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).

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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 :-)))

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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salt and pepa

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.

peace,

jenny from the rock

 

 

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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

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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.

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

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

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Pool tables sure have come a long way baby.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

 

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The perfect palm leaf for styling.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

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

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Or this killer sofa with its killer coffee table neighbor…

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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.

 

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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.

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Chairs…

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

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

 

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

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

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Sometimes just a simple candelabra makes the perfect centerpiece.

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draped walls inside the cocktail bar.

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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).

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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…

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Notice the sconces…

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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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