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.


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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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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!!



Fancy meeting you here… Getting to know Jen

Hi! I am Jen, the other half of  j + j.

Nice to meet you!

I am the proud mom and wife to this cute little family that I love so much! This is our last Christmas Card photo that we had taken in my parents backyard at Thanksgiving.. Last year was such a blur that we didn’t do a fancy photo shoot. (Lie) Who am I kidding? I never plan early enough to get a fancy photo shoot done. I am lucky my brother is our company photographer…and double lucky that I could get one good family photo for our Holiday Card. Next year I will plan better! (Ha! I say that every year.)

My family is my greatest joy. My boys are always there to lend a helping hand, a funny joke and tight bear hugs. They are also amazing older brothers to their 15 month old baby sister, whom they have nicknamed “Lady J”. They love her so much and always want to include her in everything they do. They are also her biggest protectors, rushing to her aid when they hear her cry and asking if she is alright. My daughter is such a bright light and has the sweetest toothy grin you ever did see. She’s starting to talk and my heart swells every time I hear her little voice saying, “Mama.” My husband is my rock. After 14 years of marriage, we have so much fun together, and he keeps me laughing. When we have a moment to ourselves, we love to run to OHSO in Arcadia for a drink and a quick bite. But more often than not, you can usually find us sitting outside on the front porch, chatting up our neighbors and watching our kiddos play.

Design is truly a passion, and I feel so lucky that I can live my dream every day. Sure, it can be a little challenging at times, but that is what makes it fun, and keeps me on my toes! I live in what my husband calls “Jen’s La-La Land” where I zone out and immerse myself in my thoughts and daydreams. I am always “thinking”…finding inspiration in every day things, like nature, architecture, kids t shirts…the list goes on and on.  I get completely lost in it and honestly, I think it’s what makes me good at what I do.

One thing most people don’t know about me is that I love the early morning. It’s a start over from yesterday full of  hope and new adventure, cheesy as it sounds…You just never know where the day will take you. I’m also at my clearest in the morning. I love starting my day with a cup of coffee and coconut creamer and getting to work!

Things I Love:



Fall and Spring in AZ

Cuban Lattes with real sugar


Almost anything in Gold, White, or Green

Ship Lap


Fresh Flowers


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Fancy meeting you here: Getting to know Jo


Well, Hello there!

Thanks for checking out our Blog. We decided to take plunge into the blogging world and share our deepest darkest design secrets.  We have so much fun stuff to share that we couldn’t keep in bottled up any longer. Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves.

Ok, I will go first…..

 Hi! I am Jo, short for Joanna, but most people call me Joanne and it drives me crazy so I just decided to nix the “anna” and go by Jo. I feel like it fits me good, I’m a casual girl, you know what I mean?

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I am a mom and wife to this cute little family I am proud to call my own. This is our most recent family photo.  My babies are still little so I try to savor every precious moment with them. Every cute mispronounced word, every slobbery little kiss, I love it all, and none of it goes unnoticed. My husband is my best friend and my biggest supporter, I am pretty sure he thinks I’m a little bit crazy but he is pretty easy going and rolls with it. He has the patience of the saint not to mention he is the BEST DAD EVA!! There isn’t a playground he hasn’t taken the kids to or a heart pancake he hasn’t made. He truly is one of a kind.

I love Design so much! I live and breathe anything creative.  My mind races with ideas all day long. I often need to take a nap or what I like to call a “brain break” because it is too much to handle some days.

One thing most people don’t know about me is that I am a total vampire. I love the night, I stay up all hours of the night when I can concentrate without distractions. This is when I am often my most creative. I always warn clients they may get emails or design boards from me at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. They usually think I am joking until they get one then they usually think it’s pretty funny.  There is something so serene and calming about the nighttime, I love it so much and I always have.

Things I Love:

Making things with my hands

Watercolor Painting

Laying on the beach any chance I get

Designing spaces for Kids

Reeses peanut butter cups (little ones)

Almost anything Gold, Navy or Emerald Green

Fresh Flowers

Baking and Decorating Cakes


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