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The Best Gold And Brass Picture Frames

We’ve had a fantastic response to our brand new art print shop Maker + Ink. Thank you to all who have checked it out, purchased a print, shared with your friends.

Funny thing: the most asked question this weekend has been about the frames in all of the product images.


Framing is like the finishing touch on art, so I thought I’d do a quick roundup of the best gold and brass frames you can find online.

The Best Gold + Brass Frames / jones design company

gallery brass frame – cb2  |   metal frame – target   |   profile frame – room&board

timeless metal frame – amazon   |   gallery frame polished brass – west elm   |   hendry frame – crate&barrel

There is a bit of a gap between the low and high prices and in this case, the price does make a difference in the quality.

My sister has the West Elm brass frame and it’s heavy and nicely made. See it below in her newly remodeled kitchen/dining room:


Because it’s in a prominent spot, it is nice to have a great looking, quality frame. Plus, hers is large with a big mat and really gives that custom look to an 8×10 art print. (ps. their house is so pretty. I need to do a before + after of this space).

On the other hand, if you’re needing a bunch of frames for a gallery wall, I bought a few of the Target ones this weekend and while the quality is nothing special, they are very nice looking.

I haven’t seen them in person, but I like the crate & barrel option, too. Not as big of a mat as the West Elm, but real brass and a nice size.

Also, don’t be afraid to mix metals. I’m a big fan (as seen in the frames on my piano here).

And to fill those gorgeous gold and brass frames …

How about a new art print from Maker + Ink?

Shop Christmas Prints on Maker + Ink

The big art print sale ends tonight at 10pm pacific.

All of the prints are buy one get one free and have you seen all of the cute Christmas designs? These make great gifts, too!

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Do you have a favorite frame source? Please share!

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Style + Scripture = Maker + Ink

Mommy-brain is a real thing.

I used to be really sharp, I promise. Four kids later and let’s just say sharpness is not my strong-suit. I lose track of my phone, I can’t remember what time school starts (even though it starts at the same time every single day) and if I don’t text back immediately, you can pretty much guarantee it has slipped my mind.

I forget little things every day.

Which reminds me that I forget big things, too. Things like my anniversary (for real). Having a grateful attitude. Remembering who God is and what that means for my everyday life.

Right at the beginning of the Bible, Moses commands the people of Israel to love God with all their hearts and minds and strength and to not forget!

I love how the Voice translation says it:

“Make the things I’m commanding you today part of who you are. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re sitting together in your home and when you’re walking together down the road. Make them the last thing you talk about before you go to bed and the first thing you talk about the next morning. Do whatever it takes to remember them: tie a reminder on your hand and bind a reminder on your forehead where you’ll see it all the time, such as on the doorpost where you cross the threshold or on the city gate.” – Deut. 6:6-9

God is so good to us. He is faithful, loving, just, gentle, kind and we are simply asked to receive, celebrate and remember.  Moses suggests writing the promises on our doorframes and on our gates; I would say displaying an art print in your home could be the modern-day equivalent.

Several years ago Ryan asked me to create a print with a verse he wanted to remember. Those were the days when the options for scripture art were very limited. Nothing was quite right for our style of decorating, so I created that first print. That print led to several more. Eventually it occurred to us that other families might enjoy having modern scripture prints in their homes too, to make it easier to remember God’s promises in a stylish way. We’ve been offering them ever since.

Over the past 6 years, the scripture art industry has exploded. There are so many gorgeous/modern/stylish options for faith-based art work which we’re truly excited about. I love having so many options when looking for just the right print for our home or a special gift.

The biggest problem now is not in the availability of a cute print, but in finding it! Search for ‘scripture print’ on google and you’ll find hundreds of websites, but never a single marketplace with the style of art we are drawn to.

And so, Ryan and I did what we do and created our own.

Introducing Maker + Ink:

Maker + Ink art print shop

Maker + Ink is an online marketplace for stylish art that declares God’s truth.

Instead of clicking from website to website in search of the perfect scripture print, you’ll find a carefully selected assortment of designs all in one place. We are excited to offer art prints created by a variety of independent designers, each with her own unique style.

And you know those prints that I opened my first art print shop with? They have now been updated. I just love how they turned out.


To celebrate the opening of Maker + Ink, everything is Buy One Get One Free now through Monday.

thanksgiving sale buy one get one free at Maker + Ink

No need to enter a discount code – its all done for you in the fancy new shop. Simply add your favorite prints and the discount will be applied automatically.

And you’ll get free shipping with any purchase of $30 or more.

Don’t forget to grab one of our favorite Christmas prints while you’re there!

Shop Christmas Prints on Maker + Ink

Let’s fill our minds (and homes) with beauty and truth in the hope that by being reminded of His truth, our hearts and lives will be transformed by grace.

I’d love for you to come by to check out the new shop, grab a few Christmas gifts and let us know what you think!

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P.S. We’re excited to continue to grow the marketplace! If you are an artist and would like to partner with Maker + Ink, contact our team here.

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the progression of my favorite room

I was asked by my friend Melissa of The Inspired Room to help celebrate the launch of her newest book with a quick peek at my favorite room.  I knew right away that I would share my office.  If you’re a reader of Melissa’s you know she is all about loving the home you have rather than wishing and waiting for something better and using what you have to make it feel more like you.

This is totally the story of my office.


When we moved in a little over nine years ago, this is what the office looked like:


It sits off to the right when you walk in the front door at the front of the house. The big window gets the best light of the house and it’s the perfect mix of open to the rest of the house and its own space (the french doors help with that). When we first moved it, this was Ryan’s office, but once I started the blog and began working more consistently, I took over the front room. The initial transformation was so much fun and exactly what I needed at that time in my life.

As a mom of many small children, having a space in the house that was just for me felt like the greatest gift. I could go in the office and be surrounded by things that made me happy and inspired apart from who I was as a mom. I will forever look back on this time and feel grateful that I found EMILY. I don’t know that I lost myself, but there is such potential when you spend your days loving and caring and protecting and nursing and cooking and picking up and forgetting to do things that make you feel alive and beautiful and creative.  That is what this office has represented in my life.

From the first version in 2010 until now, this room continues to be a place of inspiration and function. Let’s take a look at the many changes and updates that I’ve made over the years to my favorite space.


This was right after I completed the room makeover. I still love the painted wallpaper (see the tutorial here) and chalkboard wall. The drum shade was a simple diy (glue some fabric to a drum pendant and you’re done!) and I did like that dresser in there.


After a while, Ryan decided to move in with me. We put two matching desks back to back and I went a little crazy with the wall of pictures/art/etc. Ryan and I liked working together, but he values function over form and his metal file and shredder just didn’t cut it in my pretty space so he moved back upstairs to work.

A new, longer desk was needed as was more storage for all of my envelopes, files, etc, so those changes were made sometime in 2012. In December 2012, Better Homes + Gardens came to photograph my office (see it in publication here) which was beyond thrilling. To see our very average builder-grade home in a magazine was pretty affirming that we were indeed loving the home we had (even if it was/is not our dream house!).




For about a year, not much changed in the office except my style which gradually became much cleaner and neutral.


When I could take the carpet no longer, my boys and I pulled it up one day and I painted the chippy plywood subfloor white.



I actually really, really loved the white floors. They were not practical (especially because of the chippy subfloor that couldn’t be mopped), but the white was so bright and a great backdrop in there.


In November 2014, we had new hardwood floors installed throughout our house. It was a major undertaking and we love the results.  I miss the white floors, but having one consistent surface throughout the downstairs keeps things really open and visually clean.

Better Homes + Gardens photographed our house again in January 2015 for the Christmas Ideas issue (out on newstands now!). I’ll share photos soon!

So all of this leads us to today. This is the current state of the office:


It’s a total mess.

This summer, Ryan moved back in. The boys needed some space and so we moved them into their own rooms which meant Ryan’s office up there became a bedroom. Plus, we work together and it makes sense to be in the same room.

The not so wonderful part is that form vs function issue.

You may notice there are now three computers. My humungous one is fantastic and what I work on, the smaller mac (my old one) is for the kids, Ryan’s is on the other side on this gorgeous table that I love and gave up so he could use it for his desk (the true sign of love, perhaps).

I’m not a fan of the mat under my chair, but the floors were getting scratched so function wins.

We pulled in a console table we weren’t using in the living room to hold all the printers, paper, wires, modem, ugly things that are just necessary. Again with the function.

The files and garbages and piles of stuff is just life.

And I am switching out the brackets on the shelves for gold ones but only made it through the first shelf.

Even with all of this ugly/practical/messy mess, it’s still my beloved favorite room. I like it better when it is clean and pretty, but the feeling is still the same: it’s my place to be creative.


Do you have a favorite room in your house? What do you love about it? Is it how it looks? Or what it means to you? Or how it makes you and your family and guests feel?


Maybe you need some encouragement and visual inspiration to help you on your way to loving the home you have. If so, you will love, love, love Melissa’s newest book, The Inspired Room. You guys, it is so beautiful.


Her style is so good (and the photos!), but so are her words. She’s such an encouragement and wise and practical in her approach to creating a home. You will read this book and feel encouraged to love your home and make it feel like you.


If you want to join in and share your favorite room, you can do so here and be entered to win $300 from Anthro! More details here.

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The Easiest Way to Update a Ho-Hum Bookshelf

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

Audrey’s room has been an in-process project for well over a year. (Please tell me I’m not the only one whose projects drag on way longer than expected?!)

We started with this design board idea, made the first updates, added a darling gallery wall and a cute diy bulletin board.  Things are going slowly, but coming along.

In my dream world, we would have built-in bookcases and a bench made for the entire wall with the window (sort of like this).  But reality kicks in and this is just not a project we’re going to tackle, so instead I borrowed two nothing-special bookshelves we had laying around and flanked the window with them. They are just your average dark wood pieces of furniture, but they fit the space and are a great stand-in for the dream shelves.


I had fleeting thoughts of painting the shelves white or gray or even something unexpected like minty-green, but once again, reality struck and painting furniture (and doing it well so that it doesn’t chip or scratch the first time she pulls the baskets out) is not a project this mama can take on right now.

So on to option B: add cute paper to the back and call it done. This is for sure the easiest way to update a ho-hum bookshelf.


I used a roll of wrapping paper I’ve been hoarding (I used some of it as the table runner for Audrey’s 4th Birthday party), scissors and poster putty.


I removed the middle shelf, then cut a piece of paper larger than needed. I could have measured the inside of the bookshelf and transferred the measurements to the paper and cut precisely, but I was going for ease. Instead, I pushed the too-big piece inside the shelf, smoothed it out and creased where it needed to be cut.

Next, I added a bunch of small dots of poster putty to the back of the shelf. You could use double-sided tape if you’d rather.

Then add in the paper and smooth down, making sure you press the paper to the putty dots to stick.

After a little bit of styling, here is the cute new shelf:

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company


The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

The paper gives the shelf a little more style and hint of color that’s just right for a little girl’s room.

And the best part is, it took me all of 10 minutes to complete the project :)

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why I found a new rug for the living room

moroccan shag rug in the living room / jones design company

You may remember a few weeks ago I posted about rearranging the living room. While creating the design board and editing the post photos, I kept feeling like everything was just so monotone.

shop the room / jones design company

Gray rug, beige sofa, taupe chairs, dark floors, dark coffee table, gray stone on the fireplace.

Now I’m all about neutrals, but part of doing them well is making sure you have a nice mix of contrast. Different shades, different sheen, different textures. I’m no decorating expert, but I’m learning to trust my design instincts and something felt off.

I looked around at my favorite rooms on my pinterest living room board and noticed a recurring theme:


White walls/ceiling (check)

Linen or white upholstered pieces (check)

Natural wood tones (check)

Light rug (hmmmm).

Maybe that was what our living room needed.

So I kept my eyes peeled for a light rug and found this one on sale for 70% off. I took the plunge and called it a birthday gift :)

The rug arrived this week and I couldn’t wait to unroll and rearrange (once again).


Everything was put back together and now looks like this:

moroccan shag rug in the living room / jones design company

After a few days of living with it, here are my thoughts:

  1. Love the soft, cushy feel of the new rug.
  2. Love the light color.
  3. Not sure how well it will hold up with our busy household.
  4. It was very inexpensive, so I don’t feel like it’s precious and can’t be replaced.
  5. The zig zags are more brown than gray, but I think it’s okay.
  6. There’s a lot of pattern happening in this room. Maybe too much.
  7. The rug smells so chemically. It needs to be aired out.
  8. The gray rug hides dirt and gives a nice, cozy texture, but sheds so much it was driving me crazy.
  9. I’m undecided on which one is better.

So that’s where were at.


I’d love to hear your design thoughts … gray rug or light rug?

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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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rearranging the living room furniture

Rearranging the living room / jones design company

Sometimes a good furniture rearranging is all you need to make a room feel fresh.

Our living room is our everyday hang out space, where we watch tv and read books and our main entertaining spot when friends come over.  It is open to the kitchen with a wall of windows (that looks out onto our tiny backyard and neighbors you could practically touch – but we’re not talking about that) and has a vaulted ceiling which gives it a big, airy feel.

Rearranging the living room / jones design company

This room is a little tricky for furniture placement since there are no walls, but I keep trying to switch it up just to make our same stuff feel different.

So the other day, with Ryan at work, two of the kids at my parent’s house and the others occupied upstairs, I played furniture rearranging for an hour or so.

rearranging the living room process / jones design company

I’m not great at visualizing a space; I really need to see things in place to figure out if it works or not. That’s the great thing about rearranging what you already have – you just move it around until you find a spot where it works.

Rearranging the living room / jones design company

The couch was previously along the window wall, with the tufted chairs opposite and the thrift store leather (vinyl?) chair facing the fireplace. That setup worked fine (probably better than any other), but its been that way for months and I was ready for a change.

Rearranging the living room / jones design company

Now the sofa faces the fireplace with the tufted chairs flanking it. We’ve had the room this way before, too, so it really isn’t all that original. The only thing we haven’t tried before is that thrifted chair under the window.

Rearranging the living room / jones design company I like the placement this way for now. It feels cozy and open and different.

Rearranging the living room / jones design company

And the best part is that all it took was some shifting of furniture to freshen up the room.

Rearranging the living room / jones design company

Are you a perpetual re-arranger? Or do you feel bored of your same old room? Maybe try switching things up a bit for an hour and see what other arrangement you can make!
Shop the room / jones design company

TUFTED LINEN SOFA: Yes, I still love it. Yes, it has held up really well. Yes, it will stain if you spill on it, so we just keep the kids in the kitchen with food. I am a big fan of the tight back and cushy down-filled cushions.

TUFTED SIDE CHAIRS: These were the first pieces of new furniture we bought for our house over 9 years ago. Classic style, comfortable, quality construction and fabric (I chose a mohair-look-alike in a taupy color).

WOOL RUG: Great color, very soft, hides dirt, love the texture it adds. BUT it sheds so much. So, so much. Even after a year. I would still buy it because it is a great price and looks great, but I’m slightly tired of the fuzz balls it creates.

INDUSTRIAL COFFEE TABLE: This one is from Wisteria years ago. It’s super heavy and I love the casters. This one is similar.

METAL SIDE TABLE: A great deal for a sturdy, but delicate side table.

WHITE FLOOR LAMP: Go ahead and get one or two or three of these for your house. They come in the floor lamp style, a desk lamp or sconces (which I have in my office). The cord is the best part.

PUMPKIN PAINTING: I painted this white pumpkin a few years ago on a canvas and pull it out each fall. I do offer reprints in my shop (although not as large, they are still wonderful!) Use code GRATITUDE for 15% off.

WOOD VASE: The natural warm wood color and modern texture of this vase is just so good. It is not water, safe, so either use faux branches or just wrap a clipping in a baggie filled with water.

BLACK + WHITE BLANKET: This wool blanket is such a classic and will work for any season. It was a splurge for me, but so worth it.

MONGOLIAN FAUX FUR PILLOW: Fluffy and fun and full of texture. And cheap.

BLACK GEOMETRIC PILLOW: I wasn’t in the market for a new pillow, but I couldn’t help myself with this one.

LEATHER PILLOW: I was in the market for a leather pillow. I’ve been eying these for forever and finally found one on ebay for a steal. It is soft and perfect. I wish it was a chair.

METALLIC GEOMETRIC PILLOWS: Again, so many pillows in my life. I just really love switching them out each season. It gives a whole new look to an otherwise neutral room.

BASKET: For corralling books and magazines and remotes and coasters, this basket tray is great for the coffee table.

WHITE CHUNKY KNIT THROW: More texture with a chunky knit throw.

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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 help bring fall into your home. They’re free (!) and you can print them at home or the office on white card stock, photo paper or, if you’re feeling fancy, watercolor paper.

autumn-essentials printable free-download

This Autumn Essentials print was done a few years ago and I still feel proud of it. I think it’s my favorite in the series, but it might just be because it’s this time of year.
Free Art Print! Autumn Essentials Watercolor by Jones Design Company

This pumpkin print is brand new this year and it’s a fun pop of fall color.

FREE fall art print / download at jones design company

Free Fall Art Print / download at Jones Design Company

Feel free to print them and display them and gift them and share them!

The files are found in The Archive where all of our best freebies are found.

Log in for free here


In other news …

Last week I shared those super cute black and white dishtowels. I only had a few sets for sale and you all BLEW MY MIND with the response. We sold out in about 12 seconds (not an exaggeration). I’m sorry that I was not better prepared! If you left your name/paypal address on that instagram post (or on the comments of the blog post), we’re working through to get the invoices sent out. And by we’re what I really mean is my sister Hillary. Did you know my sister works with me? Bless her hilarious, stylish, kind heart.

Anyway, if you have not received an invoice yet, have no fear … it is coming. Once the next shipment of towels comes in we’ll start sending them out (hopefully next week).

striped dinner napkins / jones design company

The winner of the cloth napkin giveaway is:

katie silvas

Congrats Katie! Please send me a note with your mailing address and we’ll (ahem, Hillary) will get those out to you shortly!

Have a happy Fall-ish day!

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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 look around, too! Be inspired and take a few ideas for ways you can spruce up your home this fall.


Classic tufted wing chair with a plaid wool throw, those ikat drapes, a little greenery and wood rounds for chargers. See the full tour at: City Farmhouse



I can’t help but post two photos from Michael’s bright, light, stylish home. I love how he mixes so many patterns without it feeling overly cluttered. See the full tour at: Inspired By Charm


This entry nook is a clever use of space with the board and batten trim and double layers of hooks. See the full tour at: Home Stories A to Z


Classic blue and white works in any season. See the full tour at: Thistlewood Farms


Adding those pretty wood tones in the cutting boards and spoons is a great way to warm up an all-white kitchen. See the full tour at: Finding Home Farms


Mixed textures and pom-pom trim and a plaid throw on a feminine tufted sofa – yes to all of it. See the full tour at: Dear Lillie


Lucy’s watercolors-turned-pillows are my favorite (I have this one, seen here). See her full house tour at: Crafterberry Bush


What a clever way to plant succulents. See the full tour at: Eclectically Vintage


That basket is so good. See the full tour at: The Lily Pad Cottage


What a pretty curated collection of items displayed on a coffee table. I especially love those feathers. See the full tour at: Rooms For Rent

This one is not in any of the home tours, but did you see this dreamy country space that my girl Emily Henderson did for Target? Everything she touches is my favorite.


See more of the room and an adorable video about how to layer to get this cozy style at: Emily Henderson

So many pretty spaces to enjoy! Do you have a favorite?

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fall house tour 2015

fall home tour / jones design company

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 are coming from Michael’s home, welcome. Isn’t his home just the happiest place?! He does an amazing job of mixing patterns and color, while still keeping things clean. Love it. If my house is your first stop, be sure to click back to see what you’ve missed (start here).

This year, I have to say, I have been holding on to summer as long as possible and haven’t been quite ready for complete fall decorating with deep colors and traditional autumn colors. I’m sure that time will come as we progress into the next few months, but for now, I was going for a touch of fall with textures and warm/neutral colors, but still fresh and light. So I’m calling this my early fall home decorating.

Enjoy the peek into our home!


living room / fall home tour / jones design company

living room / fall home tour / jones design company
fireplace mantle / fall home tour / jones design company

Our fireplace lends itself so well to fall decorating with the cozy textures of stone and cedar. We usually keep our large iron stag head up there, but I thought I’d switch things up and display a painting I did of a pumpkin (proud moment).  If you’d like a print of the painting for your home, you can purchase one here (use code GRATITUDE for 15% off).

fall home tour fire place / jones design company

The linen couch is the perfect foundation for switching out accessories for any season. This time around a mix of textures and patterns leans toward a cozy, autumn feel.

fall home tour / jones design company

fall pillows / fall home tour / jones design company

fall home tour / jones design company

fall home tour / jones design company
fall home tour fire place / jones design company
sofa / tufted chairs / wool rug / coffee table (similar) / side table / buffalo plaid throw / black geometric pillow / leather pillow / white geometric pillows / brass L (no longer available) / white pumpkin painting



painted piano fall home tour / jones design company

Last summer, I painted our old, dark wood piano bright white. I love it so much more now (even though the keys are so obviously aged-off-white).

piano / fall home tour / jones design company

bench (Target, no longer available) / sheepskin / fall art print (download free below or here)



fall home tour / jones design company
fall home tour / jones design company

fall home tour / jones design company

kitchen chalkboard / fall home tour / jones design company

kitchen / fall home tour / jones design company

kitchen / fall home tour / jones design company

kitchen sink / fall home tour / jones design company
kitchen / fall home tour / jones design company

bar stools / gold dot pillow (Marshall’s) / striped bowls / striped dish towel (coming soon!)



coffee station / fall home tour / jones design company

In between the kitchen and dining room is a little pass-through where we keep our coffee station. It keeps it accessible, but out of the way from regular kitchen activities.  coffee / fall home tour / jones design company

coffee maker / milk frother / metal tray / striped mugs / coffee print



dining room / fall home tour / jones design company

dining room / fall home tour / jones design company

dining room / fall home tour / jones design company

dining room / fall home tour / jones design company

table (no longer available, Restoration Hardware) / chairs / light / shelf / bar cart / striped napkins (coming soon!)

So there it is … the house all prettied up for fall.



FREE fall art print / download at jones design company

To help spread some autumn cheer, please enjoy this free art print. Simply sign in to the freebies library we call The Archive, download and print on your favorite white cardstock. I hope it adds an extra touch of fall to your home!

Free Fall Art Print / download at Jones Design Company

Thanks for visiting!


Don’t forget to visit the other gorgeous fall homes throughout the week.

First stops: BHG / Finding Home Farms / Liz Marie Blog / Inspired By Charm

Next up: Thistlewood Farms

If you’d like to take part in the tour, post your photos and tag them with #BHGCelebrate for a chance to be featured on BHG’s instagram and #FindingFallHomeTour for a chance to be featured on instagram.

Happy Fall!

To see our home decorated in seasons past:

 Fall Home Tour 2013 / Fall Tour 2014 Part One / Fall Tour 2014 Part Two

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the beauty of an unmade bed

the beauty of an unmade bed / jones design company

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 was to show you how I make my bed. What sheets I use (these) and how I like to layer a thin quilt (like this) for texture and warmth and how adding the perfect white duvet just adds that extra cozy, luxurious touch.

And then I caught a glimpse of my unmade bed and had this deep metaphorical moment and thought I’d share that with you instead.

Before, let me just say that I really do like a crisply made bed. And I really like white bedding (as shown here). And I appreciate companies like Crane + Canopy that make buying nice bedding basics simple and affordable.


I’ve always been a bit of a i-dotter and t-crosser.

As a child I liked my dolls lined up and my penmanship precise. There is a preschool class photo from 1982 with a smiling little red-head sitting up nice and tall with ankles crossed, hands folded, hair perfectly ringleted. It’s so typical of me. I like a tidy room, drawers all the way pushed in, dishwasher loaded just so (I’m embarrassed to admit I’m one of those).

I like a made-up bed with top sheet flipped down over a thin coverlet, a wrinkle-free duvet neatly folded at the foot of the bed, pillows all propped up in a row. I like the kids to stay off of it once it’s made and I like the feeling of walking into my room at night, pulling back the smoothed covers and snuggling in.

If my bed is made each morning, it makes me feel like my life is in order. If the rest of my day feels out of control or messy, at least my bed is crisp and put together.


But lately, I’ve noticed I haven’t been quite as regular with making the bed.

I was in my bathroom the other day putting on makeup or doing my hair or something and glanced out the doorway into our bedroom. This is what I saw:


A rumpled bed with covers haphazardly thrown back, pillows not at all symmetrical or stacked neatly, bedside tables filled with books and water glasses and bobby pins, curtains half-opened, the rod all off-centered.

And what I saw did not make me feel out of control. It did not compel me to quickly smooth the duvet or straighten the pillows or fix the curtains.

What I saw looked like life. 

It looked like a welcoming spot to rest my body each night.

It looked like a quiet place to refresh my soul each morning.

It looked lived-in. Not staged. Not perfect. Not made just-so with hospital corners and starched cases and rules to stay off. It was messy and loose and approachable.

And it looked beautiful.

This may be a stretch taking cues on life from a moment of glancing at an unmade bed, but it resonates with my heart.

There is truly nothing wrong with making a neat bed or keeping a tidy house or hanging your clothes by color. These are lovely qualities that make for more organized and less chaotic household.

Yet in that moment of looking at my rumpled bed, I saw such beauty.

I want my heart to be a little more like that unmade bed.

Welcoming. Graceful. Comforting. Refreshing.

That is the beauty of an unmade bed.


Thank you to Crane + Canopy for the crisp white duvet and shams. It is the perfect backdrop for doing life. For more on making a nice bed, click here.

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the annoying framing saga of my new favorite artwork

Months ago I spotted the most striking watercolor birthstone artwork in the Minted catalog. The collection caught my eye and I kept coming back to it trying to decide where I could put a print or two in our house.


I really loved all of them, as a whole set, and walked around the house looking for a blank wall that could feature 12 gem prints. Turns out, our front guest bathroom had just the wall. Blank, white, ready for art.


The people at Minted were so kind to send the prints to me and I agreed to frame them and hang them and share how fabulous they look with all of you fine blog readers.

Well, as I mentioned, that was months ago. It has literally taken me months to get these things framed and hung and ready to share.

So here’s how the saga went down:

The prints are 11×11 square. I could have opted to have them framed from Minted, but I envisioned a modern, streamlined, super simple gold metal frame and they don’t offer that as an option.

So I just figured I would have them framed myself.

I took the art into a local frame shop on a day when they were having a big custom framing sale. I picked out the thinnest (and I’m assuming cheapest) metal frame. The sales lady measured and typed some details into her computer and spit out a number for the 12 frames and glass and back hanging things.

You know what that quote was?


And that was with a 40% discount.

My mouth hung open and then I politely let her know that I’d be looking for another option.

I mean, I’m not the cheapest person in the world and I realize nice things cost money. But a thin metal frame with some glass should not, in my humble opinion, cost over $100. Especially when I needed 12 of them. Good grief.


So the search began. What I wanted was an 11×11 square gold thin metal frame. And as luck would have it, that does not exist in the world.

I bought a few different frame options and wasn’t crazy about any of them.

When I found a pack of 4 12×12 album frames from Walmart for $9, I figured I would give it a try. I ordered 3 sets and when they arrived, one was damaged. So I ordered another set. One of those was cracked, too, but at that point I had a few extras so I just tossed the broken ones and kept the good ones.

The frames came in black and are the cheapest, most poorly made frames ever created. But at this point I was just wanting to get the project done, so I stuck with them. I thought about just keeping them black, but decided I really did want them gold and took them outside one day and sprayed them with my favorite gold spray paint.

Once the frames were painted, I put the art in them. The frames are 12×12 and my art is 11×11 and the lady at the frame store told me I couldn’t have mats cut with that small of difference so I went the easy route and just mounted the art on off-white 12×12 scrapbook paper. It’s not ideal, but it looks fine.

Are you bored with my story yet? I am. The whole thing was annoying.

Anyway, I finally popped them into the frames (which was a saga in itself as two of them shattered) and hung them in a grid on the bathroom wall.


I hung them in a tight grid with one inch in between each frame. Using a level and ruler, I marked where the nails should go and started tapping them in. It only took me 19 holes to hang 12 prints :)


But after all the drama, they are on the wall and look beautiful. I seriously adore these prints. I love their simplicity and their detail and how they are organic and fancy at the same time.


And the frames, while not perfect, work fine. From afar, they actually look like just what I had in mind.


Here’s the moral of the story:

  1. If your eye is drawn to a specific piece of art, go for it.
  2. Thin metal frames from the frame shop are not cheap.
  3. Cheap frames from Walmart are inexpensive and also terribly engineered.
  4. Pushing through with this framing fiasco was worth it. The art looks great.

Thanks for reading my story and letting me rant for a moment. To reward your perseverance in getting this far, how about a chance to win $250 from Minted?! One lucky ready will win $250 and three more will win $100.

minted + jdc giveaway. 1 winner will receive $250 to Minted, 3 will win $100 each!


Good luck!

*** UPDATE ***

The giveaway winners are:

Emily S.
Lindsay B.
Erica W.
Gwen L.
Congrats, ladies!
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DIY Bulletin Board

DIY Bulletin Board / jones design company

Slowly but surely, Audrey’s room is coming along.

The gallery wall really stepped things up a notch and it got me motivated to add some cuteness to the other walls. When you have one side of the room filled with art, it makes knowing what to do with the other walls a little tricky. Add more art? Leave them blank? I’ll do a full room tour soon so you can see the walls in context to each other, but I decided that more art would feel too busy and I just wanted one large piece to fill in the area opposite the gallery wall.

I had an extra frame that didn’t get used in the gallery – a vintage painting that I covered with music pages and wrote ‘twirl’ on a few years ago (you can see it in my old office here). It wasn’t anything special and so I decided to reconfigure it and turn it into a bulletin board for my girl.

Here’s how I did it:



frame with backing / roll of cork / hot glue gun / scissors / fabric for covering (optional)

You could use any frame – brand new, from your storage closet or from a thrift store. The one I used was just a few dollars at the thrift store and was a painting that I wasn’t sad to cover up. I lucked out and the frame I used was just slightly smaller than the dimensions of the cork – you may want to measure the cork before purchasing the frame just to make sure it fits.



Remove the backer from the frame. It was easy to just bend the nails back to pop out the art (the back is pictured).



Lay your backing on the cork and trace. Then cut to fit.




Starting from one side, add a bead of hot glue and press to hold. Continue for the rest of the cork.

You can stop at this point – pop it back in the frame and use as is. Or continue on to cover the cork with fabric.



Lay the cork covered backing front-side down on fabric of choice (you’ll want the front of the fabric face down, too). I adore this sheet set from Target (it’s what I have on my bed) and found a set on clearance not too long ago. I debated … cut it up? Or keep it for a second set for my bed? I opted to cut it up.

Just cut it a few inches larger than your cork board on all four sides.



Pull taught and secure with a bead of hot glue. It helps to glue down one side in the center, then the opposite side to keep things lined up and smooth.

Fold in corners (I cut out part of the fabric to keep things less bulky) and hold with hot glue. It was super helpful to have a geometric print to follow so the lines stayed straight.



Pop the backing into the frame. Mine ended up tight enough to not need nails to hold it in place, but you could tap little nails into the sides if you need to.

Flip it over and admire the cuteness!

DIY bulletin board / jones design company

I added a few special things – artwork, photos, a flower garland (no longer available from Target) and a few of Audrey’s pretty necklaces – but my guess is that she’ll cover it with art and notes and little pieces of randomness that girls seem to collect. It will be a great place for her to display her special things.

DIY bulletin board / jones design company

This diy bulletin board was just the right touch for the big empty wall.

DIY bulletin board / jones design company

I have a few more projects to finish in her room and then it will be complete! Stay tuned for a simple window treatment diy and an unconventional pillow tutorial coming soon.

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How To Create A Gallery Wall

How to Create a Gallery Wall / jones design company
Audrey’s room has been in it’s incomplete state for well over a year. This seems to be a theme in my life – this starting and not finishing projects around the house – and I’m determined to wrap a few up.  I’ve been collecting art for her room and knew a gallery wall was in order. I finally put it together and I am IN LOVE with how it turned out.

I’ll show you the final wall at the end (it’s super cute!), but I wanted to walk you through my process for creating a gallery wall.

First things first, collect art and frames.


I don’t know why we have so many frames laying around our house, but in this moment I was thankful for the abundant supply.  For Audrey’s room, I chose to do a combination of white, gold and black frames. I like a simple frame and while you can definitely do all matching frames, I find it more interesting to have a mix. Here’s an example of mixed frames from our Wall of L’s. All of the frames I used were from Target, Minted or IKEA, with exception of the vintage gold frames from my grandmother.

As for art, I’ve been collecting favorites for about a year, waiting to put them all together in a gallery. I’ll highlight my exact art below. When choosing art, try to keep to a similar color story and feel. Varying artists, sizes, mediums, dimension is great because it adds interest to your wall. And don’t forget to add in a few photos, too.

Next up is gathering the tools. Here’s the thing about me and hanging pictures: I’m not afraid of an extra hole in the wall. Which basically means, I eyeball it and if I mess up, I just pop in another hole. Therefore, a ruler, level and tape measure do not make it into my list of tools. If this is just too much for you, go ahead and add a measuring device to the list of tools.

Tools you need to hang a gallery wall / jones design company

A few notes:

* Poster Putty. Remember this stuff? It used to be blue and it held up a lot of magazine tear outs on my bedroom wall in my high school days). It now comes in white and is great for tacking up paper, photos and I even put a little ball under the bottom corners of frames to keep them from getting knocked around and crooked.

* Washi Tape. Super cute to use as an embellishment on frames or to hang photos/little notes (tip: you may need poster putty to secure them first and then add tape – it doesn’t hold well on it’s own).

* 3M Velcro Strips. Great for picture frames that don’t have hooks (like the vintage ones I used) and also if you want to avoid nail holes in your walls.

* Picture Hooks. These little ingenious things just poke into the sheetrock and use leverage so you don’t need wall anchors.

* Small Nails. Unless the art I’m hanging is super heavy, I just hang it with a small nail.

* Hammer. This fancy one was invented by Ryan’s uncle. It’s the most handsome hammer in all the land. If you need a gift idea for a man in your life, here are a few for sale.

* Pencil. For marking where to pop in the nail.

So once you’ve got your artwork and frames selected and your tools gathered, it’s time to layout your art.


I start by laying it all out on the floor so I can see each piece and the sizes in relation to each other. I’m a symmetrical girl for most things in life, but prefer a loose, non-symmetrical gallery wall. This is a helpful wall layout guide if you need some ideas for arrangements, but again, most are pretty symmetrical and I think it’s okay to be relaxed and casual with art placement (i.e. not lining up perfectly, not equal spaces between all frames, etc.).  One thing I do like to do is to arrange the art in a rough square or rectangle. This keeps everything relating, but not perfectly lined up.

For the gallery wall in Audrey’s room, I started with the largest piece first (the floral paper – so darling, yes?!) and used it to anchor the left side. Then I just started moving pieces around a little bit like a puzzle. I tried to alternate the sizes and orientation (so not two horizontal 8×10’s next to each other) as well as the frame color. Then I took it one step further and spread out work by the same artist and colors. For example, the mermaid print, cake table and shoe prints all have that pretty teal/minty blue and I kept them separate so that the color was spread out and it keeps your eye moving around to take it all in. The same is true for the gold accents – I placed them throughout the arrangement rather than next to each other.


Once you find an arrangement you like, now you get to mess up your walls and start poking holes in them! Yay! I know this can be scary, but my theory is that they are just walls and are very easy to patch and paint over if you decide to take down the art at some point. So don’t be afraid, let your walls be your canvas.

I pulled the artwork one at a time and followed the same layout I had on the ground.

How to Create a Gallery Wall in animation / jones design company

An hour or so later, here is what I ended up with:
How to create a gallery wall / jones design company

This wall now makes me so happy and Audrey loves it, too.


Each piece is meaningful and has been collected just for her. I just love how it turned out!

Sources for Artwork / jones design company

1. Mighty To Save by Fancy That Design House

2. No longer available. From Janet Hill Studios

3. Be you tiful. By me

4. Mini card by 1 Canoe 2 from She Reads Truth

5. Little Dresses by Julia Denos

6. Mermaid by Rifle Paper Co from Paper Source

7. Mini card by She Reads Truth

8. Cardboard covered letter

9. Twirl print by Lindsay Letters for Jones Design Company (we have just a few more on sale here)

10. Button flower bouquet (tutorial here)

11. Mint Floral Wrapping Paper by Rifle Paper Co for Paper Source

12. DIY Silhouette (tutorial here)

13. No longer available by Janet Hill Studios (but she has so many other great ones)

14. Flower Shop by Coco + Ollie

15. Paper Crown (tutorial here)


Apparently I had some things to say about how to create a gallery wall! Hopefully the info is helpful and if you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment below.

Don’t forget our BIG Summer Sale is going on now. Save 50% on all Art Prints.

50% off all art prints / jones design company



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The playroom in Better Homes + Gardens Magazine


In December 2012, a team from Better Homes + Gardens came to our house to take pictures. It was beyond exciting. They shot both the office (featured in the September 2013 issue) and the kids’ playroom. We weren’t sure when they would publish the playroom, but it turns out, it made it into the June 2015 issue!


My kids have been waiting for this one to show up. It makes them feel pretty ‘famous’ to see themselves in a real life magazine. And they look so little!

If you haven’t gathered this, Ryan and I rearrange furniture a lot. Entire rooms, sometimes. So this darling playroom of December 2012 didn’t last that way for long. It morphed into Paige’s guest bedroom for a short while and then I painted over the stripes and moved Audrey in. Just last week we moved the kids around again and now each has their own room (no more cute boy bunk room, but some mini room makeovers are in the works) and Audrey’s room also had a few furniture changes. It’s a revolving door around here, my friends.

Anyway, the playroom looks super cute in the magazine. Maybe we should have just left it alone.

NS-Lex-Playroom-PRINT-1 NS-Lex-Playroom-PRINT-2

When I received my BHG magazine in the mail, these pages where nowhere to be seen. I had to track down a copy and apparently this article only ran in some issues. Maybe based on geographic location? Or something? I’m not sure how it works. Thankfully the nice people at Better Homes sent us a few copies for safekeeping. Because you know the kids want to show these pictures to all their friends :)

I feel so flattered that a professional magazine would deem our house magazine worthy. It’s pretty crazy, really, for a girl who grew up dreaming of living in a magazine house.

(Also, here’s a random story: I called to make a grooming appointment for Atlas and when I told the lady our last name she said, “Oh! I was just reading about your playroom in the magazine. I recognized the name and figured there weren’t many Lex’s so it must have been you!” How random is that?!)

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