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how to clean your keyboard

Have you ever looked down at your keyboard and realized that in all the years it’s been sitting on your desk (or your lap, if you’re a laptop user) it’s never once been cleaned? How gross, right? The computer in my office is what I mainly use to work – blogging, designing, emailing, etc. Once […]

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how to make a linen ruffle wreath

One of the early projects shared on Jones Design Company was this linen ruffle wreath. The original tutorial had a sweet nest with glittered eggs and petite fabric flowers (see the full spring wreath tutorial here), but after a while I grew tired of the embellishments and took them off. What’s left is this classic […]

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Springtime Succulents (planted in an unexpected way)

Succulents are having a moment right now, and rightfully so. They are uniquely interesting, drought tolerant and rather inexpensive – a great combo if you ask me. When in Austin, Texas last month, we ate at this darling restaurant/flower shop and right away I was taken by the display of pretty succulents in brown paper. […]

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craft night: book page angel wings

A few girlfriends came over this week for a Christmas craft night. A couple of us had seen book page angel wings and it seemed like a fun project to do together for the holidays. There was nothing fancy or exceptional about my craft night … just a few treats (like trader joe’s dark chocolate […]

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DIY Pom Pom Blanket

Here’s a tutorial that is months in the making! I made this blanket at the beginning of September, took photos of the process to share with you, posted the finished cutie on instagram and promised I’d show you how I did it. Then I uploaded the photos from my camera and they were terrible. Blurry […]

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bow pillow (tutorial)

A simple, understated pillow, with classic detailing and menswear-inspired fabric? Yes, please. One of my favorite pillows I’ve made is an oversized bow pillow (which you can see in the background of this picture and in this post about pillows). The inspiration came from those silky bow blouses from the 80’s, but with a slightly […]

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how to paint a piano

Furniture purists … avert your eyes. This is a post about how I changed our perfectly fine piano from glossy mahogany to white. Did I ruin it? Maybe. But do I love it 1000 times more? Yes. Yes I do. I posted a mid-progress photo on instagram and was surprised by how many shared the […]

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rolled MAGAZINE flowers + antler chalk art

During my ‘quieting the house‘ rampage, I finally convinced myself to get rid of stacks and stacks of old magazines. Why was I holding on to them? I can not tell you. But from the comments on the IG photo, magazine-hoarding seems to be a common problem among perfectly normal women. All of those extra […]

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how I edit iphone photos for instagram

My iphone is like an extension of my arm – it’s by my side at nearly all times of day (and night). I love it for texting and checking the weather and asking siri important questions like ‘how many days until …?’ (asked by a certain second born who is slightly excited about his upcoming […]

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temporary stripes (tutorial)

This is such an odd project. I’ll just tell you that from the start. It’s a bit weird, but super cute. I have these white pitchers (old from IKEA) holding cooking utensils on our kitchen island and I’ve been wanting for forever to paint stripes on them. It has just never happened. When I was […]

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crepe paper poppies (tutorial)

Paper flowers are just so pretty. There are many different versions, different materials, different methods and each one is as charming as the next. (via instagram) Yesterday I pulled out my very old crepe paper flower kit that I bought as a college student from a mail-order-catalog called Martha By Mail. Remember that little gem […]

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diy painted silhouette

Today is a continuation from yesterday’s post about how to create a silhouette. You can use your vector silhouette for many different things (stationery, a tote bag, necklace, web graphics) but today I’ll show you how I made these large framed painted silhouettes that line our staircase. (nevermind the snowflakes … this photo was taken […]

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how to make a silhouette (video tutorial)

(via country living) Silhouettes are one of those classic art pieces that never go out of style … but are particularly in right now. They have been for a while, I suppose, but I’m still in love and think they’ll be around for years to come. One of my favorite things in our house are […]

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