A work in progress

Remember awhile back when I came home from Design Blogger’s Conference all GUNG-HO…editorial calendar, monthly features, weekly, I’m on it!

(A moment of silence for that hilarity).

However, eventually I do get around to the notion so here we are team with our first “work in progress” monthly feature.

I won’t go on about how exhilarating it is to see a down-to-the-guts renovation start coming together..flashback to February and you’re walking on muddy plywood floors, freezing your a…. off thinking, wow we have so…far…to…go…and then a sunny day, like today, and mama’s alright!

 

I hope you enjoy. This client happens to be a very dear friend of mine and is extremely talented. In no way, shape or form, can I take credit for all this goodness. Rather, I’m honored to have been a part and I thank her for exposing me to pretty new things, pretty new ideas. xo

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I promise to dig out the before photo of this house when we do the big reveal someday. New windows, new railings, new metal roof, new front door (awaiting paint).

These next few photos of the laundry room, the Taj Mahal we call it, its one tricked out pony. But let’s talk about that for a second. You spend half your life in your laundry room, shouldn’t it be fabulous? This one, on the main floor, works its ass off. Ice maker, craft cabinet, pull out laundry bins, big sink, texture and these pretty knobs from Anthro.

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I wanna dive into this tile. Surfboard. Surfboard.

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sweet half bath…

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The office view of the river. Zinc desk and light from RH.

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I met a barn door and it was badass.

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This is the entrance to the den. It took me like ten years to figure out wth the den was in the South. Up North it’s the office. So I looked it up and got a chuckle…

den |den|
noun
a wild animal’s lair or habitation.
• informal a small, comfortable room in a house where a person can pursue an activity in private.
• a place where people meet in secret, typically to engage in some illicit activity: an opium den | a den of iniquity.
• a small subdivision of a Cub Scout pack.

 

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IS ALL YOU NEED

 

Kitchen fireplace. Whoa is all I have to say bout the kitchen. I can’t wait.

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Here is one view of it. The cabinets are coming together. I brought with me the pretty pendants from Gabby Home that will go up this week.

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I wanna be this girl!

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the master suite

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THIS TILE!

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We removed this awkward landing in the upstairs hallway (dead space) to bring you this look and natural light ;-)))

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Remember this Instagram?

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Here we are…

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So while I was cruising the hood, I thought I’d snap a few beauties on the way out to share…the quintessential Southern elevation here with all the ferns…

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And one of my personal favorites. The sun was bright, sorry, but the door color, hanging lantern and pots are perfect, I promise. This home reminds me of something you would see in Peachtree Battle, the apartment days in the city where I would run for miles and fell in love with the charm and beauty of Southern homes and gardens. I watched additions go on, tear downs, and new gorgeous exteriors go up, happy for the strangers lucky enough to live inside of them, on those runs. I’m still carrying with me the oversized mailbox idea with the street address painted on in the most beautiful font. Long Park Road fits the vision perfectly with its cursive L, P and R. And all I can think, today and every day running by, was if Mom were here, she could TOTALLY paint that for me, no problem. Followed by DAMN that would have been such a great day, Mom and I, hanging out by the street painting our mailbox all fancy.

(I had to excuse myself there for a second. Go blow my nose and squeeze my eyes into some tissue. With Otis Redding conveniently playing in the background go figure). Mom loved Otis…”I’ve been loving you too long, to turn back now…” great tune.

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You all have a great rest of your week! I”ll meet you back here real soon. We’re moving in a couple of weeks, something we haven’t done in 11 years, and there is a lot to discuss around that crazy topic.

Peace out framily and God bless Maya Angelou and the life she lead today. I loved when our English Profs put her in the syllabus. Amen for strong women cradling the world.

 

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How cute are my neighbors?

Recently our dear neighbors of ten plus years hosted a graduation party for both their beautiful daughters, one college, one high school, with a lovely party, in every sense. Beautiful vignettes indoors and out and a food truck. I couldn’t wait to share.  You could so totally picture her home while flipping through the pages of Country Living. Were you born and raised on Country Living magazine? That was one Mom always had around. Its fun for me, especially on this Mother’s Day weekend,  to wonder what her taste in home design would be today. Every Summer Dad and I embark on some sort of home improvement project and I wonder, would Mom still love this kitchen wallpaper, what color would she want the dining room? My neighbor, Mary Kay’s style and a lot of her antiques remind me of Mom, so I’m especially biased. Also because we’ve made a lot of great memories here with our neighbors, our friends and Mary Kay is truly a one-of-a-kind heart and spirit. So Happy Mother’s Day all you rock stars. And on to this rock star you will LOVE.

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Cupcakes on vintage glassware, an old window, hand painted by a local artist FYI, and notice the table. Two vintage Singer sewing machine bases (spotted two of them yesterday at Scotts, easy to come by), topped with an old door for an instant and easy buffet, display space, desk in your home or cottage. Mom had her Singer sewing machine table in the dining room and spent many late nights there. The last thing she made, I believe, is a madras plaid shift dress for me in college, for some sorority function and I’m hanging onto it for Soph. Because “there ain’t no way” Mama’s ever getting back in that thing!  I remember her making a dress for my bff Koko in high school that we had designed with these crazy, tacky sequin appliqués we found in New York City. We thought we were SO COOL designing a dress when actually we were SO tacky in our quest to express our fashion sense. HAH.

The candy bar, displayed at different heights, using stacked books, favorite titles from their youth, then and now. Doesn’t every graduate get a copy of Oh The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss? With a $100 bill tucked inside – preferably. ;-))

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I love the simplicity, yet impactful of her centerpiece.

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A slice of her AMAZING photo wall and more great vintage finds.

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And old screen door, more than likely off the family farm, used to display photos. This is such a good idea for when you cannot seem to print or put photos in frames. You can switch them in and out, add, subtract all kinds of mementoes and feel good about it every time you or your family walk by. Money!

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Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, Oh Lord. <3 <3 <3

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A collection of glass bottles displayed on a big round tray is one of my faves, with randomly selected ones for wildflowers. Dummy didn’t get a better picture darn it. Should of grabbed an overview.

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Year round this old fence turned pin board hangs here, overflowing at Christmastime. Again, the makings of a happy home. Constant reminders of love and what life is all about. Your home is your blanket. Cover up!

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One of the things designers often stress is your home should feel collected and this next shot accurately displays that. Many objects aren’t achieved overnight. Recall your family’s best  memories and adventures and symbolize them with objects that represent those moments.

“Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them” 

 

- Bob Dylan

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I love the patina of the coffee table and the milk jugs displayed inside the old tool box. Classic ticking represented. Never gets old.

Family heirloom and vintage quilts are displayed in an old cart, enhanced with twine, for extra support and an extra look. Remember the blanket comment ;-))

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A close up of one of her many winner vignettes.

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Old frames make the best backdrop and layering pieces. I’ve recently been picking up the old metal rings that come off barrels, as I find them. Just that little piece of round rusted metal, looks great layered with looks like these.

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This is such a great idea! When you are out hunting, you come across some really beautiful, quaint, old mirrors. And if you are especially lucky, their mirror has started to “fox” and or patina in that special way they do, making all of us look better (lol). I really wanted my basement bar client to cover the entire back wall of his bar with finds like these and then somehow (hadn’t crossed that bridge yet)  float metal shelves in front of it for bar display. Somebody take this idea and run with it! And don’t forget to report back! ;-))

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My dear friend and designer Lisa had the same idea with a bachelor pad in Chicago, but they covered the dining room wall instead. You’re going to want to check it out and follow along HERE.

I mean even Mary Kay’s pens and pencils have a cool place to sit!

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The menu board for the food truck and all the pretties and fun that await us outside…

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To give you a little background, Mary Kay just recently retired from the vintage rental business, although, clients continue to call and woo her back. Big surprise there. She’s got major skills. And a gorgeous collection of family, found, vintage pieces mixed across many eras, like this cozy corner on their big front porch.

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Another awesome (and simple DIY) display!

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The chaise in the front yard, with the patch of wildflowers behind you, and the vintage metal fence behind that.

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You get to really see the artistic visions from her vintage rental repertoire.

LOVE the tee pee made with vintage linens! All the teenagers posed (or took selfies ;-)) with pretty props standing in front of the tee pee.

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I missed a picture of the outdoor “door” table, set up with a mix of metal seating and three simple glass milk jugs lining the center with wildflowers. Its where you found all the usual suspects, wink, wink. In the shade sipping a beverage. We loved it all so much, it was voted “had to stay!” for impromptu happy hours or a lemonade stand for the kiddos. We were blessed with one more night, Sunday night pizza, where we loved on our precious new babies on the street while enjoying one of those magical weather weekends, mild, sunny and breezy, you never want to end kind. No one wanted to see the sun go down that night.

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It’s pretty close corners in our hood, reminds me a lot of my childhood home, where nothing but a single driveway separates you from your neighbor. Moses wasn’t joking when he said “love thy neighbor” because you really have to love your neighbors. Having said that, you utilize space that maybe you would not. Its so true about living in the South, where you can create outdoor “rooms” and spaces like this sunk-in or “terrace level” patio space off the basement. How fricken cute are you? You know how many nights I’ve walked up on a roaring fire and ice cold Miller Lite (in a can the way we like it). We’ll meet here after Friday night football games, just like my parents did, however, they didn’t have to leave the back yard because the football field was our back yard (made spying on your boyfriend at football practice very convenient).  As a kid, I’d run around the corner every Friday night and listen to spectators get a kick out of  “look at those people in the backyard watching the game!” and be all embarrassed…ugh I don’t know who those people are- not related! 

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Another space saving and awesome addition is this swing, hung from the deck, as a lot of homes here have sloping back yards. Adorned with these colorful mobiles they have made, who wouldn’t want to swing here…just a swinging…

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You know those moments when you go to a friend’s house and they have just the killer piece, the piece you are gaga for and you’re like hey man, can you leave this for me in your will? Hah.  I’ll take the sofa! Meanwhile my boy and his boy were playing “extreme croquet” in the backyard. Which is a great idea for your next party. Corn hole was set up in the neighbor’s front yard. Can’t go wrong with corn hole!

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The girls have taken so many beautiful shots on this gorgeous Victorian piece throughout the years. They were so little when we first moved here?! I cannot believe they are all grown up and responsible, working full time or headed off to college. We can all feel really good about leaving the world in their hands.

The family visited Atlanta’s food truck park before selecting Urban Taali to feed all of us. And it was gooood.

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One last awesome, repurposed piece and message. xoxo

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AMEN!

Have a happy Saturday all! If you have any questions about the gorgeous items you have seen here, how to make them, what their made off, etc., don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll holler across the street at Mary Kay and find out for ya.

peace out!

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A constant treasure hunt

Hello team,

How goes it? I’ve been a mad crazy designer these past two weeks, on the hunt for one-of-a-kinds to wrap up some projects before Summertime hits. I wanted to share what’s out there, A LOT of pretties, A LOT of potential, but where to start?

How bout Home Decorator’s Collection? You know that catalogue that shows up every month, now owned by The Home Depot. Well they opened a retail space here in Alpharetta and its nice to see and feel some of that good looking eye candy you see on line, JUST to be sure. Some score, some do not.

I love this ottoman layered over a hide rug for a large master bath suite. Bring in some softness to all the hard lines a master bath entails and give it a touch of luxe. At $279 it definitely made the score list.

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The pair of mirrors were rock solid as well as this fanciful take on a starburst…

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I’ve had my eye on a sofa/chaise for our beach place and this would run right in front of the dead space of the 1980′s door wall that doesn’t open. We really need a sofa we can all pile onto and with limited square footage, this one may do the trick once I flip the t.v. to the other side of the room, whenever that may be.

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Notice all those good-looking lamps in the background, good stout sizes too, but this one in particular, beautiful as a pair in a bedroom…

 

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More pretties worthy of mention. Nice finish on this table…

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$199. Love the pleats. Put me with a pair in front of the fireplace.

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Never under estimate the power of large accessories and well-edited accessories (aka you don’t need a lot), these all fit the bill…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fretwork, very in style in both home decor and fashion this season. I’d like a pair of shoes that look like this.

Black and white, also on trend, would make some fun cookie jars in the kitchen.

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These lanterns were massive with loads of possibilities.

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Need a side table? Indoor or out?

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These are also great for the shower!

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well maybe not this one…but perfect for outdoor or rustic indoor.

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Cocktail table? Again, indoor or out…

 

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And lastly, the perfectly scaled bench for an end of bed or layered under a console table, at the price, you can recover and make her your own in a snap…

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The locals may have heard of Kudzu Antiques in Decatur. I was picking up a massive chandelier from Solaria recently and they needed some time to get it ready. No problem, let me just run into Kudzu across the street and see what we can find.

 

LOVE the sofa and the stories it could tell.  I pictured some mid-century lanterns hanging from the ceiling, on each end, in a Palm Springs type of pad, somewhere back in the day.

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This old window frame was massive, at least three feet wide, and what a statement she’d make in your home, over your mantle, above your bed, you name it.

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Love these vintage pin up girl prints for my bachelor’s basement bathroom, located just off the bar. Perfect.

 

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Big ole brass scalloped tray, pretty on a table or hung on the wall.

 

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How cool are there doors?! Maybe they came out of the same house as the sofa?

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Sometimes its the kid in me or its for the kids ;-) Kermeee!

 

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This is what we call getting side tracked. Focus Jen, focus.

 

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Not my size, dang it. Look at that heel!

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Again, not my size.

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I’ve got a thing for chandeliers with sprays at the top. I kept coming across them, everywhere I went these past few weeks…

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It was time to check out the new Green Bean Exchange location in Alpharetta. WHOA. Good, good stuff!

A pair…

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A set of four for $160! Restyled. Lots of fun.

 

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There were three of these, used indoors instead, in a bathroom perhaps?

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Loved this table base,  indoor or out.

 

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A steal at $99! In a new color, just set your vintage record player up top, with all those old albums, or a bar.

 

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In need of a pop of color? No problem.

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It was the perfect size for a side table…

 

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Way cool, I thought, a pair, even better. Again it had that Viceroy, Kelly Wearstler vibe I thought.

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Walk away…you’re here to work…

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For you DIYers, I thought this lace swag was so pretty. Stay tuned for my neighbor’s super cute grad party she threw this past weekend, where she makes chandeliers very similar to this, and hangs them all over the yard!

 

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The fun thing about antiquing is I probably wouldn’t have thought about Dennis the Menace ever again but here he is, saying HI! ;-)

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For the firefighter in your life…you just never know what you might find. This would be a great gift.

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I decided to hit the Free Home Green Bean and these urns caught my eye. In a high gloss color, again they had that cool Kelly Wearstler, hipness to them. I could see them a top a pair of tables, maybe some books stacked underneath or all around.

 

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Digging this piece of wood for some texture and layers…

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I hit the jack pot at the Green Bean in Cumming…this hand made lamp. Can’t go wrong with REAL materials. I think a black shade with gold interior will look swank with it.

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Totally digging this old 1920′s photography lamp for my bachelor pad client as a floor lamp. Bonus, he’s into the industrial look. Of course I’d love to keep it for myself. ;-)

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GORGEOUS brass bed, and so affordable. It so pays team to repurpose! Again, real materials too.

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I may have gone a little coo coo but there was something about these candle sconces, in another color, that I liked, haha.

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Part of an old window arch, would make great wall art!

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Step away from the chair that was only $49. NO MORE CHAIRS can come home!

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I bought the bald eagle lamp and the green etched glass lamp with stars. Will have some fun styling with new shades.

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These tables are custom, any size you need, and she will stain the wood in any color!

 

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Now off the beaten path, to a place I hit from time to time and based on what I found, its going to have to be in the rotation much more often!

Loved the lines, down cushion, great price!

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The pair, $50! Who doesn’t love a room with matching twin beds?

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Does this next picture get you excited or give you the heebie jeebies? LOL. Me, excited! If ever you need some chairs, we’ve found our place!

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This little pretty was in the process of getting a make over…

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I think this next chair is the jump off point for my new home office, what do you think? Big thick box cushion on top. The perfect opportunity to use one of those fancy, expensive fabrics because you won’t need much. But what a punch it will pack!

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And I’m headed back today for these pagoda styled lamps. Hubba hubba. I can’t stop thinking about them. They need some work but oh well, I can handle that. You’re so worthy of my time sweet babies.

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These sconces were great, with that little touch of brass.

 

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In a funky fresh pattern? Aeh whatya say?

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Loved this guy for a mix of seating around a breakfast table maybe? New color, black?

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You could fill an entire two story foyer with all the vintage mirrors in this place, no lie! And artwork too. This place is a treasure hunt and the owner is awesome. She allows designers to bring back anything that doesn’t work. Are you kidding me? That is extremely patient, priceless and generous in this business.

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Notice the frame, how its a swag that doesn’t go all around the mirror. Love when that happens.

 

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Love this piece for a long table…fill it up randomly with air plants and succulents. It was HUGE. Or just a few silver orbs?

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And of course sourcing and shopping wouldn’t be complete without a run through Target and ADAC. These little x stools often go on sale for $63 and have tons of potential recovered and/or repainted.

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I used them here in a foyer, with new upholstered tops to anchor those sconces, easy peasy!

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I also think these white-washed side tables could go ANYWHERE and are a great find for $59.99.

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As promised I hit the new Jim Thompson showroom and was gaga. So much so, I barely snapped any pictures, I was so intimidated ;-) but picked up a ton of great new fabric samples to share soon.

LOOK at this amazing art wall – so perfect!

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And this collection of glass goblets. I wish I had a more artistic shot of it, but you get the picture. It was stunning! They remind me of Grandma’s old ribbon candy dishes, all those suckers always stuck together when you tried to eat one.

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And for you sticker collectors from our 80s youth, I wish this next picture were a “scratch-n-sniff”…

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Isn’t it great to know there are people out there that can put something like this together? Again, my picture doesn’t do it justice, heaven in a vase. But being able to work with ART, ARTISTS and be around it all the time is truly the best. Every time I pull into ADAC its like the perfect trifecta of joy, excitement and gratitude. You just never know what you might see or who you might meet that shares all the same loves as you.

Cheers friends! I hope you enjoyed this picking, shopping, sourcing post and it gives you some mojo to hit some stores today for fun finds! #coloryourworldpretty

xoxo

Jennifer

 

 

 

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A preview of the ASO Show House – now open

Ohhhhh boy. Last week we toured the ASO Spring Show House for media day and I was blown away. It’s like every major design force in Atlanta flexin their artistry muscle, puttin on a show. Incredible. I took a lot of pictures with my phone, my good camera and there are some FABULOUS images from the press kit too so grab a glass of champagne and let’s rock!

The home is called “Palazzo Rosa” an Italian Baroque style home built in 1926. It spans 16,000 square feet and is currently for sale.

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We’ll start in the pool house with this cute-as-pie designer Michael Habachy.

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These chairs are insane. Vintage and reupholstered in hide. You know how bad I wanna say “talk dirty” right now right? Those things are so sexy!

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Orbs! Be sure to pile some on in your favorite urn or bowl.

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A beautiful tile arrangement.

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I especially loved this artwork from a Canadian artist Michael recently discovered. Its a little bit fantasy, a little bit Tinkerbell. Like it.

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Moving on to Timothy Corrigan’s space, decked out head to toe in his new fabric line. I could of died. I recently pulled this sample in the “sunset” color way and its beachy, gorgeous and fun in orange, pink and coral tones.

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I’m constantly keeping my eyes peeled for wall brackets, they provide fun drama to any space, and these were especially sweet. I wonder how he got them to stick?

 

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A gorgeous vignette, showing Timothy’s eye for styling. The scalloped tables covered in his fabric as well. So luxurious.

 

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Over the years of touring show houses, I get a big kick out of what designers put inside fireplaces to style them. Gotta love the gold bars.

 

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Elaborate urns on pedestals stuffed with magnolia branches, which is a look I’d like to do more of. Need to find me some good clippers.

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Sucker for art! I saw a lot of art propped up and layered over others and mirrors. Keep this in mind when styling your home. One less hole in the wall and that makes husbands happy.

 

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Moving into the kitchen, the perfect shade of greige on the cabinets, tile backsplash all the way to the top…

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Notice the finish on the quartz counters…its a leather finish?! That’s a new one for me…always a student. Also love the styling of the terrarium trio.

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The sconces over the windows, a personal favorite!

 

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This next space, the Grand Salon, designed by Barbara Westbrook, BLEW ME AWAY with its hand painted linen wall coverings, original to the home! R u kidding me?

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I love the rich emerald tones she pulled from the walls. Below a new take on a traditional wing back chair and how sweet is the side table, standing by for your favorite cocktail.

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I could have spent a lot of time in this space, it was just so amazing to me. Taking note of the nail and trim on the ottoman here. Its the little details, the little layers, that make designing so much fun.

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A beautiful lunch on a beautiful day was provided on the front lawn…

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Directly off the Grand Salon, was Robert Brown’s Solarium space in grays, pinks with perfectly-styled vignettes and French Moderne furnishings. Notice how wonderful the wall color looks with the dark wood moldings. I might not have guessed that?

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Again more layering of art over mirrors, etc.

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Or art over art, whatever your fancy..

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Note to self, pull this fabric memo…it sort of reminds me of sea urchins and may make a great jump off point for a beach house design. I believe its Jim Thompson, with a newly designed show room at ADAC I need to see asap.

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Really digging this salon styled wall in the study designed by Stan Topol and a favorite Brunschwig and Fils fabric on the walls and pillows. You may recall I just had a pillow made in this for my office and have some more coming for the new house.

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I miss this good ole fashioned fringe trim. Its such great texture and looks especially cool on the end of round bolster pillows too.

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Can I just pick you up, pillows and all, and throw you in the back of my truck? LOVE. And notice the swag of the draperies, extending past the moldings, for more drama. Dig.

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Precious

Chambre Traquille de la Mademoiselle - Tish Mills - Harmonious Living

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Jimmy Stanton’s spaces ALWAYS look so effortless and CHIC.

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Now that’s a master bed!

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And a master bath!!! I particularly loved the art styled in a mish-mash around the mirror, on both sides. Made a mental note of that as well. ;-)

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Our friends Lance and David, of Parker Kennedy, did such a phenomenal job with their outdoor space! Throw in the fact that I’m obsessed with black and white and this was an easy vote as one of my favorite spaces.

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Again, another perfectly styled vignette by Bryan Alan Kirkland Designs. This space was VIBRANT with shades of pink. Really fun! Notice the white wrapped books. Recently Jill and I sprayed an old set of encyclopedia’s gold and will be using them to style some bookshelves with emerald green accents. Hoping that all works out like you picture in your head. ;-)

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And lastly, our new favorite friends, Lila Pryor Frank and Allyson Kirkpatrick’s solarium garden space in sweet lavender. We had the opportunity to meet these fine ladies at lunch and they are a HOOT. Lee Lee if you are reading, they are from Huntsville and knew your family. Small world. BTW I have totally fallen for this color. I use to hate it. LOL. It’s nice to know we are always changing and evolving right? ;-)

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I hope you enjoyed the tour! I’m sorry to report that I did not get any good pictures of the Dining Room, by one of my FAVORITE Atlanta Interior Designer’s Melanie Turner. The existing antique murals brought back great memories of my Grandparent’s Funeral Home, hah. I know that sounds crazy, but they too had mural wallpaper on the walls for years (and lived upstairs) and I so wish it was still there. Now I have to look at Mom and Dad’s old prom pictures for a glance. If you do not know Melanie, check out her portfolio HERE. It has rock star written all over it. And she’s fun and sweet to talk to. I would have loved an opportunity to study under her while I was making my way. Heck I still am making my way. Always a student is one of my life’s many mantras. Be a sponge! ;-)

Have a GREAT DAY and if you are in the Atlanta area, go be inspired with all this lavish design. This was just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more! All proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, all the info for the show is, HERE. And you can follow along on your favorite social media network with hashtag #ASOShowHouse.

Cheers you all!

Jenny-inspired

xoxo

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Reentry

Well hello team! Nothing like switching over to a new blog platform and then never hearing from me again ;-) A lot has been going on. You can definitely tell Spring is in the air and all clients want a PIECE of the action! I love it. I love my clients! (knock on wood) This week has been like chicken soup for the soul seeing all of them re-energized and our months and weeks of work coming to fruition… for example, this dining room here coming together…

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We are awaiting a large case good piece for the back wall and an OVERSIZED metal bar cart to the left for happy hour! I wish you could see the pretty herringbone wool window treatments better or the great metal tray from Restoration Hardware that will run the length of the table, with tons and tons of vanilla tapers but you will. This client is all about “Garden and Gun” and I’m very excited about what’s to come.

Here’s what we were working with initially…a really bad cream on the upper walls and eggplant throughout. ALL GONE.

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No better feeling than Spring right?  And getting everything in your house freshened up for the good times that will roll this Spring and Summer!

“let the good times roll
let them knock you around
let the good times roll
let them make you a clown”

So its work, work, work, day and night until school ends. Throw in selling your home and this girl’s straight crazy. I don’t think my kid’s beds have ever been made so much?  Its kinda nice having the whole fam pitch in on keeping this beast clean, kinda like “who are you and what have you done with my family?”.

SO last we talked, I was going to update you on attending the Design Blogger’s Conference right? It was right here in Atlanta and my favorite girls were all in attendance.

IMG_2745 ( a nice surprise wine tasting at the end of our session. The Prosecco was to die for. I’ve faded from P, a little too sweet for me as of late, but this one was off the chart. I promise to track down the name of it for you!). 

It was kinda like going back to college, hanging with the girls, feeling SASSY, but the rooms were much nicer and we weren’t all broke. Hah. There were a lot of sessions, and great insight and presentations from some of the best in the business (Candice Olsen, Timothy Corrigan, Tobi Fairley, Jeffrey Alan Marks and on and on). My big take-a-ways were bringing your blog and your business all under one brand NAME, so I tried to achieve that in my new blog header.  You’ll notice my j. schoenberger design logo has taken on a bigger presence. But of course Vreeland Road is my blood, so I’ll never lose that, regardless of what the experts say. xo

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The second take-a-way that piqued my interest was a suggestion from Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita blog fame, and that was to have a few monthly feature stories and set an editorial calendar.  So I’m making that my goal and my feature story ideas were:

“A work in progress” In this field it takes months, sometimes years to achieve the final look of a project. And I thought it might be fun and interesting for my readers to see the progress along the way? Maybe some of the initial scouting photos, the befores, a few inspiration shots thrown in, and of course the intel, the method to the madness and the sources because life is about SHARING and CARING right? Work hard. Be nice. Good things happen.

My second monthly feature idea (don’t get crazy Jen, two? Oh yes, maybe even three – holy moly) was “J. SHO SPOTTED”. I sift through my iPhone pictures some days, while chilling in a waiting room, or getting the oil changed and think, this is so worthy of sharing right?? This would inspire me? This HAS inspired me and now I’ve translated that into my client’s new dining room, etc. So once a month I’d love to share the latest and greatest images I’ve snapped on my journey of explorations. Nothing worse than constantly surfing through your phone for an image to show a client and at over 1,ooo images, it takes awhile, your eyes really start to hurt, and oh shit, I thought I deleted that pic for the hubs?! #whoops

Lastly, I was thinking about a “FAB FIND FRIDAY”, just a quick and fun new product I found that I love.

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Like these twig gold candlesticks from a client meeting yesterday. Ordered three of them! They are super tall too. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Comes in silver too, from The Home Decorator’s Collection.

And come Friday, maybe a great cocktail recipe thrown in too? Like all these ideas from a restaurant we dined at on vacation…

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Heck its the weekend right? Time to dance on the table!

So there you have it, my new set of goals for THE ROAD. What hopefully lies ahead. In a nutshell bringing better content, knowledge and inspiration to you, my lovely lovelies. In addition to the above race track that is life right now, our family took a little vacay down to the Virgin Islands over spring break and I hope you won’t mind me sharing the images with you next time we meet here again. Some design, beautiful scenary and a lot of just crazy us.

Have a great week and a great Spring! Here’s to new beginnings! So happy for my Michiganders who ride here. Big Poppy said last night it hit 60 degrees (!!!) and that is HUGE news in early April after a long, cold, hard Winter.  I love my southern friends and family that are born and raised here, but folks YOU HAVE NO IDEA the DARKNESS, lol. I remember those sixty-degree days with great fondness! We’d most likely skip class and if lucky enough to get an outdoor table at the Peanut Barrel sip brews and eat the best burgers all day long. Good times! So soak up those rays while you can! xoxo

Jenny from the rock

 

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ease on down the road

Big news in the Schoenberger house. We are selling our house and easing on down the road to a new one.

Say what?

You just finished that house???

I’m told that’s how it happens. Finish one, move on to another. Not really sinking in yet. I’ll count that chicken when it’s time, so in the interim, we’ve got our hands full with selling the first love and a tiny slice of beach heaven. A lot of work, a lot of wine.

Pick your left foot up
When your right foot’s down
Come on legs keep movin’
Don’t you lose no ground
You just keep on keepin’
On the road that you choose
Don’t you give up walkin’
‘Cause you gave up shoes, no

We moved into this house in 03, just after Jackie boy was born, and it has been a work in progress ever since. A lot of love, labor, change and design has gone in to making it the perfect home for our family. But now its time to move a few doors down and couldn’t be more thrilled to share this next chapter with you all. I myself have thuroughly enjoyed watching my fellow blog friends move homes. Its an exciting time. Share in all that newness and style they create. I hope ours will be as exciting.

{Our sweet boy Charlie, chilling on the front porch, like he always did. We miss you Chuck!}

Here’s a shot of the house as it began. It was the hay day of Cottage Living and I was obsessed with cottage style hence the white trim, window boxes and red door (feng shui). But ultimately the villa roof line would win me over and in 06 we added on to our home and I went with a dark trim, Curio Gray, by Sherwin Williams, and have never looked back.

In addition to selling first love, we also have a one bedroom/one bunk condominium on the south side of 30A in Seagrove Beach we are selling. One of them you may be familiar with, Unit 16, where we blew up the wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings, kitchen, bath and bedroom. Read all about the before and after shots HERE.  I threw the hammer down on that place. Total gut job.

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Because we spend the majority of the high season, Summers, in Michigan, we rent our unit year round. You can reserve your spot HERE. Shortly after the renovations on unit 16 were completed,  the unit above became available for sale. We jumped on it and have enjoyed getting to know our long-term renter living there now. We’re pretty jealous, to say the least. Gorgeous ocean views and the sound of waves every day…seriously? Young kids have it so good these days.

On to our forever home. God-willing. It took us months to get use to the idea that it was actually happening. A lot of prayer. A lot of grateful tears. So many new and favorite things I want to share.  I’ve started a board here on Pinterest of inspiration and ideas for this home if you would like to follow along. Pinterest is still my hero for keeping thoughts and projects organized.

As you can imagine, some mad planning going down and there will a mad sale too. Keep you posted on that. However, I wanted to share a few design decisions I’ve made in regard to wallpaper. Maybe if I put it out there in the universe, I will stick to it.

This first wallpaper I’ve stalked for years, “Emile Cachemire” is a classic from Schumacher. I’m a sucker for paisley and since this half bath is right off the family room/man room, I want it to have a masculine, Ralph Lauren quality to it for Mikey. But with some J. SHO juxtaposition of rough and luxe. Mom’s mirror, purchased some 20 years ago, is finally finding its perfect perch. Dad and I discovered it in garage year’s ago (NO WAY! Can I please have that?). Throughout this wild ride, I’ve been looking for signs…talk to me God…and thought surely this wallpaper being on sale is one of them? ;-)

‘Cause there maybe times
When you think you lost your mind
And the steps you’re takin’
Leave you three, four steps behind
But the road you’re walking
Might be long sometimes
You just keep on steppin’
And you’ll be just fine, yeah



If you know me, you had to know Brunschwig and Fils “Talavera” was going in somewhere. I think it is the perfect complement to this half bath combination, don’t you? Clap along if you feel the happiness is the truth.

Sophia will have her own bathroom in the new crib and she loves this pick of Schumacher’s “Chenonceau” in aquamarine (Another sign perhaps?). Lots of birds and butterflies, perfect for my Sunshine girl.

So if you or anyone you love would like to live in a home with ten years of love and design invested in it, in a wonderful walkable neighborhood with kick ass neighbors on every side, you should buy it. LOL.

Next up, the Design Blogger’s Conference I attended last week. The good times, the new friends, the take-a-ways and my thoughts on how to make next year’s conference better among multiple levels of blogging experience.

And a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEST FRIEND, MY SISTER Jacqueline Lee that forever cheers us on. She celebrates tomorrow and I am so blessed to have her for my big sister throughout this wild ride. When I was a little brat pip squeak to now, she helps me over the hump. Which usually begs the question, “what do you think Mom would say?” We laugh, sometimes cry, depending on the answer. Thanks Mom and Dad for giving me a stellar Sister and a Brother.

happy Saturday friends! Peace out,

jenny from the rock

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and we are live!

Hello friends! I just realized I missed my four year blogging anniversary?! Hot damn time flies when you are having fun! But what better time to launch my new website aeh?  Sheeeeck it out…

I wanna thank my girl Julie over at Deluxe Designs for putting up with my anal ass and perfecting the site for me. I love it! And I hope you do too.

Next up is a lot of photographing and styling of completed projects over this last year (which is HARD work), but it was a banner year for J. Sho Design and I want to share all the inspiration, knowledge, know-how with all you lovers. xoxo

(Cobalt blue or plum or pink on the bench??? We’re wrangling with what color. So many choices!)

We decided to take a break from the blog re-design for awhile, at least until after Design Bloggers Conference, which starts tomorrow (jump around, jump around), where I’ll get a free consult with Design Sherpa on the look and feel of Vreeland Road. I can’t wait for them to tell me it stinks and all the changes I should make, LOL.

Anyhoo, I’m really proud of the job I’m doing and the business I’ve created for myself, my family, my one full-time employee and a bevy of skilled craftspeople that rock and encourage everyone to GET out there, if you’re considering the leap. Yes, it’s a lot of REALLY HARD work and yes you might cry some days and convince yourself to stay in bed :-) but when you are passionate and LOVE what you do, there’s just no telling where the road may lead to.

I’ll end now and tell you how much I appreciate your participation in all of this! I had a moment last week where my sister-in-law had a designer over to her house in Michigan and was like, “you know Vreeland Road?” I could have died. But none of that is possible without you and the blog. So thanks for making me feel like a rock star. Like I’m making a difference. That’s all I ask, to leave the world a little brighter and more stylish than when I began.

So cheers friends! I look forward to many more pretty, stylish and happy days on the road with you all!!!

peace out my fellow road trippers,

Jennifer Sunshine
Jenny from the rock
J.SHO
wife
mother
daughter
sister
best friend
lover of life

xoxo

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my statement chair for One Kings Lane

Howdy friends!

I was recently contacted (ok so it was several weeks ago, maybe months, and I’m just now getting my act together) by One King’s Lane to write a post on my favorite statement chair in our home as part of their new HOME DECOR RESOURCE GUIDE. Which is fantastic for a self-taught designer like myself. I know what I love but don’t always know the proper name or origin. So thank you Kings Lane for this great new avenue! 
Now what chair to pick??? My home is chuck full of chairs! It’s like the house of chairs. I have a major chair obsession. I cannot stop buying chairs and have a storage facility piling up with them. So it was really tough for me to decide which to profile. In the end I picked a pair of my favorites from our dining room…
This is truly one of my favorite vignettes in our home, these French-inspired 1950′s (I’m guessing -will reference the guide for confirmation ;-)) iron chairs that flank the large window.  The hubs, of all people, fetched em from the garage of our family cottage on Torch Lake. However it was my late designer Mother-in-law with the eye that found them (I hope I’ve made her proud). I recovered the seat and back in my favorite ticking stripe and adorned them each with a sleek pair of velvet pillows I scored from the Thomas O’brien line for Target years ago. I topped off the vignette with some old green cabbage plates I sprayed white for that neutral, ethereal look I have going on in here. 
Here is a shot of the symmetrical arrangement I snapped this morning to give you all the full picture. The above photo was shot by Jennifer Kesler. 
A big THANK YOU to One King’s Lane for asking me to participate in their new Home Decor Resource launch! I’m thrilled to be on your radar and apologize for taking so long. Please be sure to check it out friends! So much knowledge and beauty to discover there! xoxo
Happy Sunday loves, 
J.SHO
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scotts and stuff

Hi lovers! Happy hump day evening – at last. Already feels like it could be Friday but hey, no complaints on the road. 
As a designer in Atlanta, you are very spoiled by Scott Antique Market and if you don’t attempt to get their every month, its borderline blasphemy. You just never know what you might find, or when inspiration strikes and BAM the vision of your client’s living room comes together in an instant. Or the months you don’t make it and are like sht, what I miss?! 
So tonight we’re going to travel back to my October, November and December trips as Scotts is almost upon us for February. Here goes. 

First at bat were these MONSTER lanterns #holysht. I’d put them in a restaurant stat. Their rusty patina would look killer against some matte black walls. 

Hate it when you’re on a mission at scotts and you walk by stuff that is not priced or unmanned and don’t have the patience to wait around for the answer. Like this mirror. Breaks my heart to see it here again and not in the back of my TRUCK. And what about those blue lamps in the reflection? Some new shades and blam-o!

Spotted this guy and thought you are PERFECT…

For my client’s sassy mudroom! This space was totally inspired from my trip to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island last Summer. Palladium Blue by Benjamin Moore painted on the inside of the cabinets. Stripes in Sandy Hook Gray, also Ben Moore, and our light all shiny and bright, thanks to the wizards at Lamp Arts. When we style for the photo shoot, I think I’ll throw some red flowers in there and maybe some green glasses for the quintessential Grand Hotel color palette.

Loved this random 3/4 of a door for an object d’art but the price was way steep.

Would of rather had the painting, but again, no price or person to ask.

A steal at $75 for the pair, indoor or outdoor.

How SWEET is this milk glass and gold pendant??? Easily the centerpiece of so many cool spaces.

I’m addicted. And I really have no idea why. Maybe because I admire their posture and mine sucks?  

The pair of pendants – the best!

oh man

Pick a style prop, any style prop…

Yes, the tall guys in the middle.

The color of this blue leather, set of eight! It reminds me of that killer blue and black house featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles maybe two holiday’s ago. Anyone else retain that spread?

The crust on this clock…

I bought this guy. I like circles. I’m collecting all different kinds of industrial type spheres and will someday style an entire bookshelf with them.

A sweet reminder for us all. xo

Globe lights…literally.

Hah! A dream.

Moving on to November. Abstract artwork is the inspiration behind a custom painting in the making for my client’s dining room which I’ll be happy to share with you all asap. 

It evoked good thoughts about service, goodwill, fellowship. I liked it. So it made the cut.

How’s this for a fire pit? Or a witch’s brew.

FINALLY pulled the trigger on my own pair. They are standing guard by the back door and make me really happy.

The perfect pair of side tables. Anywhere.

Driftwood anyone? I like that big piece bottom right just to set atop a coffee table.

One of the reasons you need to hit Scotts every month, is that some dealers come and go, or maybe just try it out once or twice. This gal was one of them, and her stuff was really well done.

I’m a sucker for prints like this. What a great color combo. Again, this could be the spring board for an entire room.

And good ole toile. Sucka.

Moving into December…

Recall earlier when I mentioned styling an entire book case with circular objects? I die. I’d gladly take em all and just go to town. LOOK HOW GREAT THEY ALL LOOK TOGETHER? And the frame too. Throw her in!

                 

Wanted to buy you. Notice the shield on the side. I love to many things.

                 

These were enourmous! Kicking myself.

                  

And lastly from December, the fabric on this chair. Dig.

                

I managed to hit the Queen recently and it was a hot day. Wanted to buy it all…

settee (to be recovered of course).

Everything you see here. Can I live here?

In the name of the greek key!

This green with gold thread pillow, hello.

Mr. Gabrielson’s pecky cypress side tables. Can you stand it? So good. Going in a bachelor pad stat.

Speaking of the Gabrielson family, our girl Lisa still keeps her booth at the Queen STOCKED. Jenny picked up a couple of ditties for herself that day. ut oh. This still life and the lamps!

Well done I thought. And I liked the whip stitched X pattern. Shocker. But really, you could work this little dress maker detail onto the back of some slipcovered chairs, a random trim tape pattern, etc.

A couple of months ago I SEARCHED THE WORLD OVER for a large silver starburst and don’t you know, this one pops up at Lowes now that the job is completed. FYI. Eighty bucks and really good looking.

Also came across this TILE. 
Which ended up the inspiration for the finish on this client’s ceiling. SHAZAM! 
You just never know when inspiration might strike. Diana Vreeland said “the eye has to travel” even if it is just to Lowes. ;-))) 
Have a great rest of your week you all!
Jenny from the rock 
xoxo

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