a $150 entry refresh

bright + happy entry refresh for $150 / jones design company

You may remember I was helping a friend brighten up her entry way (for a refresher, here is the original post).  Rae has such great style – think cool, hip, cheerful – and her neutral entry wasn’t feeling cool, hip or cheerful.


With about $150, a few simple diy projects and shopping her house, we were able to pull together a space that feels much more her.

Painting the inside of the front door a bright sunny yellow was the first step.  We originally thought we’d do black, but I’m so glad Rae brought home a few different samples of paint and took the risk with yellow. It perfectly sets the tone and brightens up the narrow hallway.


For the small corner next to the front door, we added a big mirror (an old one from IKEA she had laying around), wall hooks, some diy art and a darling diy shoe crate.


Those hooks are just the best. They make a subtle, yet stylish statement and look so great it is hard to cover them up with coats!

The art was a little project I did the other day with a ruler, pencil and watercolors. Tutorial to come. It was so easy and looks great in here.


And that crate.
This one was all Rae and she’s showing you how she made it over on her blog today.


There are many things I like about Rae’s new entry, but my favorite part is that it looks so bright and happy and it didn’t cost a fortune. In fact, between the new light, hooks, rug, sample pot of paint and crate, the total was less than $150.

Be inspired … if you have a room in your house that doesn’t feel like you, see what small changes you can make to it to bring more of your personality and aesthetic in and you’ll be so happy you did.

Thanks Rae, for inviting us into your home! (You can find more from Rae on her blog or instagram)

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a naked birthday cake

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A Makeup Routine for the everyday / jones design company

a makeup routine for the everyday

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Jumping Into Graphic Design / jones design company

5 things I wish I knew before jumping into graphic design

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DIY Pillow From a Favorite T-shirt

  Have you read the children’s book called I Had A Favorite Dress? It’s the cutest. In the story, the girl outgrows her favorite dress and turns it first into a new shirt, then a skirt, then a hair bow and so on. The illustrations are my absolute favorite, but the story is just as […]

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19 must-follow instagrammers

Do you all love instagram? It’s easily my favorite social media app and my slight addiction. I love posting and interacting, of course, but I equally love scrolling through my feed and being inspired over and over and over again.  When choosing feeds to follow, I’m all about the photos. These 19 instagrammers post gorgeous […]

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Free Art Print! Autumn Essentials Watercolor by Jones Design Company

First Day of Fall (free prints and giveaway winner!)

Happy first day of Fall! I feel like I’ve been in fall mode for a few weeks now (what with the fall home tour and fall outfits being the topic of conversation around here) so I’m pleased that it is officially my favorite season of all. I wanted to share two darling art prints that can […]

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Black and White Striped Dish Towels + Napkins (and a giveaway!)

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favorites so far in the fall house tour

This is a big week around blogland filled with lovely fall-ified homes. After posting my home tour on Monday (see it here), it has been so fun to pop around each day peeking into the rooms of dozens of bloggers. I’ve grabbed a few of my favorite images from the tours with links so you can take a […]

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living room / fall home tour / jones design company

fall house tour 2015

Happy Fall my friends! Each season a bunch of bloggers join together to share fall decorating ideas. The tour is FULL of gorgeous – yet real life – homes with inspiration galore. Laura at Finding Home starts things off (see her home here) and we’ve partnered with Better Homes + Gardens as well! If you […]

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the beauty of an unmade bed

This week is Make Your Bed week hosted by Crane + Conopy, an online resource for gorgeous bedding at affordable price points. They generously sent me a new white duvet and shams with handsome gray piping detail (see it here) which looks so crisp on a bed – made or unmade. My plan with this post […]

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too many pillows! / jones design company

coffee chat (scatterbrained edition)

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sending him into the world

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