Design & DIY

Hey Friends!  If you’ve been following along over on Instagram or on my last blog post, you know we announced that we are expecting number 3 in September!!! We are so excited to add another member to our family and to meet this new little one.  We don’t know the gender of the baby yet but will be finding out in the next couple weeks!  The last time we had a baby in our home, was our daughter Autumn 7 (almost 8) years ago.  Needless to say the baby stuff has been handed down, passed on, donated or tossed!  I’m realizing that SOOO much has changed since I last looked into baby gear.  I can’t even believe all the stylish and convenient options there are now.  From the crib designs, to bassinets and bedding.  

I think what it comes down is that yes, babies do require lots of stuff but not as much as you think.  My first baby registry I registered for everything under the sun pertaining to baby gear.  I wanted to be prepared and ready!  This time around I feel more relaxed, I know what’s coming.  I don’t need to go out and get all the stuff all at once.  I plan to keep it as simple and minimal as possible.   Of course we plan to get the essentials; car seat, stroller, crib/bassinet, swaddles, bottles, bibs, burp clothes, and diapers/wipes, etc…  I’m sure there will be a bit more than that.  But I really do want to try simplify the amount of stuff we have in our home and only purchase what we really need, when we need it. 

Once we found out the news of a new baby on the way, the first thing I said to Ben was “where are we going to put this baby?!”  Our home is a three bedroom cape style home.  If the older two were two boys or two girls it would be a little easier to move them into a shared room, that isn’t the case.  We do have a bonus room off our master that we have converted into a home office/walk in closet or as I have dubbed it our “cloffice” read more about our “cloffice” here.   Our office/closet is over our garage, it’s not the most climate controlled room in the house because it is over an older garage with barn doors.  It can get very cold in the winter, not ideal for a new baby.   Regardless of the lack of official nursery at the moment, I still have nursery design on the brain big time. 

We do plan to keep baby in our bedroom for at least the first 5-6 months.  Depending on what we decided to do with our home and the configuration of space in the future.  Potentially adding on or expanding our garage/cloffice into our master which would mean our room would get a hallway and then turn into baby #3’s room.  We are far off from that so baby #3 may be in our room for longer.  My goal as I start to plan out how to make our bedroom also function as a mini nursery, is to make it just as sweet and pretty as a nursery yet also flow into our bedroom without too much interruption to our space.

Nursery Nook Inspiration: 

Here are some nursery nook photos I found via Pinterest that inspired me to make the most out of the small space.  A space can be small and multifunctional and still be beautiful!  Have you heard of a Nursery Nook?  It’s a space in the parent’s bedroom dedicated to baby.  I know this is not a new concept but I never knew it had an actual name!  I think the name makes it more it’s own space- Nursery Nook.  We had our first two kids in our rooms as infants for sleep only in a bassinet.  All their changing supplies etc., was in their nursery.   The baby stuff never really interfered in our bedroom.  This time around ALLLLLL the things will be in our room, so hence the minimal approach.   I really love how the spaces below seem to make such great use of small space nursery design. 

(via Pinterest)

(via Tinted-green.com)

(via apartmenttherapy.com)

Our Master Bedroom Pre-Nursery Nook:

We do have a nook in between two dormers that I plan to add a changing table/dresser inside which won’t interfere with any of our square footage space.  The corner of our bedroom with my standing mirror/jewelry storage will be moved and the crib/bassinet will go there.  In addition, maybe a mobile and a piece of art.  Above the changing area on those side walls I’ll probably add a small shelf and a piece of art for baby to look at during changes.  Once we find out the gender I know I’ll want to start purchasing some clothes, blankets and other essential items.  I’ll also go through our kids baby clothes and pick and choose items to bring out.  So that is why I decided it’s time to get planning on some items for our Nursery Nook.  Here is how it looks now:

 

Nursery Nook Inspiration Board:

Mobile/ Shelf/ Dresser/ Changing Cover/ Diaper Caddy/ Crib/ Crib Storage BasketAlphabet Art Print/ Plant Stand

My inspiration for this really just came from my goal to create a simple, clean and very neutral design (hence the white).  Since we aren’t sure of the gender I also wanted to keep it neutral for now.   So accent colors could slightly change.  This nursery nook needs to flow into our bedroom so using crisp white and gray will help do that.  I didn’t want to add in too many more brown pieces since our bedside tables are wood tones. 

I love how the crib starts small and can expand as baby grows.  I think the round shape also lends itself better to small spaces.  These over crib storage baskets will be so helpful in holding blankets, pacifier, swaddles and all those little things we need close by.   I decided to not splurge on the dresser, I was looking some in the $700=$1000 price range and settled on this one.  Super affordable.  It’s more of a temporary piece for now while the baby is little and I need something small to fit in this narrow area.   We really don’t need anything fancy for changing diapers and storing little clothes.  So I think this will be fine.  The reviews look pretty good.   

So what do you think of the Nursery Nook concept?  I love that this little one will have a sweet spot not only in our hearts but in our bedroom.  We are happy to share it (for a little while anyway)!  I hope you take away from this post that you don’t need a huge house our a TON of space/bedrooms to make a room beautiful.  I’m excited to share how this all comes together over the next few months!

So tell me if you are a parent or soon to be parent what is your top baby essential?!  

Happy Decorating! 

Jordan

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For the last year I’ve been working on a Home Planner which will hopefully launch this spring!  This planner will include three sections that will help guide you through the process and steps of identifying your style, designing a space and pulling it all together with decor.  Sounds straight forward, right?  Yes, it is but in a lot more detail than that.  I also share lots of tips to help you with all these aspects in creating a home you love.  The great thing is this planner isn’t just for a home it could be for your first apartment, a town house, fixer upper or a new build.  The end of this book/planner includes blank pages with prompts to help you stay organized in planning out each space.  From goals, to- do lists, ideas, budget, purchase lists, measurements and grids for sketching.  I’m even excited to get my hands on one, because I’m looking forward to using it for our future vacation home (I’ll share more about this another day!)

What does this all have to do with my Sister’s Bedroom refresh?   I wanted to use her space as an example how Pinterest is a great tool for a non-designer/decorator  (even we use them, t00!) in gathering ideas and bringing a space to life based off inspiration found on Pinterest.  My Sister didn’t love her bedroom.  They had a hand-me-down bed and some hodge-podge decor.  She didn’t feel confident enough to get started.  However, she had a wonderful Bedroom Pinterest board!! Ah-ha we had a jumping off point to get started!   When she sent me the board I could instantly see: a) her style and b) her goals for the end result of her space.   Creating Pinterest boards for the various rooms in your casa is super helpful in taking a step towards giving a room a makeover or refresh.

With her budget in mind I started making goals, “to-do’s”, purchase lists and so on using the planner pages… it was a great way to test my own product.  I walked her through everything and showed her the planner page so she could also start taking steps towards bringing her Pinterest board to life.  Since this isn’t my Sister and her Fiance’s forever home, they didn’t want to do any wood treatment feature walls or wallpaper.  We decided to add impact with a painted feature wall.  I’ve done this before for my parents bedroom too.  It’s an easy way to add some character and experiment with bold color with out committing to a full room of color.  Let’s take a look at my Sister’s bedroom BEFORE photos as well as her Pinterest board inspiration.

Bedroom Before:

(this was after she updated the bed to a black sleek frame)

Inspiration Board:

You can see the bedroom lacked any kind of style, it was just thrown together when they moved.  Bedrooms are typically the last room you think about but really I think they should be a respite for you and more focused on sooner in the design/decorating process.  From the inspiration board I was able to identify her style/vibe for the space, which was very neutral and definitely a minimal/boho feel.  Play close attention to some of the details in these photos.  The colors, the patterns and textures… with these images I really honed into her vision.  You can do this as well.. pay close attention to the details in each imagine you pin.  What can you pin point that you love about them?  Use that information to help guide your product sourcing/selection online or in store.

I created a purchase/ to-do list to help her get organized which looked like this:

Once we made our above, list than sourced the items we liked with in her budget we ordered everything and were ready to implement the makeover!  We started by changing the layout so her bed would go against the largest wall that needed “something” we painted it a dark black to bring out that neutral but modern vibe like in her Pinterest board.  The windows now feel more open and airy.  Her bed is the focal point on the dark grayish-black wall.  We added lots of textures with the bedding, pillows and blankets.  Bringing in textures and graphic prints is important when keeping a room really neutral.

This makeover was over the course of about two-three weeks.  We painted the wall, updated the lighting, changed the bedding and added the rug.

Bedroom After:

I love how the dark accent wall makes all the brass pop!  If you are wondering about the cool graphic art… our cousin has an Etsy shop and creates cool digital art prints!!  She actually custom designed these prints for my sisters bedroom.  If you are interested in her shop or ordering a custom piece for your home reach out to her on Instagram her handle is Studio_OG.

I think her pup Ragnar matches her bedroom perfectly and that wasn’t even planned!  He really did steal the show in these photos.  Ben helped them out by installing this really cool light fixture that almost looks like a half-moon.  She plans to add more pops of greenery or shelving for added storage and a place to put more decorative items.

The black and gold benches she already owned and were previously in her dining-room.  I moved them in here because they fit the vibe so much better.  She purchased them at At Home stores a couple years ago.  I love how the rug adds a ton of interest with patterns.   If you are ever feeling stuck with a space and really with design/decorating in general.  Join Pinterest (FOLLOW ME HERE I’m always pinning inspiration) and create a board for every room in your house! It will keep your ideas organized and don’t just let it live in Pinterest, bring it to life by creating lists or better yet, purcahse my planner when it is available to stay even more organized in creating your beautiful dwelling!

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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Have you been considering a stair runner for your home?  A stair runner is a great way to add style and comfort to your staircase.  Also, for families with young children a stair runner creates a softer surface for wobbley little ones that are just starting to walk or bigger kids that sometimes forget how quickly they can move.  In this post I’m partnering with The Carpet Workoom to share some tips on how to select a stair runner.  All ideas and reviews are my own.  Below you will find a special discount code for my followers only!  Thank you to The Carpet Workroom!

 I’m so excited for this post today!  Our stair runner was in desperate need of a refresh after 8 years + two kids + one dog, we were ready to freshen up our staircase.  Could we just leave it hardwood?  Yes, but we know our kids and they’ve been known to run too fast up or down the stairs and wipe out.  While they are young a carpeted stair gives us peace of mind against any trips to the E.R.   A stair runner also gives you a chance to dress up and add style to your stairway.  I’d never miss a chance to infuse some style to any space.  This partnership truly came at the right time!

 

Stair Runner BEFORE:

Here you can see what we are working with. Very straight forward, nothing glamorous. Definitely showing signs of some age and overall worn out look. We purchased this about 8 years ago and while it held up ok and definitely kept our kids protected from a couple slips, we were ready for a new look. So let’s get started on the process!

Samples, Samples and MORE Samples!

When selecting your runner you’ll want to grab a bunch of samples to bring home. I browsed The Carpet Workroom’s Instagram to get inspired with fabric choices. You can also book an appointment to browse in person. Either way you’ll be so impressed by the variety of fabrics and patterns they have. Start by selecting your fabric type. You’ll want to select something durable and long lasting (especially if you have a young family/pets). Wool is the best option here as it’s fibers will hold up against constant use. Next, is pile height. Selecting a low pile runner is going to hold up better over time. Plush fabrics with longer pile height will show wear a lot quicker.

Next, consider the color scheme as well as the pattern you want. Below you’ll see some of my favorite designs and colors. I wanted subtle pattern and really loved the grays and blues as I have a lot of gray and blue in my home already. After spending time looking at these samples and struggling with selecting one as they were all so beautiful. Based on how active our home is I decided on one that would hide s much as possible. So the darker blue won and I’m excited to switch up from gray.

Binding + Install Style

Once you select your fabric you’ll need to select a binding. The Carpet Workroom has many different bindings that you can finish off your runner with. A fun options is adding a nail head detail (which costs additional) to really add a “wow” moment. I wanted to keep things simple so I selected a binding that would bring out the woven blue in the fabric design. Below is the exact fabric we selected.

Installers will also want to know your preference for how the runner will be installed, Hollywood vs. Waterfall style. Click HERE to see the two different options. Since we previously had the Hollywood style, I chose to keep that look. I like the way it wraps around the stairs and shows off the stair shape. It has a more classic and traditional vibe.

Last but not least- What to Budget?!

Ok, the BIG question. You are wondering what do you need to budget for a stair runner? The Carpet Workroom has low priced runner packs that can be installed in the local area for under $1,000, for straight runners and $1,500 for more custom items. Stairs with landings typically price out $1,500- $2,000. Your fabric selection will also dictate cost. Be sure to use my code JORDECOR10 or mention me for a discount.

Stair Runner After:

So before we get to the pretty afterphotos first here is in process shot of the removal. I won’t name names but according to the installer Pete our old runner was one of the worst carpet removals he’s ever done. He also said everything about it was done incorrectly. Our old runner was from a local big box store, that’s all I’m saying! 😉

Ok so let’s see what our stair runner looks like now!!

As you can tell I love it! I love the richness it adds and a little pop of color to our staircase. It is so plush and soft to walk on, keeps the old house squeaks to a minimum as well (added bonus!). I love the dark binding and the subtle stripe. It will also hide so much dirt. Look at me, already breaking my own rules of no shoes in the house. Whoops! Thank you so much to my friends at The Carpet Workroom for a fabulous collaboration and I’m so excited they are offering you guys a code; mention JORDECOR10 and they will apply to your order!

I truly hope you found this post helpful and informative. I also love getting to work with local companies that do such beautiful work. I appreciate you supporting these businesses I get the pleasure of working with.

Let me know if you have any questions and if you work with them please send me some photos via Instagram @Jordecor

Happy Decorating!

jordan

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Spring launch is here with the Studio Mcgee collection at Target! These pieces are timeless and classic with an amazing target price point.  Pieces sell out fast so if you love something don’t wait!  I have the lamp and I’m obsessed.  They have a lot of great light fixture options that are gorgeous and reasonable!   I love the natural tones with pops of seasonal color in the pillows with a mix of metals and woven materials.   Below you will find some of my favorites from this launch, it’s really so hard to choose only a few.

Let me know below if you purchase anything or what your favorites are! Happy Shopping!

Jordan

Rug // Chair  // Light Fixture // Tall Plant // Console Table // Floor Mirror // Floral Pillow // Pink Pillow // Lamp

 

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Mudroom

I get asked frequently about our home paint colors.  We’ve recently updated quite a few colors and some of which pack a bit more of a punch.  With all this time at home lately it’s been nice to see some spaces transform and go in a moodier direction.  I hope you find it helpful to see the colors we’ve used through out our home. I love choosing colors that have soft gray undertones.  I also look for soothing colors for the most part and balance rooms through out with some light and dark colors.

Mudroom:  Stone Hearth by Benjamin Moore

Mudroom

Dining-room: Retreat by Sherwin Williams +

Interior front door:  Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore

Diningroom

Living-room: Whickham Gray by Benjamin Moore

Kids Media-room:  Night Train by Benjamin Moore Night Train

Downstairs Half Bath: Gray Owl

 

Hallway: Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore (also in downstairs entry and hallway)

Autumn’s Bedroom:  Italian Ice by Benjamin Moore and Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Griffin’s Bedroom: Behr Green Agate +Behr Blueprint

Kids Bathroom: Comet by Benjamin Moore:

Master Bedroom: Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams

Master Bathroom:  Collingwood by Benjamin Moore

Exterior Door Color is Yorktown Green by Benjamin Moore

 

I hope you find this little color tour helpful! It is fun going room to room and see all the colors and how they flow room to room. I love neutrals with some splash of color or intensity here and there. The great thing about paint is that it is temporary and easy to switch down the road if your style changes or if you just are ready for something new!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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Receiving Christmas cards is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.  I truly love seeing all the faces of my friends and family show up in our mailbox through the month of December.  I love reading how everyones year was and seeing how much children have grown.  I always like to find fun ways to display our cards as they arrive, as well as change up where we display them in our home. In the past I’ve done displays as simple as put cards in a bowl or tray on the coffee table, to hang them on a frame with twine stringing across and along a doorway.

Today I wanted to share three ways you could display Christmas cards with different things I had on hand.  One, and old shutter.  Two, a set of white tobacco baskets and three, pretty ribbon and brass clips.

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Christmas Card Display #1 /Ribbon and Clip:

With the combination of a pretty ribbon and beautiful clips you can really dress up your card display… I used a pink linen ribbon and gold clips to display our cards vertically.  The fun of this method is that you could go horizontal or tie the ribbon on the inside of a large empty frame.  I could even double or triple the row of ribbon to increase the display of cards.  I did use a small nail hole to attach the ribbon at the top.  You could also use a 3m hook if you wanted.  This method is very self explanitory

Christmas Card Display #2/ White Tobacco Baskets:

This display is also really easy!  I love tobacco baskets for adding a little farmhouse flair, they also can read a little coastal in white.  I got these at A. C. Moore but you could find at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  They look great on a small blank wall and tucking cards into them is so easy.  They would even look cute in a mudroom to display kids artwork or invites/cards you get through the year.  I did use some little wooden clips to help some stay on.  But again this is just an easy way to hang up cards so they look like art on your wall.

Christmas Card Display #3/  Old Chippy Shutter:

I saved my favorite for last.  I’ve had this old shutter for years its just a fun little accent to have for different things.  I thought it would be so cool to hang and use the little openings to nestle in Christmas cards.  The trick was how to keep them from falling all the way through?  I got out my glue gun and hot glued a long strip of tinfoil- thinking outside the box here, that still wasn’t strong enough so I cut strips of cardboard and hot glued that over the tin foil.  It actually worked!  Then I hung up the shutter with a heavy duty nail and have it rest on the first little bump out.  It feels pretty sturdy but I’m going to have Ben give it a look over.  It just goes to show you can really get creative with decorative things around the house.  Empty frame, leaning ladder, bulletin board, garland… have fun with it!

I know the back looks awful but I was literally improvising with whatever I could find to block the openings so the cards stay in place.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out these ideas!  I hope you enjoyed them and that they inspire you in some way.

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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Wondering how to make inexpensive curtains look high end?  In this post I’m going to share some tips on how!  Curtains as you know, come in all sizes, patterns, colors, fabrics and price points! It can be so overwhelming to determine what is right for your space.  If you are on a budget and want nice curtains, you might be stuck trying to decide what will look best.  This often results in naked windows.  Trust me, you don’t want naked windows!  Curtains are like the finishing touch to an outfit which can really complete the look of your space.  In this post I’m going to share some of my favorite affordable curtains, plus some tips on how to hang them to amazing!

Three Tips for selecting affordable curtains:

Tip #1 when it comes to selecting curtains is to first stay clear of grommet style and the tab style.  I’m not a fan of either.   I prefer the pocket rod style or pocket rod style with the use of draper hooks to to attach the panels to the rod.  I think this gives affordable curtains a much higher-end look.   I like to clip the hook to the drape by pinching every couple inches and it gives it a much more finished look. 

Tip #2 is super important.  Please remember these two words HIGH and WIDE.  When you hang your curtains you want to maximize the height of your space.  If you have height in your space to work with don’t hang your curtains low.  Third tip, make your windows appear bigger by hanging your panels wide.  Ideally your window won’t be covered by the curtain at all, instead framed by the curtain panel.  When ordering your curtain rods, consider the length of the curtain rod because you will want to go out wider than the window itself. 

Tip #3 When it comes to choosing the finish of your hardware I typically choose either a black or oil rubbed bronze.  These two options are classic and really dress up your window.  However, sometimes I do switch it up from room to room.  For example, my daughter has brass accents in her room so her curtain rod and hooks are brass because black or ORB (oil rubbed bronze) would be too harsh.  Our kitchen and dining room are connected, I like to keep any connected rooms with the same window hardware finishes.  I think to get started consistency is best!  Here is what you will need to get started hanging your curtains.  

My favorite retailer’s for affordable curtains:

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 Patterned Curtain Panels:

Colorful Curtain Panels

Neutral Curtain Panels

I really hope this helps you narrow down your selection and gives you ideas for adding curtains to your space. There are so many options out there for curtains but I thought I would share some of my favorites to help you narrow it down. When in doubt a linen white and a bamboo shade- you can’t go wrong! So what is your favorite? Solid? Color? Pattern? Most of the curtains in our home are solid but I do love some of the patterned options and I’m leaning towards a couple for our office/closet space! Let me know what you think below.

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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Are you looking to create a fire pit area for your yard?  Well, then this is the post for you.  I’ll share step by step how we created our fire pit area in just one weekend.  With the weather still cooperating here in New England, we figured we would take advantage and tackle one last DIY project before the winter sets in.  We’ve done a lot this past spring from installing our outdoor lights, a building barn doors for our garage as well as some DIY planters.  Since the pandemic hit it’s become evident that home really is the best place to be and maybe the only place we can be for awhile.

Especially during uncertain times such as these, we want to enjoy the company of friends and family outdoors as long as we can which means we needed a bigger sitting area and a heat source.  So today I’m sharing our new smokeless fire pit as well as how we created this fire pit area. Yes you read that right, it is a smokeless fire pit.  It is designed to limit smoke!  I’ll share more on that later.  Our outdoor area was lacking a great spot for a fire.  To really dress up our fire pit we wanted to give it its own special area in the yard with cozy Adirondack chairs as well as gravel/stone.  We did this project in a long weekend!  Below is what we did… 

DIY Fire Pit Area Supplies:

  • Edging Shovel
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Metal rake
  • Spray paint
  • String
  • Garden stake
  • Weed barrier
  • Crushed marble gravel
  • Cobblestone
  • Sand (we used about two bags)
  • Pre-bought fire pit kit or Fire pit paver stones

Before:

Here is how the area looked before we started.  We had this little side yard that we really didn’t use for much.  I’ve mentioned before our backyard is very narrow so we make use a lot of our front yard and side yard.  We live on a dead end street, off a dead end street so we don’t have much traffic at all.  We knew that we wanted our fire pit area close by to the patio so for parties we could all be together but further away from the house to be safe and also less smokey.  However, the fire pit insert we purchased should cut down on that a lot!

Installing the Fire Pit:

Once the area was cleared out we used the bags of sand to get our pit insert level.  The area we dug out was about 14′ in diameter.  You don’t have to go that big.  We needed about 50 bags for this size of crush gravel which was $120-ish dollars.  We went with Home Depot, online prior to shopping, you can put in your dimensions and calculate the amount you will need.  You could also go to a local stone yard that delivers it all to you but ours wasn’t doing delivery in our area that day.  So we borrowed my Dad’s truck and off to Home Depot we we went.  We grabbed the last of our supplies; gravel, weed barrier, bags of sand.

Let’s circle back to this smokeless fire pit we purchased it from a place on Cape Cod called Stonewood Products.

Click here to read more about our exact fire pit.  I’ve always hated the smell of smoke and never wanted to be really close to a fire pit.  It would hurt my eyes and my hair/clothes would smell for days.  We looked into a Solo stove and Ben was pretty much set on it.  However, I didn’t love the style of them.  I wanted something a little bit more stationary.  I love the look of stone fire  pits.  So this was a compromise that we both loved.  It was an investment but we can take it apart if we ever move.  We also love that it came with a lid and all the stone to make a nice tall pit.

As you can see we used the weed barrier fabric to cover the dirt to prevent grass and weeds from coming through.  It was a really windy day and it was so hard to keep it all flat but we are still glad we took this extra step!  Once we did the weed barrier we emptied all 5o bags of gravel and used the metal rake to spread them out evenly.

DIY Fire Pit Area:  Edging and Setting up

The last step was edging the fire pit area to keep the gravel in place.  We decided to call our local stone supplier because we wanted to go with a small black cobblestone to really tie in with the black insert.  The cobblestone we ordered is from AGT and they delivered it for us a few days later.  The cost of that was a bit more than we anticipated but we had come thus far and just wanted it too look amazing.  The stone was $400.  Again, more than I had anticipated but I love how it came together.  I decided to hold off on ordering real Adirondack chairs for now because we splurged on a couple of these items.  The plastic ones work for now  Next summer I’m hoping to have a local carpenter build us some or who knows maybe we will continue to improve our DIY skills and attempt that too!

I love how the dark cobblestone gives such a nice border to this fire pit area, it adds a lot of character too!

Thank you for reading this post today and stopping by my littler corner of the internet!  I hope this inspires you to squeeze in and tackle another outdoor project before winter rolls in!  Believe it or not we still have two more projects coming up, that we’ve held off on for YEARS.  A new walkway and new shutters.  I’m so excited to finish sprucing up the exterior of our home!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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In just a few short weeks I’ll be an Auntie!!  Today I’m sharing the reveal of my sister’s modern boho nursery design.  I’ve been helping my sister the last few months starting with an e-design that has evolved over time.  This past weekend we finished the accent crib wall which is a combination of both peel and stick wallpaper and board and batten.  I was considering giving a tutorial for that but since there are so many amazing board and batten tutorials available on the inter-webs, I’ll link the one we used from Chris Loves Julia Here

In this post I’ll share the finishing touches and some details of my sister’s finished nursery as well as some sources.  We tried to keep this room gender neutral with lots of clean wood, creams and green.  In the end I added a couple pops of color to bring the room to life.  Before we know it a precious little baby will call this space their own, I cant wait to be a proud Auntie!! 

Before I show you all the finishing details. I wanted just show you how the peel and stick looked before we added that board and batten wall. We decided to paint it white so that it would feel bright and airy. However, you could totally paint the board and batten a color that ties in with the peel and stick as well. Click here for the peel and stick we used.

Board and Batten Process:

This process took us a solid Sunday afternoon. We did have a team effort and it was actually fairly easy, with the right tools. We really love how it turned out and after a couple coats of white paint here is how it looks!

Modern Boho Nursery Reveal + Details:

I found this typography canvas print and thought it added a little warmth to the wall and I always used to sing “you are my sunshine” to my babies so I thought it would be a pretty accent until my sister decide’s on a baby name. Maybe down the road she will decided to add initials or some type of printed wall hanging monogram.

blanket ladder

She registered for this blanket ladder and I wish I had one of these when my babies were little. I love how it neatly displays and organizes all the different blankets and swaddles plus it looks so pretty!

How adorable is this mobile? I love the felt and neutral design. I decided to place it off to the decide so she could still add a simple piece of art over the crib. With the pattern of the peel and stick behind, I really wanted to keep the art simple and I think it looks so pretty with the mobile.

My sister found this dresser off of Facebook Marketplace and sprayed the knobs gold, she also took this mirror they had and spray painted that as well. I love the prayer basket on the right, which I included in the original e-design. It’s a beautiful way to hide all of the dirty baby clothes. But seriously nothing is cuter than that monogramed baby jean jacket. I mean, can you even deal?

I also love the natural wood ledge book display. I used these years ago in Griffin’s nursery/little boy bedroom and he still has them for his books. My sister even turned one upside down to hang/display the cute jean jacket. I love that idea! T

We decided to keep the rug neutral for now and this one gives off all those boho vibes in the nursery along with that cute little foot stool. The curtains I sourced for her to pull the greens from the accent wall over to the windows. They have pom pom on the edges which I think is super cute for a kid space. Lastly the CRIB! I source that for her as I thought it was so different I love that it had a little vintage throw back vibe. It also can grow with baby it turns into a toddler bed too!

I hope you enjoyed this nursery reveal! It was so fun to help my sister pull this room together from concept ideas to the finished product! Even their puppy Murphy approves! Let’s see how he feels once baby arrives.

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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I recently received an email from a Guidance Counselor struggling with their office decor.  The small and windowless space brought me back to my days as an Art Teacher.  I taught in a dark basement with no windows and no access to fresh air.  Not only was it filthy it was very lacking in inspiration, something an art space should be full of!  I did my best to make the space beautiful, I painted the cracking walls, added murals and art! 

I’m sure the young students never really noticed that the space wasn’t the best but for me, to be there every day, all day it started to get to me and part of the reason I didn’t go back to that job.  I truly feel our spaces impact our well being and mood.  I sympathize with this educator and wanted to help! A counselor should have an office that is welcoming.  A space for students to be encouraged, heard, nurtured, motivated and beyond.  Here is the email I received and my suggestions.

“Good Morning 🙂
 
Thank you so much for taking a look at my awful, ugly, yet recently painted wood panelling walls…. So that is a plus! 🙂 
 
Any and all advice you have is welcome. I am thinking maybe some shelves? I tried to take a video but it would not upload and send because it was too large. 
 
Again, I am a high school guidance/school counselor and want this to be a space where students feel comfortable and at ease. Also, for me to enjoy it because I am here for many hours a day. 🙂  I am not sure I can paint anything, but I can add things to the walls. The only thing I really need is a desk, my file cabinets for my students folders and a cork board (does not need to be this one) by my desk for schedule and important information.  
 
Thank you SO MUCH for even taking the time to read this and look at the pictures. 
 
I appreciate it more than you know,”
 
Here are her photos:
 
Since the walls can’t really be touched.  I wanted to add pops of color in other areas.  I suggested removing all the extra chairs and that icky student desk.  A cute little seating area on that student desk side would just be so inviting.  I also suggested adding a cup with pencils, paper and a couple clipboards if students need to do writing.  Those metal beige bookcases are also not doing it for me, simply spray painting them white will make them disappear into the space.  Adding cute bins for storage will dress them up and hide office supplies.  All large binders can be stored behind the teacher desk.
 
 
I love these simple prints for above the little seating area to inspire and encourage students .  They will make an impact with out being too cluttered.
 
 On the large wall when you enter I suggested a pretty wall tapestry to bring in color, as well as scale.  I love the idea of bringing in something with nature because the space is very confining.  Adding natural elements even faux plants and the occasional fresh flower will instantly make this space feel more alive and happy.  A rug for the center of the room that can be washed also just to add some more color and pattern, it isn’t necessary but just another layer of interest to the space.  I’d also consider adding some mirrors behind the teachers desk just to give the illusion that it is a bigger space as well.
 
 
 
 
So what you do you guys think?  I tried to do this with items that were affordable and practical for the Counselor to put this plan into action ASAP.  I’m really excited to see how it all comes together!
 
Happy Decorating!
 
Jordan
 
 

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We made it to September and with that I can check another project off the summer to do list!  Over the past couple months I was slowly helping my parents decorate their new bedroom.  They moved into a new condo back in May and the bedroom was lacking any sense of style.  The challenge for me was to find a way to repurpose two items they loved from their old beach house.  The first, a set of custom fabric drapes that were in the dining-room and a large rug from the living-room.  Luckily, both items had blue tones in them and I knew I could make them work together in a new space.  With those two items in mind, I created a mood board (similar to my e-design service) with items from All Modern one of my favorite online retailers with a great selection of home furnishings.  Once I got approval of the mood board, I sent them links with the items to order to bring the room together.  

The Bedroom Before:

The real focal point would be relocating the bed in front of the windows and painting an accent wall.  Next, an eye catching focal point in the over head lighting!  If you have tall ceilings use them to your advantage with show stopping light fixtures.  Let’s have one more moment of silence for that HIDEOUS boob light, the blah wall color, the not so great furniture layout.. nothing really working here.  Keep scrolling to see the after!

The Mood Board:

The Reveal:

The accent wall color is called Rushing River by Benjamin Moore it is so soothing and earthy I love it.  Let’s talk about the stunner in here from All Modern, that LIGHTING FIXTURE!  Wow, it makes a huge difference in this space.  Don’t you love it?!   I’m so excited that my parents have this new oasis to enjoy after a busy day.  My parents work very hard, my Dad’s own’s a waterproofing supply company in Boston and wakes up at the crack of dawn to sell construction supplies to all the jobs happening in the city.  My Mom is a school nurse and I know that she is going to have a pretty intense year.  The fact that I’ve helped them achieve a peaceful place to relax after a long day makes me really happy.

I love how the color on the wall instantly draws your eye Into the space and makes those fun graphic curtains pop!  The curtains are custom so unfortunately I can’t link them but I’ll try to find similar to include below.  Let me tell you a secret about the curtains… mmmmm, kay?  Just between us.  They are too short for the this room! But they are hidden behind the headboard AND I carefully placed a plant on the other side so you don’t even notice.  Another option would be to add a panel of fabric at the bottom to make up for the difference,  this is something we will probably do down the road with just some fabric glue! But for now, no one needs to know 😉

These new side tables also from All Modern fit the room perfectly and I love that they also bring in those touches of brass to the room. Large framed photography (from our trip to Outer Banks this summer) fill the wall to the left but also keeps it simple and graphic to compliment the other patterns in the space. 

What do you think guys?! So much better right?  I love the soothing colors but fun patterns at play.  The lighting and side tables from All Modern really bring it together as well as that navy headboard.  All that is left in here is a dresser for underneath the framed art and a couple throw pillows for the bed.  We were taking our time with finding items that we loved so once we get those in place I’ll update this post.  Thank you so much for reading today!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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This post is sponsored by Christmas Tree Shops and That! as always all ideas and thoughts are my own.  Today I’m sharing how to transition from summer into fall decor on my front porch by adding touches of modern farmhouse black and white decor from Christmas Tree Shops and That!    Buffalo check is very much on trend and Christmas Tree Shops and That! has a great selection of stylish fall decor and accents for your home.  

Browsing through the aisles of Christmas Tree Shops and That! is like a treasure hunt. You’ll find many different options for your home, if you like traditional fall decor, modern farmhouse or even a little boho/eclectic with the pink pumpkin selection. I gravitated towards the black and white buffalo check. I unintentionally matched the decor I was into today. I love that I can ease into fall decor with some sunflower accents and then into Halloween with orange pumpkins.

These black and white fabric pumpkins are the cutest! They are super soft and great for adding into a crate or basket on the porch or even on a mantel. Plus, you can reuse them year after year as well!

After filing my cart with some adorable items I was ready to spruce up our farmer’s porch for fall!! Some of the items I grabbed included; a fall pillow, beautiful wreath, a few fabric pumpkins, fall sign, door mat and a basket. I love mixing in some new items with items from past years for a fresh new look.

Farmer’s Porch Before:

I start decorating my porch by cleaning it off. Having a blank slate to work with helps me envision the look for a new season. Two foundational items that stay here year round are my metal bench and this window frame, which is a base for my seasonal wreaths *TIP- it adds more visual interest to layer). The first thing I’ll add is this beautiful wreath I got from Christmas Tree Shops and That! which really inspired my whole modern farmhouse porch look.

Modern Farmhouse Wreath:

I love adding other elements to store bought wreaths. Here I took some faux sunflower stems and just stuck them into the grapevine wreath. No hot glue required.

Isn’t the little black and white pin stripe bow so cute?! To make the wreath pop a even more, I added a couple faux sunflower stems. I simply cut them from a bunch and popped them in. I love how the yellow just pops and gives it that late summer early fall feel. I can easily take these out at anytime too. Sunflowers are a great way to ease into fall colors with out going straight to orange.

Christmas Tree Shops and That! has the cutest little signs for such great prices. I grabbed this “Autumn Market” sign and hung it on the siding with siding clips. How fun is this little aqua truck that matches the green in my new wreath? A bucket full of faux sunflowers adds a little more color to this corner as well. I also found this little black and white check wreath that I hung by our new barn doors.

Next up I added this cute set of buffalo check PUMPKINS also from Christmas Tree Shops and That! to this side table as well as this this “Thankful” pillow to our bench! I love how all the plaid patterns play off the beige siding and our gray floor. It’s really starting to feel more “fall-ish” I also have some faux white pumpkins that I re-use every year that I placed underneath the bench.

I think my favorite addition is this “Hello Pumpkin” door mat! Christmas Tree Shops and That! has a great selection of seasonal door mats with two kids and a dog mine always needs a refresh at the start each season. I like to layer mine over larger rugs like this above. The white basket filled with those fabric pumpkins- all from… you guessed it… Christmas Tree Shops and That! Once mums come out next month I’ll probably put a bunch into this basket.

I love how this Modern Farmhouse Fall Front Porch all came together thanks to my fun finds from Christmas Tree Shops and That! I hope you like it too! Thank you for stopping by and as always for supporting brands that I love and enjoy working with. Hope this inspires you as you transition to some fall vibes in your home!

Happy Decorating,

Jordan

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!  With an eye for decorating, I’m always bouncing from room to room in our house, looking to see if any space needs a little tweaking or TLC.  On occasion so much time goes by and I’ll look at a room and I’ll realize “wow, I’ve really let this one go!” better a room then myself, I guess.  The latest room needing a little TLC was our daughter’s bedroom.  One morning I went to make the bed and was like “WOAHHH, this room is not good”.   Looking at the furniture layout and decor I realized that moving things around would open up her space and also make her room feel a little more “big” girl.  Sometimes a tired looking space just needs a few small adjustments to make it look new and fresh.  In this post I’m going to show you how I did that!

Girls Bedroom Refresh Before:

Where do I even begin with this before?  At one point this room looked cute and maybe months and months of “time at home” sent this space into its downward spiral.  Whenever I’m about to refresh a space I look through it with a critical eye. What is bothering me? What isn’t working? What could be improved?  When I look at this photo I immediately can’t believe that I’ve taken up the entire room with the bed.  She has no space to play.  It suddenly occurred to me that the bed would fit perfectly to the left of the window which would open up the room.   I also decided the rug was lacking personality.  I still loved the wall color and pops of pink but the desk on the right side of window was taking up a lot of room and getting no use.

I got to work, selling items and rearranging everything!  Then once I was happy with the lay out, I only purchased the following items:

  • More interesting Rug
  • A fun accent lamp
  • A cute dresser accessorie
  • Duvet set to pull the dusty rose color from rug
  • A shelf for above bed

Everything else I either owned already or just relocated to a different place in her room!

I love how this already looks so much better!

I also painted a scallop accent wall using a paper plate as a stencil which I documented over on my Instagram It’s very subtle but I love how it adds a little interest to that wall separated by the window.

Girls Bedroom Refresh After:

The two signs on the wall once hung above her bed and now fit perfectly above her reading chair

As you can see I relocated these floral decals from one wall to this one. They are so easy to peel off and remove. These are from Rocky Mountain Decal

This dresser we’ve had since she was a baby. It’s such a classic style that will grow with her. The lamp is from Home Goods.

The faux wood panels are from Ez_Wall and they really are so easy to install. I love that it adds a little something fun to this wall, brings in some rustic charm to the space. Click HERE for the faux wood panels.

I added this simple shelf with brass brackets and then purchased a white piece of shelving from Lowes. It cost $25.00 total! I added a couple plants, a new print and then a letter “A” for her name. LInked at bottom of this post

Below you can see that I painted the top half of the wall Simply White by Ben Moore then used a plate to trace half circles which I then painted in with the wall color which is Italian Ice by Ben Moore. Super simple and adds a little interest.

The butterfly table is a Homegoods purchase. I’ve tried to find similar to link but haven’t had any luck. Her bed is a FB marketplace find from a few years ago. I think I paid $30 dollars for it!

A few simple items, plus furniture rearrangement update this little girl's bedroom.

There you have it!! One very cringe worthy before and a much better lay out end result. The most important part is that my daughter was beaming at the sight of her “new” big girls bedroom! I think it is perfect for her at this age. It’s not too babyish but it also isn’t too grown up. I hope she never does! Plus, with all this extra time at home it really makes a big difference loving your space. I hope you enjoy seeing how I breathe new life into spaces with only a few little updates. Do you have any favorite changes? What room in your house could use a little TLC?

Happy Decorating!

Jordan

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