*This post is in partnership with Hayneedle, however all opinions and references to Hildi from Trading Spaces are 100% mine. You guys remember Trading Spaces, right? That TLC show from back in the day where you switched houses with your neighbors for a weekend and redid one room in their house in 48 hours? There…
Hey guys! I missed your (virtual) faces! 😉 I hope you all had a great Christmas and a fantastic start to the New Year! I was sick during most all of the holidays and have had the hardest time kicking whatever I had. After two doctor visits, various over the counter meds, three different prescription…
What a year. A year ago, we took possession of the 70’s Landing Pad. We haven’t stopped working on it since. #tired In May of this year, we finally moved into it, but of course there were still lots of things to do. And there are still lots of things to do. While I am…
I am not an elaborate fall decorator. I tried that once before. It stressed me out and nothing really looked that great, so I said to hell with it. So for the past couple of years, all I’ve really done in terms of fall decorating is toss a few painted pumpkins with glittered stems here…
Y’all, it is not always sunshine and rainbows over here. In fact, it’s usually storm clouds and damn tornado sirens. I’ve told you before about how I don’t do it all every single day, so by now you know that all those pretty styled pictures you see in my home tour are just that – pretty…
There is one thing I really wish I could make happen when a person walks into our den. Either Guns N’ Roses Welcome to the Jungle or an Elvis song would start playing automatically. Alas, my skills aren’t capable of such an epic event. Either way, welcome to the jungle room, otherwise known as our den….
Once upon a time, I had an aversion to split foyer homes. They didn’t make sense to me. I hated the layout and overall, I just wasn’t a fan. I refused to ever live in one. Then one day we walked into a split foyer house and I kind of fell in love with all…
Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t believe I am finally able to write this post. This bathroom seems like it has taken forever to finish. FOR-EV-ER. (Like that kid says in The Sandlot.) As if the bathroom project itself wasn’t hard enough to pin down a design for, this space just so happened to also be the…
As if the whole moving in process and everything breaking didn’t prove to you that the remodel at the 70’s Landing Pad was no piece of cake, then this bathroom remodel will. Wait, the master bathroom remodel will as well. So really, both bathroom remodels at the 70’s Landing Pad prove that during a renovation…
It’s official. I’m not Superwoman. Sometime last week though, I thought I was. You see, I thought that after showing you the first part of my home tour last week, I would be able to show you the rest of the house today. This would have entailed me finishing out all the trim painting in…
I cannot believe I actually just typed that title, y’all. We just moved into the 70’s Landing Pad about three weeks ago. By no stretch is the house completed, but the fact that I can actually share a home tour with y’all that doesn’t include a three inch thick layer of dust on the floors…
Not even gonna lie, this room design took me out of my comfort zone more than any other. As I’ve said before, I was stressed during most of the whole process about the pink walls not working out as well as they were in my head. But on top of that, I also doubted my headboard project,…
If you have been around with me from the beginning, you know that my style has changed dramatically since the start of this blog – and I mean dramatically. It evolved from something more rustic and a touch Pottery Barn-ish to not-a-distressed-piece-in-sight, bold and unapologetic. And I really love the latter. It took a while,…
Y’all. Bathrooms are hard.
They are so hard to design. Well, at least for me anyway. By far, the bathroom renovations have been the toughest for me at the 70’s Landing Pad. After finally nailing down a plan for the master bathroom, I didn’t even let myself think about designing the hall bathroom for fear of turning into an alcoholic or being committed to the asylum. Or both. As if they aren’t hard enough to design, they are also expensive. And we kind of splurged on the master bathroom so the hall bathroom has to be on a serious budget. So here’s where we were, where we’re at, and where we’re going and also questions for you to give me some input on because I need a little help, y’all. Well, let’s be honest, I need a lot of help, but ya can’t fix crazy.
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You read that right. And no, its not April Fools Day or anywhere close to it.
We bought a house.
And it was completely unexpected.
If you’ve been around here for more than a minute, you know our love for our current home, The Beloved Foreclosure runs deep. We never really expected to leave it. We even put in a pool and new patio this summer, had plans to completely re-do the Circus’ room and were even considering adding on an addition – we love our house.
Now, let’s switch gears for a minute. We’ve known for the past couple of years that my in-laws wanted to move down to Chattanooga after my father-in-law retired to be closer to the Circus – well closer to us too, but let’s face it, mostly they wanted to be closer to the Circus. When we found this out, we looked at lots to build a house on that would be big enough for both our families and we also looked at existing homes that would hold us all as well. I am one of the few who loves her in-laws and would happily have them in the same house as us. We actually found one, but couldn’t work a deal out with the sellers. Finally, we all decided that our best shot would be to find them a house in our neighborhood – we love our neighborhood and if we couldn’t find a great house for all of us, then we wanted to stay in the neighborhood. The problem with that is that there are few smaller, one story homes in our neighborhood that would work for them. We found one that we thought would work, but they couldn’t even get an offer in before the house was already under contract – good houses tend to move fast in our neighborhood. We also kept our eyes open for a house for us and if we found one, then my in-laws would take our house.
We never really thought the latter would happen. We always expected to find a house for them – not us.
We were wrong.
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This fall tour is not at all about pumpkins.
Sorry if you were ready for pumpkins.
Instead its about some of my favorite fall-ish things…cowboy hats and boots…red plaid blankets…and Elvis.
Ok, Elvis isn’t really fall-ish, but its my house and I’ll do what I want to.
If you want pumpkins and leaves and all that jazz, check back in a few weeks when I’ve actually had time to remember where I stored all that decor from last year.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Sometimes the best room makeovers are the ones that are unplanned.
Totally random, flying by the seat of your pants, out of the blue unplanned.
It happened in my living room.
It started with a black and white gallery wall, which led to a new rug, which led to new curtains.
And suddenly, I finally had a living room I loved.
And now its happened with the bathroom.
But the best part is that this random, little out of the blue makeover cost me just $50.
All that was needed was a little paint, a shower curtain, and some rearranging.
So. As my former students would say, “What had happened was….”
Hi. My name is Jenna.
I’m a recovering neutral decorator.
Yes friends, there was a time when I turned solely to whites and beiges for decorating.
I knew no better. I thought I liked it. I thought it was my style.
I was so damn wrong.
As soon as I spray painted my first piece kelly green, there was no going back.
And then I discovered the no-fail combo of kelly green and navy and it was as if the design gods smiled down upon me and showered me with their wisdom.
Ok, maybe that was a little much, but you get the idea.
I am a color girl.
And when we renovated the beloved foreclosure I opted for beiges, whites, and light blues.
And they were pretty. I’m not bashing on beige.
But they weren’t me.
So slowly but surely, every room in this house has gotten re-made over.
The kitchen was especially in need of color. This is what it looked like before we added in some glorious color (besides the barstools.)
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It doesn’t matter how many times I paint a piece of furniture or upholster a chair – if the accessories around it don’t look good, the furniture or chair won’t shine and the space will fall short.
The details make the space.
It took me a really long time to realize that.
And a lot of backaches and wasted paint.
I get it now though – and even if we are just talking about decorating – the pain was worth the reward.
As dramatic as that sounds.
So this summer home tour is about the details.
The quirky little objects that I love.
That some may find ugly.
Or even tacky.
But for me, they make my space a reflection of my family.
And that’s all that matters.
So if you love it or hate it, either way, I don’t care.
Because we love it.
And its how we fly our freak flag.
Welcome to our freak show.
No really, you guys.
So much has changed since the last time I did a full home tour.
Especially my living room. And my kitchen.
I’m almost pee-my-pants excited to show you.
And now that I think about the things that have changed in the past two months, I realize I have no clue how it all got done and that I must be insane.
Oh wait, we already knew that.
Even though, I know you’ve already seen the entryway, let’s start there since its still new-ish.
I’m not sure that funnest is actually a word. I googled it after saying it over and over in my head a hundred times and still couldn’t get a clear answer as to whether or not it is a word.
I finally just went with my redneck instincts and left it in the title.
Keep in mind, I used to teach middle school Language Arts.
Those poor children.
So I know I didn’t tell you I was doing an entryway makeover.
Here’s the thing.
I hadn’t really planned on doing an entryway makeover.
And then it all just kind of happened.
Story of my life.
There is always that one room that I don’t get along with.
It never likes anything I do. It never feels quite right.
I will rearrange furniture, add this accessory, take away this, paint that – and it always ends with me throwing my hands in the air, saying screw it, and having a drink.
The dining room was that room.
Emphasis on the was.
Once I finally decided to stop worrying so much about it, it evolved into a space that I love.
It now has that same Vintage-Modern-Rustic vibe that the rest of the house has.
I never intended to makeover my entire bathroom.
I just wanted a bit more color.
It started with the ceiling.
I thought to myself, “Self, you should scrape off the popcorn and paint the ceiling pink.”
Self responded with a very enthusiastic, “YES.”
So I did.
But then the gray paint on the walls didn’t go with the pink very well like I thought it would.
So I painted the walls.
And then I realized the vanity had these weird yellowy patches on it.
So I painted the vanity.
And then I looked at the old shower curtain – it could be a bit more stylish.
So I made a new shower curtain and cornice.
And then I thought to myself, “Self, what about some new artwork?”
You can guess what Self said.
That non-makeover escalated quickly.
Friends, welcome to my new Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom that wasn’t supposed to be.
Today, I’m really excited to be sharing my signature style with you, along with 21 other bloggers over the course of this week.
This whole concept was the brainchild of Carrie from Making Lemonade and we love her for it.
My style is one of my favorite things to talk about, because well, I do like to talk a lot, but most of all, I want you to see that you don’t have to go by the textbook when decorating – be a freak.
Oh, and we are having a BIG Signature Style giveaway on Friday – don’t miss it!
If you are hopping over from Ciburbanity, welcome! And if you aren’t hopping over from there, be sure to check out Charlotte’s beautiful signature style after you leave here!
It has taken me a long time to truly find my signature style.
A really really long time.
In my former life, my home was Shabby Chic to the core. Chippy white furniture, light greens and pinks, even little teacups and saucers as decoration.
Those of you that follow my blog regularly can pick your jaws up off the floor now.
I know its hard to believe that my style was once so different.
But ya know what?
That style wasn’t really me.
Nor was the strictly modern or cottage-y look or anything else that I tried after shabby chic.
None of them were really me.
Last year, I found myself mixing vintage, modern, and rustic elements.
And shockingly, it worked.
And I loved it.
And it was me.
Oh, and it was Grunt Labor too.
I guess it’s kind of important that he like the style of our home too.
So I did what anyone with do with something they loved –
I ran with it.