Christmas House Tour – Part 2

Welcome back!  Sorry for the delay in getting the rest of my Christmas pictures to you!  Emmie was in a local production of the Nutcracker, so our weekend was quiet full.  It was so much fun, and quite exhausting at the same time.

A few days ago, I shared Part 1 of my Christmas house tour.  Thank you for coming back to see the rest of the house!  I won’t add much text….just scroll down to enjoy some more pictures….lots of pictures!

I ditched the standard tree skirt this year and went for a $12 galvanized bucket from Home Depot instead.

GALVANIZED BUCKET AS TREE STAND

We only have one Christmas tree. So it holds all of the ornaments.

Emmie helped me decorate the tree this year too, so the spacing isn’t perfect.  And the tree has a slight lean to it. And we were short on lights this year, too.

my tree with kid ornaments

It’s not magazine worthy, but it makes us smile.

SANTA DECOR ON TREE

Our powder room has a bit of a neutral feel….

Neutral shelves in powder room

And yet another burlap wrapped tree!

SIMPLE TREE AND GLITTERY REINDEER

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O HOLY NIGHT PRINT

BOTTLE BRUSHES, CANDLES AND PINE CONES

And the front porch…

FRONT PORCH

FRONT PORCH

LANTERNS ON FRONT PORCH WITH GREENS AND PINECONES

BOOTS WITH GREENS

 Thanks for coming on my holiday house tour!  And if you missed part 1, click here.

jen

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Christmas House Tour – Part 1

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Today I thought I’d show a few pictures of Christmas around my house.  I kept it simple this year.  And both Dan and I agree that it’s our favorite decor year yet!  Here are a few images around my house…..enjoy!

Since I have so many pictures, I’ve divided it into two parts. Today, let’s take a peek at part 1!

Simple tree wrapped in burlap

I wrapped a lot of little trees in burlap this year…

BURLAP and RIBBON WRAPPED TREE

And some may argue that black ribbon is a bit unconventional, but I like it!

I just received this darling antler pillow from Kendra with So Vintage Chic. She runs a great store on Etsy.   I love her linen pillows.

antler pillow and blanket

antler pillow cable knit pillow

 We’re in the process of getting bids on having the main floor painted and mantel redone. But for now, we still have a yellow room….So I made the most of it with my mantel decorations.

merry and bright chalkboard mantel

What’s that? More burlap wrapped trees!?

I tore the covers off some books to give some texture and height to my candles.

candles and pinecones on torn books

And I layered my chalkboard on top of my old ceiling tin.  This was partially out of laziness, but I like how it looks!

MANTLE merry and bright chalkboard

Our front entry has a big vacant spot above our front door.  I recently purchased a deer head from Kirklands.  I’ve heard some funny comments about it, but I like him!  I added a wreath and ribbon for Christmas, which gives him a bit of color.

deer with antlers and wreath and bow

DEER WITH ANTLERS AND WREATH WITH BOW 2

I have a lot more pictures to show you, so come back tomorrow to look at more of my Christmas decor (part 2)!

thanks,

jen

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Family Room Shelf Update

Hi there!  Happy November!

Today I’m sharing some pictures from a recent project that I worked on.  I have a client that recently bought a house and did a bunch of updates to the home.  They moved a wall and created this beautiful set of built ins for them family room.  They hired me to help accessorize the room…..one of my favorite things to do!  So I brought in some lighter colored pillows and decor, giving the room an entirely new, fresh feel.

Let’s first look at a few before pictures….

…BEFORE…

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…BEFORE…

couches and rug before

And now for the fun part! Let’s see the room now.

…AFTER…

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Isn’t it pretty?  I moved a chair to the right of the tv to give the room a conversational feel.  And of course, the updated shelf decor.

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Here are some close-ups….

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blue glass and orchid

And here is a quick look at the leather furniture.  I added some patterned pillows that coordinated with the room and new, brighter rug.

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leather couch with lighter pillows and rug

It’s such a bright, fresh look!  Here’s one last look at the after…

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Thanks for reading!  I hope you are inspired by this updated room!

jen

Happy Fall! {and a peek at my fall decor}

Well, helloooo!  Did you miss me!?  I didn’t mean to take a sabbatical from my blog, but I guess summer got the best of me!

Fall is a favorite season for me – well, who am I kidding. I love all of the seasons.  But fall is a definite favorite.  Even though we’re still having warm weather here in the northwest, I dug out my fall decor.    So below, I’m sharing a few snapshots of some fall vignettes around my house!

First, the mantel.   I used some orange flowers and placed them in mismatched glass jars, then drew a simple pumpkin on the chalkboard.

Fall mantel - pumpkin chalkboard with gold frame

Fall mantel - orange flowers in vase

And in the entry, I did something similar since I had an extra bunch of flowers.

FALL VIGNETTE RATTAN TRAY, FLOWERS IN JAR

And in the kitchen, a lantern and fern combination.

FALL LANTERN - FERN - PUMPKIN IN LANTERN

This last one is my favorite fall vignette.  I love the neutral palette.  I picked the tray up a few weeks ago and really like the soft color against the dark finish on our table.

NEUTRAL VIGNETTE - FALL TRAY WITH ANTLERS AND PUMPKIN

Now if only it would start feeling like fall!  I’m over this 70 and 80 degree weather (sorry, everyone!) But I’m a northwest girl at heart and am ready for some cooler temps.

jen

Waterton and Glacier National Parks

Thursday is a big day around here…..Dan turns 40!  He didn’t want a big party, so we decided to take a fun family vacation…

ROAD TRIP TO GLACIER!

We took a ton of pictures and video. So sit back and enjoy a few fun pics! And at the end of the post, you can view the latest and greatest family video!

Our first stop was Waterton Park, Canada, which is the Canadian part of Glacier.

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It was so beautiful. And we saw our first bear there too!  Thankfully, we were in our car and not hiking on a trail at the time.

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After a few days in Waterton Park, we ventured down into Montana to Glacier National Park.

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Both Dan and I loved the one on one time with the kids….

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The weather wasn’t ideal. In fact, it was downright cold on a lot of days.  We just learned to accept the rain and make the most of it!

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Though, occasionally we’d get lucky and see a little sun!

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We tried to find a healthy balance between hiking and stopping and playing as well.  The kids were troopers!

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Most of the time, that is.  There was one day where we may have gotten a touch lost in Glacier in the pouring rain.  And there may have been two scared kids and some tears.

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Finding the trail that led us back to our car was a happy moment.

We saw a moose up close….

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Even on a cloudy day, Glacier was beautiful.

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For some reason, I was focussed on crossing the continental divide….

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Dan was kind enough to pull over for a picture.

If you’re still with me after all of those pictures, here is the video that Dan made! Click HERE to view {or click the picture below}.

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The trip was a great way to celebrate Dan.  And to enjoy some quality family time together.

Happy 40th birthday, Dan!

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Client Project: Office Expansion

A local business, Kiley Juergens Wealth Management, is doing some expanding.  They needed a little help decorating an empty space in their office and they invited me to help!

It was a fairly quick turnaround time, so I looked for retail merchandise that was in stock.

Let’s look at a before picture….

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 Old office furniture was cleared out, which left me with a blank slate.

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And some after pictures….

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(Sorry about the bad angle in the picture above.  There was an office wall in the way, which forced me to stand a bit to the side, creating a funny angle.)

office update 1

office update 2

OFFICE UPDATE 5

It’s amazing what you can pull together from retail establishments that carry inventory! No special orders needed on this project. Because of this, I was able to gather items in one day and transform the space within the needed time frame.

I love how it turned out, and thankfully, my clients do too!

jen

My Front Porch

Happy summer everyone! The kids are out of school and we’re enjoying a slower pace to our days.  Yes, the kids get to go on errands with me (you can image the excitement when I announce “Today we’re going grocery shopping!!”).    But we’ve also had our fair share of lazy days…movies on the couch and playing with friends.

Flowers are starting to bloom and my pots are starting to fill out nicely.  So today I’ll show a few pictures of my front porch with you!

 I discovered I had tall grass that survived a long winter of neglect in some pots from last summer.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Plant it in the garden? Or add it to a giant pot with other flowers?  After I took on the sweaty job of digging the grass out of last years pots,  I set it in one of my galvanized buckets for a minute until I could decide where I would put it permanently.

PORCH SWING AND BEACH GRASS

But I happened to love how it looked in the old bucket!

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Sometimes it pays off to think outside of the box!  You never know what creative look you may discover!

Years ago, a neighbor had tossed the chair below in the trash.  I immediately brought it home, tightened the screws and gave it a fresh coat of black paint.  Over the years, it’s weathered quite a bit, which makes me love it even more.

rustic chair and impatiens

RUSTIC CHAIR AND IMPATIENS 2

If you live in the greater Seattle area, you’re probably aware of the wonderful gardening store called Ravenna Gardens.  I went to University Village to Ravenna Gardens several weeks ago and had a great time putting together some arrangements for two big pots in front of our house.

POTTED FLOWERS

There are a few different shades of purple flowers and I paired them with a variety of greens.

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I even used moss in the pots.  Have you ever done that?

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I think it adds a lot of interest.

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at some of my front porch decor!

jen

Hawaiian Vacation

A few weeks ago, we took our kiddo’s out of school and went to Hawaii for 8 days.  We stayed on the west coast of Oahu in Ko Olina, which is very quiet and far away from the crazy, busy city.

The week was perfect.

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We played. We swam. We snorkeled.

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And by the look of these shriveled fingers, you can tell that the kids spent a TON of time in the water!

We spent the week with friends.  6 adults, 7 kids and perfectly perfect dynamics!

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I took roughly 700 pictures.  But how could I resist when we drove by quaint places like this….

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Doesn’t that just scream ‘Hawaii’?!

The shave ice was a big hit! (They call it SHAVE ice…not shaved ice! Who knew!)

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We tried boogie boarding for the first time on the north shore.

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We had hoped to see a turtle while we snorkeled.  And we didn’t just see ONE turtle, we saw several.  And two even crawled up on the beach, right in front of us! Hello Mr. Turtle!

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I tried hard to be a fun mom and swim with my kids.  Get my hair wet.  Snorkel along side them.   I even went down the water slide!

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Even with a small abscess on Emmie’s bum (which turned into cellulitis), it was still a fantastic vacation.

Her last night in Hawaii was spent in the ER….

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…but she was a trooper.  And after some IV meds, she was in tip top shape.  Just in time to fly home.

One of Dan’s hobbies is putting together video from our vacations.  I haven’t ever shared any on my blog, but thought I’d give it a try this time!. If you have a few minutes and would like to watch, click here!

https://vimeo.com/97250546

Oh Hawaii, how we miss you!

jen

Online Fabric Store Feature

Hi Everyone!!  I unintentionally took a short hiatus from blogging!  We took the kids to Hawaii a few weeks ago and I’ve yet to even blog about that. But today I wanted to share a fun feature that my blog received this week!

I’m sure you remember Emmie’s bedroom update.  Onlinefabricstore.com featured Emmie’s room on their blog!

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So feel free to head on over to onlinefabricstore.com and check out their incredible fabric selection.  And while you’re at it, take a peek at their blog too!

I hope to get some vacation pics up here in a few days.  So please come back to see them!

jen

Client Project : Living Room Before and After

Yesterday I shared about a client project that I just completed.  Today I’m going to show you some before and after pictures! Let’s look at the inspiration for the room.

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Here are a few before pictures of the living room…..

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I recruited the help of my handy helper.  {Thankfully he doesn’t charge much!} I was happy that Dan had the day off because I put him to work unloading the car….and more importantly, ironing!

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Now the room has a fresh, now look. Let’s take a look at some after images of the room…

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We ended up keeping the leather chair, piano and little black bookshelf that were already in the room.

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It’s a smaller living room so baskets below the coffee table provide extra storage for the family.

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And the tray on top of the coffee table help corral the decorative objects and coasters, yet leave plenty of room for reading material as well.

living room after. coffee table tray. at home in the northwest

The pillows are made from Schumacher Hothouse Flowers.

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I love this fabric for so many reasons.  The soft blue color, the touch of black and the variety of the pattern. I had two pillows made but we were able to get a unique look by centering a different part of fabric on each pillow.

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This gallery wall will soon have family pictures in them that were taken on the beach vacation.

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I lightened up the look of the dark leather chair with a gray throw and cream pillow.

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Because I’m so in love with this room makeover, let’s take one last look at the before and after!

LIVING ROOM BEFORE  at home in the northwest

LIVING ROOM AFTER 8  at home in the northwest

What do you think!? Turned out great, don’t you think!?

jen

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