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adding to the collection

brass letter / jones design company

Yesterday I added a new L to my ever-growing collection. You may remember that I have an entire wall dedicated to this obsession:

wall of L initials. Works great to hide outlets and thermostat  / jones design company

Well, that wall has filled up. So now the letter is popping up in other places around the house. I just can’t stop.

I don’t remember where the idea for the L wall initially came from, but this is how it started:

wall of L's over piano / jones design company

When we needed a solution to this wall with randomly placed outlet/light switch/thermostat:

the wall of L’s moved across the hall to disguise the unsightly mess of necessary outlets.

hanging a gallery of initial letters / jones design company

I’ve been adding L’s ever since.

It truly is one of my favorite things because it adds so much texture with the neutral tones, but also a bit of playfulness and eclectic personality to our otherwise calmly decorated house.

Since posting about our wall, many of you have created one of your own with your initial. (side note: people get confused by the letter L when my blog is named Jones design company. Well, Jones is my maiden name, my married name is Lex. Hence the L’s). And I often receive questions asking for sources for the L’s or other great places to find inexpensive letters to build a collection.

You can see a bunch of specific sources for my letters here and here; if you are a crafty type, you can try this fabric covered monogram, these watercolor initials or this faux zinc letter diy.  There are also tons of great letters available online (don’t forget to check etsy or ebay for vintage letters!).  Here are a handful of my favorites:

favorite online sources for letters / jones design company

1. zinc letter 2. framework metal letter 3. acid etched letter 4. brass letter 5. hanging  monogram 6. craft letter 7. magnificent metal letter 8. metal letter 9. acid etched letter 10. modern wood letter 11. vintage marquee typesetter 12.vintage brass stencil 13. typesetter plaque

Even if you don’t fill an entire wall with your initial, adding a few here and there is a fun way to add texture and personality to your decorating.

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the kids’ bathroom … one year later

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One year ago – nearly to the day – I started a mini makeover on the kids’ bathroom. You can see the before pictures and some cabinet painting details on this post. My intention was to do a quick makeover in a week. Paint the walls and cabinets, replace the tile backsplash with two rows of subway tile, add a frame to the mirror, switch out the light and add some art and accessories.

Well, here we are a year later and this is how it looks:

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I didn’t quite hit my one week goal.

The cabinets turned out great. I love the hardware (from here). The ombre wave wall is still fun. But the poor thing still looks a mess.

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What’s the hold-up?

The backsplash.

I tried to carefully remove the tiles and they were practically cemented to the wall and so the sheetrock is a crumbled disaster from my poor removal tactics.  Rather than the simple diy tile job that I was planning on doing myself, I now need Ryan to get out his power tools, cut out the drywall, and patch it back up before any tile can go up. Suddenly the job went from super easy to requiring way more effort and we just haven’t taken the time to finish.

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I’m determined, though. I’ve got to get this one done. I know it will turn out great and be such a great before + after if I could just take the time to finish it up.

Please tell me I’m not alone in leaving half-finished projects for this long?!!

So here’s the plan:

  • cut out drywall + replace with new
  • tile around backsplash
  • add frame to mirror
  • replace light fixture (it’s been sitting in the corner in the box for a year!)
  • add art work + accessories
  • paint step stool

Sounds doable, right? Hold me to it, friends. Hold me to it.

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Hooray! Weekend Spring Sale!

spring sale on all art prints / jones design company

This weekend only, ALL ART PRINTS are 50% off!

Now is the time to stock up on gifts and I have a few suggestions to help you choose:

Any upcoming weddings this summer? How about gift the happy couple this print.

Baby on the way? This one is super sweet for a girl and this one for a boy.

Decorating your new home? Welcome guests with this illustration. Or need a sweet house warming/hostess gift? This one is perfect.

Here are a few more favorites from our Art Print Shop:

Be Still And Know be-still

Honeycomb honeycomb

Whatever whatever

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JUST ADDED TO THE SHOP:

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Enjoy The Little Things enjoy the little things art / jones design company

Enter code HOORAY for 50% off all art prints. Sale ends Sunday April 12th at 11:59pm pst. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing.

oh, yeah! … we offer FREE SHIPPING!

start shopping spring art print sale

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bringing life into your home

My blog friend Melissa from The Inspired Room has a new book out that is just so great. It’s called Love The Home You Have.  I started reading and totally resonate with her thoughts: we may not feel like we’re in our forever home; we may be frustrated with our living situations or our not-perfect houses; we’re just waiting to make our house a home until the house is different, waiting to update until we can do the dream remodel, afraid to hang art on the walls because we don’t want to make nail holes, hesitant to paint the walls because we don’t know how long we’ll be here.

BUT, the truth is, home is right where we are and so we might as well embrace and delight in it.

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At the end of her book, Melissa has come up with a 31 day Love Your Home Challenge to help us gain perspective and gratitude for the home we do have. She suggests different activities each day to make our homes into a more organized, de-cluttered, pretty, personality filled places to live.

She has invited a handful of bloggers to kick things off and show a few ways we are learning to embrace our homes and delight in them.

I have written about this a few times before – this learning to love our home even with it’s imperfections, truly living in our home and allowing our pretty home to also be messy because that means we’re doing life here. We’ve put a lot of effort, time and money into making our builder-grade house better, and it is serving us well.

Of course I could say that the biggest way we’ve made our home a more enjoyable place to live is doing the big remodeling projects like redoing the kitchen or adding in hardwood floors or painting everything white (still loving the walls, by the way). And, yes, these things have made a big impact. We’ve invested in making our house more us and by doing so, feel more at home and excited to invite people in.

But seriously one of my favorite ways to make a big impact in a room for hardly any money is bringing in fresh flowers and greenery.

living room fireplace / jones design company

I know, such a trivial thing, but there is something about plants that brings life to your home.  They add a layer of color and texture and make a space feel more finished (ever notice that every room in a book or magazine has a plant or flowers in it?).

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I love having freshly cut bouquets of flowers around the house, but cut flowers don’t last long and it can get spendy buying flowers every few days (I love having a few hydrangea and peony plants in the backyard to cut from! Wish I was more of a flower gardener).

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So rather than always putting my money towards cut flowers, I like adding in plants that last a bit longer. I’m not great at keeping things alive, so I go for easy-to-care for varieties like orchids (add a few ice cubes once per week to water). The petals will fall off and I know there’s a way to get it to bloom again, but I feel okay with replacing the plant every few months. Costco and trader joes sell them for about $15 and they last about two months.

Add potted herbs to your kitchen to bring life into your home / jones design company

I usually keep a few herbs near the kitchen window. The grocery store sells live basil (just pop it in a jar of water and pick off of it for dinners). Rosemary is very hardy and smells great. Even if you don’t use the herbs for cooking, they are super cheap and add a fresh feel to your kitchen.

a potted fern on a side table brings life, color and texture into a room / jones design company

Ferns are a long-time favorite of mine. You can find them at your local hardware store and sometimes in the floral department of your grocery store. Boston ferns are great (shown above) and last for several months (way longer if you stay on top of watering and pruning off the dead leaves). At less than $10, you can’t go wrong. I also love maiden hair ferns and find them at more specialty nurseries for under $5, but they are very temperamental and don’t last long in my house.

Add a plant to a thrift store soup tureen to bring life into your home / jones design company

Look for interesting varieties of tropical plants at your hardware store. Don’t forget to look up – some good ones are hanging, but you don’t need to keep them in hanging pots! This ficus (shown above) just needed a bit of trimming and when placed in a thrift-store soup tureen, it looks like it’s supposed to be overflowing.

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This plant is another tropical variety (sorry I don’t know the name!) and I just kept it in its pot and placed it in a glass trifle bowl to raise it up.

Moss in a concrete planter brings life into your home / jones design company

A tiny potted moss looks fresh in my current favorite concrete planter (from target!).

Fiddle leaf fig / jones design company

A fiddle leaf fig tree is a popular choice around the design world. I adore the big impressive trees – which can be hundreds of dollars and need a nice bright spot to thrive – but I’ve had a bit of luck with this cheapy one from IKEA. I almost threw it away when all of the leaves fell off, but then moved it into my office in front of the window and miraculously new leaves have grown!

A simple pot of succulents adds life to your home / jones design company

And then, of course, there are the lovely succulents that are having a moment right now.

Putting fresh greenery around the house keeps things bright and alive – especially in my mostly neutral home.  For little investment and minimal upkeep (just don’t forget to water!) you can breathe new life into your home. You’ll be amazed at the difference just a few plants make.

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Maybe you’d like to take the Love Your Home Challenge? If so, you can find all sorts of prompts in the back of the new book and you can share your discoveries at HomeLoveStories.com or on instagram with #loveyourhomechallenge.

For more inspiration, click over to The Inspired Room to see how the other ladies are learning to love their homes!

Do you have a favorite house plant?

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how to make a linen ruffle wreath

how to make a linen ruffle wreath / jones design company
One of the early projects shared on Jones Design Company was this linen ruffle wreath. The original tutorial had a sweet nest with glittered eggs and petite fabric flowers (see the full spring wreath tutorial here), but after a while I grew tired of the embellishments and took them off. What’s left is this classic ruffled linen wreath that adds a layer of neutral texture to the wall or door or wherever it hangs.

how to make a linen ruffle wreath / jones design company
I borrowed the images from the original post to show you the how to make a linen ruffle wreath perfect for decorating your front door or wall this spring.

SUPPLIES: foam wreath / linen (12″ x 72″) / scissors / sewing machine / hot glue gun

STEP ONE: cut strips of linen (2.5″ x 72″)

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tip: fold your fabric to make cutting strips easier

STEP TWO: wrap one strip of linen around wreath

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hot glue to hold. glue-linen-to-wreath

STEP THREE: prepare ruffles stitch-ruffle
First, with right sides together, stitch two strips together end to end to make one long piece.

Next, with your sewing machine set to the longest stitch, sew alongside one edge (about 1/8″ in).

STEP FOUR: make ruffle pull-thread-to-ruffle
gently pull one thread to gather the fabric.

STEP FIVE: wrap wreath with ruffle wrap-ruffle
run a small bead of hot glue along first edge to hold in place, then wrap and glue to hold.

STEP SIX: finish finish-ruffle
Trim the end of the ruffle and glue cut edge to hold.

Such a simple and inexpensive project (my favorite criteria!) that gives a fun look for spring.

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And, of course, if you are wanting to embellish even more, go ahead an add some fabric flowers, moss, a nest and glittered eggs!

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(find the original spring wreath tutorial here)

Happy Spring!

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Springtime Succulents (planted in an unexpected way)

Try this unexpected springtime arrangement: plant a succulent in an eggshell / jones design company
Succulents are having a moment right now, and rightfully so. They are uniquely interesting, drought tolerant and rather inexpensive – a great combo if you ask me. When in Austin, Texas last month, we ate at this darling restaurant/flower shop and right away I was taken by the display of pretty succulents in brown paper. I wanted to try a similar arrangement at home, so I dropped by my local home depot and grabbed a bunch of little plants.

succulents Once home, I changed my mind. The brown paper – as cool as it looks – probably isn’t very practical for watering and I wasn’t sure how to get around that issue.

Then one day, I had this weird idea: plant the springtime succulents in eggshells! I know, strange. But I’ve seen wheatgrass grown in shells for spring and thought maybe my cute plants would be a fun twist on that idea.

planted-succulents The process is a bit self-explanatory, but I took photos as we planted with a few tips. I did this one with my No.2 and it was a great Sunday afternoon let’s-get-our-hands-just-a-little-bit-dirty activity to do with him.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’ll NEED: planting-succulents-in-eggs-supplies cracked eggs, washed out and dry / small pebbles / needle / small succulents

STEP ONE: poke hole in bottom of egg

poke-hole-in-egg-with-needle I just used a regular needle, but I remember doing this with my mom to blow eggs and we used a large upholstery needle. Whatever you have on hand will be fine. If you’re using a small needle, wiggle it around to open up the hole a little bit. Beware: the eggshells are thick at the bottom and so you may wreck a few while poking the holes. I suppose you don’t even have to do this step, I’m just assuming it’s a good idea for drainage. Up to you.

STEP TWO: add small pebbles to the bottom of egg

put-small-pebbles-in-bottom-of-egg This will help with draining (in theory).

STEP THREE: pull apart succulents

planting-succulents-in-egg The little plants usually come in groups of three or so in each small pot. Just gently pull them apart, keeping roots intact.

STEP FOUR: place plant in shell + fill in with soil

planting-with-kids succulent-in-egg And that’s it!

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succulents-in-egg-carton It was fun to try out all the different shapes and textures of plants.

succulents-in-egg-carton2 I kept the original egg carton to display them in (I just lightly water the whole thing in the kitchen sink and the egg carton does fine), and also put a few in a ceramic egg carton (from Anthropologie). succulents-in-eggdish succulents-in-eggs-close

Cute, yes? And maybe a little odd. But I’m okay with that.

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Succulents are supposedly very low-maintenance, but I have a way with killing most plants that I bring into our home. I did a little research and here’s what I found to help us keep these beauties happy:

TIPS FOR KEEPING SUCCULENTS ALIVE INDOORS

1. Keep in sunny places – they are a desert plant and thrive in sun and dry climates.

2. Let them dry out completely before watering.

3. Bright green plants are easier to keep alive – steer clear of the purple, grays and oranges if you’re looking for indoor success.

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free spring art print

There is still a week or two before the official first day of spring, but don’t you just feel ready?!

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We’ve had some uncharacteristically sunny, warm days in the Pacific Northwest and it’s been lovely. We’ve played outside and opened the windows and bought my first bunch of springtime tulips.

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Last year I watercolored an assortment of the things that remind me of spring: pastels, fresh greens, pretty dresses and ballet flats. Then I scanned the painting, added text and turned it into a printable pdf file that you can download and print at home to put you in the springtime mood.  Just print on your favorite paper (see my favorite sources here) and display in your entry or bedroom or office or any place you need a little colorful pick-me-up.

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To grab your free spring art print, click below for instant access to our freebie files we call The Archive.

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Happy Spring!

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Want to learn how to create illustrations and graphics like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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If I were to redo our bathroom, it would look like this

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We have no plan to redo our bathroom any time soon, but now that the rest of our main floor is looking all fancy with the new floors and white walls, I’m just itching to inject a little style into our master bathroom. And by inject a little style what I really mean is pretty much change everything.

Let me show you it’s current circa 2006 state:

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When you walk in from our bedroom, there are two sinks on the right, a toilet room in that little area next to the wall, a tub and shower opposite and then our closet at the back.

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Here’s the thing about our bathroom: it works. It’s clean. It functions just fine. But it’s just so blah.

So just like we’ve done with the rest of our house, I just want to inject a little personality into an otherwise builder-basic room.

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Again, let me reiterate that there are no real plans to do the room, but in my imagination where my creativity just needs to do it’s thing, this is what I’m thinking:

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I love the idea of making the vanity area more of a focal point, of tiling the walls all the way up with classic subway tile, adding tile to the floors and replacing the tub with a freestanding version. The colors, of course, would stay in the white, black, warm brown, mixed metals, neutral family – light and bright, clean and classic.

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And just for fun, here’s a more detailed design board:

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Can’t you just see the vision?!!!

A girl can dream.

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diy pom pom garland (two ways)

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I made these pom pom garlands around Christmas and wasn’t going to do a how-to because I thought they were just for christmas season. And then I couldn’t bear to take them down with all of the other holiday decorations, so I just casually draped them on the kitchen chalkboard.

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And you know what? I decided pom pom garland is for all seasons. So here you go – a tutorial for how to make these year-round-put-them-anywhere-make-a-bunch-because-you’ll-love-them pom pom garlands.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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chunky yarn (about 3 rolls) / pom pom makers (2 sizes) / embroidery thread / upholstery needle / scissors

TO MAKE THE POM POMS

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wrap the yarn round and round the first side / then the second

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trim the center yarn / cut a piece of yarn

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tie yarn through center of pom maker / pull apart

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trim long pieces of yarn and fluff

TO MAKE SMALL POM POM GARLAND

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cut yarn to desired length

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thread needle and knot the end / stitch through center of pom and through yarn

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you can stitch a few times back and forth to make sure the pom is secure

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in between poms, run the needle through the center of the yarn, then stitch on the next pom

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Then hang anywhere and everywhere!

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TO MAKE THE LARGE POM POM GARLAND

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make large poms using this pom maker

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cut three long pieces of yarn (in desired finished length) / tie knot in top and tape to tabletop to hold

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loosely braid yarn / knot the end

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run the needle through the center of the pom

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stitch onto braided yarn (a few stitches to hold securely)

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in between poms, run the needle through the center of the braid. Then stitch on poms in desired spacing.

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enjoy!

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painting the interior of the front door (do it!)

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One of the first diy improvements we did to our home when we moved in was painting the front door.

Both sides.

It’s a little unconventional, but it gives architectural detail, a pop of color and dimension to a feature that could otherwise just blend in. We actually loved the results so much, we painted our back door too (green!).

My friend Rae and I are working on her entry (see the design ideas here) and one of the first steps was to give the space some character by painting the door a fun color.

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Rae picked out two colors – a bright yellow and pretty turquoise – and after trying out both, we decided to just go crazy and pick sunshiny yellow.

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We used semi-gloss interior latex and just started brushing it on. I only stayed for one coat, but Rae added one more once it was dry to really cover and saturate the color. I’ll post finished photos as we make progress with the next steps … hanging a new light fixture, artwork, hooks on the wall and a rolling crate for shoes. Even with one coat, it was fun to see how much the door brightened the space and gave it a jolt of unexpected energy.

In case you need a bit more inspiration to convince you that painting the inside of your front door is a great idea, here are some gorgeous examples.

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Have a boring front door that needs some life? Try painting it a favorite color. I think you’ll love it.

For more door inspiration, check out this pinterest board

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lovely prints now available (and a discount)

The Month of Love is right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with our lovely prints and a sale!

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Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift (gently nudge your husbands, ladies!).

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(ampersand)

love-never-fails-styled

(love never fails)

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(love one another)

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(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversary gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.

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We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

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(greatest is love in slate)

as well as the darling twirl print

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To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this upcoming month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday january 27th.

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start-shopping

(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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an entry re-fresh (tell us what you’d pick!)

This is my friend Rae (and her spunky/darling/super fun daughter, Tilly):

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Fun story: Rae married Ryan’s best friend from high school and we met right before their wedding. Two years later, they moved in with us for several months while they looked for a house in our area. They found one and lived there for 6 years.

A few years later, my best friend, K.C., and her family moved in with us for several months while they looked for a house. They bought one in our neighborhood and lived there for 5 years. Then they moved to Texas (sad).

When they moved out, Rae and her family moved in (yay!).

So now my friend Rae lives in my friend K.C.’s house. It’s the best.

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Anyway, Rae and her husband have 5 adorable kids:

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and we love having them just down the street. They only lived a few minutes away before, but now that the kids can walk to each other’s houses, we see each other way more. The best is when we get together for dinner and have 9 kids running crazy around us. It’s pretty entertaining.

Last week, she asked if I could help with some ideas to make her entry more cheerful and welcoming. It’s sort of a funky space – a bit narrow and dark and empty – which looks nothing like the rest of Rae’s bright/colorful/cool house.  Of course I said yes.

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(a bookshelf in her living room)

Here’s the space we’re working with:

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from the top:

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and when you open the front door from the outside and from inside looking to the corner:

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Its a small area with a coat closet and room enough for a few hooks, mirror (always a nice addition to an entry space for light-reflection and last-minute hair/outfit/something-stuck-in-your-teeth checks), bright art and a rolling crate for shoes (a diy project we’ll do). There is a great mudroom area off the garage entry that the family uses for daily use, so this is more for guests. Rae is hoping for a cheery, welcoming feel.

We talked about a few things and decided on painting the inside of the door (black, I think), dropping down a pendant light, adding a colorful runner and some fun art for personality.

I pulled some ideas together and sent her my favorite options:

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Rae made her picks instantly, but we thought it would be fun to see what you think! Here are three photoshopped images of our favorite combinations:

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light / art / hooks / rug

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light / art / hooks / rug

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light (spray painted) / art / hooks / rug

Do you have a favorite? What would you do if this were your entry?

We’ll be back soon with a few diy’s for the space and the final reveal. Until then, be sure to check out Rae’s website and instagram feed (you will probably fall in love with her).

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our house: then + now

The house a few doors down from us is for sale. It is a duplicate of ours (don’t you just love how builders do that?!) and looks the same as it did when it was built 8 1/2 year ago. As I was walking by, I peeked at the flyer and it made me smile to see the photos – my how our house has changed over these 8 years.

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It’s easy to forget all the progress we’ve made when we still have an ongoing list of what updates to make, so I thought it would be fun to compare a few before and afters just to see the difference.

I’m actually using the professional photos from the current listing (with permission from our good friend who is the agent) because a. they are really good and b. i can not find the original photos we took when we bought the house (boo!). Like all great real estate photos, these make the house look slightly better than it does in real life, and my after photos are quick ones taken by me, so don’t judge too harshly :)

The only difference between the neighbor house and ours is the cabinets (ours were medium-dull-toned), the tile (greenish-gray – which you can see in this post) and we have a second window next to our front door. Otherwise, it’s a match.

Here we go!

ENTRY THEN

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ENTRY NOW

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changes: painted walls white, added hardwood floors, taller baseboards, changed light fixtures, painted interior of front door, hung curtains for privacy, painted wallpaper in office

LIVING ROOM THEN

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LIVING ROOM NOW

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changes: painted walls white, added molding to divide tall walls, resurfaced fireplace, added built-ins, new mantle, installed hardwood floors

KITCHEN THEN

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KITCHEN NOW

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changes:  removed upper cabinets, added open shelves, painted lower cabinets, added beadboard backsplash, extended counter top and island, granite countertops, under-mount sink + new faucet, changed lighting, added built-in bench, painted door, painted walls and ceiling, added crown molding, new stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and added beverage cooler, installed hardwood floors. Whew.

DINING ROOM THEN

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DINING ROOM NOW

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changes: painted walls, new hardwood floors, wood-wrapped openings in walls, new light fixture, taller baseboards installed

Obviously the before and afters look different because of the furniture and art on the walls, but just going through the list reminds me that we’ve really done a lot with this house! It truly feels like we’ve made a standard builder-grade home into one that reflects our style.  I like to call it making builder-grade better. 

For more photos of our house, click here.

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last chance!

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This weekend is the last chance to order from the shop to ensure christmas delivery. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift to give the teachers, your neighbor, your mom – a thoughtful art print (popped in a frame?) is perfect!

>> Shop our entire collection here <<

All Christmas prints are on sale this weekend!

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christmas house tour: northwest coastal edition

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Today I’m hoping on the Blogger Stylin Christmas Home Tours hosted by Lindsay at White Buffalo Styling Co. Normally, I would show my own home (like I did last year and the year before that) but we just found out that Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine will be coming in January to shoot photos for next year’s publication (so fun!) and so I can’t share our christmas house with you on the blog this year. Truthfully, this arrangement works in my favor because I’m dragging my feet getting our house decorated.  I’m hoping all of these amazing homes on tour will stir up some inspiration.

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Instead of showing our home, I asked my friend Erica if I could come take pictures of her cute new house. We met Erica and her husband Scott at college, they were in our wedding and even though we don’t get together often (they live about 45 minutes away), its one of those friendships where we just pick up where we left off. Their family just moved to this darling house on an island with the Puget Sound for a front yard. Even on the cloudiest days, it is still so beautiful to look outside and see the water and she’s found that she doesn’t need a lot of decorations with a view of nature out every window.  Her house looks simple and classic all dressed for Christmas and I’m excited to show you!

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Isn’t it great?! I love how bright and open the space feels, but still cozy and christmasy.

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wall color: Sherwin Williams Sensible Hue
couch: ikea ektorp
living room rug: ikea
red plaid pillows: ikea
chairs: world market
curtains: made by Erica, ikat fabric from fabric.com
silent night pillows: etsy
kitchen table/chairs/bench: world market
Noel marquee letters: made by Erica

Continue on with the blog tour with Laura at Finding Home and to start at the very beginning head over to Lindsay at White Buffalo Styling Co. I hope seeing other homes brings you inspiration for your own spaces and the permission to make your home reflect your style!

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