Highlights from High Point

Place is heaven. Pure heaven! You all are going to delete me from your reading list by the time I’m finished posting all the different topics we could discuss…so much good stuff! Should we talk about pairs of stools, nightstands, barstools, styling ideas, girls who rule, decisions, decisions. It was all so good! Let’s just ¬†start from the TOP. Covered serious ground in two days and saw great old friends and met new ones too. Everyone that works at High Point is so fun to be around – creative, artistic, chill people everywhere. Awesome life stories, entrepreneurs doing their thing. Its a wonderland.

The first big rush was Kelly Wearstler’s furniture at EJ Victor. BANANAS. I walked out there like this is the greatest place on EARTH.

sick fireplace…


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I’m really into columns and standing easels for artwork right now…such easy layers to add to your furniture plan to spice it up a bit, you know what I mean team.

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I’ve pulled this fabric in blue plenty and was like DUH why haven’t you ever used this color???

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This wallpaper!!!!


great bar scene ūüėČ



Sad to leave, sad to leave that showroom! Afterwards, my friend told me all the prices were retail. I maybe could have afforded that bottle opener HAH.



I loved the simplicity of this simple rosemary plant for some greenery popped inside a simple copper vase.


AMEN! #getoveryourself


A gorgeous screen at Phoebe Howards. There were A LOT of gorgeous screens at market. Another look I’m eager to cook up. Waiting on Sam the Man to drop off mine.


One of THE BEST vignettes from Tobi Fairley. She is soooo good! And the master at mixing patterns and scale. Look at all the classic yet so now combo.



In need of a fun vignette for over your guest bedroom or your own? Love this! Okay brackets another hot item.


More Tobi goodness! The pink and the emerald sigh.


This is a great idea/example for charm school candidates….most homes do not have a lot of trim molding in them, create your own! And don’t be afraid to go dark. I left market with a plan to paint my dining room walls black and add some fun emerald green drapery in there somewhere.



Loved this painting on linen…


Mary Katherine’s customized wall coverings from Cotton and Quill…this color combo!


Add these painted floors to the wish list…


Sometimes team alls it takes is a mirror and an oversized ginger jar to make the perfect vignette.


Loved the minty green color of the linen with the deep teal blue contrasting tape. Those two colors together great and how cool are the black and white feathers, styled just so inside the demi-johns. Log that away in your bag of tricks.


Or this!


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I want one…


Maybe my absolute favorite thing of all of the show is this gorgeous new coffee table from Rivers Spencer for Tritter Feefer. Anybody want my old one?


Let’s put the lamps on the list too. Almost used this Candace Olsen wallpaper in the silver on white color way for the show house. The silver and white is really fun too!



You know how we love art on chains and I thought omg why didn’t we ever think to go bigger on the chains?

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A few more of my faves…OLY…


It comes in a larger size now! #gtfo


This might be the hottest nightstand going, from Bernhardt. Total T H O


Was so digging the fiery orange color of the glass at Caracole.


I love the big bad fireplace paired with simple little fire in Verellen


My favorite chair in Verellen.


Sharing a warehouse space with Verellen is Texture. The perfect place for a girl who loves crust. This bleached trunk side table is on its way to Georgia. Couldn’t leave her behind.


And last but not least, just as we were bolting out of town, my sweet friend and tour guide dropped me off at Chaddock to touch, gawk, swoon over Mary McDonald’s furniture line. The guy in the hallway says he wished he had a camera on me when I saw it. Hah. Can’t help but get a little excited over this stuff.


So much so, I felt compelled to take a selfie and send it to the hubs. Tag line, I was born for this! If there is one thing High Point does to the aspiring designer, its confirmation you are where you belong. Til next time team! So much more to share!



Jennifer Sunshine


my first show house

Heeeeey team, happy Saturday from soggy Georgia! Good thing there’s great college football on today because mama’s not leaving the island (and possibly her pajamas). I’m finally coming into home base on my third child¬†biggest project to date. A whole house show house. For you ballers out there, it feels like triple overtime and we’re still in a full-court, man-to-man press. Ugh. Sweaty, exhausting yet exhilarating and exciting all the same (!!!). The home is part of the Southern Living Inspired Homes Tour set to open this month on October 15th with much fan fair.


Like other new urbanism neighborhoods popping up throughout the Southeast, it has your Main Street Americana, a gorgeous chapel for the ages (and your favorite event), know-your-neighbors large front porches and parks, shared ally ways (our kids favorite place to play for the ten years we lived on one- soph jumped on a bike for the first time and tore down it like no big deal) and great Southern vernacular homes named after traditional silver patterns. The floor plan I chose, The Repousse, ironically was the pattern I was¬†torn¬†between when wedding bells rang and thought hey here’s your second chance at it! ;-)) That was my second inclination that maybe this job was meant for me?


{The folks at Woodruff and my badass builders Mr. Mike and Miss Julie spared no expense when building the chapel. All of the windows were hand-made by Ed James, the husband of Columbus design talent Chenault James. What a team!}

My first was meeting Lucy Jones of Woodruff Contracting and walking into her pretty pink office… “by chance are you a Barbie girl?”. We bonded over Babs and had this fabulous idea to design one of the five model homes as if it was The Barbie Dream House. Get out! We had so much fun collaborating with a local Barbie historian and coming up with all the ideas for it! Barbie trivia? Pick me! But, the record scratches, ¬†the folks at Southern Living were concerned over copyright, rightly so, therefore we couldnt call it The Barbie Dream House and went with the premise that a Barbie girl lived there instead. All the same to me! I de-barbified the design a bit (truthfully was kind of over that look anyways), added a little more sophistication because smart “happy girls are the prettiest girls”. Thank you Audrey. And boy what a dream job for this¬†Barbie girl. I immediately texted my childhood Barbie-loving copilot Karen on the way home “GUUURL! I get to design a REAL house as if it was Barbie’s?!?!” Can you stand it? However I knew it was going to be a long road to haul so I immediately began to eat, sleep and drink it.

My first impression walking into Woodruff’s office was amazing, thanks to my friend and fellow designer Leigh Mowry of Olive Interiors. It was always such a treat to come here and see her amazing work up close! From their home office to the common areas of their apartment communities. They spared no expense, no detail left undone, like this stellar light fixture Leigh designed in one of the conference rooms and that perforated ceiling was genius in overcoming a design obstacle!


YOU all know I stalk the mail man (like father like daughter). So you could imagine my love for this too hot mailroom! This is in the apartment community of The Swallowtail Flats, which is part of Old Town too. ¬†Also designed by Leigh. Check it out you all…


And the sitting room…whenever I needed a bottle of water on the fly (or a moon pie), I would run in here and love every minute of it.


You know the stairs just aren’t working for me today, I think I’ll slide down to the pool…headfirst like the good ole playground days…


oh yeah, we all want a swing like this…the standard hotel made them famous.


hide, malachite, geometric…all of the food groups well represented.



So, yeah, I think it goes without saying, they know how to design and build (and have fun) at Woodruff.

Onto the show house! ¬†For over the last twelve plus months, I’ve been curating every detail, every nook, cranny, space to be the tightest, best work I’ve ever done (within a very tight furnishings budget, BUT I love the challenge of limited funds, because it pushes you to be extremely creative and resourceful, my bread and butter). It was a total challenge but a baller loves to compete and was grateful for the opportunity. I’m so happy to say it has been an absolute JOY and the folks at Woodruff Contracting couldn’t be more wonderful! Truly. They said “make us a star” and just let me go do my thing. I got to play client and designer. My mindset was a very¬†sophisticated, design-centric, highly-fashionable (with a touch of rock and roll), successful woman lives here, YOU team.

Here she is…


{I suggested dark charcoal and all the trim and shutters white with a pale pink front door, but the folks on historical shut me down saying dark homes aren’t conducive to Southern sun. So I take it back, they did tell me NO ;-))) and then a few weeks later a charcoal painted house pops up around the corner…WHAAAAAT?}

Exterior inspiration paint photo…isn’t she sleek and sophisticated looking? Hmmmph.

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While living in Vickery, I learned a lot about building by walking through and watching hundreds of homes go up for years. You start to figure out the process. And I can remember getting spoiled to the point, where I didn’t bother going upstairs to look at the secondary bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. They were usually just meh. So my goal for this home, was that every room, every space you walk through should have an element of surprise, drama, something special (because you live here and you deserve it). AND you should definitely want to walk up these stairs! :-)))


{Millwork might be my favorite. I think big bang for your buck and adds so much character and texture to a new build. Something about it makes the home feel more stout, for whatever reason}.

Oh yes, onto THE ceiling, the big surprise for this space. Way to execute, my builder! And you all know how I feel about the tee vee over the fireplace so we built these doors to offer the option. Barbie girl doesn’t have time to watch t.v. and she certainly doesn’t want to look at it when its not on ūüėČ Some delicious plans cooking for these doors so they can hang with that king ceiling and queen fireplace.


I mentioned choosing this floor plan for the little niches we could get creative with…something for you to think about in your own home! Maybe you have a little hallway that you could stencil the ceiling, add a glam new light, etc. Here is one as you enter the master bath to your left and master closet to your right…a little pop of python never killed nobody…


I had to leave a subtle Michigan mark and where else would a Barbie girl “summer” during those long hot Geeeeorgia days than The Grand Hotel right? #coolbeautyspotoftheworld


And our ode to Dorothy Draper and Carlton Varney who designed the world-famous hotel was represented in the powder room with this last minute, super affordable, palm print wallpaper from wallpaperdirect.com. The Tropical Isle from Schumacher arrived after backorder, didn’t match up correctly, had to ship it back, than another dye lot wouldn’t be available until October 7th and I was like forget it. I can’t risk waiting. Luckily, the house has great karma and it matched my apple green high-gloss trim already painted.


Ok, so I’ve been in this rock and roll phase lately with my design. Maybe its the Detroit Rock City innate in me but I wanna splatter paint on furniture, fabric, spray graffiti on chairs, go rad or go home, a bit out of control I think? ¬†Barbie’s bedroom is pink, feminine and a little rock and roll. A sneak peek of some of the mix…


A secondary bedroom striped surprise! This is smart lady’s office where she sketches up fashion designs and breaks a few design rules with her surroundings. If you are fortunate to have a home with your own office space, this is your opportunity to go bold! Incorporate everything you’ve ever loved about design into one space, shape, picture, form or other.


A friend of mine gave me this Barbie calendar for Christmas pfffff probably twenty years ago…I’ve been hanging on to it for an opportunity like this…


So I hope we piqued your interest, because all of this home and four more amazing ones will be open on October 15th for one month of tours and you can purchase your tickets HERE.¬†¬†Your $10 admission will benefit a different charity every week…so come as much as you want!

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And if that doesn’t entice you to get in the car, maybe meeting the gracious people of Columbus¬†and seeing their beautiful historic homes and downtown riverfront will…

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I took all of these pictures from my car ;-))) SO BEAUTIFUL!


That fence!


That roof line! I cruised into downtown along this drag at 35 miles per hour, very little traffic and felt like I got a great picture of Columbus. Remnants of better days, beautiful architecture, mixed with the good ole days, here to stay. Historic preservation! What we like to see. I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for Columbus.

I checked out two great restaurants but not this one that has all the best dining elements! Roof top, sidewalk seating and retractable doors. Looked like a great time.


This beauty of a building…


So in love (!!!) and I ate at a great Italian restaurant in that ornate building just to the left of it.



This church, at dusk, took my breath away.


And then cruised back down that 35 mph street, no traffic, windows down, saw the pretty houses again,  intriguing antique shops onto my hotel room.


{I loved these beautiful cone baskets that were hanging above this antique store. I think there were three, the magic number, or four and pretty enough to share}

Well actually after dinner I was still working…shocker. And went to Lowes, where I discovered these great lamp bases. Excited because Lowes was kind of letting me down there for awhile on their lighting. I felt like it had fallen off, but I’m here to tell you, its back! Spotted lots of new ceiling and table lights at great prices. Some high style stuff for sure.


I’d love to take this opportunity and thank my builder Mike Socci and his project manager Julie Quigley for choosing me to design this home and their kindness and to Lucy Jones for introducing me and welcoming me into the Woodruff family. I’ve grown to know them like family. I hope our home, The Repousse, lot four, and the rest of the neighborhood sells like gang busters (wait til you see the pool! Infinity dawg! Coming back for a dip). I know it will, because I’ve watched it happen here in Vickery. There is always a lot of skepticism, doubt when introducing a new concept like new urbanism, but I can tell you fact I’ve met SO MANY people, when I tell them I live in Vickery, they are like OHHH I LOVE THAT PLACE! Followed by, wish we would have bought at the beginning, now we can’t afford it :-(( Don’t let the demand and price increase pass you by.

If you grew up in a small town like Flat Rock, where everyone knew your name, looked out for you and loved you like their own, you are going to love OLD TOWN! And the folks of Woodruff Contracting should be commended for introducing this awesome quality of life for the residents of Columbus and the Southeast. My family loved Old Town when I drove them through…”looks like Watercolor Mom!” See what’s for sale and what all the buzz is about HERE. And hopefully we’ll see your sweet smiling faces on October 15th!

Enjoy your weekend team….peace out!


jenny from the sliding-into-home-base rock


A recent before and after project

Howdy friends! It’s Tuesday night woo hoo. Quite possibly the lamest night of the week (if it wasn’t for funk night at The Star Bar). Like reality-is-here day…yes you work for a living and yes the weekend is officially over. But not to worry because tomorrow is HUMP DAY and the day after that – Friday eve! We can do this.

Alright down to business. A before and after we busted ass on last Spring and Summer. A total refresh pretty much. Living room, master bedroom, master bath, dining room and powder room. For any designer reading this, they know what that sounds like: ¬†A LOT of work. Yep, but all good things. Got to stretch the wings and challenge myself ¬†to make the two story family room, very common here in Atlanta, not feel so out of touch, like “wasted space” way up there (which would be something Dad would say). Ive been wanting to design a room like this and often wondered how I would approach it. First inclination is to meld the two sets of windows, first floor, second floor, together with head to toe drapes. Then build down from there, in visual steps, so to speak.

Let’s see how we did. Should we start with the befores or the afters? I can never decide.


Here is the before (and a very sweet dog ;-)))). Red drapes that hang above the first floor of windows from wooden pegs (fricken can’t stand those- sorry!), sofas my client was ready to burn (too bad we’re not in East Lansing) and fresh floors and paint everywhere.

The after! Pretty much new everything. We hung this great Ironies light to make it feel like hey mr. ceiling, you’re not so high after all. Then middled the space between the top of drapes and top of built ins with a collage of foxed mirrors and a starburst (for good drama. No bad drama, no no). My client said she loved starbursts from the initial consult…. you and I will be friends!¬†This is what I was trying to describe, probably poorly above, about visually taking these massive two story great rooms, and using different SCALE and height to bridge the two, so you don’t have this huge expanse of dead wall space.


get a good look at the coffee table above…


The same. It was the perfect size, we know good artists and knew we had a lot to tackle. Up cycle when you can, know what I mean bean?

We applied the same principal to the fireplace than went dark navy on the bookshelves and added agate knobs from Anthro that I became obsessed with last Spring. Once the cabinets were ALL navy, it didn’t feel like there was enough definition, so we applied this silver metallic removable wallpaper to the backs. From Target! I’m totally hooked on it (Thank you Melanie! xo). It is just a great way to add one more layer of glint, texture. Its all about the layers team!¬†Layers and scale would be my two driving fires, buzz words, if someone asked me about my design prowess ¬†(I like that word prowess. Sounds kinda sultry, kinda hubba hubba, grrrwl). I bet if you got up right now and walked around your house, you’d find a little niche, or glass cabinet to layer your house with some Tarjay paper. BTW remember layers? Like the haircut…talking on the phone to your girlfriend…”I think I want layers?”


(a close up of the removable wallpaper. You can do it)

And here is a shot from up above, big picture. You can see the oversized agate knobs, the cheetah print rug, the double layer of trim tape along the bottom of drapes. Design is in the details!  And btw how fricken perfect my installer got the mirrors to hang like that?! They weigh a ton. Nice work bro.


A little vignette we put together over a family piece with a new Regina Andrew lamp. Two of these prints were previously in the powder room, one in a random hallway, and you all know the rule. If you have a set of three, five, seven, whatever the number, don’t break em up and spread them around. Come on team. If there is anything you’ve learned from the road, this is it: Group like items together for dramatic impact. I know, you’re sick of hearing me say it. Me too. Hah.


Some pillow talk…in love with that big bold blue print from Schumacher Comes in a charcoal chocolate brown and light blue too. Nasty.

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Center hallway before…


Tried to emphasize the architecture of the main center hall with a trio of star lights. Client is currently in the market for some great modern art for those walls too. OVERSIZED. Grandfather clock will be painted high gloss white or a pop of color. TBD. And we moved it to the end of the hall for a dramatic focal point.


The powder room received some love from Thibault and a burlap floor to ceiling shower drape.


We went with a gold and coral paper, up cycled a mirror, added a new light for an instant, easy update.


Backstairs saw some love…



With all the blue and white chinoiserie pottery on the shelves, we wanted to bring a bit of it into the kitchen for flow. And it looks so good with her recently renovated kitchen.


Moving on into the dining room…

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We kept the family furniture and just sexed it u a bit. Rug stayed too. Now with the wallpaper gone and the awesome contrast between the walls and ceiling, you notice how pretty the trim molding is on the ceiling, that it even existed.




I still feel like we need some custom lamp shades in here and some big oversized, antique, crusty mirror, to give it that final finish. Anyone out there cover lampshades in wallpaper or fabric? I need you.

And I threw this pic in because I love these little convex/concave port hole mirrors we flanked the door with…you might also notice the bases on those lamps were once wood…rub and buff! Works like a charm every time.


And lastly, the master suite.


We draped the entire back wall in white linen and designed the custom headboard. In this shot the three euros are missing. But I’ll be back with professional photos for the big picture.



Gaga over the light…definitely the boss of the space. And the drapes. They’re a team ;-))



She had this chair…


So we recovered it, paired it with another random table and the old mirrors over the living room fireplace to come up with this vignette. The two will be painted in an “adac” finish this week. A great layering of white and cream with a pinch of antique glaze. Just a pinch. We loved that headboard fabric but its a strong cream with our white, so we need these two to tie it all together and bring it home. I think one of those fuzzy white lambswool pillows would look sweet on the new princess chair when its finished. Note to self: client gift. And I tasked her with finding all new frames in our newly designed spaces, in matching finishes, but different shapes, sizes, texture.


The bathroom before….I’m beginning to love tray ceilings (whaaat) ¬†just for the wallpaper possibilities. ūüėČ

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One thing I cannot stand about new builds, is this damn square, leaded glass window over tub. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing WORSE than having a window you cannot see out of. So we did our best to hip it out with some gorgeous Suzanne Rheinstein toile.


Here a little bit better angle of the new mirrors and lights over each sink too…


Cabinets were all painted white with oversize glass knobs. We also did the foyer, which I’ll snap for you next time. Waiting on some sconces to be installed. Then we will style for a shoot. Design is never done. But you can do your best to lay the foundation for layers and layers to come. Happy designing to you all!

Jenny from the paint it pretty rock

P.S. I want to thank everyone with ALL my heart for the love and support for my new philanthropy I’m starting, Charm School! I have a quick funny story about it. I was in total beast mode last week in Columbus for a two day install of a show house ¬†that I’ll be sharing with you next week when an unknown area code 734 number called my phone. Of course I couldn’t answer but got all excited thinking “maybe its our first charm school candidate calling to inquire?!” Later I listened to my voicemail and it was the fricken LA Fitness in Woodhaven that I’d worked out in last Summer at home!! LOL Waaaaaa Waaaaa.


perspective, hopes, dreams

Hello friends! I started this post at the beginning of August, thinking, wow where did July go?  And BAM here we are September, August gone and COOKED. I hope it was wonderful for you! Life is moving at a crazy fast pace (thank you captain obvious) and we have a lot to catch up on. I recently (well not so much anymore) wrapped up an extended stay in my home state of Michigan over the Summer with a major ephiphany

A: you work too much

B: you need to stop working so much

C: why the hell do you work so much!?

It hit me like a ton of bricks.

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It’s not that I don’t love working and am grateful to be able-bodied and hustle. Its just there are other things I’d like to give a whirl and candidly, the business side of design is beginning to overwhelm me. Time to hire more staff. But hiring/training/implementing takes time. And at the same time, am I ready for that? My kids really like me still. I decided to hit pause, say no thank you to any new client projects and love, nurture and finish the ones I already have. Maybe love on my own home for a few too? Or blog more? Winner winner.

This all stemmed from the breezy sunny days and long walks in the level pebble. Man, give your brain time to rest and you’ll be amazed with the ideas, peace you come up with. I chewed on some dreams and ideas, while saying hello this Mama and her babies almost every day.


Admired the charm, care and thoughtfulness¬†of this sweet cottage home on Dad’s street. My whole life long, this home and yard has been immaculate.




I walked my “walker” walk past the elementary school and thought about all the Winter mornings I trudged up this hill in my snow suit and boots, the sound my snowsuit made, shush, shush, shush and the crunching of the snow as you broke through the thin top layer to total powder, up to your little second grade knees. We would arrive early (that sure changed) and they would make us wait in the vestibule/breezeway?! Just slightly less colder than being outside. Grateful and yes probably all the tougher for it but why? Inside, we’d completely disrobe, puddles of melted snow all over the class. Your garb would kinda sorta dry up around lunch, just in time to put back on for recess. Slightly damp, still cold. Atlanta looking really good right about now.


All these memories, had me thinking what I’d like my philanthropy to be. And as I cruise my hometown, I’m continually blown away with the architecture and quaint charm of the homes here. I’m like “do you all have any idea how much it would cost you TODAY to build a house like this?”¬†Crazy money. They don’t make plaster walls anymore, unless you wanna spend sick money. And then you’re like really? Spend how much? When you know that money would make such a difference in someone else’s life. I drive around and stare at these hidden gems. Same scene as a kid on my bike…”if I owned that house, I would so paint it _____ and get rid of those plastic pots” (it would actually be my sister schooling you on the plastic pots -they drive her crazy!). The homes have such history and potential. Like original hardwood floors top to bottom, glass knobs, solid core doors (that you’ll never find at Lowes), clothes chutes in the wall that fall two stories down, milk doors, kind of charm. I DREAM, DREAAAAAM about getting my hands on all of them, my BABIES, and I thought, why not offer your services to anyone and everyone in your hometown that gives a rip – for free? I’ve contemplated putting anonymous notes in their mailboxes anyway???

Dear Neighbor,

Ever thought about painting your door red?

Sincerely, Augustus Gustas

So here it is, anyone out there thinking about painting, upgrading, or just wants to send me a picture of their home and ask, how can I improve the curb appeal? I’m all yours! You would be amazed at the few subtle little details you can make, and bam, more money in your pocket and your neighbors love you. Educate folks on the correlation between curb appeal and higher home values #ittakesavillage. Take pride in your hometown, its potential and all it has to offer. I use to think that place was SO BORING and the worst ever. Now all I want to do is get back there. Its so chill. So here I am, walking around the high school track, being the little flower girl dreamer Mama raised and thought of the name, and got really excited. Besides design, I love branding and coming up with names for stuff like that and though we will call it CHARM SCHOOL! And we’ll put a pretty little sign out front, with the crown logo, like they do for the graduates. Ha. Just kidding about that part. But it probably wold be a good way to get the word out? Hopefully it would sound something like this…”look another cute house with one of those crown signs out front, what is that all about?”. ;-)))


A cute house on my walk, that won’t need much, if any, charm school. But just to give you an idea of what we are working with. Many built in the 1920s¬†with truck loads of potential. Imagine if we just redesigned the railing on that¬†second story balcony? LOVE the American flag. That would definitely be a¬†requirement/suggestion of charm school and if we had¬†major funds a tasteful¬†basketball¬†hoop for any¬†little girl or boy that wanted it. Ugh, I walked by this cute as pie home that I’m¬†smacking¬†myself for not taking a picture of. I’m sketching in my head a cute little pergola connecting the one care garage to the home, some thick painted concrete stripes on the front porch and a pretty¬†little¬†wicker settee and ferns. Bam, bam, bam, I had it all figured out.¬†

We’ll stick to just the outside, inside a WHOLE other animal. ¬†However sometimes the drawback of older homes like these, is the lack of modern amenities people want in a new build. I say, we break the rules of these old house layouts. Who says you need a formal dining room? Grandma’s was priceless. But maybe just make the kitchen and dining one big open kitchen? And many, have these great wide arches that open from the dining to living. They really are a masterpiece in the art of architecture. In our little home we grew up in, if you were upstairs, you were upstairs and felt very private from downstairs. I can remember being so pissed off we had to watch Willy Wonka on our black and white tv in our bedroom one year because there was some Historical Society meeting or something Mom was hosting downstairs. I can see my sister now in her Holly Hobbie robe, way too small and my brother banging the nerf basketball against the wall. We’re all crammed around 13 inches of fuzz. It was like the worst year ever of watching Wonka AND you had to wait an ENTIRE year to see it again.¬†Same goes for the basement. As kids, we party’d in the basement, blaring the stereo, Donna Summer, dance routines, (some friends basements we’d roller skate in) and never could we hear the Thanksgiving party going on upstairs until the dreaded “time to clean up!” Total buzz kill for a ten-year-old.

So what do you think? Charm School, a good idea? I hope so. Just scratching the surface. Btw, I’ve had this idea for a little while now and started a pinterest board a couple of years ago¬†titled “level pebble” HERE for ideas that I thought would be conducive to the kind of homes in my¬†neighborhood¬†because you just never know. And if you live in my hometown and read the road, theses ideas are for you! xo

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This home reminded me of a style, stature you might find in Flat Rock and how easy and affordable it is to add charm, funk and curb appeal. The only thing missing is a pair of crusty urns flanking the front door, or maybe terra-cotta pots randomly sprinkled along the steps to the right, like the oversized pots that sprinkle the steps at the Delano in South Beach

Can you all help me get the word out? Start small, just the hometown, near and dear (again captain obvious). But we’ll hit Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The hubs, not a fan of social media, doesn’t get it and I get that. I ¬†have to continually explain BABE I wanna do BIG THINGS, I want to live a BIG LIFE and social media can help with all that. The fact he can actually keep a straight face hearing me say this, must be love! Hah.¬†IMG_2596

I’m very fortunate to grow up in a family that dedicated itself to service. Mom served on many civic organizations, the city planning commission (she HATED the proposed city hall they built and petitioned against it, dragging me along door to door). As a kid, you’re like WHAT? Mom gone? The star of our show? Another night of Dad’s ham and scalloped potatoes? Uncle Lee was right there, many others in my fam, but it was Grandma (and Grandpa) who set the bar. A school in her honor, but many other feather’s in her cap.


We’ll start small, like all good grassroots efforts. However, I’m inspired by people like Dan Gilbert, fellow Spartonian. If you don’t know him, he’s been monumental in the revitalization of Detroit. And that’s the kind of shit that FIRES me up. A life well lived. I think man he must be so proud of himself? What a grinder.

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This is the train station, as we locals refer to it, or Michigan Central Depot. Its been sitting stoically in the city of ruins Detroit, while¬†slowly¬†rotting away for decades. Recently, the billionaire owner, started adding windows to its shell. A glimmer of hope. I wanna save this¬†building so much it hurts. And I am not alone. It would be such a¬†pivotal moment in Detroit’s history. To me it would encourage such confidence in a city that¬†has been willing and ready for its turn. We may never see the Lions win a Superbowl, damn it, but we all hope and feel for the renaissance that’s been brewing in Detroit for some¬†years now. So viable, so right there on the cusp, yet still fragile. The resurrection of this building, I think, would do wonders for the confidence and the fragile. And how awesome as a¬†designer, historic preservationist and lover of all things Detroit to play a part? ¬†More sidewalk dreaming. But I do have¬†the wallpaper¬†picked out, if they wanna give me a shot at one of the bathrooms. ;-)))) ¬†


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At night, the interior is illuminated so you can catch a¬†glimpse of all its former grandeur. This building¬†gets a lot of press, but there are so many more works of art like it. Let’s save them all! ¬†Architecture from this era is art. No different from a Degas or Monet.¬†You shake your head thinking how can you not see that? Your 2015¬†drywall will never replicate this?¬†

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Another great vibe, push here in Detroit Rock City is the importance on recycling, refurbishing, building with reclaimed materials. We chowed down on some serious fried chicken (albeit the portions were kinda small) at Detroit’s Gold Cash Cold in Corktown, named after the cash for titles building it use to be. The owners tried to design the entire place with salvaged materials from many of Detroit’s beautiful but sadly razed buildings.

Stained glass from an old church…


The restroom doors are made from the old sign that hung out front…so beats the typical plastic crap…am I right? Love the juxtaposition of the fancy gold gilt mirror with the old sign and penny tile floors. GOOD work team.

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You think, man what a bummer we lost that building, but ¬†yet there is hope, validation, in that some parts of it were saved. Like this gym floor with the mascot in the center…DIG!


How fired up are you if this was your Christian elemenatry school, part of some old gorgeous, storied church, that had seen better days? I was over the moon over the floor. Because they don’t build gym floors like this anymore. Hats off to the gal or guy that saved it.

IMG_3960This next idea came to mind just last weekend (what designer doesn’t dream about starting their own product line) but I was walking through Michigan State’s campus (one of those BEST DAY EVER kind of days), the Spartans just put on a show for national television and the hubs asks, so what do you think? And truthfully, in my forty second year of life, all I could think about was how much I LOVE MOM AND DAD for putting me here! What can I do to show the magnitude of my love and gratitude? Not that either are looking. You know mom and dads, they just want you “happy and healthy.” But I think about those stylish Olson twins and how they started a fashion lined named after their parents. I love that! A “lawrence and lucinda” lighting line sounds perfect to me, all in lower case, in some crazy good font.

Anything is possible. It’s up to you to paint it pretty. I won’t bore you with the vintage t-shirt line, because I don’t want you to think I’ve completely lost my marbles. How the hell am I going to find time for that. But I might have sketches and enough intel to be dangerous ha. So yes, let’s explore and expand the brand, let’s try new things. Let’s blog more and share ideas. Here’s a picture of my old high school gym and little hint of what my first t-design might be. The Lucinda. Those who know, know Mom drew the mascot, plucked right out of her head. So hard to do! I’m thinking hand screen print on a faded butter yellow, cut off sleeve, rock and roll, soft jersey, ragged edge type of shirt (slightly long waisted because muffin tops are a bitch¬†hard to get rid of).


Ugh sorry for the bad photo  Best I could do in digging up a shot of the Ram mascot. Trust me when I tell you, its pretty f____ cool. But not biased at all.  

So once we’ve saved the world, saved Detroit, redesigned every cute charming cottage home in Flat Rock, while blogging it to the world, everyone outfitted in killer, flattering, make-you-smile, Michigan theme, vintage t-shirts (all profits to charm school candidates, community schools and gardens), the Lions win the Superbowl and I mange to feed my children and take a shower, that Heeeeey handsome hubby of mine chimes in with the idea of “jsho to go” a virtual design arm of my business that maybe I’d like to experiment with? ¬†The dreaming and possibilities are endless. I’m going to plow ahead because I know single working moms out there that want to but can’t find the time. Because we have sisters out there with BIG ideas that maybe don’t have the gumption or means to materialize them. I think that’s something we can all get behind. So thanks for listening. So grateful to take this time, sit down and put it out in the universe. Let’s go make it happen. And holy shit its 2 am. and I’m a one man band tomorrow. Cheers!


Jenny from the good vibes rock.


beach house design update

Happy July friends! We are half way through the year already…WHAT!? How are those new year’s resolutions working out for you? Hah. Same here. Probably time to revisit them, if we could actually remember what they were? Anyhoo, some of you know we have a little seaside abode on 30A we bought and totally gutted a few years ago…

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You can see the before and after transformation HERE or a major highlight of my life, the story Joni wrote for her popular Cote de Texas blog HERE . After renting it to the public for two years and recouping renovation costs, we decided to officially make it a second home and no longer rent to strangers. I immediately pitched the bed and sofa and started hauling down/styling the space with some irreplaceable items, antiques and family photos.

Let’s start with the new additions, a sectional from Lee Industries and the new round coffee table from Roost in the living room (of course I forgot to pack the good camera so my apologies for the iPhone photography).


The sectional is a smaller scale and really comfortable! The coffee table was a steal at $30 from a local showroom sale. We recently spent a week here and the nice thing about being around for a few days is you can order stuff on Amazon and bam, its there before you leave, like The Big Book of Hamptons coffee table book, in the perfect shade of orange, perfect for a beach place.


I moved the mirror pictured here in the hallway…

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Over the sofa, along with hubby’s Grandfather’s oar from Torch Lake above…


I’d like to finish off the look with a pair of these Wisteria sconces here…love these guys! And they come in brass now too.

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The side table I picked up at the new World Market that just opened nearby, yes, and has a nice unique finish to it for the price.  The lamp was a vintage find from Lakewood 400 with a new glass finial atop. I think its time to bring back the hide rug to layer over top for a little luxe. Speaking of luxe, holy smokes, have you all witnessed the beach house Susan Ferrier designed for Veranda this month??? Go behind the scenes with Susan HERE Bananas!

I’m thinking some Kelly Wearstler Barcelo fabric pillows to add to the mix with the cheetah might be fun?

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We moved the television to the opposite side of the room atop a skirted console table I had made (previously in the bedroom) and styled out this corner with some super oldie but goodie shell prints I purchased at the original Lakewood Flea Market, now defunct (TEARS -those were great days) and converted this glass demi-john from Queen of Hearts into a lamp.  Finished off the look with some trusty, crusty old antlers. Always a no fail.


I had a pair of these versatile, go anywhere, add anywhere, barrel chairs from Ikea in here and placed one here with a $2 ottoman I recovered in a funky faux metallic leather. Here you can see the artwork I brought down from home (that I was scared someone might walk off with – I’d heard stories) and a favorite Italian fioria sitting at the bottom of the shelves filled with starfish that my friend Lisa brought back for me ALL the way from Italy. Didn’t want to risk losing those. This is basically where Mama sits with her mags and coffee while the rest of the family spreads out on the sectional.


I have a lot of fun with the shelves adding crust, style and texture, always evolving. I recently brought down the cross, a dear friend gave me from Santa Fe, and hung it front and center, where Jesus should be :-)))



Originally when we renovated, I had an idea to paint this small section of the kitchen wall in chalk board paint, to draw on. Since finding these little round mirrors at Target, I’m going to proceed with that idea and sketch a seahorse down below as if the mirrors are bubbles under the sea. We’ll see if that idea actually translates to reality and how good my art skills are these days…oy.



I moved these mirrors, previously the old closet doors, to the hallway and created this little moody vignette/vision as you walk into the hallway from the bedroom and bathroom. The extra large candle is from Ikea. The column was a Scott’s find. The starburst, I think, was from Target back in the day. I tied a small string and hung it from a picture hanger so it “floats” above the two.

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It was also time to have everything freshly painted and I decided to add some color to the doors. BUT not so sure about the color on the doors. However, the Hubs says he likes it, so good enough for me…for now. Wink. Wink.



Moving into the bedroom, I brought some pillows from our previous home to add to the euros and bolster and hung a silver starburst mirror from Lowe’s over the bed for a focal point. Thinking about having a faux white leather headboard made for here maybe??? Or something shiny with texture, maybe a metallic linen instead? Still chewing on that. The silver coral lamps were a Homegoods happy clearance find. I’ve always loved the look of mirrors hung over nightstands so will probably add some of those too (there are a pair currently on the opposite wall, just need to find the time/energy to move them). The more mirrors the better, in opening up small spaces and making them appear larger.



Was able to squeeze in the other Ikea chair here, which is what makes these guys so useful, because of their size, you can add them virtually anywhere you need a chair.



That’s all for now at the beach. I hope wherever your holiday takes you this weekend – beach, lake, bbq – that it is full of fun and fireworks! I’m spending the holiday in my hometown with Dad and all of Mom’s old friends. Looking forward to hearing lots of great stories from the past. Being home is such a blessing. I’m grateful to have been raised in a small town full of good people/good friends that raise you UP and provide unwavering support. Yesterday my old high school basketball coach came by, and had us laughing about some of the random stuff we use to say, “don’t worry coach, she goes that way, I’ll just BUST A MOVE on her.” Hah.

So there you have it. Go bust a move this holiday weekend team and as always, thanks for stopping by the road and allowing me to share my latest and greatest crazy ideas with you.

Jenny in the rock



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Wow. May sure came and went with a bang. Here we are June. This post is a catch your breath, dash of this, dash of that, hodge podge,  get your summer on, kind a deal. In other words, its time to slooow it down team.

For my uncle traveling matt readers (#fragglerock) ¬†here is a new beach house in Seacrest, for rent. White, emerald green, navy and coral. Sweet sweet friend of mine hired us to assist with the basics virtually…furniture, lighting, accessories, tile, whatever bone¬†change the builder would give us. Go stay here friends! Its right next to sexy Rosemary Beach atop the incomparable white sand beaches and waters of the gulf of mexico. Need I say more?

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I went for a glorious sunset walk last night and my friend Pam is just GOING OFF, firing up new

beauty after beauty. Get it girl. Show em how its done.

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Here’s a first look at some built ins Im working on in a whole house overhaul. They need one more good scrub/style and should be ready for real world.

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They were some early 1990s faux finished guys and we went with hague blue from farrow and ball, started collecting blue and white, gold and added some anthro knobs. One more pass and we should be good.

Do you all remember my super creative neighbor, friend Mary Kay? Their first born was married recently (yay jump around) and it was styled just as sweet and cute as her house previously posted here on the road.

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Here is my sweet, little, first-ever show house. Doors open in the Fall and I will share with you every nook and cranny.

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A shot of the kitchen and some notes I emailed to the granite peeps down in Columbus. Because of proximity, a lot of work is done virtually. I’m always thinking “HOW DID THEY DO THIS BEFORE SMART PHONES???”. Can I say, such a pleasure to work with all the kind people down in Columbus. ¬†Really happy this opportunity crossed my path. My tile lady addresses me as honey bunny. I’ll so totally take that any day.

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Picked up these andirons for the fireplace but thinking they need to be BIGGER, BADDER.

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It originally started out as the barbie dream house, but because its a Southern Living inspired neighborhood, they were worried about copyright (can’t blame them). So we had to de-barbie-fy the place a bit but I just couldn’t resist when I was making the best of being in walmart today and came across this fabric. Get out. What will we do with you???

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Cruising through target today too and thinking my dear friend and former design employee JILLY needs to make these into table lamps. She can make anything. As soon as her website is up and running, you’ll see it here. You’re gonna wanna hire her. Trust me.

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What else can I tell you…designing a exciting powder room with raw wood edge counter, ice gray toilet (who says we have to stick to white?!), kick your ass wallpaper from Candace Olsen, chains, lights, you name it. My point? I recently discovered, via Pinterest, ¬†my client LOVES skulls and saw my girl Ivy and Vine post this. Perfect timing.


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While on Instagram, Tory Burch reminds us all to be super FLY and wear orange and pink. Two best.

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Following suit, found this dress on ASOS. Get it.

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I’ve come to realize that music is my third base in life. When words won’t work, music will and this is my jam since April, cruising the coast, shazam on spring break…”SATURDAY NIGHT KIND OF PINK” Give it a listen. Really loud. Good songs remind me of the days when you bought the single, in tape form, and listened to it over and over again in your Ford Escort driving home from Southland Mall. That’s this song. Maybe its just me. Music, like art, is super personal, but I think you will really like it.

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Alright team, I’m signing off, its late, way late, but check it out, I painted my office pink last week..

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Really pink (especially in this pic). Yikes. I’ll keep you posted. Hoping we can tone that shit down.


jenny from the rock




New portfolio pics: the white wine room

Well hells bells, I’m a day late on my promise to blog every Friday but Saturday ain’t all bad. A quick little peek at some new portfolio pictures I had taken recently by the lovely Jennifer Kesler Photography of a project I completed years ago (honestly Jen). These are really good friends of ours and the hubs surprised the wifey with “J. Sho” for Christmas (Mike and I were both a little nervous about that…wondering how she felt about getting J. Schoenberger Design on Christmas day. Oy!). I slipped him one of my business cards and under the tree it went in their “Christmas tree room”. You know that front room in many homes, that nobody knows what to do with. It was basically the piano and the Christmas tree occupying the space for years (and wouldn’t you know I can’t find the damn before photo anywhere in iPhoto so we’ll just have to do with the afters).

Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the new and improved “white wine room” where no red wine or children are allowed. A room where adults come to relax, kick back and close the doors to all the noise that abounds outside. It’s a heavenly place ;-))).

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Let’s start with the wall color. We liked it. So it stayed. At the time I was totally obsessed with that pattern on the drapes (still sort of am, its in my new house and our beach house) and put it on the windows and new window seat cushion. On any given Sunday you can drive by and catch a glimpse of Daddy snoozing away. LOVE THAT. Just like a cat. If I wasn’t so UNORGANIZED, I’d show you there use to be these built in niches on either end of the window seat, and I didn’t like em. You can’t sit in the window seat with your back up against a bunch of shelves, so we covered them with paneling instead. We had their cherished family photos framed and I arranged them in a big spread on the adjoining wall in a 1-2-3-2-1 pattern. Dig that look.

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The sconces were already there and I liked them, so I sourced an airy light from Ballard Designs to pair with their solid stature. Everything is soft and serene in blues, lilacs and grays with a fluffy, feathery rug under foot. Like being in the clouds. The ottoman and pair of side tables were a Homegoods happy find.

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This last shot is my favorite…what a wonderful view of the park and woods across the street. Thinking to myself, good job Jenny. It was one of the initial ideas that had me super excited about the space. That big ass window was just screaming for a bench cushion. That and the four club chairs around an ottoman. I had been wanting to break out that perfect little plan of symmetrical goodness, throw in the fireplace, and I’m really wishing I lived here.

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Hope you enjoyed this little slice of heaven. Super happy for our friends and can’t thank them enough for allowing me to showcase our skills in this happy space. Happy Saturday! And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Jenny from the rock


On the road with jsho – South Beach

Hello friends!

I’m coming to you today, literally, from the road. Northern California to be exact. We are winding down our family spring break excursion to the west coast with some major chill time in Stinson Beach. More on that later, right now let’s cruise some serious South Beach design just in time for Summer! #getyourwhitepartyon

(I had the best of intentions to publish this while we were on vacation. I wish we were still at the beach ;-)))). 

The hubs and I got away for a few days for his company’s award trip. They chose South Beach and the newly remodeled Edition Hotel. The first thing you are hit with when entering is this amazing scent, which I guess is the thing in new swanky hotels. Their very own signature scent air freshener pumping into the lobby. It smelled amazing and it works because your initial thought is, I’m going to like it here!

The lobby was clad in white marble, gold, chrome, classic crystal and funk.


I’ve designed sitting rooms with four chairs around an ottoman, but why not six???


The minimal styled coffee table with marble sphere, a recurring shape here at the hotel.



Pool tables sure have come a long way baby.




These next guys were my fave. They look like they are made out of marble, but they are actual slipcovers and are squishy stools, you can sit on. And like any good designer, I flipped those bad dawgs over to get the source and looked em up…they are Italian. God bless the Italians.


A lovely shot of the lobby with all the crystal aglow…this was your view coming out of the elevator.


my guy fitting right in with his white britches. Did any one else’s Grandma call em britches?


Let’s grab a classic champagne cocktail before heading up to see what the rooms look like ah? Love the old school classic glass. So Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.


Speaking of glassware…all Saint Louis crystal folks. God bless the French too.


My mother-in-law would have died and gone to heaven, she had a glassware collection for the Smithsonian.


Digging the beautifully clad wood walls in the hallway and oversized room numbers. Nice touch.



The guest room walls were also clad in wood and LOVE THAT CHAIR.



The perfect palm leaf for styling.




The bed was simple with the low lined upholstered headboard extending beyond the nightstands, a look we’ve seen a lot of. Lee Industries actually sells an upholstered headboard by Bobby McAlpine Home if you like this look. What I particularly like about this picture is the throw at the end of the bed and how it breaks on the floor just so.



Yes…the mini bar lives! And a mighty nice one I might add #krug

I’d like to take a moment to point out¬†my best friend Lori’s necklace in this picture if you look close. It is her ¬†fingerprint on a charm I wear around my neck so she’s with me on important days or exciting places. Isn’t that so sweet? The funeral home provided those. My reminder to keep working hard, living right for her, Mom and the rest of my angel family, who all play a role in our journey. I just reread the post I wrote when she passed and am weepy again. I’d had a moment for her today in Muir Woods and had to hang back behind the family and have a conversation with God before regaining composure. Muir Woods will do that to you. The place is amazing). Ok, sorry, I digress.




What a happy surprise to open the closet and see this beloved banana leaf wallpaper, seems kind of sad to have it inside the closet, but still rad nonetheless.




I discovered this little slice of pie on the way to the hotel gym…love the stairway (to heaven), those killer chairs and the oversized orb (again). Orb love.


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Next up¬†The Delano for lunch!¬†¬†Where all chair lovers go to die. Ha. You’ll see. And visit their website for some REAL pictures vs my iPhone. They are stunning. Side note: whenever one of my dear designer friends tells me they are feeling uninspired, I say go to Pinterest and search “hotel lobby”. CRAZY good design! All bets are off, all rules are broken, like the major¬†repetition of all those white urns on the stairs. This entire hotel has a Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz vibe going on.


Great mix of scale and balance. My only huh? moment is that neither hotel uses pattern on the pillows.


Picture a big fat leopard pillow on this chair…uh huh.


Or this killer sofa with its killer coffee table neighbor…





I don’t know about you, but I can totally see the Lion running scared from the Wizard down this corridor. Ha. It would be interesting to know where the inspiration came for the design of this hotel space.




I particularly loved this mix and suggested it for a client sitting room. She wasn’t buying it. “I think that might be too funky for me”. I can totally respect that.





And more crazy chairs…something Jim Henson and The Muppets about it. Like Gonzo!? It’s time to start the show…







The adjoining restaurant was spectacular with its twenty foot high drapes and mirrors…






“Group like items together for dramatic impact”…this wall of sconces and that LONG skinny bench, such a good example of that.


The ultimate lucite piece of furniture for all you lucite lovers.


Sometimes just a simple candelabra makes the perfect centerpiece.


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Alright, back outside into the bright Miami sunshine with some classic art deco architecture (Did you know the person responsible for leading the wave of preservation of all South Beach’s classic architecture was a woman?! Her name was Barbara Capitman and she would chain herself to the buildings to prevent the bulldozers from tearing them down. GIRLS RULE).



Are you all still with me? Should we break here or ramble on down to The Tides to see design goddess Kelly Wearstler’s designs? I was giddy for the rest of the day after seeing it. Same feeling I got when I witnessed the Viceroy in Santa Monica for the first time. What the hay, let’s keep the tour alive. Here we go…





I love the idea of taking three totally different types of tiles and putting them together in an artful mix like this.




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That camel colored leather on sofa is delicious.


You all have seen this pin on Pinterest many times. It totally escaped me it was is South Beach. You could literally spend a day walking up and down Ocean Avenue touring the hotels for design inspiration.




Notice the sconces…

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Loving the long handles and wood grain finish on these doors.


That’s the end of the tour. It was then time to party…


Where the hub’s company reserved the psychedelic bowling alley, ice skating rink and disco, all in the basement of our hotel, quite the eclectic mix of venues…only in Miami!


Cheers lovers! I’m grateful to chat with you this Mother’s Day weekend and hope you have a wonderful one! ¬†I was recently flipping through Erin Gate’s Elements of Style book again (soon to be a classic, must-have, for everyone’s design library) where she spoke about blogging and whatever the amount “to try and be consistent with it”. So I’m putting it out into the universe, I would love to be more consistent about blogging and thought wouldn’t it be nice if I could find the time to post every Friday??? Its such a treat for me to write, express and share and I’m so flattered that you spend your time visiting and saying hello. I have story ideas and photographs backlogged two and three years that I think you all would dig. So thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, this bittersweet (for me) Mother’s Day weekend, for allowing me into your lives. U rule.

A very grateful mom, designer and blogger.


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.





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



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 appliqu√© was added to the far accent pillow. I love those for an added dash of funk.





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



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


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


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.



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.


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.


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.




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.




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


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



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



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



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.


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.


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



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


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






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


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


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


hey sexy corner building




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.


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


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.




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


ROSES EVERYWHERE and I mean everywhere.


How can we fit this mirror in my suitcase?




wall of herbariums coming soon to villa vreeland.


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.



cue the trumpet player


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





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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.




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.


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.









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.






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!



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


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



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