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Welcome to my Seasonal Style Series!

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Now that the blog is all refreshed, I’m excited to start giving you more fun content!   At the start of each season you can expect a Seasonal Style post from yours truly that inspires you in decorating your home and in your personal style.  I believe that style translates not only into what you wear but also into how you “dress” your home.  I often feel my decor style is a reflection of my personal style and overall aesthetic.

 

 

 

Today I’m sharing my favorite Red, White and Blue- Patriotic items with you because it’s finally that time of year again!  The time when the days are long and warm, drenched in sun and quenched by lemonade.  The dog days of summer are finally approaching!  You won’t hear my complain about the heat. It feels so good to feel warm for a change.  It was a long winter and I know if you’re like me (AKA not a fan of cold and snow) you’re just as excited to celebrate the start of summer!   When summer does finally roll around, I love to get in the spirit of all the Patriotic holidays from Memorial Day, Flag Day and July 4th!

 

 

In the summer I love adding a few navy & red touches through out my home and in my wardrobe as well.  I’m a huge fan of patterns like stripes, stars, plaids, gingham and all things classic preppy that come along with summer!

For my home I like to add a few flags of course.  I stick them in planters or vases on the table top.  A couple fun wreaths also add those patriotic vibes.  I have two entrance doors that I like using two different style wreaths so it isn’t overly match-y match-y.  I made this grapevine wreath with materials from Michaels.  They are so easy to make!  All you need is:

a white, red and blue hydrangea, a pretty patriotic ribbon, a flag, glue gun and floral wire.

I’m also a sucker for seasonal pillows!  You guys know I go crazy for the Target dollar spot ones.   Here is a seasonal decorating trick, sometimes you can re-use decor from different holidays.  For example pillows from other seasons can be repurposed as long as the colors tie in!  You may remember these grain sack stripe pillows from Christmas, yup they’re back!  The red ties in perfectly for this time of year with navy and white!

 

 

The Pillows in the above photo are all fro Target dollar spot.  However I’m going to link some that I’m loving this season.   The farmhouse jugs/planters are from Lowes in the garden section.  I planted some beautiful smelling lavender.  I move these around all over my patio.  Here I used them to add some green to the photo and bench.

 

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You guys know I LOVE decorating my front door for every season.  This year I’m testing out a wood curl wreath (pictured behind me)  I love the texture it adds!  I’m going to link some similar ones below as I wasn’t able to find this exact one online. My ferns are so easy to take care of and do well in our climate.  I always have my black iron lanterns out because they tie in so nicely with my antique black door hardware and I just love the shape/scale of them.  Click here for my exact lanterns.

So maybe you are wondering more about the cute dress?  I found this perfect affordable summer dress I had to pass on to you.  I like that it’s super comfy and light weight for the hot summer days ahead.

 

I’m loving the layered door mat look as I shared with you on Instagram stories awhile back.  I haven’t got around to purchasing a “patriotic” version.  See friends I’m not always a step ahead, as hard as I try to be!  I really hope you liked this Seasonal Style post.  Let me know if it inspires you to get any red, white or blue going in your wardrobe or home decor this summer?  Keep in mind if you are ever stumped as to how to decorate for your home take a cue from you closet, is there a color you always gravitate towards of a pattern you love?   Start with that as a jumping off point.  If you don’t see a common theme look to the current season for inspiration to dress up your home and your wardrobe too!

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Hey Friends,

I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  I can’t believe how quickly it came and went.   The month of December is such a flurry of activity leading up to Christmas, I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy every little moment because it is easy to get caught up in the hustle of it all.

Here we are now, about to welcome in the year 2018!  I can hardly believe another year has passed.  I feel like the different aspects of my business are all falling into place, my parents house is coming to completion which will give me lots of fun content to share with you all in the new year.   My children are enjoying school and doing so well which is the most important thing of all.

No year is without its trials and tribulations but I wanted to share some of my favorite family moments, projects, updates from the past year with you all.  These are the highlights of 2017 over at the Lund household.

The good times started last January when we took a long awaited family trip to Mexico to see Zac Brown Band, the best way to start a new year is with family and live music in beautiful weather.

The kids still talk about Mexico and how they want to go back. We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel with the ZBB event called Castaway. I can’t say enough good things. This year we are trying to save up for some home projects so no big family trips are planned, yet. But talk to me after month three of freezing temps.

The Beach house build started in early spring. Working on this with my parents has been so fun, and they are the best clients because they’re so easy to be completely candid and share my ideas.

I can’t wait to post more about our finish choices, tile, lights and more! All the fun details will be coming up in the next few weeks.

During the spring I shared this photo of my daughter and was chosen as the Pier 1 Share the Love contest winner!

It was an honor to be featured and chosen as one of the 10 finalists. It’s so rare to see my daughter in a dress, she is usually such a tomboy but i was able to capture her, here in front of our front door, looking as cute as could be.  My lanterns which are from Pier 1 frame her on either side. I couldn’t believe I was chosen but who can resist little toes like that?

At our house we did a lot of room repainting; mudroom, living room and our bedroom. However my favorite project was our fireplace Refresh which you can see here

I’m keeping it really simple right now post Christmas decor. Click the link to see what we tiled right over.

My son’s room got a little makeover too! He has been really into baseball so we embraced that theme and added a fun focal point on his wall. I drew laces in pencil, in the corners of his largest bedroom wall with black paint, then red paint going in V shapes. After that I used an antiquing glaze and an old T-shirt to rub the off white walls to make it look like an aged baseball.

And a non house related project–

We welcomed a little English yellow lab puppy we named Levi. Although not a house project it was a whole other type of project, project puppy train. Levi has been such an amazing addition to our family. As a first time dog owner there was definitely an adjustment phase, kinda similar to bringing home a new baby. Now he is potty trained and destroying less stuff (ha ha like my expensive shoes) we are all so in love with him. He has made quite a few appearances in my home decor photos on Instagram too. Here he is in front of my door from summer through now winter!

On a personal note I entered my mid-30’s!  My husband surprised me with a quick surprise trip to one of my favorite places- Nashville!  I’ve always been a huge country music fan and we always talked about going here together.  We enjoyed some nice quite meals, just walking through the city together, all the live music and dancing.  It was just what we needed to reconnect and have some fun like the pre-kid days.

Looking back on this year I can’t believe all the amazing moments we have shared.  It goes with out saying that I’m blessed and beyond grateful.   I really can’t thank my husband enough, because of him I’m able to be home with my kids and pursue my passions.  Also, my family that always supports me and helps me when I need it.  Then there is all of YOU guys, all the encouragement and kindness I experience from all of you is something I never expected.  It is because of your love that I’ve been able to partner up with some really cool brands.

I’m not sure 2018 can top 2017 but if it is anything like it I will be a happy girl.

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2018!

 

Love,

Jordan

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Welcome to the Magical and Merry Holiday Home Tour!

I’m teaming up with a group of talented home decor blogger’s to share our homes all decorate for this holiday season!

If you are coming from Happy Happy Nester thank you for stopping by!  Isn’t her tour beautiful!?  I love how cozy and inviting her decor is.   As much as I love decorating the inside of my house, I like decorating the outside even MORE!   Growing up, I loved driving around the neighborhood at night in December and seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations.  This time of year is so full of magic and I love creating that atmosphere at our house, which is why on this tour I’m sharing all the exterior of our home.

First I want to show you my farmer’s porch.  This is the entrance we use 99.9 percent of the time as we access this from our driveway.  So I love making it festive and inviting.   I hung an old window frame here that I layer seasonal decor over.  A plain window frame is the perfect back drop to a seasonal element.  This year instead of a wreath I found “merry” at A.C. Moore and painted it in a bright cheery red.

 

I decided to put this faux flocked tree from Walmart in the corner and I love it here.  These grain sack pillows from Target last year are the perfect farmhouse touch as well.   My kids love filling their Santa mailbox with their ever changing/growing Christmas List.  All these pieces I’ve linked below.

Whenever the weather gets cool, I almost always have a warm beverage in hand.  My Santa mug is my favorite!

I hope you liked my Farmer’s porch.  If you are looking for similar items shop them here.

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 Now onto the front door!

Like I said before, I love seeing how every house expresses their love for the holidays.  Even if it is a simple wreath and white twinkle lights.   This year I felt like making a big statement on our front door, literally!  I don’t think Santa will miss our house.   The bright red letters in “We Believe” are the perfect addition this year.  I adopted a new motto for Christmas.  “In our house we believe in the magic of Christmas, because when you stop believing you get underpants.”   I saw this quote somewhere online and it made me giggle!  My kids are still little and I love that they believe in the magic and wonder of Christmas.  As they get older and question things, I think this will help keep their questions at bay.

My garland and wreath are from two years ago form Pottery Barn.   I get so many questions on the color of our door.  It it is St. Lucia Teal by Benjamin Moore.  My daughter decided to get in on the photo shoot fun and honestly it couldn’t have been more perfect.

I love lanterns and I use them all around my home all year round.  These over sized ornaments are fun to add to the scene as well.   This large bucket I found at T.J.Maxx, I was so excited as I was looking for something like this.  I’ll link some similar at the bottom.

There you have it my Home Exterior tour!  What would you think if you drove by?  I hope you enjoyed it and it inspired you to get decorating this holiday season.  I linked some similar items for you if you are interest.

Of course I had to share one with our pup Levi.

 

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I hope you enjoyed visiting please stop by all the other talented bloggers along the tour.  Next after me is The Little White Farmhouse 

 

Merry Christmas!

Jordan

Magical & Merry Holiday Home Tour

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My Home Walk Through

Hi again!  I thought I would walk you guys through my home a bit.
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Drive by Decorating!!

As you all know this time of year is busssyyyy!!   My seasonal decorating services give families one less thing to have to worry about during this hectic time of year.   I’ve had the pleasure of decorating dozens of houses for fall and Christmas.   I know it gets harder and harder for families that both parents work to find the time to make their house feel festive for the holidays.
Creating that cozy, magical feeling in the home is often the last thing most people feel like doing on their weekends off from work.  That’s where I can help!  This fall I brought seasonal decor to the door of four houses.   My clients came home to their front door decked out for Fall.  In the past I’ve also helped my clients decorate their home for Christmas as well.  From mantels, entry ways, front porches and living rooms, imagine coming home to your house decorated for you to enjoy.
 I love adding vintage items, signs, and fresh produce to create these little fall outdoor vignettes.  They are so welcoming!
Depending on the package the client selects each adorable house gets special treatment.  This fall was all all about corn stalks, handmade wreaths and fall produce and sometime surprise vintage decor or crafted items by yours truly.
I’m giving all my locals the heads up that I’ll be offering a limited number of Christmas Decorating services so reach out to me if you’d like to have holiday decor checked off your to do list.  I typically do these the week or two after Thanksgiving.   If you are not local, I could still assist you in achieving your holiday decor dreams with a virtual e-design with shopping links, I just need a picture of the space you want to freshen up with new holiday decor.
Here are some details:
This Christmas Season JorDecor will be offering Christmas Styling services on a limited basis.  JorDecor will come into your home for 2 hours and use YOUR Christmas Decor to style and decorate your Porch (or Door), Mantel or Table.  There are only 5 spots available for this service.  It is on a first come first serve basis for a flat rate of $150
If you need additional items to be purchased for your space, set your shopping budget and I’ll purchase items for the areas you’ve selected from above, add another $25 for the hour of personal shopping.
Available styling dates are:
November 30, December 5,6,7 or 9th
Christmas Decorating Service Starts at $150/$175 for Styling and hour of personal shopping (plus shopping budget allotment)
 
 
 
 

 

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Good Bye Wall, Hello Big Kitchen!

Imagine a house full of family and friends gathering for a celebration in your home and a kitchen that didn’t accommodate one seat.  Yes, a kitchen that is too small for a dining table and chairs, never mind an island with stools.  Prepping for meal time but having your kids sit and wait in the dining room with out being able to see what kind of trouble they are getting into.  This was the situation with our kitchen space.   Anyone else have a situation like this? Maybe this post will give you some ideas on how to make your existing kitchen space work better for you.
When we bought our home three years ago the kitchen was remodeled with new cabinets, counters, lighting and appliances.   We were very fortunate to have a new kitchen.  However the newness of the space wasn’t enough to hide the difficulties of the size.  So this past summer after giving it much thought, saving our pennies and deciding what our budget would afford we decided to consult with a carpenter to help us.  Fortunately, the wall was not load bearing so that saved us a great deal of money.    As much as I love designing, decorating and working on home projects, myself nor my husband are “handy” and taking a whole wall down was a bit more than intimidating to us.
The plan was to eliminate the wall separating the two rooms.  First removing the built in cabinet in the dining room the wall in the left of the below picture and second taking down half the wall above our oven/microwave combo. We opted to keep the oven in place and work the oven/base cabinets into an island/peninsula.  We wanted a faux beam to add architectural detail to the space, it was also a way to save from having to re-do the entire ceiling as the dining room was slightly higher than the kitchen ceiling.
 
Forgive the hideous in progress shot but you can see instantly how much bigger the kitchen now feels.  Since we wanted this view to remain open we decided to purchase a down vent oven which you can find here it was an investment but works perfectly in this set up.  The cooking air is vented down through the basement instead of up through a hood. 
Next step was having our carpenter build out the peninsula, as I didn’t want the island to appear as a base cabinet.  Also we needed to choose new granite to create the peninsula and a place to put stools for seating.  **Another money saving tip***  We didn’t redo the whole granite in the kitchen (we kept the granite around the sink).  Instead we chose a granite that coordinated with what was already in place around the sink.  We chose a slab called Virginia Black and we were able to get it as a remnant.  Most local granite distributors have pieces that are left over from other jobs and they are happy to sell these pieces at a discounted price.
 
Doesn’t this make a huge difference?  I love the look of ship lap (who doesn’t?!) and love how the peninsula really is a focal point in the space now.  Painting both rooms the same color also made it look like it was always one big room.  The painting step was a huge transformation.  I painted the island myself and had a professional help us with smoothing the walls and new trim so it looked very clean and new.  Once the peninsula was finished and installed we called our electrician and he hung the pendant lighting.  I fell in love with these bar stools from target.  You can find both items here and here. 
Now you can see the transformation of this space!  It is so much brighter and feels huge.
The table was a craigslist find that I chalk painted, The chandelier is from the site Decor Steals (you’ll be addicted to it if you haven’t signed up yet), the wicker chairs are from Ballard Design and the curtains are from West Elm   Also, the wall color is Benjamin Moore Moon Shine and it is a cool, pale gray.  
This renovation has completely changed the dynamic of our family time, meal time and gatherings..  They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and for us it really is now. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Door that Started a Blog

I’ve always been a blog ‘reader’ as I’ve been inspired by so many amazing blogs out there.  However, I never thought of myself as a ‘blogger’.  After spending a year and half on Instagram documenting our house projects and my love of all things home decor, I decided to take a leap into the blogging world where I feel I can better express my design thought process and make even stronger connections with my followers.  My fall front door was gaining a lot of interest on Instagram, which prompted me to want to explain more about how it came to be.  The front door is the first impression you perceive of a home.  The door we were rocking had been suggesting that a crazy family moved in, a change needed to be made.
 
First, a little bit about our house, it is a charming 1930’s New England Cape Cod style home.   We fell in love with the original details, wood work and farmers porch off the side.  As many of you know It’s not all rainbows and sunshine with older homes, they tend to need a fair share of TLC.  I’ll share more about that on upcoming posts.   Let’s start with the color combination of our home.  From these original photos we were given by the previous owners it appears to have been white and black, which was lovely.  Down the line it was changed to warm beige siding and red/orange toned shingles, not the amazing combo we would have chosen but we didn’t plan on redoing a brand new roof and rip off siding just because we didn’t like the color of them.  Instead, the first step we took to improve the exterior of our home was to paint all the exterior doors with a fresh, fun, matching color that would enhance the whole look of the house.
We were hoping to do this ourselves, unfortunately there was too much wood damage that needed repair, so we hired professionals (Thanks Tonal Painting!).  However if you wanted to do it yourself, and just had a door to paint it would be super easy.   Start by finding a good quality brand of exterior paint and have your color mixed with that.  Continue with edging any detail in the wood work and then use a small roller for the larger flat sections.  Start with a light first coat and then add another coat once first is dry.  We chose Ben Moore, St. Lucia Teal and we haven’t regretted it for a second.  I know you must be thinking “she picked a bright-crazy-colored front door, named after an island?”.  I know it sounds intense, but it actually brings our house to life!  It’s a beautiful blue/green that changes in different lights/photos.  Best of all it makes me smile every time I pull into the drive way.  OH, it also happens to work perfectly with seasonal decor which you’ll see shortly.  Have I sold you yet?
 I added this vinyl decal as a door number.   I went on etsy.com and searched vinyl decal house number.  You wouldn’t believe all the different options, colors, styles and vendors that make these.  So have fun with that process.  They’re also very affordable and mine has stayed put for almost 2 years.
Now for the fun part, decorating our spruced up door!  I picked up two big lanterns from Pier One that were on sale.  Unfortunately they only had them in a dark brown.  I quickly gave them a coat of black mat spray paint and they fit in perfectly.  I added some birch logs from and faux leaf branches from Michaels craft store.    For Halloween I’ll add some orange sparkle lights that I picked up at the Target Dollar spot.
 When planting our mums I selected three little mums and mixed them in one pot for an ombre effect.  Ombre is when a color goes from light to dark so red, orange to yellow… Notice how these colors, which are warm, really pop against the cool colored door.  It has to do with the relationship of these colors on the color wheel.  I’ll spare you the color theory lesson (going back to my art teacher days) trust me, they look good together!   I found some funky ghourds and stacked them to add some height.  This adorable wheel barrel  is from home goods that I filled with pumpkins and will keep out until Thanksgiving.  The architecture around our front door is what we love the most.  So to bring attention to it I perched the baby pumpkins  above the metal welcome sign.
 This is another one of our exterior doors, under our farmer’s porch, painted in the same St. Lucia Teal color.  The exterior of our home looks much cleaner and pulled together.  The cool blue/green color off sets the warm tone siding and roof.  It’s been a great investment for our home.  Yay for curb appeal!
 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll continue to follow along on my Blogging Journey.

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