check out the air plants team! Hahaha. Just an absolute drop dead holiday staircase. And the metal railing! Gaga.

 

I just love pairs of stools like these up next and the beautiful trim detail. Its details like this that make interior design SO MUCH FUN. And bring a sense of uniqueness to your space.

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Prepare to fall out on this next room…

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Or Susan Ferrier’s living room…

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HOT! Her attention to scale and balance is like no other…the way she mixes high, low, middle – dang. Miss Diana Vreeland said it best “the eye has to travel” and it sure does in her spaces.

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One of the things I enjoyed most about this show house was the KILLER accessories. Made me wanna come home and set fire to all mine (and go blow up my bank account at BD Jeffries buying some of these).

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Speaking of BD Jeffries, they were responsible for this luscious powder room and bar area…

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I’ll take a hide stool Santa!!! Pick me. Pick me.

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Moving on to the family room, drop dead kitchen and breakfast nook…

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Amy Morris : STUD.

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Kitchen WHOA.

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Notice how the barstools were slipped completely down to the floor…very nice. Or notice my homegirl and fellow designer babe Lindsey…

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I’ve always loved these dining chairs…maybe I should consider them in chartreuse for my dining???

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Every man’s dream was Bill Ingram and Danielle Rollins study space. Ralph Lauren is proud!

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I’ve had a hankering for these floor lamps for years! Available through Circa Lighting.

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I love little details, like robin’s egg blue pencils. ;-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This last pic is for my sweet Grandma Bobcean in heaven.  As a child we would make these and tie pretty velvet ribbon around them to hang in our closets for a sweet smell. Happy memories.

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I cannot recall where i saw these drapes but hubba hubba (hardware included)…

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LOVED the beach art!

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Fabric covered walls in the powder room…kind of sounds like an oxymoron to me, but hey, to each his own. Maybe they don’t have boys.

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This next vignette is a stunner! Would love it in a beach house.

 

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Something about simple black and white sketches in gold frames that ooze sophistication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take note of this spectacular headboard shape. Killer.

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Gorgeous bedroom in grays and pinks…

 

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Some favorite shots/ideas from Michel Boyd’s master bedroom suite….key word SUITE.

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I loved the styling of the photographs simply tacked directly into the wall…

 

 

 

 

 

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Wilt away in that shower!

 

 

 

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Close up of that gorgeous paper…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This was a pretty interesting/rocking transition space to the area over the garage. My favorite being the black leather tufted chair with fringe. That’s a new take. Black leather. Like it.

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Last but not least, my boyfriends from Parker Kennedy. They NEVER disappoint using a beautiful Beacon Hill fabric as the foundation for their space. The lanterns out here were TO DIE for. I wish you all could see these pictures in person…like I said its such a treat to be inside a show house like this, to touch and feel all the great finishes and fabrics. Lights my fire. Hope it does for you too.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and are enjoying your holiday season of decorating. I’m ecstatic to report that I’m off to catch a plane to Paris with my lover and left hand man. We’re being indulgent and traveling during the holiday season….”Paris: always a good idea”. I’ll be posting everything I see pretty if you’d like to follow along here on Instagram.

Have a lovely rest of your week friends! Lots to report back on here at Villa Vreeland (I managed to get three trees up-kill me now) and who knows what sort of goodness from the City of Lights!

 

Au revoir!

Jenny sipping on champagne far away from the rock.

 

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A fun and funky before and after

Hello friends! And thanks for all your lovely comments about our new home!  I’m really looking forward to sharing all the good design madness with you. XO. But for now, I have a super fun and funky client project I wanted to share. I know you’ve heard me say it before, blah, blah, blah, but I meet the BEST people/clients in this job, and this gal tops the list. We had a blast taking her home from traditional French country to bring in the noise! Bring in the funk! (cue the club music…ooontz ooontz ooontz).

So let’s start here in the keeping room…that’s an awfully big vaulted ceiling for just that little lonesome lantern don’t you think…

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There, there, much better. Later days toile (even though we will always love you). We paired two RH sofas, flanking the fireplace and moved television to main wall, so now you can see it from kitchen, if you wish. I’ve been DYING to use this chandelier for years – YES! It  paired nicely with  long-time favorite sconce  “deco horn” from Circa Lighting.

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We chose this Jackson Pollack-esque splatter fabric for the pillows as our jump off. Some open weave orange drapes with simple French return rod and removed all the shelves in the built ins (because this house already has a ton of them) and painted the interior blue with some birch and bling. She asked that the pots be casual so we landed on these aluminum ones from IKEA.  And now that the leaves have begun to fall, she’ll pack some more branches in there for the holidays to make it look nice and full. Another little element was switching out the hardware on the doors, to glass knobs for a little bit of glitz.

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Our new media console for the tv here in the background and we added a CB2 peek-a-boo console table behind the sofa for command central.

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CHECK out the chair that is going here…bananas! Big surprise, I voted for orange on the chair but that was too match-y match-y for my client.  #sassypants

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And the middle diamond fabric you see here will be the cushion…ooontz ooontz ooontz

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Moving into the kitchen…well…it was just too fancy with those overdone corbels and all that glaze. Be gone – all of you.

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We nixed pretty much everything and had all the cabinets repainted…took down the fancy corbels, the ledge over the cook top and installed all this goodness…a pair of Ballard Design’s lanterns and bar stools, in which we had custom slips with cheetah trim made.

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We then had fun and funky family sayings monogrammed onto them..the only downer being they didn’t make them BIG ENOUGH. Bummer but oh well, still fun. You all may recall me thinking those spotted grasses from Hobby Lobby in this POST were pretty cool. I love em here.

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We still have plans to add some emerald green or light blue “frogs” to the corner of the slipcovers just to give them that extra little oomph and dressmaker detail. Not sure what a frog is? The name was news to me too. They are those sweet little embroidered type fasteners you see a lot in Asian fashion that will give the look of clipping the corners together.

Love the old artifact window over the range, a Scott’s Antique find…

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Here is the breakfast area before…

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And now…

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We hung a great oversized Bobo Intriguing Objects pendant over an already fab table and hung the baskets on the wall to keep the whole circle theme groovin. Recovered the window seat with some swanky herringbone metallic fabric (don’t get me started on that cushion HAH she gave us a headache or two) and paired it with the West Elm Mongolian pillow and Kelly Wearstler Barcelo fabric pillow…

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I’m currently OBSESSED with all of the above. I wish we could of put the KWID fabric on the barstools to really make em pop, but she thinks a lot of herself Miss Kelly LOL ($$$).

We took the laundry room up a notch because let’s face it team, we all spend A LOT of time in here and its the first thing you see when you walk in the back door.

Before…bye bye bunnies…

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We fell hard and fast with a Galbraith and Paul wallpaper but its like a thousand bucks a yard so we found a similar stencil instead…

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And voila…bright and cheerful…

(I think we should paint the ceiling in here light blue???) #designisneverdone

We took old unsavory accessories and painted them all white for a modern/repurposed life and don’t cha just love the little lucite shelves…The Container Store.

 

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We did a lot of repurposing of old unsavory accessories…you know all the ones with great lines but maybe not such a great color or finish. Here in the formal living room, I shopped her house and put together a look that was balanced and appropriately scaled, then marked which accessory was going gold and which was going emerald green…

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and here they are after to give it a more unified and hip look. I just discovered Target’s removable wallpaper (thanks to another savvy client) and will be hunting some down for the back of the bookshelves.

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I love my cleaning lady as much as the next person but isn’t it funny how they always jack it up, and move everything so its just off. Its like I trust you. You don’t have to move it to make me think you cleaned it? So my clients take pictures for reference later. The only other quick fix to report in this room was removing very heavy ornate lamps and replacing them with a pair of casual glass lamps you see here.

And lastly the powder room…#blessyourheart. That sink base was just screaming to be showcased. Such a great piece!

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BAM! Schumacher’s Cody Snakeskin (my husband loved it so much, he requested it and now another bachelor client wants it). Men and snakeskin…who knew?

Ok let’s talk…new marble top, faucet, mirror, and lights (that need edison bulbs but she aint having it! lol).

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Here’s a better shot of the lights (when the bulbs aren’t blinding you hah) from Restoration Hardware.

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I recently hit the mother load of deer antlers at Scott’s Antique Show and yes, you guessed it, repurposed those dawgs too…

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So now we just have to find a coffee table before the big show but we’re on it! Spotted this bench at Homegoods and will be recovering it in faux ostrich (another current obsession) for the living room. She requested lightweight and easy to move. Perfecto.

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Soon I’ll show you all some REAL pictures, and not just my “quick take a pic” ones here. Such a fun project (!!!).  I hope you enjoyed and gleaned some great ideas! Much more to come from the road…thanks for stopping by!

xoxoxoxo
Jenny from the rock.

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Before it was “Villa Vreeland”

Hello friends! I swear I’ve sat down four weekends in a row trying to put this post together, to no avail. Maybe, finally, this is the time. Happy weekend to you! I always feel so fortunate to get back here to write and share.

Do you recall the last time we talked, (like a month ago…bad friend I am) about the “before” tour of our still sorta new home? Well here it is! I wanted to share with you these pictures  because my friend Pam (and Don, who blessed us with this home) have the MADDEST of skills and taste and I just know you all will glean some great ideas from them! And its always fun to see before and gawd knows what’s going to happen after #crazytrain

So here is what the outside use to look like. However it was in need of a new paint job and I’ve always loved a good ole, cant-go-wrong-with-white house. This was my chance.

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Voila!  I chose China White by Benjamin Moore, Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams for the doors and Contented by Sherwin Williams for the porch ceilings and side entry door. Big shout out to my designer babes Sherry and Angela for making this choice so easy on me #xoxo Someday I’d like to add shutters to the front windows, but I cannot decide if I go with straight-up colonial revival style…something of my own design…then what color? Sometimes you just gotta let it come. So I’m going to be patient AND my #brainkindahurts right now.

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First stop, the fhannncy room that’s ALL MINE to design (insert evil laugh) without any male input.

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Its an absolute dream, clad head to toe in pecky cypress. Still blows my mind. But at the same time its kinda intimidating…like how are all my goodwill and DIY finds going to work in here? Pressure, in a good way. Are my ideas BIG enough to carry a room like this? Your guess is as good as mine. Hah!

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Hidden in the walls is what we call “the bat bar”…

Robin, to the bat bar!  #happyhour

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I just love these lamps and sofa.

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Here’s a peek into the foyer with herringbone floors. Pinch me.

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I’ve repainted the majority of the home “Mascarpone” by Benjamin Moore to brighten it up and set the foundation for all the fun to come.

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Gaaah. This mirror. A dream.

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The door you see to the left there takes you back into the living room, and also a half bath and our master bedroom.

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The burlap mirror RAH-OCCKS. Recently installed some paisley wallpaper in here and am loving it.

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A shot of the master bedroom. The drapes stayed! Imagine my excitement. I pull those suckers closed every night and give em a kiss!

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The fireplace…expertly styled with a gorgeous starburst.

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I recently styled ours and stop the presses, may have actually gotten it right the first time around.  I have no complaints. So far, so good.

 

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There were a lot of things I was excited about with this house but probably my top top jump up and down was the master bath. As you know, I spent some time trying to jazz up our master bath in our old house when really I just wanted to take a sledge hammer to it. And those that know my design aesthetic know I LOVE FOXED MIRRORS more than life and hanging art and mirrors from chains (Susan Ferrier was so ahead of the times in 2003) so when I rolled up on this, it was definitely a Cinderella moment. The glass slipper being the glass knobs I swapped out from our old house (big, square, from Anthro. Wish I could say they were still available).

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Its plumbed for a tub, however, they had furniture instead. Which Mike loved but I’m a tub gal. Right now we have a tufted ottoman from Overstock layered with a hide rug doing the trick (next time I’ll take you on a tour of our progress).

Moving on to the kitchen and keeping room…

This weekend all of the lights are being replace so if anyone is interested in these gorgeous iron lights, they are available. The trained eye can spot them in many designer spaces across lots of portfolios. They’re what we call a goodie.

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There is a gallery hall (another great architectural element I’ve always admired) that runs through the center of the home with “miss pecky” on one end, dining room and entrance to the kitchen in the middle and Mike’s man cave on the other (which at one time was the garage before the home was renovated my renowned architect Bobby McAlpine).

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I took down all the gorgeous draperies you see here and replaced them with my favorite cheesecloth drapes from the old house against dark Kendall Charcoal walls from Benjamin Moore. The hubs has been begging me for a dark room for years and he got his wish. The man cave is born.

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There’s a gorgeous solarium type space at the very end, where my potted lemon tree will go to die to grow this Winter.

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And off of the man cave is a half bath, mud room, laundry room and a separate stairway up to my new studio space.

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I look forward to sharing the second floor and the grounds with you next time we meet. For now, I’m exhausted and will be in bed before ten on a Friday night for the first time in a long time. Work is kicking my ___! All good but still hurts. Wink. Wink.  Hope you all have a stellar weekend! The weather has just been off the charts gorgeous here in Atlanta and I’ve witnessed some of the most beautiful Fall color pictures from back home in Michigan. Beauty-full!  Its all around…color, inspiration…soak it up!

xx

Jenny from the rock.

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J-sho spotted: Hobby Lobby

Team! How are you???

I thought I’d never make it back! #myhappyplace #theroad

So much to catch up on but first, with about 45 minutes to spare, I made a mad dash around Hobby Lobby today and let me tell ya, it blew my mind. Here’s what I was able to snap snap…

 

Okay, LOVE these… $19.99 this week, but half off next (the beauty of hob lob).

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Some lantern LOVE…

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OH BABAE (!!!)

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A little RH knock off… for a quarter of the price…and if you ask me, a better finish than the dark dark medieval-looking finish the RH ones come in.

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FUN fillers…pattern, texture…so much more fun real looking than fake flowers or plants dontcha think?

 

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check out these funky little suckers…their kinda creepy but yet kinda cool.

 

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Tons of great glass/demi-johns – cheap cheap.

 

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GO crazy with all of this when it goes half off…

 

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Great glass bases! But replace the shades so you don’t see the components. That’s the ticket. I’ve bought so many great lamp bases at Goodwill and recreated them with better shades and fun finials. In the end the base is probably the cheapest part in the entire transaction but who cares, its your very own design.

 

 

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Group a couple of these next guys together for some dramatic impact.

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This looks a lot like an old Ballard knock off..guaranteed it doesn’t weigh as much. Pretty color too. Perfect over a bed, anywhere really.

 

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Really, really, really loved these! Must use somewhere. Again, better shades, black maybe?

 

 

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Yes! The perfect shade of gold chalkboard. He came home with me, half off at $16. Whaaaa? Thinking I should go back and buy three more and hang in a square by the back door. Come up with something really clever for each maybe? My fun-as-hell client just monogrammed the custom barstools we designed in fun happy things, that are real relevant to the world we live in today and her family. Will share those spaces soon.

 

 

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I can think about five projects from my past that could have used this lamp. Hah! Don’t you hate that? You little STINKER…where were you when I needed you?!

 

 

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And then I turned down this aisle and was like WHAT. Those lamps! Shut up. And the tables! Not really digging the gold accent on them but who cares, paint em any color your heart desires. Those lines are fantastic.

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A close up of “the lamps”. HAHA! Its like those funky mirrors in a fun house…I promise no one is under my midi skirt… BAHHHHH #cheapthrills #aisleseven

(I can’t stop laughing).

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And my favorite find of the day were these feathers. Did I grab any? No. Air brain.

 

 

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Ohh and yes, Halloween AND Christmas are on full display. Ouch. But you gotta dig these oversized ornaments aeh? I think we should spray them gold. They’re kinda cool and kinda scary all at the same time but would probably make a nice compliment hanging in the center of your holiday wreath you know?

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That’s all for now team but boyyyy do I have a special treat in store for you. The full tour of our new house BEFORE we bought it. Key word, before. You get to see how gorgeous it was when my angel friend Pam and her husband Don made a beautiful life here. And for you designer die hards, you’ll recognize the sweet touches of Susan Ferrier’s work too. Just the artwork alone is off the chain. It’ll be a good time.

Until then, enjoy the ride, breeze in your hair.

Jenny from the -been gone too long – rock

xxxxx

 

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