Category Archives: Jenna’s House

Unexpected picture frame idea.


Hey! I am pretty excited of what I have to share with you guys today! It’s probably half because it’s amazing and half because I’ve had these printing trays laying around for almost 6 months waiting for something to be done with them. I will never admit which one it really is.

I’ve talked about Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, and if you live in the Phoenix Valley I’m sure you’re familiar with this local antique market, but it’s a favorite event. I grabbed these vintage printing trays from a cute old man’s shop there and knew instantly that they would make really cool picture frames. I like to find new ways to display art around my home, most recently I used some old fruit drying racks to make regular picture frames look awesome, you can see that post here.What I loved most about these trays was the chippy emerald green paint around the outside, and the perfectly weathered wood on the inside of the drawers. The opening fit an 8 x 10 photo perfectly, and I just used thumbtacks to secure them believe it or not. So easy I feel a little like an imposter even posting about them, but I just loved the instant character that they added to my office space.

I love having a pretty space to sit and work, since I spend my time dreaming up inspiring places for other people… working in one just makes sense. I absolutely love finding interesting ways to display art especially family photos. These antique wood items add so much more than any regular store bought frame. Once you start using salvage pieces around your home it opens a whole new world of imagination when designing spaces in your home.

 

Creating an inviting entry way.

Hey Hey! Today I wanted to stop in and share how our entry way currently looks, as well as share the journey that (was not so quick but also) led it to how it looks today. 

I am a firm believer in the importance of a good looking entry way to greet your guests when they come to your home, I think it’s definitely a strong first impression… you can either show them what you’re all about… or not use the chance to wow them.

Our entry way happens to not be much of an entry at all, it’s really just straight into our front living room and a long wall. Long walls are hard to decorate because the scale always is so distorted on them. When we first moved in I put a cute piece of furniture on the wall and a pretty mirror but it never felt right. So eventually we added the board and batten with the picture ledge and it felt much better. I loved that metal bench, but back to it being an enormous wall and the scale never feeling quite right… eventually I ditched my super cute bench and bought a longer entry table from World Market, the Everett Foyer Table it did a much better job at filling the space I had. 

I finally got enough picture frames to fill up the top picture ledge, and hung them all up. I’ve gone through times of having a LOT of decorations on the table, but recently on my journey of quieting the house I removed a bunch of decor and just left a couple things, I’m in the mood lately of just letting my bigger items speak for themselves and I’m loving the results. The story of quieting this space is the same.  I think using this train of thought could help save you money too, instead of buying all the things you think are cute or charming… think if they could stand on their own or if they need to be part of a grouping… maybe let them go in favor of classic more statement making pieces.

It’s a little comical to me that it took me 4 years to figure out how to best address this space, when I get paid to figure out people’s spaces for like… a living. It’s harder in your own home I think, it takes living in a space for a while for it to tell you how it really needs to work for you and your family best. I’m finally learning to listen to this voice into my own home and have loved the results.

Quieting the house.

I have been on a mission lately to “quiet the house” I think just after the busy season of the Holidays and all the celebrating but also pure busy-ness it’s nice to reconnect to your home and re-evaluate things. January is always this time for me. I feel as if, when you consciously edit the things you bring into your home it brings a peace to your life. A quieter room allows space to think, and live… which is important when we LIVE in our homes right. I have 3 kids, we really, really, REALLY, live in our home.  I find that taking out excess is liberating.

 When I am designing a space for someone’s home whether it is a full room redo, or just accessorizing I am very purposeful. I think about how they live, who lives there, what their lives are like, etc. all of these thoughts go into what I choose for their spaces. Sometimes in my own home, I get hung up on trends or just collecting beautiful things and I forget to edit…  just load in all the pretties and call it good.  If you look back you will see that this room had a busy rug, it had busy curtains, it had a lot of color and a lot of things. It was pretty but it never quite felt right or “me” or “us” by us I mean my family… I mean our home I always want to be a good representation of who we are. Whenever I edit my house and take out all the layers of crap and things that are just “things” and come back to classic shapes, a mix of textures, and a simple color palette I always feel more at peace and more at “home” which is always a plus when I am in fact home.

I thought I would share this space because its a really good example of a room I edited, I simplified, and I am loving.

Just because it’s quieter, doesn’t mean it is more boring… I let each item speak for itself. I have visual interest in a lot of places still. I added the layered frames on the wall for texture, but still in rather simple forms. I found the old wood pieces that are actually old fruit drying racks from Northern California at the fall Junk in the Trunk market in Scottsdale. I didn’t have a purpose for them when I bought them I just knew the wood color tone was so pretty… I had to have them. I am a believer in filling walls with art that means something to you, which is often for me, family pictures. Especially in spaces where guests are commonly greeted, like this one, our front room. So I layered some simple more modern-lined frames I found at Target over the repurposed old wood pieces and LOVE the combination of the two. So. Good.

I switched out the louder West Elm curtains with simple drop cloths. I have been asked multiple times if I had found drop cloths without a seam down the middle. And no, I didn’t. Mine have it, but it honestly doesn’t bother me at all. I think there’s beauty in little imperfect details like that.  I think with the new wall art, and the simple layers of pieces in this room each item feels more special, more purposeful, and more like home. I only kept pieces that truly speak to me. I love the tufts of the chesterfield sofa. I love the linen and the wood of the ottoman. I am obsessed with my antique dough bowl. The floral pillows mixed with the buffalo check rug. I find myself coming into this room more when I need just a moment of peace… which has me thinking I need to bring this way of undecorating and quieting into more spaces in our home.

Jenna’s family pictures.

Hey hey! Jenna here! I don’t have a fun project to share with you today… although they are 3 of the prettiest things I’ve ever made… haha. Rylen and I thought it would be fun to share our family photos with our readers this year. I always fret and fret over family photos.. .and it’s probably one of the hardest things to do… the outfit coordination and don’t even get me started on the day of the actual event. BUT man they are so worth it in the end. You get to totally ogle over your beautiful children. My friend Ashley from Blissful Baby Photography always does an AMAZING job capturing our hoodlums and making them look their best. She’s been photographing our family for years and I feel so blessed to have so much of her talent on my walls. The memories are absolutely priceless to me. 

Simple & Fresh Christmas Tree.

Hey guys! Jenna here again sharing my tips for making an inexpensive fake Christmas tree look full and pretty for the holidays.

I have been dreaming about getting a high quality faux Christmas tree but for one reason or another it never finds itself in my budget. This year I set out to make my inexpensive Target tree next level. I think it worked, and I spent barely any money doing it.

I had almost bought stems to fill in this tree multiple times, but I ended up waiting until the week before Thanksgiving and found that Michael’s had all their Christmas stems and trimmings 70% off. Through this sale I was able to buy all the pieces I needed including the ribbon for a steal of a deal, only spending about $80 for everything on this tree. Not too bad if you ask me. The greenery is pretty neutral in style so I envision myself being able to reuse it in future years even if I go different directions with my decor. I definitely see myself getting my money’s worth out of it. That’s one of my biggest tip for purchasing Holiday decor, if you invest most of your dollars on pieces that can be versatile and skip the more themey feeling pieces, they will prove themselves a better investment.

So what did I do to take my inexpensive tree to a higher level?

First I started by taking my additional stems of faux greenery and dispersing them evenly around the tree. Since it’s tucked in a corner and no one will ever see the back I skipped it. Gasp I know. Once the stems were tucked in, I started looping the thicker ribbon weaving it in and out of the branches. I cut my ribbon into about 6′ pieces. I find that its easier to work with, and I like the undone whimsical sporadic look with the ribbon loops. I think it makes your tree feel easy going and fun.

After I used my thick ribbon, that really helped fill in the sparse spots in the tree. I then moved onto placing my feature pieces. First being my larger feature flowers, then my large wooden snowflake ornaments. I used only about 8 flowers and 6 big snowflakes on my 7.5 foot tree. I just eyeballed it and tucked them where it looked right.

Last, my Joy to the World ribbon was tucked in. I worked in smaller 4′ pieces of this and just wove it here and there. Once I added the star I was done.


I love all the texture and relaxed nature of this tree. I think it feels elegant without trying and that’s kind of my jam.

Dining nook refresh with what I already had.

Hey Hey! I thought I would pop in and share my dining nook before it becomes decked with boughs of holly. I previously had a pretty full size farmhouse table with 6 tall ladder backs that made my farmhouse loving heart happy, but it never felt quite right.

We live in a small 1600 sq foot home and I feel like I’m always learning how our small spaces work best. So I sold the large farmhouse table and refurbished this one and love this area so much more!

When I wanted to makeover this space I really wanted to buy a beautiful new table, a pretty doily style jute rug, chairs from the Magnolia Home collection… I could almost here the repeated cash register and $$$ signs adding up. Instead of buying all new things I decided to look at what I already had and try  my best to pull it together that way. And I did. I had this neglected Pottery Barn garage sale table find in my garage for almost a year… and decided it was time to breathe new life into it. I love the pretty scroll feet and pedestal base. When I got it the finish had seen better days, but no matter! 
I love the bentwood-esque chairs that are actually metal. I grabbed them from Target, you can get them here, they also come in matte black! I’ve mentioned this rug numerous times before on our blog but it this rug is also a Target find, this one is hooked wool and very nice quality. Rylen has a bigger version of it in her family room. 

I like to put accessorize my dining tables with useful things rather than a fancy centerpiece. Just about every single time I walk into Homegoods a piece of blue pottery begs to come home with me. These couple pieces are the beginnings of my collection. The hand painted details on them just make my designer textile loving heart skip a beat. Plus those bowls are enormous and great for a big bowl of delicious soup. Or cereal. Whichever. 
The only new items I purchased for this area were the chairs. I already had the rug, accessories, and table. The poor table had been neglected and in my garage for over a year… yikes. I’m glad I kept it around. It is such a good feeling to makeover a space and make it beautiful without digging into your wallet to do it.

Quick, easy & FUN Halloween Decor

Last year was the first year I decorated for Halloween, and to my surprise… my kids endlessly praised my coolness. So decorating for little holidays, such as Halloween became a MUST in my book. For the children right? Okay, it is a little for me too.

I am not much unto the spooky, but I can do cute and fun which is what I try to do each year. Cat burglars, ghosts, bats, and a skull with a spider for good measure that about sums up Halloween at our home.
What do you think? I know lots of people don’t “do” Halloween but its fun to do a little bit here and there each  year.

Most of my seasonal fun decor comes from my local Homegoods! The prices, the selection… its great! I grabbed the florals, spider webs, and pumpkins at Michaels and Joanns… I keep it simple, keep it inexpensive, and keep it fun!

In other news, I was a little shell shocked when I walked into Homegoods today for an afternoon stroll and found Christmas decor on their shelves. Though if invited to that bandwagon I could potentially hop on… I love the festive jingle bells more than I love a spooky skull.

 

– Jenna

Jenna’s Boy Nursery


Well, I am finally ready to share this space with you all… now that little Sawyer is almost 7 months old! Eek! I had him right after the holidays, and 2 weeks early. That combination, plus being smack dab in the middle of the school year with my older two threw me for a loop! Turns out having a newborn and having to get your other kids to school each day is like… really hard.

The funny/not funny part of this room redo is I thought I was in labor the same day that my sweet Husband decided to paint the nursery. So imagine my destroyed house (does that happen to you when you’re in project mode too?!) and me rushing to the hospital at 9 pm in false labor. Oh baby’s are such an adventure! I did end up having him later that same week, so pretty much the room was painted, and there was a crib and dresser, and that was it. Once I gained my bearings, well somewhat, of being a Mom of three kids I was able to pull together the details… the last picture is hung, and we’re finally ready to share it!

I would contend that the best part of having a baby is getting to design a Nursery for them because there’s such little rules when it comes to baby rooms… you can pretty much do whatever your heart desires. Which is definitely what I did when I was designing this space. We live in a tract home with teeny bedrooms, but I really wanted to do something different to the walls in this space. Every designer will tell you not to paint tiny spaces dark colors… its like rule numero uno. But hey, its a baby room so why not!

It all started with the paint color, I fell in love with Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. It is a really deep grey with beautiful ashy undertones. I love this color, it is a true grey and so moody. The wainscoting was in the room when we purchased our house, so we didn’t need to install it. I painted it grey and the upper half my favorite warm white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. 
I love all the sweet details in this room. All very boy in nature, the dark grey walls really makes it feel cohesive and brings together all the little things.

I’ll be back later this week to share the sources for all the cute decor of this space! What do you think? Was it totally crazy to do such a dark color in such a small space?

Our favorite console table.

You know those pieces of furniture that you can literally move anywhere in your homeand they always work great. Those are my favorite pieces to buy, because you know. I’m fickle and noncommittal. I like to rearrange and freshen up our home a lot. So when I buy furniture, I want to make sure that it is a sound investment for me. I love all the versatile things, and that entire checklist applies to this console table. It happens to be on a great sale right now, so I wanted to blog about it in time for you to snatch the deal! The Everett foyer table is seriously the perfect piece of furniture. It is small enough to fit in an entry, where mine resided for a long time. But I recently moved it over to my Living Room sitting area and it finishes off the space so nicely.

It is my favorite table to dress up each season. I don’t have a mantle in my home, so this works quite nicely. Here’s how it looks today staged easy going for late summer days. I seriously love it. It happens to be an amazing sale right now, you can snag one of your own here. If you order through your store, you won’t have to pay shipping. I stalked it for months and waited for it to go on sale, this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen it go down to. So it is a great time to make it yours!

Jenna’s Home Office.

Before we jump in and share our Holiday home’s with you all, I wanted to drop in and share my home office that is finally finished and has been a long time in the making!

I came up with the vision for this room months and months ago, but I was newly pregnant, and turns out being pregnant, having a couple kids, and being self employed takes a LOT out of you. Now that baby Allen is coming in January I’m in major crunch time to wrap all these projects nesting made me do up.

We tried something in this room we hadn’t yet, and that is WALLPAPER. I am just so thrilled with how it turned out, we chose this beautiful Peonies & Anemones black and white wallpaper from Milton & King for the feature wall. I was a little intimidated at first, but my sweet husband did such a good job installing it. I think this design happens to be forgiving (thank goodness) for us wall paper newbies. I love the subtle pop of pattern and the texture it brings to this room.

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The rug in this room has been one of my favorites for the past year, but couldn’t find a good spot for it in my home. I finally decided that my office was the perfect excuse to purchase it! It is the Indigo Belfast rug from Target . I just love this pattern so much.

The curtains are from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I love the little Tassle detail.

The art I grabbed one day at Hobby Lobby. Their wall art section is impressive these days! I haven’t looked at it in a while and there was SO much good stuff!
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There is a full sized computer in here, but more often than not I find myself working on my laptop. This little settee from World market is the perfect place to do just that! I found it for a killer deal from a friend who was selling it. It’s so darling! I love it. jennas-office-4

A large corner mirror is perfect for this room because it’s a small space, so it makes it feel bigger having that tucked in the corner. The other accessories are from my favorite stores like Homegoods, and Anthropologie. They never fail me.

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I definitely believe that having a pretty space to work from makes a huge difference in your work product. Being an interior designer by trade, perhaps I’m biased. Us creatives might fall on the crazy side of the scale, but it’s probably more fun over here anyways.

Thanks for stopping by my home office today!