Design Trend: Buffalo Check

Buffalo check hit the scene about a year ago but it is really starting to gain momentum on the interior design scene. Usually we see these trends first in fashion then they find their way into our homes not long after. I have to be honest, I wasn’t all that hot on it at first. Jen is almost always early to the party when it comes to pattern trends. I remember her telling me how much she loved it way before it had time to grow on me. I of course am in love with it now. Here are a few of my favorite examples, and fun ways to add it to your home. Just remember, like any other trend, it is best to use it in moderation!

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Blush Pink Pillow

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Navy Check Drapery

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Cement Tile Flooring

RenoJOvation Mudroom Progress

Renovating a home is definitely a lot of work! Especially when you decide to do much of the work on your own (or your husband does the work in my case.) There are so many design decisions to be made. Easy for me right?! No, not really, it is actually so much harder for me to make decisions on my own home. I guess maybe it could be just because I am constantly bombarded by the newest, latest and greatest. Will I get sick of it? Will something I love so much more come out next month? Should I take risks or keep it neutral? These are all questions I struggle with on a daily basis.

I decided to take my own advice, the advice I give most of my clients. Keep the backdrop neutral and pop in fun colors with the pillows, rugs, drapery, and artwork.  These are all things that can easily be changed once your tastes change. I also like to tell my clients that architectural details take the design to the next level, and not to cheap out on light fixtures. Well made and designed light fixtures set the tone for the design they are a little bit like the perfect jewelry for an outfit.

One of the first rooms I want to talk about it the mudroom. Mudrooms have become very popular in the past few years. They are much more common on the east coast where there is more seasonal weather. A good place to kick off your snowy boots in the winter and hang up your jacket. Most homes that have been built in Arizona in the last 10 years don’t have a mudroom area. There doesn’t seem to be a place in the home where you can kick off your shoes, hang up your jacket and drop your purse. The new house we built didn’t have that area either so I decided to create my own space in our new home for that very function.

Currently, we have several baskets by the front door where we all drop our shoes and it always looks so messy. Not anymore!! I am putting my foot down.  Here is the design board I came up with for our new mud room which is right off the garage so it is the first room once we enter the house.

I wanted this area to feel cheery but elegant. I fell in love with this citrus painting from Pink Puddle Studio so I commissioned her to paint the oranges into a repeat so I could have it printed into wallpaper. Definitely head over and check out her work, it is amazing!!

Since the wallpaper is curve-linear I wanted to offset it with a more linear floor. So I decided to do a buffalo check pattern in these cement tiles from The Cement Tile Shop. They have so many beautiful tiles to pick from, the possibilities are endless.

The light fixture that I am using in the mudroom is actually a vintage fixture Jen and I picked up when we were working on a project in California. The brass was heavily tarnished, I think It took me about 8 hours and a whole bottle of brass cleaner to get it shiny and pretty again. It was so worth it!!

I have a pocket door in the mudroom that leads to the walk in pantry behind it. I have never had a house with a walk in pantry so that was another room I had to create in this house, but that is a whole other post.

I designed the built in for the mud room and had it built. It is in progress now, we are still waiting on the doors, drawers and paint but it is coming along very nicely.

 

Stay tuned for more updates! Things are happening and changing everyday. I am so excited to share everything with you!

XO,

 

Transformation Tuesday: Tuscan to Transitional

Here in the Southwest, the Tuscan and Mediterranean look was big in design for quite a long time. It seems more and more these days clients are asking us to take the “Tuscan” out of their home.  Clients are looking for a lighter and brighter look. This is more of a transitional look with moldings, textures, and bright pops of color on a neutral background.  We have been mostly working on large remodels and love to transform spaces to happy places our clients love to live in.

Let’s take this kitchen for example. This kitchen was very Tuscan, dark and needed to be laid out more efficiently for the uses of our client.

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Our client’s love to entertain and have friends over whenever they have the chance. We created a large island for entertaining that doubles as a dining table for family dinners. We relocated the stove to the center of the kitchen as a focal point and lightened it up with white cabinetry. The large double refrigerator is now located where the existing stove was.

After (Photo by: John Woodcock Photography)

This is a different angle than the before picture, but i promise you this is the same kitchen! Can you believe it! Many drawings and months of planning the kitchen is a great gathering space for this sweet family.

XO,

 

RenoJOvation Part 1

I am so excited to share “reno JO vation” with you, the renovation of my personal home.  My husband and I bought a home on a gorgeous lot that was sitting unoccupied for over 2 years. The home has so many great attributes but it is very dated. We decided to gut the whole thing and make it our dream home. I thought it would be fun to document the process with a video series and this is the first episode to our series. Please comment and let me know what you would like to see during the process!

 

XO,

jo

Transformation Tuesday in Full effect….

We love a good transformation as much as the next designer. Oftentimes people see our pretty pictures on our website and have no idea of what we were originally working with. This is what makes our job so much fun. Here are a couple transformations for your Tuesday to make you scratch your head a little!

We were hired by this young family to transform their Kitchen/ Family room areas. The property is on a man made lake where you can water ski in your very own back yard. Unfortunately, the neighborhood was built in the 90’s so it was all very outdated. Not a problem! J&J to the rescue!

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We deleted the windows on either side of the fireplace to add needed storage for the growing family. The windows looked out to a block wall so there weren’t any views that were sacrificed the the process. We also changed the original doors into a large picture window and moved them to the bay area. There is still access to the back yard but it is not in the way of the living area anymore.

OH, and there’s the kitchen too…. This 90’s beauty boasted oak cabinetry and green laminate counter tops.

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Well, this may be one of the best transformations yet. Food truck kitchen window? Yes please!!

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Professional After Photos by:  John Woodcock Photography

 

There is hope for almost every outdated home! Are you inspired to update your space?

XO,

jo

Blush Pink Trending in Home Decor

The trending color blush had us hooked with it’s soft, pretty hue.  Jen and I recently attended Las Vegas Market. We had so much fun to visiting all the vendor’s showrooms. We got caught up on all the latest and greatest in furniture, decor and textiles.

We were seeing a strong presence of the color blush which is delicate and understated! I pulled together some of my favorite blush trends I have been noticing in our industry. Blush pairs so pretty with gold and we all know there isn’t a lack of gold anywhere these days!

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Blush isn’t just for your cheeks anymore, or even your baby girl’s room. This soft hue is elegant, fresh and a little feminine. We also love it paired with Rattan and fur textures. Give it a try and add a pop to your next room design. Even a little bit will go a long way!

 Basket| Stool| Chair| Rug| Plate

XO,

jo

Marin’s Boho Cactus Room Reveal

We all need a Boho Cactus Room in our home right? Designing rooms in my own home is always a little daunting, but so much fun at the same time. It is funny because when I design for clients I feel like a have a clearer vision of what I want to do. When it comes to my own house I flip flop on ideas, fret about it and sometimes just sit on it for a while until the ideas start flowing. Marin’s new room was no exception to this!

When I told some of my friends that I was going to be re-designing Marin’s room they were shocked (Well, maybe just a little). I got a few responses like “what? you just did it”, “but it is so cute why do you want to change it?”

Yes, I still think it is cute but I designed it almost 5 years ago and well, I’m sick of it now! I guess that is just one of the bad things about being a designer, trends come and go and you want to keep things fresh. Here is the before of Marin’s room, this is what it has looked like since she was 2 1/2.

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Awww, look at her, isn’t she cute! My baby has grown up way too fast. Now that Marin is in 1st grade I decided that I wanted to give her a room that had a little more room for her to hang out with her friends as well as an area for her to do her homework.

I collaborated with our friends at Serena and Lily to create a room for Marin that reflected her personality. Here is the design board that I came up with for her new room.

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I was flipping through a Serena and Lily catalog and I totally fell in love with this daybed. This is their Avalon daybed and it is made from rattan and had the perfect Bohemian look I was going for! Once I laid eyes on this bed, I knew I had to build her room around it.

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I love this rug because it has so many fun colors to pull out if it and use around the room. The rug has a vintage Turkish rug vibe that I was totally into, I knew it would add so much character to the room. Let’s move on to the cactus. This was such a labor of love for me. I designed on the computer and then cut each piece out of wood on a laser cutter. Once I had all the cactus pieces cut out, I hand painted them all with watercolor. Yes, I am a little crazy but I am so happy with how it turned out!

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Here are the cactus after I cut them, next I laid them all out and numbered them so I could put them back together in her room.IMG_7844

This is a photo of the cactus once I painted them with watercolor. It took me about 6 hours to paint all of the cactus and I did it over several days, accompanied by Netflix of course!

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I added a few silk flowers that I found at IKEA, the color and scale was perfect for what I was looking for. I attached the cactus to the ship lap walls with a pin nail gun. I can easily take them down and bring them with me when we move to our new home in a few months.

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A desk area was a must in Marin’s room. She is very creative and loves to draw and do crafts. Let me promise you this, it is never this clean! The desk was one of my vintage finds that I had painted in a fun pink color. One of Marin’s favorite things in her room is the art print of the lady. She thinks it looks just like her:) We also love that the artist’s name is Maren! Find her print here on Etsy.

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Let’s not forget what might be the best part of the room…… her hanging chair. This amazing chair is also from Serena and Lily and she loves it so much. Whether it is listening to music or reading books, it is always just a little more fun when it is in your very own swinging chair! Gosh she is growing up way too fast.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

xoxo,

jo

Horse Inspired Girl’s Room – Equestrian In Training

Horse Inspired Girl’s Room – Equestrian In Training

When we were approached to design a Horse inspired bedroom we were intrigued, this was a first for us. We love getting to know our littlest clients, although Reese isn’t really that little. She is a very mature 9 year old that loves riding horses all year round. A horse inspired room wasn’t even a question for her.

Reese and I share a birthday just a couple days apart so I feel like we are on the same page when it comes to creativity. She’s got big ideas and will definitely put them to good use as she gets older.  She is a girl after my own heart and one of the sweetest little equestrians I know.

I sat down with Reese and she made it very clear that she loved horses, the color aqua and hanging with her friends any chance she could get.

I originally took what she had asked for and pulled in some of the elements she had mentioned. This was the original design board we presented to her.

Horse Inspired Girl's Room: Equestrian In TrainingWe showed this to Reese and she said “Well, it’s pretty but you don’t understand, I really like horses” Apparently the horse pillow I selected wasn’t cutting it! Ha! I love a girl that knows what she likes. Takes one to know one I guess. So I went back to the drawing board. Sometimes rooms evolve a little until it is just right. I took her comments to heart and gave her what I had hoped she really wanted.

This is what I showed her next!

Horse Inspired Girl's Room: Equestrian In TrainingThis was it, exactly what she wanted. I am pretty sure the horse mural sold her!

Ready to see how it turned out? Sometimes it is crazy to see how much the actual room looks exactly like I imagined it in my head and on my design board. This room was no exception.

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A reading nook was a must for Reese! She loves to read and she needed to have a comfy spot to plop down and get lost in a book.

Desk for homework? Yes please! Maybe doing homework will be just a little less tedious when you are doing it in your cute room…. we like to think so anyway.

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This art wall was especially fun for me to create. I love to make things so I took the opportunity to get creative an custom make a couple things special for Reese for her art wall.  I cross stitched the large “R” that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I found some yarn coordinating with the colors in her room and just made up the pattern as I went.

What about that cute unicorn on the wall? Well, the horse head was white, I found it at Homegoods and spray painted it gold. Gosh I love spraypaint!!

I crafted a horn out of some bendable cardboard and added different colored string with my trusty glue gun.

Last but not least, this roller skate is a little close to my heart. I loved to roller skate when I was little and so does Reese. I just had to design her a custom roller skate for her wall.  Yep, that is a real shoe lace. This cute skate is now available for purchase in our shop.

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Just a few more details to round our this happy little space.

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Horse Inspired Girl's Room - Equestrian In Training

What do you think?  Does this room make you happy?

xo,

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Bathroom Roundup: Our Latest Bathroom Designs

We have been hired to design what seems to be a lot of bathrooms lately. Master bathrooms, guest bathrooms, kid’s bathrooms and don’t forget the Powder room. Bathrooms can be designed with tons of personality. Wallpaper is always a good idea for the bathroom especially a powder room! It says to your guests “hello, even I take design risks and sass up my bathrooms”. Just because bathrooms don’t have furniture doesn’t mean they can’t have high style like the rest of the house. Check out a couple of our latest bathrooms!

 

JandJ_Reinhart_BathThis powder room is a knock out! A crisp white vanity, navy paper and you cannot go wrong with brushed gold details.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

JandJ_Reinhart_CasitaBathI just love high contrast and tons of color. This Casita bath may be one of my absolute favorites to date. What can I say, it’s just HAPPY!!

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

JandJ_Reinhart_UpstairsBathThis kid’s bathroom is fun and playful. It is shared by 3 kids whom all love dogs. So we thought what better than some cute doggy wallpaper in a cheery mint and coral combination. I wouldn’t mind if this was a part of my bedtime routine. It may make it easier to get the kid’s to brush their teeth at night.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

JandJ_Reinhart_BasementBathLet’s not leave the guests out, they need a pretty bathroom too! I love how this combo of dramatic wallpaper paired with hex tiles and brass fixtures makes this bathroom fun but elegant.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

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Master bathrooms can have just as much personality as the rest of the bathrooms in the house. This master is very elegant with it’s navy vanities, marble tile and of course brushed gold fixtures. All of these bathrooms were quite different before. Maybe we need to post some before and after pics so you can see just how much they transformed from what they were!

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

XO,

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DIY Pencil Cups | jandjdesigngroup.com

DIY Pencil Cups

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a sucker for office supplies and organizational vessels ha! Target has the best craft isle and every time I head down it, I can’t help myself but pick up some new thing. I found these cute little wood cups that are raw wood and were just screaming my name, so I’m showing how to make these cute little DIY Pencil Cups! These could even be a cute gift to give teacher’s for their desk at school.

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Hey Jo, wanna craft something??? Why I sure do!

I was working on accessorizing a client’s kitchen and they have the cutest little play table that I had painted navy blue that the kids could do their crafts on. I wanted a cute way to display all their crayons and markers so I made these little cuties.

These are so simple to make anyone can do it. Crafty or not! Here is what you need to get started.

Wood Plant Pots from Target /Rustoleum Gold Spray Paint

Acrylic Paint: Colors of your choice  /Blue Tape

Black Puffy Paint

Paint Brush/  Pencil

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I started by taping off the containers at a diagonal. The first layer I was masking the parts that I wanted to keep the natural wood. I then painted them with a gold spray paint. The Rustoleom one from Home Depot happens to be my personal favorite of all the gold spray paints.

DIY Pencil Cups | jandjdesigngroup.comI turned the cups upside down when I sprayed them so the top rim would stay the raw wood color.

DIY Pencil Cups | jandjdesigngroup.comNext I pulled off the tape to see what areas were left to add colored paint to.

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DIY Pencil Cups | jandjdesigngroup.comI then taped the containers again at a diagonal to mask off some of the raw wood areas and some of the gold areas.

Now, I will be sure to have bold lines and still keep some of the gold and wood intact.

DIY Pencil Cups | jandjdesigngroup.comNext, pull off the tape again to reveal all the colors in different interesting patterns. You really can’t go wrong, try not to think about it too much. It usually turns out better that way:)

DIY Pencil Cups | jandjdesigngroup.comLastly, draw on the face you want to add with a pencil first to make sure it is just how you want it. Then draw over the line with black puffy paint and let dry.

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Finish it off with a coat of Satin clear coat spray paint so it doesn’t mar easily.

And there you have it a cute little pencil cup for a playroom, desk or even for your kitchen.

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