Our holiday home tour 2019 part two

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!! The excitement, the hustle and bustle, the baking, the holiday music bangin – there truly is nothing quite like it! I love our country’s holiday traditions (and do we know how to party).

Welllll I hope you all enjoyed part one of the tour. Welcome back! And for those of you new here, we are selling our home. So this year’s tour is especially bittersweet.

We’ll start at our back door where I love a good red door. Again keeping it simple this year with clippings from the yard and a wreath. No fresh roping everywhere this year. Hurts to much to take it all down ha!

Just off our kitchen is our outdoor patio. I decided to jazz it up this year with a wreath on the doors and faux lighted garland and fresh clippings from our yard on the table. Good thing because its looking like mid 60s for Santa so more than likely we’ll be sitting out here at some point tomorrow.

And maybe later make a fire.

Back inside, just off the kitchen, is our laundry/mudroom. I recently renovated this space with custom cabinets, wallpaper and these rough hewn shelves I can style with the seasons. It is a great place to charge your phone, hide your ear buds or get a quick thank you note off in the mail.

You can find all the hot cocoa supplies here.
Vintage “AVON” Christmas boot from our Auntie :-)))) and some of our childhood Christmas books, both the kiddos and ours.

On the first floor of our home, we have two half baths, which really comes in handy when entertaining 50 amazing ladies at your annual “Favorite Things” party. Here’s a peek inside the other half bath with just a touch of sparkle.

I took four quatrefoil mirrors from Target and made a grid. A scrap of hide and made a cornice board, all paired with my favorite “Talavera” wallpaper from B & F.

Right next door is our master bedroom on the main level. And it got a major infusion of Pyne Hollyhock from Schumacher this year (Merry Christmas to me!). I’ve adored this pattern for years and finally told myself, girl cover those vintage chairs that have been siting at the upholsterer in it?! What ya thinking?! I love a good design breakthrough hahaha.

A classic floral pattern mixes well with so many others!

Again stuck to my guns, and kept things super simple in here: garland, wreath and a few baubles.

More garland love! This one from Magnolia Home at Target.
The 16th – our wedding day

Let’s head upstairs where I did something new this year that I think you might like…

I framed the guest bedroom door with clip boards to display the kiddos holiday art work from the years. And it got me thinking, I’d like to do a whole wall/grid of clipboards in our next home, mudroom or back door area to easily swap/display artwork, photos, mementoes, reminders, you name it!

Awwe catching snowflakes on your tongue! And a big heart on her chest – that’s my girl!

Here’s a happy little corner at the top of our stairs folks rarely see…

Sophia’s childhood cheetah coat was just too cute to leave hanging in a closet.
I love to adorn objects with random antique/thrifting finds like this gold trim and pottery barn beaded necklaces found on clearance- score.

Opposite this corner is quite a bit of landing space, so I utilized it for all our classic book titles, artwork, puzzles, games, kid stuff with a table and chairs nearby. Its key (in my book) to have one consistent element, the orange boxes here, I think is crucial for exposed shelving on a larger scale. Otherwise it all starts to look like clutter, which is still kinda does here, ha, but you know where I’m coming from.

I took two articulating table lamps from IKEA and turned them into custom cabinet lighting ūüėČ and just noticed the cords falling down – whoops.

And that my friends, rounds out the tour! Now for an exciting new twist. I asked some of our clients to please send me pictures of your trees in the spaces we designed…

This home is a mix of blues, grays, tans and chinoiserie goodness. Worked hard on this baby! Complete gut renovation.

Next up is another total renovation that Lindsey lead the charge on this past year. A blue and white BEAUTY that I was so lucky to be asked to decorate for Christmas.

A new flocked tree stands center in front of a new wall of metal windows and doors. Another 14 foot tree sits around the corner waiting for Santa to put presents under.

And lastly this black and white beauty we are happily still working on. I made a last minute pit stop to drop off these preserved orchids we had made in a $40 target bowl that will last a lifetime. So worth the investment.

Well there you have it folks! I promised a Christmas favorites play list but you all know the good ones…just off the top of my head here are a few you know and maybe one or two you haven’t heard yet…

“Step Into Christmas” Elton John

“Christmas is the time to say I love you” Billy Squier

“Rocking around the Christmas Tree” Brenda Lee

“Do they know its Christmas” Band Aid

“Holly Jolly Christmas” Burl Ives

“Hard Candy Christmas” Dolly Parton

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan

“Blue Christmas” The Lumineers

“Santa Clause is coming to town” Bruce Springsteen

“Christmas (baby please come home) by Darlene Love and U2 (love both versions!)

And lastly EVERYONE’s favorite, good ole Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” It just never gets old.

Rock and roll team!!! Please go have the best Merry Christmas yet!!! And be safe and love each other with abandon! We love you!! 2020 here we come guns ablazin! :-)))))

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Our Holiday Home Tour 2019 part one

Holy Smokes here we are at another Christmas season folks! They come faster and faster! And when it comes to decorating, I’m still a little kid at Christmas and can’t wait to see what transpires. Every year its different and I am super excited to give you this year’s home tour – so come on in!

One major goal accomplished was getting the wreaths up on the windows. Wouldn’t you know it, the one year I bailed, it snowed!

I took a family poll and RED was the winning ribbon color. Classic.

My other goal was to keep it simple! I try really hard ha. I remind myself often what a pain in the a$$ it is to take it all down.

Let’s start in the foyer where I sprinkled the entry table with treasures from my girls trip to Florida and a few trees from my collection.

All the sea treasures looking right at home with holiday glitz
Moved a pair of Schumacher’s Vanderbilt Velvet pillows in here and took the plaid pillow to our bedroom. Very common occurrence in these parts. Pillow swapping.
happy little corner and close up of our herringbone foyer floors.
New this year, candles and lanterns scattered up the stairs under the adage “group like items together for dramatic impact”

Moving into our formal living room, or otherwise known as the pecky cypress room. Sadly this room doesn’t get a lot of use throughout the year but it sure does steal the show at Christmastime.

The mantle is a mystery every year. Last year i felt like loading it up with tons of greens and this year I barely cut any. New this year are the pair of silver orb garlands I found at Scotts and hung asymmetrical to one side, or as Lindsey says “like a sexy side ponytail”.
I love to embellish the stockings with special, random objects, like the Marilyn Monroe pin Mom gave me for Christmas from the Wyandotte Street Fair or the gold leaf on twine that came off a gift from Jayson Home & Garden in Chicago. Hang onto all those pretty little trinkets because you just never know where you might use them.
Greek key and vintage ornaments…these are a few of my favorite things!
The view from this room of our outdoor dining area. I noticed a big trend this year of running garland down the center of long rectangular tables. Such a beautiful look!

If you turn around from our pecky cypress room you head into the gallery that I covered in Cole & Sons “Gondola” because I HAD to have it. I was like where can I put this?! And sadly its now disco’d. Boo hiss!

And if you do another twirl, you’ll find yourself in our dining room with a pale pink ceiling and black walls. Kind of feels like one of those not so tasty chocolates with the pink center, but pretty to look at.

Something told me to reread my post before going to bed tonight and I’m happy I did. I realized I totally forgot to include this shot. Can of the holidazzzze.
Super simple centerpiece – woo hoo stayed on target.
This wreath is new! I scored it on sale at the Queen for $50 and its pretty massive. I just couldn’t resist its neutral shimmer and natural elements.
This piece has always felt right here – a Christmas miracle!
Old Fashion anyone?
I’ve had this pair of ornaments for years and felt like they get lost on the tree. So I tied some ribbon to them and hung them here.
A favorite little corner. I love the contrast of the black and white and the playfulness of “fa la la la” against the fancy people in the fancy gold frame.

Alright, let’s head into the man cave next. This room gets a lot of play on game day, movie night and Christmas Eve when we pile in for some good ole fashioned Charlie Brown Christmas and Home Alone 2 (Soph’s pick this year). Personally my favorite holiday movies are Elf, The Holiday and Love Actually. Elf would be the only one that stands a chance with this crowd. What’s your favorite holiday movie? Polar Express is pretty special too!

I came to the realization this year I have a garland problem. I want to put it everywhere and maybe leave it up all year too ha.
This is our family tree with all the homemade ornaments and those from our travels. I pick up an ornament on every family vacation to remind us and reminisce (and because its frightening how much we forget!).
I split up this French grate and put one on each table flanking the entrance to display our BLESSINGS of friends and family. Again I love the utilitarian look of clothespins against the fancy scrolls of the gate. If I had more time I’d draw little red hearts on them – totally hi jacked that idea from Jill Sharp Weeks on Insta. Incredible talent!

Soph and I had so much fun with the village this year! I took a nostlagic pit stop last Summer at Bronners Christmas World in Frankenmuth (the CUTEST town!!!) on my way “up north” and noticed the current Department 56 homes didn’t seem as quality as Mom’s. When we unpacked, I found an old catalogue from the 90s and picked a did a google search and found a few new/old ones.

We found the King’s Road Post Office, the “wheat cakes and pudding cups” cottage and a Print Shop for Mom! (She worked in a print shop for the school). All for a fraction of the price of new. Good times!

Speaking of Home Alone…

These cute cable knit candles were scored at Kohls this year.
Right off the man cave is this moody half bath and SNOW

So let’s head into the kitchen and keeping room and where we spend all our time…

Layered and mixed three different garlands over the fireplace this year and a vintage stocking from a gal on Insta, sadly I cannot remember her name. Don’t you hate that? I start following someone amazing and then I can’t find them again because its not in chronological order – UGH so frustrating.
Breakfast nook
Loving the simplicity of this walnut filled urn I brought in from outside (and more greek key, nom, nom, nom).
Our green, gray and gold kitchen with a pair of new stools in my favorite color leather eva.
New garland from my fabulous girlfriend!!!
Hygge!

Well friends I think this is probably a good place to stop for now. Please join me again tomorrow when we finish the first floor, our bedroom, upstairs and outside. Also wanted to share with you some of our beautiful clients rooms decorated for Christmas too!! And my most favorite holiday tunes for your Christmas Day playlist.

Until then, happy holidaying!!! And thank you for coming by!! I hope you enjoyed the tour so far and have all kinds of ideas spinning in your head with your cherished decor.

loads of love, peace and progress,

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what’s been happening

Hello sweet friends!! Long time no talk! You won’t believe all the crazy that has been going on over at the Schoenberger crib. For starters we are selling our home!!! After five years, we’ve decided to downsize and move closer to our children’s school and could not be more excited about it! Mama is craving a simpler lifestyle. This home has been soooo good to us but man big homes are a lot of work while running a full-time family and design biz.

Last year for my birthday I custom designed the screen porch door for a little added zip that goes a long way
Our pecky cypress living room – for years I walked through this space and couldn’t believe it was ours. The thrill and gratitude has never left me.
The man cave has never looked better – the magic of great photography.
kitchen “clean as a whistle!” I thought two dishwashers was totally ridiculous when we moved in, turns out its the best thing EVER. Won’t design another kitchen without it.
our master on main

Man selling your home is A LOT of work, damn near killed me. Only because we have been working so hard on this gorgeous family lake house on Lake Lanier – 10,000 square feet of hard, heartfelt work!

an overview shot of the main living room at Lake Lanier – can’t wait to share the before photos of this space with you all!

So I’m coming at you today from our family cottage on Torch Lake that my Hubby and I share with his Sister in northern Michigan. Also for sale! Lots of changes going on…

Freshly painted last year
the beautiful blue Caribbean like waters

But the biggest one I am MOST excited about to share with you (and why all this moving and selling is going on) is we bought our very own place on Torch!!! A new project fixer upper from 1973 – the year I was born! Its been in the same family since 1974 and they haven’t changed a thing about it since LOL – the carpet is almost back in style! It’s four bedrooms, three full baths and the perfect cozy wood interior and huge stone fireplace you would expect in a Northern Michigan cottage. Plans are in the works for a garage/carriage house this Fall.

Here she is!!! Soon to be painted all black and charcoal for a modern farmhouse cottage vibe. I’m going to eventually swap out the balcony railing for something more architectural and add a window cupola on top of the roof for more charm.
Maybe our family’s favorite part about the new place is its all SAND shoreline!!! Our place now is rocks and its very hard to walk on, you almost always need swim shoes. There is also a perfect place to install a sandy beach along the coast protected by large boulders that won’t wash away.

We are closing on the property this week – thank you Jesus! I will start moving in this weekend and the wild rumpus design process will begin friends! You can follow along with me on my INSTAGRAM stories here and check out my TORCH inspiration board on Pinterest for the vibe going on inside. This is going to be a very hygge, chalet-style cottage for all to come and visit whenever they want!!! No more scheduling conflicts, can sleep wherever we want, stay as long as we want (not share a bathroom with five stinky teenage boys – ha), crank the music as loud as it will go – FREE TO BE YOU AND ME TEAM! God’s love is truly overwhelming at times and we are so grateful for this gift. I’ll try and do an updated post before I leave with lots of before and afters – headed to the property now to give a tour on stories and just soak it up!

THANKS for stopping by today and its always great to catch up with you! I hope to always inspire good design, good living and going after those dreams and goals! Put those daydreams to work!

Much love,

Jennifer Sunshine, Daydream Believer

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holiday home tour

Merry Christmas Eve friends!! I hope you are enjoying all the magic and wonder this season brings!

Our family Christmas tree with some new pops of emerald green
Cozy hygge foyer ready to welcome guests
I like to adorn objects around our home with flea market finds
I’ve always wanted to make an Advent Calendar, this was my first attempt.
Keeping Room table top tree – easy peasy
Gingerbread ornaments from IKEA – all the broken ones tasted great!
I like to collect an accessory souvenir from every trip – marble eggs compliments of Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Breakfast table
A favorite vignette when I walk down the stairs from my home office
An antique sleigh that belonged to Mom #favoritethings
We cleaned out my parents home last summer :-(((( but this wreath Mom made she had saved in the attic #purejoy
Family Room tree – where all our childhood, hand-made ornaments and old dolls shine
New this year – Jack & Sophia’s first Christmas outfits and a favorite Mom sewed for me. Daddy’s childhood mittens sewn to a stocking #favoritethings
Christmas books from all our childhoods in an antique book press scored at Scott’s for a song
Mom’s Dickens Village – a favorite holiday tradition for Sophia Sunshine. We were giving them away last Summer to friends and family, she had so many still left in the attic.
Finally had my act together this year and planted them on time! Federal bulls eye mirror #classic #favoritething
Simple heart garland in the Master Bedroom
Gave the artifical tree away last year and chose another simple adorned table top tree. Rock is from Torch Lake, where we were married #makeitmeaningful
All things birch bark! That’s what I say. Spent hours peeling off its paper in our front yard waiting for my sister and brother to come home from school.
My childhood ice skates and more birch ;-)))))
Friendly reminder xoxo

I hope you enjoyed our holiday home tour! I tried to keep it simple this year and am making progress ūüėČ We put a Charlie Brown tree in Jack’s room with the old school oversized colored bulbs and a star up top – love it for him. Sophia put up her white tree but both rooms were too messy to document – shocker.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!!! Taking all this joy, grace, kindness and generosity of the season and making it last all year long – that’s my goal. What’s your goal for the new year? If only every day was like Christmas what a wonderful world it would be.

Much love and peace to you family! As always, thanks for riding along Vreeland Road with me.

jennifer sunshine

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a september to remember

Hi friends!

I hope this post finds you well and in full FALL swing! Its like Halloween comes and goes, and bam its Christmas in zero to sixty seconds. 

I was definitely in full court press this Fall!  Let’s start with the show homes…yes two with an s (what kinda crazy person…). One here in town with my new business partner and dear friend Lindsey! Our new business officially launched in September ELLE + VREELAND DESIGN HOUSE and I’m stoked to be representing the family name in our new title! Be sure to check out our new website above ;-)))) 

After Dad passed I decided it would be a good time to retreat, rebrand and re-establish my goals. I was very fortunate that when I started this biz, it took off, but I felt like I was always playing catch up, killing myself with long nights of small biz stuff. The perfect time to rebalance and have more time with my kids right? They are growing like weeds?! 

Enter Lindsey, who also ran her own design biz, and was getting back into the swing of things after a heartbreaking house fire. She decided after going on her first consult, after a year hiatus, that she didn’t want to go it alone. We started talking and here we are! Its been almost a year now and couldn’t be more pleased with the FUN we are having and a more balanced work/life load. AMEN. 

We make our alpha dog design egos work in that we both have great client bases, so if it’s her referral, she’s the creative LEAD, has final say and vice versa. What a blessing to have someone to divide and conquer, bounce ideas off and give each other strength! 

Speaking of, we did our best to knock it out of the park with our sweet, feminine bedroom at the Pinewood Forest Idea House and the ever gracious Atlanta Magazine HOME. 

Such a cool and beautiful neighborhood south of the city in Fayetteville, Georgia, across from the Pinewood Studios. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to showcase our work together as a team, and had the best time with our designer friends! 

And then there was DETROIT, a city with ALLLL the good vibes on the rise! Enter actor Hill Harper (God bless you Hill!!!) and the historic Fisher Mansion he purchased last year and you get a total dream come true for this #madeindetroit girl. 

 

I STILL get goosebumps, and choked up, talking about how this came to be because I daydreamed this day would someday come, where I could return home and give my gifts to a great cause, and it actually happened?!?! 

We were eating and drinking our way through High Point last Spring (I dreaded returning to the scene of the crime when I got word Dad passed – not gonna lie). But he decided to bless me instead and we ran into our friend Lori from Aspire Design Magazine  She casually mentions the show house in Detroit, historic Boston-Edison, Fisher Mansion and the rest is history…

and probably one of the greatest things to happen to me in my career! THAT’S how special this project and city is to me.  

I took inspiration from The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island with the floral canopy and ceiling porch blue paint and these green, gray and black pillows I spied while at  High Point. Talk about being in the best place while finding out you are doing a show house in your home state?! Its like the mecca of inspiration overload. 

Dad did his apprenticeship at Fisher Body (he drove me by the apartment he stayed in near Mexican village while attending) so this family’s home holds a special place in the history and evolution of our family #americandream  You can see all the beautiful spaces from the Fisher Mansion HERE. 

The big opening gala timed out perfectly with our 18 year wedding anniversary so a lot to celebrate in a beautiful city with the most perfect Michigan September weather! We biked miles and miles around Detroit and it is happening team! Stayed in the new hip Siren Hotel and ate amazing food at The Apparatus Room with AMAZING friends. Good times! 

Also this Fall, hubby turned FIFTY so we hauled the whole fam overseas to Paris to root on the American team in the Ryder Cup. Sadly they lost but we had a grand time nonetheless!! 

When we returned home, I had a brown box in the mail…surprise, surprise, my first spread in a national magazine – on newsstands now! How sweet of them to send me a box of copies?!  Thank you for including me in this beautiful issue! 

And that my friends is a exhausting September to remember! Sober October shortly followed and I had a few bad days with the year anniversary of Dad’s passing, Mom’s passing and their wedding anniversary all within days of each other. UGH. Needless to say I wasn’t much for socializing (or showering) that weekend. But you know life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns team. Regardless of what people present to the public, we all have our problems, all the more reason to BE KIND TO EACH OTHER.

“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”

I hope you all are having a wonderful FALL and I’ll be back shortly with some inspiring pics! On the flight home I found some great ones from a beautiful showroom in High Point worthy of posting. And the college roomies are coming to town!!! YES! For the annual holiday party so all kinds of design updates to share around the crib here too…finally pulled the trigger on four of eight dining chairs – progress!  

All the very best to you this season! Pumpkin spice and everything nice! 

jennifer sunshine 

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round hill

Hey hey hey! Hope all is well today! We are back to school around here and doing our best to stay in a Summer state of mind til Labor Day (when school is suppose to start sigh). Hope yours was a W O N D E R F U L one and for those of you still going strong. A surprise highlight this Summer was a spontaneous girls trip to the lovely  R O U N D  H I L L   R E S O R T in Jamaica mon! I promise if you go, it will be your new favorite place…

“You had me at Ralph” when my girlfriend said Ralph Lauren (a national treasure), designed THE entire place and owns a home here (two actually – a daytime and a night time). His High Point show room will give you chills, so I could ONLY imagine?! We were all sorta wishing he was in town that weekend and had us over for drinks dang it. ;-)))

(Ralph Lauren’s daytime pad) 

After you pull up to the striped awning vision above, the world famous Kingston greets you from his perch below to give you the tour of the grounds, shows you where all your meals, and afternoon tea, are served. He shimmy shimmy’s his shoulders and bee bops around the tour and suddenly that Jamaica mon, no worry mon gets you. Supposedly this is where Meghan and Harry fell in love, which I get! 

The beautifully designed common areas… you can almost feel the breeze…

I love these simple hurricanes, scattered everywhere. 

The library 

We stayed in the Pineapple House with open AIR, ocean views and a fully stocked frig of champagne and Red Stripe. Yeah mon. A candle (?!?!)  to burn at night and a hot pink pashmina (?!?!) in the event you get chilly, throw in designer furniture and you might as well be in OZ. Hot damn! 

So simple and chic. All you need right? 

Here’s where you snorkel off the end of the pier over the reef. We saw Dori, Nemo, Mr. Ray, the whole crew! 

So many awesome urchins…a favorite design accessory still.

 

Folks familiar with biking around Mackinac Island, will recognize these rock formations all along the pathway as you make your way to the spa and pass Ralph’s night time house. Its like something out of Jurassic Park!  These narrow steep concrete steps, meandering up the hill perfectly, leading to a mysterious and magical place hidden way up there behind all this vegetation hanging around like a jungle. A very discreet “private” sign on the most charming white gate. I realized I only had video of it :-(((( sorry team! 

I just love the porch design on the spa building aeh? Also unique and charming. I’m kind of a railing ho myself, its just one of those design things (from a pool of millions)  I’m always noticing, and I can’t say I remember seeing this style. Let’s make a note of it! 

Welcome to the spa…

This picture is taken out in front of the grounds by the spa and all those buildings in the distance make up the resort of Round Hill, 110 acres of lush beautiful greens and architecture. Everyday you are there, you’re like how can I get a job here??? Do people retire here? ;-))))

Razor and Nick, in charge of the water sports (and our safety on the floating trampoline), took us for a boat ride and we got to catch a glimpse of how the locals live and other beautiful resorts in the area. A best part of many best parts. 

We’ll end here with the main waterfront dining view for your nightly dinners and entertainment. 

There you have it friends. Go now! Hahaha. Bring the whole family for a”whatever you want it to be” vacation. Picture you’re sitting there at the infinity pool, they just came around with chocolate covered mangos and you realize its time for your facial, oh darn. Take that beautiful stroll (or shimmy) along the water, all that charming fencing, pass Jurassic park, interesting rock formations and the view and sound of blue water waves – why would anyone ever leave? Not to mention the all inclusive food and wine package is legit. All the Whispering Angel you can drink! 

S E E  MORE F O R  Y O U R S E L F   H E R E 

They say travel is the only thing you buy that truly makes you richer. Agree! I try to bring back some piece of their way-of-life, and incorporate it into my family’s daily. The vaca take-a-ways were more reggae music, more hot sauce and to live more like the laid back people of Jamaica and no worry mon.  You know those days, you look around and it seems everyone is in a huge rush, me before you, and just AMPED? Ugh I hate when we get that way! Next time, just think Jamaica, deep breath out, and don’t worry mon because in the great big story of life, is it really worth the agitation? 

Everythings gonna be alright….everythings gonna be alright…

Love you much friends!

Jenny reggae  

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home

Hey there friends!!! Remember me??? Geez I thought this day would never come. Apple updated their photo app awhile back and this dinosaur couldn’t compute, ha, and drop and drag my photos into WordPress. Luckily its been fixed because we have a lot to talk about! 

I’m going to save our New Orleans trip from February (my last attempt at blogging) for its own post and jump right into a recent trip haul back to Michigan. Very exciting news! While at High Point with my designer loves I was invited to participate in the Detroit Junior League Show House at the historic Fisher Mansion! Cartwheels! You all know how much I love Detroit and to be a part of all the great goodness that is going on, wow what a dream come true! Talk about being in the right place at the right time (and for good friends who recommended me!!!).  You can read all about it here and purchase tickets to the tour! 

The home is surreal…to think of days of basement ballrooms, pubs, a vault the size of a small bank and architectural details galore! 

I’ll be designing a small bedroom on the second floor, the nanny’s bedroom…here is the official before, before, before ;-))! 

I had already planned on trucking it home to help big Sis chip away at cleaning dad’s house :-(((( And since our Summers, as we’ve known them, are no longer going to be the same with Dad’s passing, we decided to put our Port Austin cottage on the market. And while coming all this way, I may as well spend a few days at Torch Lake, styling and profiling in preparation for the Summer season. It was a well-traveled week! And who better to be up for the task than Florence! Thelma and Louise! 

First we rolled into Port Austin to finish staging it for sale. Here is a link to the home in Port Austin, its a find! Three blocks from a great lake and the cutest main street, farmer’s market, cafes, shops, neighbors, you name it! We are bummed but have to think realistically how much time can we spend in all three places now that Dad is gone (ugh so much change with losing your last parent you all :-(((( its really hard on a family. I pray for all of you that will endure or have endured it). 

However one thing that is not changing, is my home town charity Charm School!  I am already working on our next project for this Summer and visited with Mr Jabe while I was home too! Take a peek at his house, our BEFORE, just down the street from Dad’s and Lori’s House!  

Mr. Jabe is ALL IN on completely renovating the front elevation! Woo hoo!  You can follow along on all the charming details here on his Pinterest page. It’s going to be super cute with all new white trim, new accent windows, new porch and stairs, lighting, shutters, window boxes and picket fences – oh my! I wish I could spend all my time doing stuff like this. 

So that was another big check off the list and then it was off to Torch, where Florence and I worked very hard and she witnessed all the WORK that goes into days of installs! Just to give you a little taste, here is the link to the before photos VRBO listing HERE. It was time to update and breath some new life into Torch! 

Here’s a shot of the main room. We added a sectional and I found these great marble table tops to put on the vintage table bases my late Mother-in-law Jan found at Pooter Olooms antique store in Harbor Springs. I’ve been a big fan of these tables and finally got around to giving them their due. 

I moved the Ralph Lauren plaid chair and matching ottoman to face the VIEW and for better  flow and conversation ;-)) and cozied it all up with new Kelly Wearstler “Imperial Trellis” pillows, fur throws and an antelope pillow that pairs great with plaid. 

Would love to layer in another rug under that great antique Jan had. For those of you that don’t know, my MIL was also an interior designer, had exceptional taste, and picked out this gorgeous Niermann Weeks chandelier and installed the beautiful artwork over the fireplace. This was her dream, to build this house and she saw it come to fruition but Alzheimers took her from us shortly after. :-(((( Jack and Sophia have never really had living Grandmothers on either side. Jack remembers a little bit from pictures and Sophia was just a baby when she passed. I know what you are thinking…I can’t imagine life without my Grandma?! ME TOO! Luckily they have many surrogates like G-ma and Grandma Rose, our neighbors here in Georgia. 

We added a big pine farmhouse table and mix it with the Chippendale chairs Jan originally picked to go with her much fancier dining table, before 8 grandkids grew to be adult size ;-))

In the master bedroom I took one of her old Brunschwig & Fils memo samples (look at how big they made them back then?!) and had this huge accent pillow made and added some fun and whimsical pink lamps and pottery. 

That blue writing desk they bought from Ballards backroom when they drove down for Jack’s birth and the chandelier came from the Queen of Hearts in Alpharetta! I’d like to layer in some euro pillows and a duvet cover this Summer, but she’s looking pretty in her new pink and floral accents I think? 

The lower level consists of two bedrooms, a bunk room and two full baths. Let’s start with the blue room, and again some great, I believe, Brunschwig & Fils fabric from the 90s. Jan had a great work room! I love how big she made her self-corded welts on her pillows and some old school corded trim #designerdetails 

This antique Heywood Wakefield wicker chair is another one of my favorite things! 

Shame on me for not getting  a better picture of this whole starburst, blue and white chinoiserie vignette on the dresser in here. Next time. 

I like for the bathroom to somewhat match with the nearest bedroom, so I moved this amazing vintage poster of the famous French public pool La Piscine into the bathroom and used it as a springboard to bring in monogrammed red and blue T towels for Torch and more colorful artwork. All monogramming by Red Door Gift here in Cumming. 

Also made sure every bathroom is stocked with glass apothecary necessities for renters and family alike. No more hunting through four different bathroom’s drawers to find some q-tips ;-)) 

The biggest overhaul was the middle bunk room. It was originally intended to be a sitting room, with its grand view of the lake when you walk in the front door. However its hard to find beds for eight grandkids! So until the bonus room is finished, the cousin cave it is!

The matching twin beds shams and skirts were made back in the old cottage and I took it from here to mix in some pillows from Santa Fe, buffalo checks and plaids. I spray painted some old cabbage plates black to establish a focal point above the beds and added black draperies. 

New fur stools make is SO much easier to make the beds (and to get in and out of them). 

The hand-drawn vintage fish lithograph prints are from Rare Old Prints in Royal Oak and were a gift from my MIL. 

All of the bedding you see here on the bunks is from Target and IKEA. 

The last bedroom on this floor is the “yellow” bedroom – a floral Ralph Lauren comforter and shams Jan bought years ago. What comes around goes around, all this great floral is back in style! We just hipped it up a bit with a lavender accent pillow with Scalamandre greek key trim and relocated this painting of a home in Bayview (a beautiful historic neighborhood in Petoskey -notice the Spartan flag woo hoo) to round out the vision. 

My sister-in-law and I are on a mission to make the outdoor furniture along the shore, around the fire pit and on the dock mix and match vs the random hodge podge of folding chairs in the past. I repurposed all the Ikea stackable (and lightweight) chairs from Lori’s House and am loving the modern mix with the traditional architectural lines of the cottage. 

Thelma ;-)) insisted on a photo shoot to share. In her lovely French accent and broken English, “I want to brag to all my friends that I was HERE in such a beeeeautiful place!” 

And that is truly the best part of having a home on the water, being able to share it with those you LOVE. Thanks for allowing me to share it with you today friends!  Happy Summertime and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!! As always thanks for coming by the Road. Grateful we got to catch up and I am doing my best to make time for the things that make me most happy, like writing this blog, so hopefully I’ll be back real soon with some home, client and  show house updates. Until then CHEERS to crystal blue waters and sunny days at last !!! 

 

 

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A December to remember

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Have you recovered from decking those halls? I hope they were wonderful!  I finished packing up the last red and white remnants late and gave away two trees Рin my quest to simplify holiday decorating for next year. My new mantra for 2018: health, wellness, simplify! 

For the first time in like thirty years we got snow in December, big fat fluffy flakes! 

It was WONDERful. 

Speaking of snow, we went with another flocked tree this year but two years of dealing with all that mess, we’re OUT. ¬†Thank you Michigan blogger Lily Pad Cottage for turning us onto this amazing looking fake¬†available through Wayfair HERE.¬†Its got my name on it!¬†

 

I hung every stocking I own, more stockings than people, together on the right side to balance out the tree and try something new. Sophia was very suspect of this. 

At the end of the season, I group every year’s holiday cards and bring them out for display year after year. A fan favorite!¬†

I made a point to design a special tribute to Dad this year with this beautiful photo Mike took of Big Poppy and Jack in his beloved 1940 Ford Woody Wagon. A fixture in my hometown. Strangers have been waving, honking and giving the thumbs up since I was a little girl cruising with my Daddy in his antique cars (to the A&W for chili dogs and root beer). Thanks for all the memories Dad! 

The first holiday without Dad was unexplainable. However I had a sense of peace knowing he was finally with Mom and not missing her or feeling sad and lonely on Christmas, which hung heavy on our hearts every year.

Sophia has mastered putting Grandma Cindy’s Christmas village together and such a huge help. “Its our tradition Mom, don’t put it up without me!” and my heart starts to melt.¬†

I bought a bunch of pre-lit garland off Joss and Main last year and had spread it out all over the place. This year I combined it all for a Southern holiday staircase vs. a tree in the foyer. I worked in some faux icicle looking branches I had, the use what you have approach, and fresh cut greenery from the yard. 

I’ve held onto this beautiful gold polka dot ribbon from Neiman Marcus in hopes it someday comes back. My very stylish Mother-in-law wrapped a gift in it for me years and years ago and I use it every year for some fun and whimsy!¬†

I love paint by numbers! And this Santa from an antique store in Traverse City was no exception. There is something so nostalgic, Americana about them. The colors are always SPOT on. 

Also this month my first magazine cover came out for Atlanta Magazine Home and they threw a beautiful premier party at Design Within Reach. No words to properly articulate or express my gratitude for this wonderful milestone. I’m very much like my Dad in that I get choked up easily and this is definitely one of those times!

I rolled up to the usual Barnes and Noble I pillage when a feature comes out, and its the same nice man at the check out. I set a stack down and he says “alright what page are we on?” I smack my hand on the pile – “that’s my cover brother!” It was a peak life experience for sure. ;-)))) can’t say I ever imagined that would be happening and to God goes the glory.¬†

Here are some shots from my big night out at the party #covergirl 

The universe was really good to us this month and many of my dear, dear designer babes were in the same issue!!! Which made it all the more special. 

These girls have my heart (Lori, Lisa, Dorothy, Rhonda and Marsha) and I will “cut you” if you mess with them LOL (any bon qui qui fans out there?) Search “bon qui qui king burger” on you tube and start yelling “sacurity!!!” I got a complicated order!!! at your friends and family ;-))¬†

Our favorite girl Sherry came out to support us too! She was out past her bedtime which is a big deal! LOL. In her badass biker jacket. Such a babe! 

It was an unforgettable night and such a light after Dad. I will be forever in debt to Lori, Sherry and Amanda. My “first responders” as they were there to lift me up when I got the news about Dad at High Point and helped me get back on the road and back home to Atlanta. ¬†

We managed to squeeze a trip to NYC for Sophia Sunshine’s birthday. I was over buying more crap gifts and didn’t have the energy for another party so why not make memories instead and get some culture too (we threw this idea out for Christmas too but got no takers ha). ¬†Soph had never been to NYC and asked to go at Christmastime. She really wanted to go and watch the Yankees so we managed to find some Yankee Stadium area hotels which meant we were in the perfect location for the games. She has always wanted to go so we knew we had to take her! For three days I was a little girl again, tagging along with these two sweetie pies seeing the city from their perspective. Traveling with young people is underrated!¬†

 

We had great balmy weather and walked for miles all over Manhattan. 

After all the gifts were open we headed to our family cottage on Torch Lake for New Years! What a great idea by the hubs and a new family tradition after all the fun we had. I was craving snow this year. I told myself I was going to make it back this Winter and it did not disappoint! 

We skied, sled and played in the snow under the stars. It was the perfect way to end a year of many blessings and heartache. He gives us so much and He takes to remind us just how fragile life is. Don’t delay! Go make happy today!! God bless and may all your dreams and aspirations come true in 2018! xoxo¬†

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peaks and valleys

Hello friends and family! Can you believe turkey time is on the horizon? Lordy! A LOT has happened since we last spoke and I wanted to fill you in before the wild holiday rumpus begins. Let’s start with the peaks. Lori’s open house was a beautiful success! Thank you to all the friends, family, classmates of all ages, who turned out to support Lori and Lupus. We raised over a thousand dollars for her memorial scholarship and covered everyone in head to toe purple Lupus awareness for the Homecoming football game – we are on our way with scholarship opportunities to last a lifetime! 

It was a gorgeous Michigan day! So many fun pictures, laughs and great memories. 

 

There was much to celebrate that night, including little Celia making the homecoming court!

She is the grand-daughter to Florence, one of Mom and Dad’s very best friends. The Brule’s have lived across the street from us our entire life and she is like a second Mother to all of us, including Dad. She’s French Canadian and one of the most full-of-life special people you will ever know!  Such a blessing to our family and everyone she meets. Bon jour!  

We broke from the open house for a few to catch the half time coronation excitement! And like everything in Flat Rock, we walked. 

It was a packed house, many class reunions going on and woo hoo we won! This year’s football team would go on to the playoffs for the first time since my senior year, and in a small town like Flat Rock, that’s a really big deal. Check out this wonderful video Fox Sports Detroit put together about the team called “Earning the letter” here #warh 

We capped off the night with a backyard bonfire and lots of toasts to Lor! 

While I was home,  I tried to capture a few new angles at Lori’s House you may not have seen yet…

Like my IKEA tablecloth drapes I was so proud of below ;-))) All throughout the house we hung Lori’s varsity jacket, track uniform, our yearbook, tons of old school stuff.  It was simply AWESOME to honor our friend’s life in such a special way. Dream it. Do it. 

While I was home, a wonderful photographer took some really beautiful professionals for the portfolio HERE and the home is now listed for sale HERE

With Lori’s house on the front end weekend and the Michigan/Michigan State game with my family on the other end, hubby suggested I stay in the Rock in between and spend time with Dad. BEST IDEA EVER. After Lori’s house party, we headed to East Lansing for the State vs Iowa game and yay we won! Another record book beautiful day and my brother and sister-in-law threw a great tailgate. 

 

Mike hiked it back to the ATL Sunday and Dad and I had a home cooked meal with Florence, she made her famous Pepper Steak. Later that week I invited her to come with me for a night to Port Austin, to check on the cottage progress and see the sights! Dad wasn’t feeling so hot, so he stayed back. “You girls have fun!” 

Since we last spoke, we painted the entire exterior black with white trim and this was my first time seeing it live.  

It’s coming along.  Next up are some board and batten shutters, thicker porch columns and some house numbers, might be nice. ;-)))  Still simmering what to do with the front door. Love the slamming screen door, but the main door is nothing to write home about. May have to repeat that little trick from the doors at the beach condo, where we ran 1 x 2 trim in a boxed x pattern to give it some interest. A Dutch door would be amazing. 

Inside, we moved some furniture around and did some styling. Shocker. Here’s the most recent status shot of the living room. Need to add a pair of chairs and some window treatments and this room is ready for prime time. 

Added some boho bedding to our room from Potterybarn. Its a tight, cozy, little space so thinking a pair of pedestals/columns would make for some great side tables/nightstands and will probably move the antique dresser up from Lori’s House once it sells. 

In the bathroom, my handy man painted over the yellow and white checked tile into one big black stripe that goes all around the room. We installed this antique chandelier in here and I hung some pictures from twine. 

Added some floral patterned shams in Sophs and cousin Jades room, also from Potterybarn, and I’ve been meaning to look and see if there are coordinating sheets to make window treatments to match. Design on a dime! 

 

Jack’s room is pretty much ready to roll. We hijacked one of the beds from his room here in the ATL, landed some Homegoods tables for nightstands, dresser was left over from his first bedroom and the bench also made the trek from Atlanta. Just need to throw up some window panels here too. It’s been fun filling in the blanks with a lot of “use what you have” stuff from our old Florida condo and our home here in Atlanta. 

Then it was onto the second round of football weekend with the whole fam. The big Michigan vs Michigan State game. Everyone in my family, but myself, are wolverine fans (sigh). And they aren’t the best losers if you know what I mean, wink, wink. Sparty got the win AGAIN and needless to say we Spartys were elated…

It was a wonderful week! Tons of family and old friend times. Chicken soup for the soul for sure. I didn’t want to leave and caught myself crying quietly while walking back to the car after the Lions game Sunday (another football game). We would leave straight to the airport and I didn’t want to go.  I was wishing we could stay one more night at Dad’s and fly back Monday as the kids were out of school, and of course, now I’m mad at myself for not insisting.  The Lord works in strange and wonderful ways and I’m sorry to say, he was working on me that day because a week later my world fell apart. Even as I write this, I’ve blown my nose four times now, because I’m still so broken and in shock. Friday the 13th of October, I woke up to find out Dad had passed away from an apparent heart attack. Those of you who have been there know, there are NO WORDS to adequately explain losing your Mom or Dad.

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I look forward to sharing with you all how AWESOME Dad was. I’ve been laying in bed a lot of sleepless nights thinking about all the wonderful memories Dad has given us. The LIFE he gave us. The outpouring of love and support when you lose a parent, is something, frankly, I had forgotten about these last 20 years since Mom passed. I just want to say how incredibly grateful I am for all your notes, calls, cards, food, flowers, texts, all of it! I may not have been able to respond to every one of them, but I read every one of them and they all help in making me feel better, less alone and more loved than I ever realized. Death changes you and I am forever changed. I’m re-prioritizing my life daily (LESS WORK – MORE FAMILY). If you are second-guessing holiday travel to be with family, I encourage you to go! SPEND THE MONEY (you can’t take it with you). I implore you to pick up the phone and call loved ones! Coulda, shoulda, woulda, all the things you hear from heartbreak. Its all true! So don’t let it happen to you. When you say goodbye, say it with an I LOVE YOU and hold on tight! Those hang-ups, grudges, annoyances, none of it matters. I’m so broken right now, yet resolved to be a better PRESENT person. Put the fricken phone down and engage in lively conversation. Plan those lunches. Plan those date nights. Play games and puzzles with your kids. Insist. So many things I wanna do so I’m off to go be a better wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor! I hate to share such awful news with you but I hope it serves as a friend-to-friend reminder that life is short – buy the shoes. 

I’m looking forward to sharing the projects and wonderful clients I’ve been working on all year with you next (oh yeah, that day job of mine) as well as my own home updates. Lots of projects went down here these last few months in anticipation of the photo shoot coming out THIS week with Atlanta Magazine Home. I’m beside myself with gratitude from AMH and God for the timing of this magazine feature. I had given Dad a head’s up that it was coming out and he and Mom must have been working angel overtime because I got the COVER! Can you stand it?! We’ll hash that out later too!  

peace and love, 

Jen 

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WE DID IT! Lori’s open house celebration happening this Friday

Its finally here team (all the smiles, all the heart eyes emojis)! Two years in the making and we saved this sweet historic home while honoring the life of an amazing woman and friend who battled Lupus. It hasn’t really hit me yet that its all coming to completion. However, this Friday is the BIG DAY!

We are hosting an open house at four p.m. in conjunction with our small town high school homecoming game, where graduating classes from the 1960s through 2017, all come home to celebrate reunions with a parade, tailgates, the halftime show and ultimately all end up at the local wine bar til the wee hours of the night. Its super fun and all very “Friday Night Lights” nostalgia. Americana at its best. And we can’t wait to celebrate giving back to our home town with this completely “charmed” renovated home, inside and out, for the community to see.

Outside, we designed and installed a more functional, welcoming exterior porch, a french door for a three-season enclosed porch, new lighting, painted all the trim “Alabaster” by Sherwin Williams, new landscaping. We repaired the stone along the front of the house and painted it white for some modern pop. The new mailbox is from Homegoods, paired with IKEA planters and new address numbers installed on the stair risers (I agonized over where to put the address). However I’m missing an American flag?! Add it to the list for Thursday!

The garage was completely “charmed” with board and batten trim and huge baseboards along the perimeter of the garage. We painted it our Alabaster white and the sliding garage doors a light gray. The garage had zero electricity and three lights were installed including these favorite “goosenecks” with vintage bulbs that you can see aglow from the main drag through town.

When I purchased the home, the basement was “finished” however those finished walls were concealing a HUGE problem…a rotting, water-damaged foundation. So before we could tackle any of the fun stuff, we had to have the entire perimeter of the home’s foundation dug out, waterproofed, while demolishing the basement. BUT I couldn’t be more happy with it now! Its clean as a whistle with painted white walls, sprayed the exposed ceilings black (love this feature) and the floors gray. We installed a sump pump, all new plumbing and it is a fresh, blank slate for so many possibilities now!!!

Here is our gorgeous living room, if I do say so myself :-))! The sconces are actual exterior lights. Exterior lights and sconces often work wonderfully and are lesser expensive to consider for interior lighting. All new electricity and plumbing was installed inside as well.

The entire home is original hardwood floors! Some rooms were covered in carpet, some in laminate wood flooring, some in glue-down parquet, but all gone and looking beautiful in a natural sand and stain finish.

One of the many goals of my charity “charm school” is teaching folks you don’t have to have huge budgets to create a cozy, tasteful home inside OR out. Antique malls, Goodwill, IKEA, Overstock, Homegoods are all amazing resources. In the end its all about the mix.

These pillows for example, the ones on the end were $5 on clearance at Target, the floral pillow is actually a Potterybarn king sham I had made into two pillows, because I couldn’t find any black and white floral pillows on line I liked. The center pillow came from the Potterybarn outlet in Michigan. The result is a thoughtful, tasteful mix of patterns and textures, which makes things interesting.

I created this vignette opposite of the sofa, to show folks, hey this would be a great place for the tv and you could squeeze in seating for two more people if needed, making this one cozy, conversational living space. Before creating this vignette, I decided to give my sofa a deep clean by using the best upholstery steam cleaner that I could find. In fact, my friend told me which one I should use and I have to say, it definitely made a difference to its appearance. It looks a lot cleaner than what it did. I just wanted to give off the best impression of the property before the open house on Friday. I hope it has made Lori proud.

Beautiful Lori! This was taken the summer after high school graduation. We were both working at Lake Erie Metropark, me a lifeguard, Lor in the Wet Shop – great days! Just biding our time, having fun, anticipating our new chapter of college in the Fall. Lor would go on to become a Nurse, me a t.v. news reporter for channel 6 in Lansing.

This is a sweet little niche,transition space from the front porch entering into the living room that I wanted to highlight. We covered it in grasscloth and painted all the interior doors black. This is a trick I’ve been using for years, and it really adds another layer inside your home, as well as camouflaging dirt and grime that tends to collect on white doors. RETHINK the color of your doors inside your home…you can make them dark, gray, bright colored, whatever floats your boat! If hesitant, maybe just try experimenting with your front door and go from there.

Off of the living room is a sun room/bonus room/third bedroom or office space…I staged it as an office.

I just love this space. If you missed the previous post (which I rewrote three times because I was convinced I sounded like a total TOOL LOL), I listed the rug and table from Overstock. The desk light I found for next to nothing at an antique store, art books from Mom’s collection, vintage shoe mold (Mom also hooked me on these), a good-looking fake plant from Homegoods and a napkin holder from IKEA I styled as a letter holder full of vintage Detroit postcards. These are all the little details you can witness first hand when you come for the tour on Friday! The candelabra came out of a church, from Scott Antique Market and the chair I scored at Lakewood Antique Market. I BREAK FOR ANTIQUES (another assist from Mom). As a kid she dragged me through so many and I HATED IT. “Don’t touch! Don’t touch!” And now look at me. I can barely drive by one without stopping. At one point I had my own booth at the Queen of Hearts Antiques Market and made amazing finds and friendships from it.

This is an old Ballard Design mirror I’ve had forever, and those birch covered vases I found at Scottsdale Farms, here in Alpharetta. A beautiful place. I usually go there on Mother’s Day and treat myself to a peony bush or something to love and commemorate my Mama in heaven with. We drilled holes in them and hung them on the wall to make this vision that you can see from the street. Easy peasy!

Just outside of the office wall is this vintage French newspaper print – afavorite! Scored this at Motor City Antiques. The next house I renovate/charm in Flat Rock, I’m contemplating challenging myself to style the entire interior STRICTLY from thrift store and antique finds. I think it would make for an inspiriting, unexpected mix. As part of my real estate investments, when flipping a house, I always have to think about what is a good cap rate when I’m looking to rent it out so that I know if the project is worth my while.

Moving into the dining room. I just LOVE how this turned out in here you all!! It feels very “sit, sip and stay awhile” to me. The ceiling had some funky, 1990s paintable wallpaper that looked like it should have been in the kitchen somewhere, so we covered it with grasscloth. Again the texture and the layers team.

The light I found on Overstock for under $300, the drapes too, the table and end chairs are IKEA, all under $400 and the side chairs are classic metal Pouchard you can find virtually everywhere now for great price. I took two $14.99 faux sheepskins from IKEA and cut them up to place on top of chairs for some softness and that chalet style feel. Again, we furnished this room for minimal investment and a few cans of black spray paint.

Here is a peek of the new black and white concrete tile floor in kitchen. We widened the door here to flow and open up the kitchen as that’s where everyone always wants to be. I contemplated blowing out all the walls in this first floor, and really opening it up as a studio kind of feel but had to reel myself in. There’s always so much risk involved when blowing out walls…you never know what’s hiding. We already had to reroute hvac because we ripped out the coat closet to make room for the frig in kitchen.

We installed this IKEA shelf from the built in refrigerator cabinet all the way across to the new appliance garage for easy to reach dishes and glassware. I styled it promptly with one of my favorite still life paintings by MOM. I decided not to install appliances in the home, and include an appliance allowance instead, because you just never know what finish and style a buyer is going to want.

I splurged on a yard of Pyne Hollyhock from Schumacher for a faux roman shade. This is a great place to splurge on an expensive fabric because typically you only need a yard or two to accomplish this tailored, custom look. Same with pillows! If the fabric is sick expensive but can’t live without, make a pair of pillows on the fronts and welting only. Something soft on the back, for when you want to take a nap on the sofa ;-))) but don’t want to wreck your Mercedes Benz fabric on the front.

I break for snow scenes and this one I scored at Goodwill for $4! It reminded me of a similar painting Mom did back in the 70s that hung in Grandma’s living room all my life. It now looks awesome in my brother’s house.

Let’s head upstairs to our two cute bedrooms, with their angled walls, and a brand new full bathroom!

This is the landing, with a new sconce.

Picking out the lights is the best part!

I just adore what we did with the master bedroom. We found this room divider and sprayed it black to make a headboard, while providing privacy from the home next door. I found these vintage ticking stripe drapes on line and had my workroom rework them to frame it all just so.

My contractor was constantly shaking his head and rolling his eyes over my crazy ideas and when I told him I was off to look for sticks, well you can imagine. But I couldn’t find a one?! Not one flipping stick on my tree-lined street. But then like magic, this badass black stick was laying in the front yard the very next day. Perfect for the vase! My friend calls these instances “God winks” and I’m a believer #angelsamongus

My absolute favorite fabric in LIFE is ticking stripe! I would cover an entire room in it if I could. Its absolutely classic and goes with everything. So when I found this chair for $20, I didn’t hesitate to cover it in black and white ticking. It will go with every single thing you pair in the space.

Tina sat back in the chair and coached me as I properly “splattered” these Target sea urchins all over the wall around this antique dresser. This was another Mom antique gene passed down as we had these dressers all over our home growing up.

Their little petite shelves are fun to style. I hit the local Hobby Lobby and tried to purchase the best fake flowers and greenery they had to offer throughout the home.

This children’s room is so sweet to me! I love designing children’s bedrooms and rare when I get a chance.

The day bed is IKEA and was used as an extra bed in our children’s toy room when they were littles :-(((. The pillows and bedding are all IKEA as well. The rug another Overstock find and the black poof a clearance Target item. Bada bing!

The tee pee is from Land Of Nod. I used our old stuffed animals and vintage books from Dad’s house for a nostalgic touch. The dresser below belonged to my Grandma and I crackle finished it back in the day when that was hot and I was living with Dad #thenineties. Perfect for this corner.

Sadly what I don’t have is a good picture of the window treatments in this room. They are two black and white window pane plaid table cloths from Ikea hanging on ring clips and mixed perfectly with our patterns. When all else fails, check out sheets, throws and table cloths as drapery options.

Lastly the bathroom. With a few hours to spare until catching my flight back to Atlanta, I thought to myself, this room is too plain and needs something. If only I’d had the budget to paper this space in ticking stripe. And then it hit me – what would sharpie drawn lines look like? I grabbed my level and went to town! Cue the contractor and his rolling eyes. I was completely satisfied with how it turned out pictured here! Faux sharpie shiplap was born.

Pat installed the baseboard after I left but the sink is Home Depot with marble top and lots of storage, the vintage ladder from Motor City Antiques functions as a towel bar, artwork Homegoods, wire basket Meijer, buffalo check towels PB outlet, round mirror Target and the roman shade is fully functional with $13 of plaid fabric from Joannes.

Now that we are nearing completion and doing our last minute party prep for this weekend (windows all getting washed tomorrow, new landscaping and sod going in this week ) I simply DO NOT HAVE THE WORDS. So satisfied with what we have accomplished. I love this town. I had the most charmed childhood here (which lead me to the naming of my charity “charm school”) and want to give back and do everything I can to preserve and enhance all its small-town character. Add in the Lori factor, being able to honor her life in such a grand and fashionable way, while raising awareness of her condition that affects 1.5 million Americans, it is a dream come true.

Once Lori’s House sells, I will be taking the time to officially launch Charm School, with its very own logo and information page found on my website. I will be in conversation with my local government in Flat Rock on how to promote it and make available to all residents interested in beautifying their home’s exterior and improving the curb appeal. As my friend Jilly from the South said to me once while visiting Flat Rock…”you’ve gotta save all these homes, they are like little jewel boxes waiting to be discovered!” Lori’s house was a beautiful and extremely special start! See you all Friday!!!!

Loads of love and hugs,

Jenny from the charming rock.

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