Design Reveal! Riley’s Playroom

The final room in our three part series reveals!

5 year old Riley and his Dad wanted a room they could call their own. Something that they could hang out in, be together, and make memories. Dad really wanted a space to watch movies and relax.  Riley just wanted a cool room to play in with his buddies. They both share a love of all things Star Wars, so we sprinkled a little of that throughout the room.

 The room was a blank slate, the only thing we needed to work with was the white wainscoting in the room. With the white details all around, we knew we could go bold on the wall. The Navy went up and we were in love! The PLAY letters take the stage in the room. They are one of our favorite items to add at the moment..

We found these on Etsy from sawandsteel.

A quick game of Hungry Hungry Hippos is always a good idea! The sofa is so comfy and looks good too! How about that button detail?

Riley’s playroom had double closets opposite the white IKEA shelf, so a little surprise we dreamed up for Riley was a little Playhouse loft  Art Nook. We went back and forth on what he would like best, and ended up deciding on a custom Art Desk where Riley could sit and draw for hours. (Additional bonus…it could grow with him!) We added an additional stool so dad or his friends could join in as well. He is able to display his artwork on wires that we put on eye hooks across the back wall.

We wanted the back wall to have a WOW factor. We decided on a reclaimed wood wall that was found from an old fence in Kentucky! We are so lucky to have a source to pick these babies up…. (psst. Porter Barnwood) Dad, loves a good story, so the wall having a history makes the wall one of his favorites in the room.

Since we have installed these rooms, Mom and Dad have told us that Riley is always at his Art Nook. It’s his favorite place to unwind and create new masterpieces to display. We are thrilled that he loves it so much!

We are looking forward to many more projects with this fun family!


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Design Reveal! Riley’s Super Hero Bath

So…here is part two of our reveal….Ta DAH!

 If you haven’t seen Riley’s Bedroom, you are missing out!
Find it here.

Riley’s bathroom connects to his bedroom, so we wanted the bath to coordinate. We loved the green stripe in his bedroom, so we painted the existing vanity to match. For the back splash we used some adorable blue penny’s that were topped off by a stainless steel liner. The show stopper is the gear mirror above the vanity. It sticks out from the wall a little so we had to bring the faucet forward a little bit, but it was worth it! How about those sconces??? (psst…find them here!)

We styled the counter top with some fun accessories found through Target as well. The Metal orbs give some detail, but don’t take up much weight spatially. We fell in love with the walnut soap dispenser. It gives the counter a little bit of warmth. And it’s always appropriate to add in a succulent. We could have a post on our love Obsession…later.

Whenever we place art and details that make the room, we always walk through the room and see where our eye hits first. We decided to put the towel bar front and center with a fun Superman Print we found at our local Target right across from the entry. It’s perfect! (psst….wall color is Dunn Edwards Foggy Day)

Can you believe there is a part 3 to these series! It’s a….PLAYROOM! Stay tuned next week to see the reveal.


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Design Reveal! Riley’s Room Saves The Day…

When the parents of a charming 5 year old little boy approached us to design his bedroom,  we jumped right in! We love designing rooms for littles! Kids rooms make our hearts sing… not only are they more colorful and fun, you can take a few more risks that end up being our littlest client’s favorite thing about the entire space.

The parents wish list for Riley’s room was: a big boy bed, a desk, a quiet reading area, and lots of color. Oh! And we had to feature his favorite super hero, Captain America.  His parents also wanted a little nod to New York as well, one of their favorite places to visit.

Usually, we try to stay away from themes,but thought a nod to comic books would be awesome!

 Our focal point was the comic inspired mural! How cool is this? We love how it looks like it was pulled out of the page of a comic and that Spidey himself might make an appearance swinging between the buildings. When choosing a strong graphic print, we like to have the rest of the room be a little more subtle in pattern, but filled with LOTS of color! We painted a thick green stripe around the room to give the other walls interest.

How perfect are these super cool sheets from Pottery Barn Kids?? (psst! They are on SALE right now!). We mixed in some solid colorful pillows in orange and green from IKEA for added punch. Captain America is front and center with the star shield.

We found these darling nightstands from Land of Nod, (we found his bed there too…) and accessorized them with one of our favorite lamps of the moment. We love that these lamps give a cool retro vibe, but that they aren’t super theme-y. Definitely something Riley can have from grade school to College! We found the batman alarm clock out our local Home Goods Store and accessorized the rest of his nightstand with things he already had.

Across from the bed, we set up a little reading nook. The mid-century inspired chair invites little Riley to sit with a good book and put his feet up. Behind the chair, we personalized the area with a print of batman (that doesn’t scream kid) and some of the family’s favorite places in New York. The commercial license plate give us the pop of color we need on that side of the room.

Stay tuned for little Riley’s Bathroom reveal next week!


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Wallpaper Love.. Our top picks

We have an obsession with wallpaper, not only are they works of art, but they add a lot of charm and character to a room. Check out our top picks for wallpaper these days! It’s not your grandma’s wallpaper anymore!!

This is one of our favorite master bedrooms…The paper gives a visual punch, but it’s subtle.


Photo by John Woodcock

We weren’t looking for subtle here! This mid century dining room dazzles!


Photo by John Woodcock

We chose a sea glass colored grass cloth wallpaper for this dining room. We love the texture it adds to the room.


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This fun office is full of drama! The vintage inspired bird wallpaper is gorgeous!


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This wallpaper is requested often by our clients. It’s a printed grass cloth, so you don’t have to mess with seams.


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Architectural details + Fun Wallpaper = YES! We are in love with this guest room!


Photo by John Woodcock


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Inspiration Corner- Wallpaper for your kiddos

Wallpaper is probably the first thing we think of when we think about pulling together a kids room. Check out some of our favorite wallpapers to be inspired in a jiffy!

This room we created for Brooke Mahan of What’s Up Moms for her son Calvin. This turquoise vintage inspired paper is from Hygee and West.


Photo by Tessa Neustadt

Ellie’s Nursery is sweet with the coral and mint arrow paper, setting the perfect backdrop for her name in String Art.


Photo by John Woodcock

Check out this nursery! Maybe, you don’t want to wallpaper the entire room in a print…Next best look? Panels of wallpaper wrapped in Molding. The result is dramatic and can be budget friendly too!

Kylie's Lilac and Coral

Photo by John Woodcock

We adore this whimsical print for Emery’s room from Hygee and West.

Emery's Room

Photo by John Woodcock

Who loves Butterflies!! We do!! This custom created wallpaper was designed just for Kendyl and Remi’s room, and it is one of our top sellers. Find it here!

Girls Bedroom

Photo by John Woodcock

Marin’s sweet Vintage/ Prep Room shows off another one of our best sellers. This navy garden trellis gives a beautiful architectural punch!

Marins Room - J & J Design Group

Photo by John Woodcock

Perhaps you have a little gentleman and are looking for something a bit more rustic? How about a wood wall, without the mess? Look no further!

Nursery - J & J Design Group

Photo by John Woodcock

Have we inspired you to give wallpaper a try? It’s amazing how it can change a room, make it seem bigger even!


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Round up of our favorite Family Spaces

We love a good gathering space…

Requirements? Neutral base, Good Lighting, Punches of Color, and a loving family…

Check out our favorites

Rustic + Modern at Winter Sun Drive

J and J - Winter Sun Drive - Living Room

Photo by John Woodcock

Farmhouse + Rustic at Del Cristal

J & J Design Group - Livingroom

Photo by John Woodcock

East Coast + Modern at Cornerstone Drive

Harrington Residence - Living Room

Photo by John Woodcock

Glam + Vintage at Laurel Lane

Long Residence - Living Room

Photo by John Woodcock

Rustic + Modern at Sutton Drive

Pierson Residence - Living Room

Photo by John Woodcock

Modern + Prep at Camellia Drive


Photo by John Woodcock

Mid century + Vintage at Beck Lane


Photo by John Woodcock


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Bathroom Round up….Our favorites!

We love the look of a light and bright bathroom, with charming little details. Jo and I always like to start out with a neutral base and build from there so it’s easy to switch out the colorful stuff when you get tired of it…

Here’s a round up of our favorite bathrooms to date with a few sources to boot!

 This Master Bathroom just sings! We love everything about the brass knobs and sconces. Even though the faucets are stainless, you can still mix in some brass, as long as it’s repeated a few times in the room.


Photo by John Woodcock

Ship lap is our JAM right now! In this bathroom we used 6″ ship lap boards and wrapped it around the entire bathroom.  The gorgeous modern tub is accented by a gold {what else?} chandelier. We found some nice simple towels from Target to keep it light and bright.


Photo by John Woodcock

The shining favorites in this bathroom are the vintage inspired light in natural brass with grey striped bell shades, the charcoal vanity, and the charming cement tiles. We used grey grout with the cement tiles to keep clean up easy.


Photo by John Woodcock

Across from the vanity, we pulled out the existing bathtub and installed a brand new shower. We kept it classic with bright white subway tiles and blue pennies for the floor. We used white grout with the pennies to set off the tiles.


Photo by John Woodcock

The scalloped brass mirror in this guest bath is drool worthy, and we love how it pairs nicely with the charcoal vanity. We used quite a few finishes in there, but it all works together.


Photo by John Woodcock

How about this shaped back splash in this Master Bath? We dressed this bathroom in all chrome and it just shines! The white vanity is full of doors and drawers for a ton of storage.


Photo by John Woodcock

This wallpaper is A-Dorable! Especially for the kids of the house, who have a Golden Retriever named Ruby. We paired it with some fun black shaped mirrors and modern light bulb sconces for a look all it’s own.


Photo by John Woodcock

We kept the adjoining shower light and bright with subway tiles {have we mentioned how much we LOVE  are OBSESSED with subway tiles?}. They are classic and you can find them pretty inexpensively. Nuf said. How about that grey deco tile? It’s modern and classic all in one! We kept entire floor white penny rounds to make the entire bathroom feel like one big room.


Photo by John Woodcock

Hope you have enjoyed a look at our favorites!


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No Fail Neutral Paint colors

I would say the burning design question I almost always get asked by my friends is what color to paint their interior walls.  This can be a very scary thing! Not only is it costly to paint the whole interior of your house, or a ton of work to do it yourself but if you pick the wrong color you could find yourself slapping yourself silly.

Well her I am with a little friendly advice and some colors that are my personal go to and never have me slapping my head!

Let’s just clear one thing up before we get started. Accent paint walls are a thing of the past. Yea, it adds a little color to your house but keep those in kid’s rooms. Pop in the color in your house on smaller items that you can switch out when you get sick of the particular color that you are committing to.

I do love a good accent wallpaper wall however, the pattern is always a nice addition to any space!

Now that we have that out of the way lets talk Color!

Grey can be one of the toughest tones to select. There are cool greys and there are warm greys. Greys that are cool have a blue undertone and greys that are warm have a brown undertone. If you start mixing cool greys and warm greys they can look a little funny with one another.

This house is painted: Dunn Edwards, Muslin. (Below) This is considered a cooler grey and we pulled the cool grey out of the stone of the fireplace and the wood floors we selected.


Another one of our Favorite Grey Paints is: Dunn Edwards, Fine Grain. (Below) This is a warmer neutral and looks good if you have more brown in your flooring.


When you are looking to go very light on your interior color but don’t want it quite white, our favorite go to neutral for that is Dunn Edwards: Crystal Haze (below). This always makes the space feel light, bright and fresh.


It is always a good idea to grab samples and look at them with your flooring, cabinetry and  things that are going to permanently going to stay in your house. We like to use a flat sheen on the ceilings, satin finish on the walls and a semi gloss finish on doors and baseboards.

Maybe, just maybe I have saved you a little heartache when it comes to painting the interior of your house. Remember, keep it neutral and pop in color with pillows, drapes and accessories.


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Photos by: John Woodcock Photography

Design Reveal: Logan’s Nursery


One of our favorite client’s literally called me soon after she found out she was pregnant. “Ok Jo, we need you to design our nursery!” One of my favorite sentences to hear! I do LOVE designing a fun nursery, and since I have designed other rooms for them before, I had a pretty good idea of their style, but I always have my clients pin me a few inspirations from Pinterest. This helps me get an idea of what direction they want to go with colors and personal elements they may want to add into the space.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Goodman Photography

Karla and Ryan are the sweetest young couple and so in love. Logan is their first baby so this room is extra special to them. They are always traveling and have really been to some incredible places together. Think riding elephants and petting Tigers in Thailand…. no really, they go on the coolest adventures.

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tiger and fishels


Karla and Ryan wanted to go with some travel elements in Logan’s room because he is “Their greatest Adventure” so cute right?! I scoured Etsy for some cute travel themed art prints and Karla did too!  We found a great Thai boat that reminded them of their trip to Thailand, a Brazilian print because Karla’s family is from there, and of course the “Ladies love a Gentleman” artwork from Hobby Lobby. If Logan is anything like his daddy, he is sure to be a gentleman!



Photos by: John Woodcock Photography

Karla loves to read and Ryan is always calling her a “book worm” we thought this would be a great little twist on the “Read to Me” corner we are often asked to re-create in our nurseries. Get your very own set of Bookworm letters in our shop!

karla bookworm

Photo Credit: Sarah Goodman Photography

Ryan and Karla aren’t only avid travelers but adrenaline junkies too. One of their favorite things to do together is  snowboard, so what mirror is more perfect for their little buddie’s room than the Snow boarder glasses mirror from PB Teen.


Photo Credit: John Woodcock Photography

I can’t wait to meet little Logan and I don’t think it will be too much longer! It is so fun to meet my littlest clients after they are born and watch them grow up in the room I dreamed up for them. One of the best things about my job!

Karla and Jo

Photo Credit: Sarah Goodman Photography


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DIY: Floral Terrarium

I seriously love Terrariums and I make them all the time as centerpieces for our client’s tables. I wanted to mix it up a bit and try a floral one. This particular terrarium is great because it gives the look of real flowers without the maintenance or dust (wink wink).


I started with these great glass containers from IKEA, they have a cute cork top that keeps all the dust out! They are called SINNERLIG and you can find them here or in your local IKEA store.

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Here are the supplies you will need to pull off this centerpiece:

  • 5-6 of your favorite faux floral stems (I got mine at Hobby Lobby while they were having their stem sale) I opted for the ranunculus and peonies (some of my personal favorites)
  • Terrarium of your choice (IKEA or Homegoods)
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • moss (hobby lobby or Homegoods)
  • glue gun
  • Styrofoam cylinder (hobby lobby)
  • Bag of decorative rocks (hobby lobby)

First, you need to decide how tall you want your middle flower, and the highest point of your arrangement. I tested mine by putting it in my terrarium and adding the top to make sure you could still see it good.

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Place the rest of your flowers in the Styrofoam disc and place your arrangement in a tight bouquet.

Next, hot glue your moss around the base to hide the Styrofoam.



 Place the double sided sticky pad to the bottom of the Styrofoam and place at the bottom.


Place the arrangement into your terrarium and add your rocks and extra moss around the base of your arrangement.


Place on your lid (if you have one) and voila! You have the very fanciest floral terrarium on the block!


Happy Crafting!!