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The easiest way to hang a big photo (as seen in Audrey’s room)

One late addition to Audrey’s bedroom makeover (did you see the reveal? If not, here it is) was the big, adorable black and white photo. Audrey is the lucky little sister to three brothers that really love her and it seemed fitting to highlight their relationship.  How to hang a large photo print without a frame (it's super easy) / jones design company The photo was taken by my friend Paige when she flew out from Atlanta, stayed in what used to be the guest room (and is now Audrey’s room) and took the most wonderful pictures of me and Audrey and our whole family. This one of the four kids will forever be a cherished capture.
How to hang a large photo print without a frame (it's super easy) / jones design company One of the best and least expensive ways to get a big photo is to send it to an office store and ask for an engineering print. It’s just a black and white photocopy – definitely nothing special – but for $3.49, who cares?! The slightly pixely quality makes it artsy and you can order in several different sizes.

To hang, I decided not to poke holes in the print itself, but instead grabbed a few office basics and made up my own hanging method.
How to hang a large photo print without a frame (it's super easy) / jones design company I clipped four mini binder clips to each corner, then stuck to the wall with a thumb tack.

See? Easiest way to hang a big photo, ever.

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A Classically Cute Little Girl’s Bedroom Makeover (it’s Audrey’s and it’s finally done)

Classically Cute Little Girl's Room Makeover / jones design company

You may remember that I’ve been working on a bedroom makeover for our little girl, Audrey. I just looked back at the initial design board post and it is dated two years to the day that I decided to just be done with it. Two years!  

I was having such a hard time finishing her room. Do you have any spaces in your house like that? You have ideas, but not all are practical or in the budget and so you just wait, feeling this nagging sense of incompleteness every time you walk by.

Well, this weekend I just made the decision that it is done. Not because all of the ideas I have for her room are finished, but rather because it is good enough. It’s darling, actually. And even though the curtains are tacked up and we never got to the builtins, sometimes you just have to leave it alone. Check it off the list. Snap some photos and close this two year makeover chapter.

So here it is, Audrey’s classically cute little girl bedroom makeover. Enjoy a little peek …

(Sources and details after the photos)

Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Buffalo check duvet, striped rug. / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Dresser with lamp, art and framed ballet tickets / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Striped rug, gallery wall with favorite art / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Gallery wall with favorite art / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Close-up of the gallery wall / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company

Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. DIY pinboard, paper flower garland, doll bed / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Handmade doll / jones design company

Isn’t it sweet? The sun popped out earlier this week and so I hurriedly tidied up her room (let’s not even talk about all the little trinkets a nearly six year old girl loves to collect and scatter about her room) and took these pictures.

When Audrey came home from school that day she was delighted to see her room looking so pretty. It was really sweet. And you know what? She has no idea that I stopped short of all my ideas. She loves her room just the way it is. I suppose I do, too.

SOURCES

bed, dresser, doll crib + high chair: craig’s list finds by my mom

striped rug: Olin rug from Crate & Barrel

buffalo check duvet: Emmie Ruta duvet from IKEA

polka dot sheets: no longer available from Target, similar from Land of Nod

yellow flower pillow: no longer available from Target, but they really should bring this one back

hanging pleated medallions: get the diy tutorial here

wooden sign: Between You And Me Signs – read the post about the meaning here

lamp on dresser: no longer available from target

flower art: The Runner Up by Janet Hill Studio

sequin star pillow: Emily + Merritt for PBTeen, no longer available, similar in dots

gallery wall art: see post with sources and how-to here

valance fabric: Diamonds In the Rough from Minted

bulletin board: read tutorial post here

paper flower garland: no longer available, Target

handmade Audrey doll: see post with details here

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Any thoughts or questions about sources? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Turkish Towel Fail

At the top of my Christmas wish list was a stack of new towels. Not just any towels. Turkish towels.

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Ryan thought I was crazy. What’s wrong with our regular white terry cloth towels? 

I didn’t have a great answer other than these three mildly unconvincing responses:

  1. I have heard great things about the size, the softness, the absorbency of turkish cotton towels
  2. After a while, terry cloth towels start to smell … sort of like … used towels.
  3. I like how they look.

I mean, just look at this gorgeous bathroom with the big, fringed towels!

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Granted, our bathroom is not quite so pretty (as seen in this video). But that doesn’t stop me from wanting pretty things to try to make my not-so-pretty space prettier.

Surprise of all surprises, Ryan bought me a set of four glorious black and white herringbone towels for Christmas. I washed them, dried them, folded them in a happy stack and tried one out for the first time last week.

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It was a major, major letdown.

There was zero absorbency, which is my biggest towel pet peeve. Come on, towel! Your job is to absorb water!

Also, my body was covered in lint.

Boo.

So now I have a pretty stack of towels that are completely useless.

Did I choose the wrong ones? Are there fake turkish towels and real turkish towels? Do I need to try washing them again? Any Turkish towel fans out there that could help this girl out?!

Your suggestions are much appreciated.

P.S. That pretty soap and oil is from Nash + Jones. Their packaging is spot on.

(source for bathroom photo unknown)

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If you were to just drop by (a video house tour)

I was thinking the other day … sometimes it’s tricky to understand how rooms flow together when just looking at pictures.  You’ve seen our house from every perspective I can think to show, but still it’s probably different in real life than it appears in images.

Video House Tour / jones design company

So today, I’m giving you a quick tour of our house in video form. Think of it as if you were to just pop by during the middle of the day for coffee and I was showing you around.

 

 
I hope you enjoyed your (virtual) visit!

Some things to note:

– Our house is very quiet and mostly clean during the day when the kids are at school. I function better when my space is picked up so I do lots of clearing off counters, picking pillows up off the floor and putting them back onto the couch, throwing random stuff in that basket on the stairs each morning after they leave for school. I do the same neurotic routine after they go to bed. And actually, pretty much the whole time we are home in the afternoon and evening.

– The kids keep most of their stuff upstairs and while I hound them plenty about keeping it picked up up there, I can’t promise that is what actually happens.  When they were babies we had more toys and books downstairs; now it’s pretty much all upstairs.

– I picked up a little before the video (as I would if I knew a friend was dropping by), but not like I normally would when taking photos of the house. Garbage bags of randomness to donate, storage bins waiting to be expertly organized, our bed unmade – these are daily realities and so I left them.

– What do you put in the middle of a dining room table when it’s not in use? This has been perplexing me for all of my home-making days.

– Our bathroom. Gah. I guess it just serves to remind us how far we’ve come on the rest of the house.

– The battery died on the camera at the end, hence the very abrupt ending. What I was trying to say through my rambling is that we are grateful for our house, thankful for the opportunities it has given us to host parties and small groups and have families live with us, and also the many ways it has opened doors creatively for both me and Ryan. This house is far from our perfect dream home and I could share a list of all the things we would like to be different, but 2016 is the year of renewing my mind and I’m choosing to see the positives :)

Let me know if you have any questions about anything!

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Cozy Up with a Pom Pom Blanket

Do you follow Annie @zevyjoy on instagram? If not, you might want to. Her photos are bright, soft, cozy and full of glorious neutral texture.

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About once per week, she tags me as the source when questioned about where she found the pom pom blanket that pops up in many of her photos (a very sweet and unnecessary thing to do. I appreciate the mention!).

Pom Blanket by Zevy Joy / DIY at jones design company

I did post a simple tutorial a little over a year ago about how to make a pom pom blanket. This is the tutorial that Annie used and I’ll share it again today just in case you missed it. If you’re in search of a doable project to work on this winter that turns out very cozy and stylish and looks fantastic strewn about on a chair, a bed, a big sofa bed, any surface in your house, this pom pom blanket is the right choice.

pom pom blanket tutorial / jones design company

The best part about this project is that you don’t have to have any crafty skills to do it. Just find a blanket you love, some coordinating yarn, a pom pom maker and you’re set.

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// SUPPLIES //

blanket – look for a throw that has plainly hemmed edges. I made one with a gray throw  from IKEA (seen here), the teal geometric is from Target (no longer available). A cableknit throw like this would be great, or this plaid one would be cute, too.

yarn – I took the blanket in with me to the craft store and found the yarn that matched best. The teal was harder to match than the gray, but I ended up finding this nice Martha Stewart yarn and it was on sale (yay!). You’ll need lots of pom poms which means lots of yarn. I used almost two whole rolls (spools? skeins? I’m not sure what you call them) for one blanket.

pom pom maker – there are many methods for making pom poms, but this little tool makes it super easy and keeps them uniform in size and shape.

scissors, needle, thread

STEP ONE / make pom poms (about 30-40 for one blanket)

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Start by wrapping yarn round and round on one end of the pom maker. When full, move over to the second side and wrap. Close and trim the end of the yarn.

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Now cut down the center of the pom pom maker (make sure you keep both ends closed)

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Cut a small piece of yarn and wrap tightly (as tight as you can) around the center to hold pom pom together. Pull both sides of the pom maker apart and fluff the pom pom.

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Trim any uneven ends.

Keep going until you have a pretty stack of yarn pom poms (about 30-40 per blanket).

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STEP TWO / attach pom poms to edge of blanket

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Start by spacing the pom poms out evenly and deciding how close you want them to be. Then, using a needle and coordinating thread, stitch through the center of the pom and sew onto hem of the blanket. Be generous with your stitches to make sure the pom pom is secure. Continue for the rest of the blanket and then on the second end.

For about $25 and a few hours of pom pom making, you end up with this cozy, funky, super cute throw blanket.

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So there you go. One simple project to try and a delightful instagram account to follow.

*Top photos by Annie at zevyjoy.com

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A Simple Christmas House Tour 2015

Simple Christmas Decorations for this house tour / jones design company

Confession: as much as I adore the Christmas season, I have been dragging my feet to put up decorations this year.

For a while now, I have been craving less, simple, clean, bright (hence the all-white walls). Putting out more stuff just felt crazy.  Plus, last year we went all out preparing for the Better Homes + Gardens magazine shoot and I feel like I used up all my good decorating ideas!

We finally added ornaments to the tree this past weekend and put out just a few of our favorite christmas things for a very simply decorated house. It still feels light and clean (at least while the kids are at school!) with a touch of cozy and sparkle. Enjoy a small peek!

ENTRY

Christmas Home Tour / holiday cards taped to the wall in entry / jones design company

We’re taping holiday cards to the wall for all to enjoy. Felt ball garland is from West Elm (which they don’t sell anymore, but this wreath is pretty darling), the mirror is from IKEA for just $49.

DINING ROOM

Christmas Home Tour / nutcrackers / jones design company

As a girl, I danced in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. My parents gave me a special Nutcracker each year and so I have a small collection. The kids love them and since we don’t have a ton of decorations out, I figured grouping them all in a tray was a fun way to display them. (Tray is from Target).

LIVING ROOM

Christmas Home Tour / fireplace with garland and stockings / jones design company

The stag always looks so handsome with a wreath around his neck (this pom pom one I made. Here is the tutorial). The garland is fresh and nearly dried out, but it still looks pretty. We get cedar garland at Costco each year and you can’t beat the price. This one is actually doubled up because it is so long and it fills in a bit more.

Christmas Home Tour / stockings with glitter numbers / jones design company

The stockings are from West Elm (on sale for $9 each right now!) and I like to embellish them with tags or numbers or ribbon. The snowflakes are also from West Elm as is our tree skirt – which you can’t really see in photos, but it is the same white felt with pom pom balls all the way around.

Christmas Home Tour / chesterfield sofa with pillows / jones design company

The couch is always piled with favorite pillows. The fuzzy pillow is a steal at $21, Noel pillow is a few years old from Target, graphic pillow is from Target and the ticking pillows I made. That buffalo check wool throw just makes me happy (you can find them all over or try school house electric). Lamp is IKEA.

Christmas Home Tour / pillows / jones design company

We live near a tree farm and cut ours down on Thanksgiving weekend. This one is so pretty!

Christmas Home Tour / christmas tree in living room / jones design company

You may remember my rug debate in the living room. The first light one just wasn’t right for the room, so we bought this linen sisal rug from Crate and Barrel and it’s just what we were hoping for.

Grocery store flowers in modern arrangement / jones design company

Grocery store flowers made to look fancy by cutting them way down (here’s more on that).

Christmas Home Tour / vintage brass deer / jones design company

I found these brass deer at a vintage sale last christmas. I’m very in to mixing metals.

Christmas Home Tour / christmas tree / jones design company

KITCHEN

Christmas Home Tour / kitchen open shelves / jones design company

One of the best things about open shelves is the ability to style them differently each season. My basic dishes stay in the same spot, but I like to add in a few items that speak to the time of year. A few things to note: the lampshade is old from Target (it could be a super easy DIY with a plain lampshade, painters tape and black paint), the ipad mounted to the wall was Ryan’s genius idea (more details here), the striped bowls are from IKEA.

Christmas Home Tour / kitchen open shelves / jones design company

Christmas Home Tour / kitchen table and chalkboard / jones design company

The chalkboard (a great diy) reminds us of what this season is all about.

Christmas Home Tour / bottle brush trees on cake plate / jones design company

Bottle brush trees are from West Elm, cake plate is available on Amazon.

BEDROOM

Christmas Home Tour / bedroom in gray and white / jones design company

Just this past weekend I finished painting our room. It previously had a pretty deep teal/blue wall and gray elsewhere (see it here). But like I said, we are craving light! bright! white! so I painted the walls and ceiling the same white as the rest of the house (White Heron by Sherwin Williams).

And look! We put the white rug in here. It’s maybe not quite in the same style as the bed (no longer available from Restoration Hardware), but we’ll live.

Christmas Home Tour / bedroom in gray and white / jones design company

The lamps are nearly 10 years old from Restoration Hardware, duvet is Crane & Canopy, coverlet is Target, gray sweater pillow was made by my mom out of my dad’s old sweater (I love it) and the baby it’s cold outside pillow is from Northernly. We’re working on our nightstand situation.

Thanks for visiting today! As always, if you have any questions on sources I missed, I’m happy to share. Just leave a comment and I’ll comment back.

xoxo.

PS. Here are my House Tours from season’s past:

Christmas 2010 (so long ago! So much red and green! But a sweet message)

Christmas 2011

Christmas 2013

Decorated Play Room 2013

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White Pom Pom Wreath DIY (for under $20)

Make a pom pom wreath for under $20 / jones design company

How festive is our stag in his new pom pom wreath?!

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Last year I made a bunch of pom pom garlands to hang around the house (see an example here). This year, I thought I’d take the yarn pom pom thing a step further and make a big, fluffy, wintery wreath to hang around the neck of the stag head hanging above the fire place.

About the stag head: it was an on-a-whim purchase by Ryan when we redid our fireplace and it is such a great statement piece. I know deer heads have been all the rage, but I’m still into this one. We bought it from Restoration Hardware. Good news! It’s on sale now for over $100 off.

So back to the pom poms. I made a bunch using two full skeins of chunky yarn (be sure to use your 50% off craft store coupon as each pack is about $9). I had a few leftover poms in a different shade of white from the garland that I added in and the slight variation in creamy white is nice.

To make the pom poms, I use this large pom pom maker. You can see the exact pom-making steps on this post. For this large wreath, I used about 35 large pom poms (I probably could have used more).

To make the wreath, here’s what you’ll need:

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large pom poms / styrofoam wreath form / chunky yarn / tacky glue / embroidery floss / needle

(PLEASE NOTE: I bought the 12″ styrofoam wreath form at my local craft store for $5.99. The link above is some outrageous price, so don’t buy from there, but I just wanted to link you to the product so you can see exactly what it is.)

STEP ONE: wrap the wreath form in yarn

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Tie a knot to hold and start wrapping, keeping the yarn taught. You can add drops of glue every once in a while to hold the yarn in place, but it is not necessary.

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I’m sure you’ve seen wreaths just wrapped in yarn – they look very modern and pretty, so go ahead and stop the project at this point if you’d like :)

STEP TWO: add the pom poms

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You could add your poms in a number of ways – hot glue would work or that tacky glue. I just wasn’t sure how well the pom poms would stay with glue, so I decided to stitch them on using embroidery thread and a large needle.

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Thread the needle with a long piece of thread and knot the end. Run the needle through the center of the pom so it goes through the center knotted part to hold. Now stitch it to the wreath either under the wrapped yarn (but not through the styrofoam) or by wrapping the thread around the wreath and back through the pom to secure tightly.

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As long as your embroidery thread matches your poms, go ahead and be messy with your stitching method.

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I stitched poms to the front and outside edge because I knew it was going to be a tight fit around the stag’s neck. You could fill in as much as you prefer.

With space for about three more pom poms, I ran out of yarn (oops!). Not a big deal in my case since it was going around the stag’s neck and you can’t see the top. But if you are hanging yours, go ahead and finish the wreath.

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Once it was done (ish) I pulled the stag off the wall, put the wreath around his neck and hung him back up.

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What a fun way to add color and texture for very little time and less than $20.

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We’re slowly adding in Christmas decorations to our house (I’m trying to go with white, white and more white) and this pom wreath is a great start.

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Need an afternoon craft? Give this pom pom wreath a try!

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The Hardwood Floors One Year Later

Update on Hardwood Floors / jones design company

Last November, we finished our biggest house project – new hardwood floors and freshly painted walls.

You can read all about each step:

the process for picking our floors,

picking the perfect white paint,

what the messy progress looked like

and the big reveal.

One year later and both Ryan and I still agree that putting in new hardwood floors and having all the walls painted white was well worth the money, time and mess.

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Over the year, I have received a bunch of questions about our hardwood floors. Today, I’m here to answer.

WHAT TYPE OF FLOORS DID YOU CHOOSE?

We for months before finally selecting pre-finished, nail-down oak hardwood.

We talked about carrying the existing blonde hardwoods into the hallway and living room (see a before here). We talked about doing tile. We talked about just keeping the hardwoods and replacing the carpet. We considered installing cheap wood and painting it all white. We even dreamed for a second about doing concrete (and then quickly woke from that dream).

At the end of all that talking, we decided to go with the best quality floor in our price range in a dark gray/brown. It’s maybe not our perfect dream floor – I think we would both go with wide-plank, medium tone if cost was no object – but it was a great choice for this house.

The actual flooring that we chose is discontinued, but this one is by the same manufacturer, just a different color.

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HOW HAVE THE FLOORS HELD UP AFTER A YEAR?

We’re a big, chaotic family. We live in the Pacific Northwest where it rains a lot. We have a dog. The neighbor kids are in and out. Our home is where we live.

So, yes, after a year of living on them, the floors show some wear.

(See that big scratch in the photo above? That happened on day one when we moved the piano back in. UGH!).

We typically take our shoes off in the house, so that helps keep the floors nice, but Atlas, our labradoodle, has done his fair share of scratching the wood. We just recently added the sisal runner in the hallway to help prevent his nails from scratching when he runs obnoxiously to the door every time someone comes over. I’ve considered putting socks on him, but then remembered that he ate socks like it was his job as a puppy and thought better of it.

One little trick we learned from the floor installers is to keep a Minwax stain marker on hand to disguise any deep scratches.

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You just fill in the wood, buff it with a paper towel and the scratch disappears.

ARE THE DARK WOOD FLOORS DIFFICULT TO KEEP CLEAN?

We were warned many times when choosing a dark floor that it can be hard to keep clean. Our friends have super dark, glossy floors that are gorgeous, but show dust and footprints and require a bit more attention than what I have to offer my floors.

Part of the reason we went with the matte finish, hand-scraped, gray/brown floors was in an effort to hide dirt, not make it more obvious.  Thankfully, this is exactly what we have in these hardwoods. They get dirty, for sure, but hide it pretty well and clean up nicely.

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Ryan bought this industrial dust mop that I run across the floors daily to pick up dust, fur, crumbs and wool from our rug that sheds a lot. We mop with white vinegar + water once every two weeks (and by we what I really mean is Maria, our angel of a housecleaner).  Other than spot cleaning when there is a spill, I don’t do much else to them. I’d say the floors are quite low-maintenance.

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Adding in hardwood was a big decision and investment for us and we’re so happy with the results. Having one consistent floor throughout the main level works wonders in keeping things visually cohesive and grounding the space. The color works well with our neutral color palette and we’ve been happy with how they’ve held up (despite our hard-handling of them).

And it’s crazy that a year has gone by so quickly.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

before-and-after

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.

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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:

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!
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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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