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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.

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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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re-arranging the kitchen shelves

Memorial Day, 2015.

A day filled with no plans. A house that felt cluttered and busy.

What’s a girl to do?

Re-arrange the kitchen shelves.


I haven’t changed the shelves around in over a year, so it was time. Things don’t get too dusty – I try to wipe things off fairly regularly – but a full wipe-down was necessary.


And then I just wanted things to be a little more simple. It helps that all of our everyday dishes are white and our drinking glasses are clear and I kept in the white/black/tarnished silver theme.  The finished shelves are not much different than before, but I enjoy changing things from time to time and like how they turned out.

Do you have any spaces in your home that are feeling blah, cluttered or like you just want to freshen them up? Try taking everything out, and then slowing layering back in only what you really love. Shop your house, pull from other areas and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what arranging can do for giving your space a whole new look.

P.S. I made my first animated gif! It took forever, but I finally figured it out. So fun. The kids love that they are in it, too :)

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house tour / summer edition


Sweet, sweet summertime. I’m so happy this new season is upon us. We’re up here in the Pacific Northwest where summer doesn’t officially start until the kids get out of school mid-June, but we are just about mentally there. My kids (four of them ages 11, 9, 7 + 5) have stayed up much past their bedtime all week, we went out for ice cream last night and they have big plans for a new business this summer they can’t wait to get going on. All to say, we’re all ready. I need the lazy days and open windows, Ryan loves the warmer weather and flip flops, the kids can’t wait for all of it.

In preparation for the craziness that is our next few weeks before summer, I went on a decluttering flurry around the house. While I didn’t go quite to the extreme as last fall by completely quieting the house (a phrase lovingly borrowed from my friend the Nester), I still needed some space to breathe.  If you’ve been around my space of the internet for long, you know that I’m a neutral-loving girl. White. Black. Natural wood. Linen. Sometimes I add in pops of color (like in last year’s summer house tour) and stripes always make an appearance, but this year I just needed neutrals.  Lots of white. Lots of texture. Very little color. And it feels just right for our chaotic lives :)



We live in a builder-grade home we bought 9 years ago. It was just about finished by the time we made an offer, so we missed out on making any design decisions on the fixtures/colors/lighting/kitchen packages. It turned out to be okay because we’ve found great joy in adding personality on our own to our otherwise regular house. We call it Making Builder-Grade Better.

It’s still pretty crazy to me that our home has graced the pages of three issues of Better Homes + Gardens (with a christmas feature coming out later this year!) because it’s truly nothing fancy. We’ve just loved adding our touches, changing out little things like switching out lights and painting all the walls and doing big projects like replacing the floors and updating a perfectly fine (but so blah) kitchen.  We’ve done our best to turn our house into a home.


Once inside, our piano sits nicely inside the stairway niche. I painted this old family piano last summer (it was a total pain, but I’m happy I did it). And Lindsay’s amazing artwork is just perfect over it.


Across from the piano nook is our dining room.


Like most dining rooms, it doesn’t get a lot of use. But when family comes for holidays or the kids need to spread out for an epic game of Risk, it’s just the space we need.

A collection of antique silver platters makes dimension/interesting/pretty artwork. You’ll see lots of old silver around our house – Ryan’s mom is the queen of thrift store shopping and she casts off all her goods to us. I know. Lucky me.


In the corner is this fantastic Target bar cart for a mix in metals. And my beloved book page wreath.

Moving on into the kitchen …


We changed the whole thing about a year after we moved in. I painted all the lower cabinets, Ryan added the beadboard backsplash and built-in seating, we extended the countertop and changed the shape of the island with new granite. And put in open shelves.

I’m asked often about what we think of shelves in the kitchen. We love them. All of our regular-use dishes and glassware are readily available and because we use most of the items, they don’t have a chance to get dusty. The top shelves need to be wiped down every so often.


I like changing up the shelves, adding artwork and lots of greenery.  The ipad mounted to the wall was Ryan’s genius idea.



Connected to the kitchen is our main living area. This is where our family mostly hangs out.


Our fireplace makeover was a fun project (that took forever) but adds so much interest to the room. And the stag (from here) just makes us happy.





Mixing patterns and textures, metals and finishes helps keep a neutral house interesting and adding live plants always keeps things feeling fresh and alive.

Last, we’ll head to our bedroom. The kids’ rooms, bathroom, laundry and bonus room are all upstairs and I avoid the mess as much as possible! Thankfully, our room is downstairs where things seem to stay picked up pretty well.


On a whim one saturday morning – actually, it was the morning Ryan and I were flying to california for the weekend and I should have been scrambling to pack my bags, but instead rearranged our bedroom furniture. So typical.  Anyway, I moved the bed against the window and now the blue wall makes no sense but I’ve been wanting to either plank the walls in here or paint it all white (no surprise there!) so maybe this will motivate that project.


Our bed (from Restoration Hardware – no longer available) and lamps (same) were two of our first purchases of real furniture when we moved in.  I like switching out the bedding, but usually come back to all white. There’s just something so hotel-ish about it.


(I still do print from my shop)



And, of course, texture.


Off our bedroom is a nice-sized bathroom that will someday be pretty like this.

So there you go, my friends! Thanks for visiting and chilling with me for a bit. I’d love to hang out again … you can SUBSCRIBE to the blog for future updates or find me on INSTAGRAM or PINTEREST.

Ready for more Summer House Tour inspiration?


Up next is Wendy from The Shabby Nest and you can see the full lineup here.

(Let me know if you have any questions on sources – or you can check out this source post and this one for most of the main furniture/lighting seen in our home)

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fun freebies: striped number art

Free Striped Number art prints / jones design company

Because I can’t get enough of black + white stripes (I even have a pinterest board dedicated to the pattern!) and bold typography (here’s the pinterest board for that!), I had some fun combining the two into these cute STRIPED NUMBERS ART PRINTS.


You could use them for birthdays, add them over coat racks to identify whose is whose, or just frame your favorite number and add it to a gallery for a bold punch of pattern.


I also added in an ampersand. Because who doesn’t like ampersands?! And also, I thought it would be fun to put this one in my bedroom.

free striped ampersand print / jones design company

You can download the prints for free. Just print on white cardstock, trim to size (5×7) and enjoy! For a list of my favorite sources – like printers, paper and more, click here.

To download the whole collection, you can join or log in to our library of freebies called The Archive. In there, you’ll find all our best downloads, art prints, fonts, clip art and templates.

free striped numbers and ampersand art / jones design company

Happy Spring!

** UPDATE **

A Zero has been added! Along with a cute plus sign. Sorry for the omission earlier! The file has been updated and can be downloaded in The Archive.

free stripes numbers. zero and plus sign / jones design company

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adding to the collection

brass letter / jones design company

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

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

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

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

wall of L's over piano / jones design company

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

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

hanging a gallery of initial letters / jones design company

I’ve been adding L’s ever since.

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

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

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

favorite online sources for letters / jones design company

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

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

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the kids’ bathroom … one year later


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

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


I didn’t quite hit my one week goal.

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


What’s the hold-up?

The backsplash.

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


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

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

So here’s the plan:

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

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

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Hooray! Weekend Spring Sale!

spring sale on all art prints / jones design company

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Still And Know be-still

Honeycomb honeycomb

Whatever whatever

Work work


In This House pw-sept-art

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

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

oh, yeah! … we offer FREE SHIPPING!

start shopping spring art print sale

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bringing life into your home

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

living room fireplace / jones design company

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

how to make a linen ruffle wreath / jones design company

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

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

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

Fiddle leaf fig / jones design company

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

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

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

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


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

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

Do you have a favorite house plant?

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