2015 Summer Reading List / jones design company

summer reading list 2015

Each summer, it seems, I re-acquaint myself with my love of a good novel. As hard as I try to pick up a book in the Christian living genre (you know, those self-help-ish, but not self-help types), I just can’t get through them. Fiction novels have my heart. Over the past several weeks, I’ve devoured […]

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it’s a miracle … progress on the kids’ bathroom

Friends. You may remember that I started a mini-makeover on the kids’ bathroom last spring. And then it stalled. For a year. Actually, a little over. But who’s counting. Well you’ll be happy to know that over the past two weekends we’ve made progress. Hallelujah! The funny thing is that it really is not a […]

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what I bought at the nordstrom anniversary sale

Every summer when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog came out, my sisters and I would spend hours looking at all the clothes, circling what we hoped for. Then on day-one, my mom and us girls met our aunt, grandma and cousins for a day of chaotic shopping for a few back to school things. Shoes, stretch […]

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things I've learned this summer / jones design company

things I’ve learned this summer (so far)

My friends Myquillyn and Emily (and their dad) host a monthly podcast covering all sorts of themed topics. Their most recent, and the one I listened to yesterday, was titled What Only Summer Can Teach Me. They talk about the things they have learned this summer and I was so inspired, I decided to join the […]

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Q+A / ask away

I like to do this once a year-ish … a few days of Q+A. I chat at you post after post and sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and hear what you want to talk about. Personal, random, decorating, business – any of it – I want to know what you’re curious about. I wish we could […]

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Covered Journal / a simple diy to do with kids

Covered Journal / a simple diy with Audrey

My go-to when my kids have nothing to do is to suggest crafts. This very simple covered journal was one such attempt to occupy a certain 5 year old who needed a productive activity (and probably some one-on-one mom time, too). Audrey is all about having her own notebook to write or draw in, so even […]

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How to know if blogging is right for you

How to know if blogging is right for you I met a new friend over the 4th of July weekend. She is a friend of a friend who graduated from the same college, just had her third little boy and calls herself a wanna-be blogger. We chatted for a bit, in the bright, beautiful sun, with […]

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Caught My Eye (Independence Day Edition)

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye: The Americana Collection from Lindsay Letters There are a handful of perfect summery prints in Lindsay’s latest collection, but this one (as seen on my fireplace mantle) is my favorite. WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE CHERRIES Northwest cherries are in season. […]

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the dinner solution that has changed my life (for real)

I’ve tried it all. Planning dinner for the week. Planning dinner for the whole month. Eating the same meal on the same day each week.  A regular rotation of eating out at one of the three restaurants in our town.  Resorting to quesadillas because that’s the best I could do. Dinner is just not my thing. It’s not the […]

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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 […]

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a kate spade inspired collection

Kate Spade (and her team) always creates the most vibrant, classic, fun products and we were totally inspired by her flair for the July Paper Works Collection. Do you know about our Paper Works membership? It all started because I needed a few organizational tools and couldn’t find just what I was looking for. So […]

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eight favorite outfits for summer

Summer fashion means light-weight, fresh, easy and casual. I’m a Pacific Northwest girl and our summer temperatures typically max out around the high 80’s, so I switch between jeans (forever my favorite), shorts (not my fave, but I’m learning to embrace them), basic dresses (always an easy go-to) and a few simple tees + tanks to […]

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fun freebie: summer essentials watercolor art

Well happy (official) summer! School ended for us last week and we’ve jumped right into summer mode: lazy mornings, shorts + flip flops, grilled anything for dinner and evening walks around the neighborhood. This time of year is the best in the Pacific Northwest – the weather is warm, but mild (think high 70’s – […]

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using self-tanner (before and after)

I’m pale. Like, really pale. I don’t mind being fair-skinned most of the year. I know my skin-tone goes well with my hair color and I like having freckles, but in the summer when you have to bare so much skin and mine is just so pale, it’s not my fave. The problem is twofold: first, […]

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The Love Project with Ashley of Under the Sycamore

My friend Meredith is the most amazing 23 year old I’ve ever met. For sure. We met on the Rwanda trip last summer and with each story she told (ie. how she got her parents to adopt her little sister) and each adventure she had been on (ie. living in Iraq serving heart babies), we were all […]

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