SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH: ORC 2017 SPRING REVEAL

FINAL REVEAL: A SOUTHERN STYLE SLEEPING PORCH

We made it!!! We are here the week 6 “FINAL REVEAL”!!!!!  Oh my gosh I didn’t think we would ever get here!!! For those of you that are following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge. Here is a link where you can check at all the talented participants in the 2017 ORC hosted by House Beautiful and Linda @Calling It Home.  

PROJECT RECAP:

If you happened to have missed a week here are the links to check out the previous weeks work so you can catch up or revisit a project that interested you:

 Week 1          Week 2            Week 3          Week 4        Week 5       

I wanted to give you a quick reminder for what the room looked like before we do the big reveal. So here is where we started 6 weeks ago. A simple screened porch, furnished with your basic outdoor furniture, and it was nice but I have always dreamed of a southern style sleeping porch.

BEFORE:

  This is the inspiration board for this project: So without any further ado I present the Final Reveal of our Southern Style Sleeping Porch by JENRON DESIGNS.

This lovely pallet bed was designed and constructed by my husband Ron. If you just love the way it turned out and must have one of your own please check out the FREE Blueprints in the link for Week 3  . 

As you can see I implemented our seaglass color story from the inspiration board. I was able to order the fun pillow cases as seen on the board as well.


We added in some driftwood complements of our dear friends located on Lake Hartwell, thanks Marci and Nancy it really is beautiful and the perfect piece!!! 

We got this beautiful Wall Mounted Votive Holder from Pottery Barn for ambient light at night. 

Utilized the large blue glass urn minus the rope overlay from HomeGoods. You can check out all the details for this room and others at the  Shop My Style page at the top of this post.

Finally here is the Rug…… the bane of my exisitance!!! Well….what do think??? It was not my first choice,  as listed on inspiration board since Wayfair was backordered until July. (Funny store it was actually a feature rug in this months Goodhouse Keeping….nope, sorry out of stock my friends) This rug was not even my second choice, which was from Overstock, it ended up being too tropical and was almost a zebra print. I actually found this rug at Ross, of all places. I would have never thought to look there, but I was desperate, looking everywhere to find anything that worked with my color story. It was only $20 and I figured it would be fine as a place holder until July, but now it’s kind of growing on me.

THE MYSTERY ANTIQUE DIY

Here is the reveal of the “mystery antique item” I have been teasing you all with for 6 weeks. I know my subscribers got a  preview of the item in it’s original state, but look at it now!!!!! WOW what a transformation!!! Amazing what a little paint barn wood and some corrugated metal can do. This was an item that our friend Alexis was getting rid of, and it was headed straight to the curb. Thank you Alexis it turned out great! 

Here are the original before pictures just so you can get the full scope of what we were working with, it had a faux brick back  and laminate facade. Not to mention all that red velvet, which was not in the color story for this project at all. 

Yes it’s a Quagmire style bar you would expect to be in Elvis’s Graceland suite. It has a working 8 track and record player behind the facade of the fireplace. Oh yes my friends this antique was to good to pass up, it’s literally like a working time capsule from around 1962.

Even though I probably won’t use it very much we redid the inside, mainly so we could keep this quirky blast from the past bar and music center. We have added a mp3 player in just to update our tunes, since my vinyl collection is quite limited…..hahaha

 

The bar is actually revolving and has working lights…..hehehehe it is so funny, it’s cute.

THE DREAMY NIGHT VIEW

Time to turn in??? Well after all it is a sleeping porch, so what good would this article be with out the night time photos? As you can see the ambient lightening turned out amazing!!! We actually ran the fireplace and under the bed lights to a bluetooth switch, that we located in the bedroom next to the door. So now we can just flip on the lights as we head out the door, no hassle with plugging in cords etc. 

Tip: The under the bed lights are simple leftover icicle lights from the holidays. I figured we used them last year and our theme this year will not be same so might as well gets me used out of them else where. So these fun candy colored lights are stuffed into the pallets and unless you are belly crawling on my floor or take a picture like I am you have not idea that they are Christmas lights. We have decided that we will be putting in a permeant wall switched fireplace in the near future, but for now to complete the One Room Challenge we were able to fix up this fun little antique and make it something useful. Plus we will probably just relocate it to our basement as we finish it out…… lots more projects on the horizon this year!!!

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Chandelier Shopping

Chandelier Shopping

As many of you have seen JENRON DESIGNS company tag line is ” Good Designs Never Goes Out Of Style, It’s a Way of Life.” Today I would like to share with you all why  I believe this statement to be true. 

Below is a picture of my favorite chandelier in the entire house. I just love the way the iron filigree casts a beautiful light design in my stairwell at night. We have added a dimmer, which I recommend doing to all your lighting if possible. A dimmer allows you to control the amount of light at all times, so I can create a relaxed ambient vibe or crank it up to full blown “mop the floors , better not miss a spot” functional.

So not only is this a stunning light fixture, it also has an amazing story to go with it. The story actually proves that my design mantra above is in fact a true statement. This gorgeous chandelier was purchased from Progressive Lighting, no surprise I am sure, but here is the kicker….. It was purchased almost 10 years ago. At a tent sale….. yes I said tent sale. I actually ran full speed across the Gwinnett County Fair Grounds, with 100’s of other crazy light fixture people. I latch myself on to this beauty in order to get it for the absolute steal of $75. I know it’s  unbelievable, but I promise it’s a totally true story. The next generation of this beautiful Maxim Southern Foyer Pendent is still available at Progressive Lightening today for an everyday price of $1,100. We totally got a deal!!!

So moral of this story:

1) Always go to the Progressive Lighting Tent Sale, and choose wisely.

2) If you miss the tent sale check out the Progressive Outlet located at the 400 Cumming location, it’s in the back warehouse behind the showroom.

3) Always get classic pieces that will hold the test of time. Feel free to embrace a current trend with changeable items such as paint, pillows & accessories.  

So people have asked, why did you buy a huge light fixture and store it in the attic of your previous home? Well why not, I knew I planned to build bigger home at some point it was inevitable. I also knew that I loved the style of  this lantern style chandelier, and it had a classic feel that I knew would never go out of style. As far as it’s grand scale, well I was hoping build my new home with ceilings high enough to accommodate such a large fixture.  I really loved the fixture so it really did not matter to me if it went into a foyer, master bathroom, or bedroom. When my husband and I saw this beautiful open stairwell in Sharp Residential Highcroft model home, we knew right away that our $75 tent sale find would be the crowning jewel this area needed desperately. Please keep in mind we did have to install this ourselves after we closed on our home and moved in. I am sure every home inspector that came by  wondered why we had such heavy bracing for a simple Jeremiah ceramic lamp holder …..lol.

 This is another one of my tent sale finds that we used in one of our guest rooms to glam it up and make it feel special. Be sure to sign up for our monthly email updates, to see this room along with our “Shop My Style Details” for  this room. 

 

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Breakfast in Bed, for the Birthday Boy!!!

Breakfast in Bed for the birthday boy!!! Happy Birthday to my better half of JENRON DESIGNS, Ron Gainer!!!

“As you wish, you shall have your favorite breakfast, in bed. What shall I make you?”

I feel that if you are making breakfast in bed for the birthday boy, it should really be something he loves. Ron’s favorite breakfast meal as a child was “Toad in the Hole”. For those of you unfamiliar with “Toad in the Hole”, it consists of a sunny side up egg dropped into a piece of toast with a hole torn into it. Personally,  I would like to make him something a little more grown up, so how about a double sunny side up fried egg.

Culinary Tip: You can create different egg shapes with a cookie cutter. Just place the cookie cutter into your lightly greased skillet and drop egg or eggs inside to create a fun breakfast shape. I picked a heart shape cookie cutter to show my love!!! 

I placed the egg on top of toast, instead of inside, to keep the toast from getting soggy. It provides him with extra toast for  dipping, since in a traditional toad in hole you tear out the center the toast. I  added a double side of applewood smoked bacon which happens to be another one of his favorites.  I rounded it out with a side of yogurt topped with granola, coffee and juice for the perfect breakfast in bed. So did you notice that I arranged the food to spell out xox, for hugs and kisses……yeah it’s the details and little things for me. 

I love this sweet little juice carafe, it is actually a 2 pc.Water Carafe Set, from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I find myself using this style carafe in so many places. You know, I really love a good multi tasking item, two differnt uses minimum. Over the years I have used this one in the bathroom for mouthwash, and in a guest room for water. In this scenario it makes a perfect juice dispenser for breakfast in bed.

The Beechwood Folding Bed Tray above was actually a wedding gift. Can you believe it is  still available today, almost 20 years later? This just shows that when it is a good quality product, with classic style, it truly can last forever. I guess it is true- “Good Design Never Goes Out of Style, It’s a Way of Life”- Jennifer Gainer 

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Farmhouse Light Fixtures

Farmhouse Light Fixtures

Sometimes lighting can make all the difference.

When we moved into our new home, all of our hallways and bedrooms consisted of your basic flush mount dome lights (aka the boob light). This is a common builder staple in new construction, and can be upgraded with most builders prior to closing. I personally decided to go with the basic light package in most of our rooms. Why?

1) To save money on the front end

2) To avoid a rush decision, prior to determining each spaces design direction.

Since the building process can be overwhelming, with lots of permanent decisions made in a short period of time. I felt like focusing on things that couldn’t be easily altered in post-construction, like floorplan layout, electrical plans, trim and final finishes were more important to me in the grand scheme. I also knew at the time, we would be replacing these fixtures upon getting settled in our new home, but it was not a front end priority. 

I chose to go with these beautiful 3 light foyer pendent fixtures that were purchased at Wayfair. They are currently on sale for $144, this weekend, for Presidents Day. I really love the way this fixture looks like and outdoor lantern, minus the glass you have to keep clean, which is a total pain. They are available in 3 colors, I purchased the Burnished Bronze to match the iron balusters on our staircase bannister and upper balcony rails. We took out all of our lower level hallway dome lights and added these pendants to created a semi formal feel. We needed 4 total to complete the look, in all hallways. This is why I recommend purchasing now, while they are on sale, regular price gets expensive when you need larger quanities. Since we are lucky enough to have 9ft ceilings, the pendents can hang 2 ft. from the ceiling and do not interfere in the walk space. This is what creates that very high end, expensive look you might see in a hotel or restaurant space.

DESIGNER TIP: Finally, we added a dimmers to all the switches, so we could control the light level. Many people over look this step, which is a shame, because it ‘s so easy. You can change the entire look of a room just by adjusting the light level. You create very low ambient lighting to for a most cozy setting, or turn the dimmer all the way up for more functional task lighting. This step is one of things, that will separate the “designer show homes” from just another pretty house.

 

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A Vintage Valentine’s Table

A Vintage Valentine’s Tablescape

I am very excited to share our vintage Valentine’s Day sweetheart tablescape.

The color story that influenced me for this cute couples dinning table was based off of the theme of,”The Days of Wine and Roses” which was carried out by utilizing flowers in wine shades of red, purple and blush. 

This star flower of this stunning centerpiece is the purple anemone (pronounced- A-Nenemy), because everyone mispronounces it. The rest of the arrangment is filled with red and fuchia spray roses, pale pink stock, and luscious green pittosporum.

Floral FYI: I love stock because it has one of the most beautiful fragrances on the planet. It is not boldly over powering like a lily, or even a tea rose, but it has a very lite, airy fresh smell. Be sure to to subscribe to my blog see my future posts on how to make this simple centerpiece.

  

By keeping the table linens understated, the open concept dining room is still neutral enough to transition into the rest of the home. I used mom’s antique white linen table cloth, layered with a simple Pinstripe linen runner from Sur la Table , which allows those beautiful flowers to be the main pop of color. 

I love using burlap chargers, they go with everything, and really fit into the farmhouse theme nicely. I picked up these cute ones up at Hobby Lobby, for a very reasonable price of $2.99 a piece. Talk about setting a table full of love!!! The vintage Noritike china, belonged to my mother, and I am very lucky to have inherited this priceless set from her. My mother had impeccable taste, and the pattern she picked back in 1958, Versailles, still holds up to the test of time today. It is a dinning pattern with simple, timeless elegance. 

I added these sweet little heart shaped porcelain bowls from HomeGoods, so could I fill them with water and float a single spray rose inside. I think this technique invokes a subtle, yet chic nod Valentine’s Day without being to theme oriented. Then add some basic red napkins from Crate and Barrel and that makes your table.

DESIGNER TIP: I love a good multi tasking item, these red napkins can be utilized for the 4th of July and Christmas seasons.  

Now top it off with some sweet treats like these dainty little petit fours and chocolate covered strawberries from Publix, and of course don’t forget the wine. 

My husband and I love the Gainey Vineyard wines, we discovered them on our recent trip to California. Located just south of Napa Valley in Santa Ynez, this quaint little vineyard stole our hearts, and the wine is excellent. Since we decided to become members, we receive around 2-3 bottles a month. After trying several we highly recommend Patrick’s Reserve Vineyard for a red choice, and of course the Sauvignon Blanc is our choice for a white. Although I must admit, they have an amazing Chardonnay. I am not normally a huge fan of Chardonnay, but the Gainey Chardonnay has a wonderful buttery quality I have never experienced before, it is not oaky at all. As a side note I think it’s pretty cool that “our house wine” we offer guests has a glorious golden G on every bottle. It’s as if had our own personally monogramed wine bottles, and don’t get me started on the possible craft projects!!!    

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The Art of a Perfect Bath

The Art of a Perfect Bath

Have we lost the art of a perfect bath?

I can not begin to tell you how sad it makes me, to hear that people today are opting out of bath tubs in their homes. I have heard people say ” they are just dust catchers” and ” just give me a huge shower”. Well yes, I love a palatial shower as much as the next guy, in fact I have huge a double headed shower in my master bath. Although, I  could not image living without my jacuzzi bath tub. I try to take a relaxing bath at least once a week, especially in the winter when it is cold outside, a nice hot steamy bath cures all that ails you.

Yes, the perfect bath is truly a lost art. I have said before in previous post that I believe in living a resort lifestyle, where you are able to integrate work, play and relaxation. Stress is one of the big killers today, it ages us, causes us to develop physical and metal illnesses; it effects our sleep habits and lets not even get me started on “eating your feelings”. So don’t you think your health is worth carving out a little “you time” and relaxing with a dip in the tub?

Well once you have decided to allow yourself some much needed R&R, my advice is not to skimp on the bath products. After all if you taking the time to do something nice for yourself, using good quality products will only enhance your tub time. I like to create my own spa like experience at home. Soft tranquil spa music, super fluffy white towels, maybe some scented candles and fantastic products. I have specific seasonal items I use depending on the time of year, to sooth my skin or sore tired muscles.

BEAUTY SECRET: It is incredibly good to dry brush your skin prior to baths, or even showers, especially during the dry winter months. I like the softer boar bristle brush shown above, it’s not not harsh but does a nice job of exfoliating my skin prior to a nice hot soak.   

I personally love Jo Malone Orange Blossom bath oil in the winter. The bright citrus smells perks up any cold dark day. It is a  fresh mixture of clementine flower, orange blossom and water lily, with warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver. The oil is enriched with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils, are natural conditioners to soothe and hydrate my dry skin, so it is a pure delight for a sumptuous bathing treat especially in the winter months.

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Another good bath product to aways keep on hand are Epsom Salts. I am sure you have heard of Epsom salt baths from your mom or grandma when you were a kid, it’s a cure all. Epsom salt is a natural exfoliate and anti-inflammation remedy that can be used to help to relieve sore muscles and will actually pull toxins out of your body. Epsom salts are perfect to relieve the pain from tired achy muscles if you have a cold, or as a post exercise workout treatment. They also have the ability to reduce swelling and increase circulation, soothe muscles, relieve tired feet, aid in leg cramps, and relax the mind. Did you know the quickest and most effective way for magnesium to be absorbed through the body is through an Epsom salt bath? Magnesium is responsible for many different processes in the body including, controlling blood sugar, regulating blood pressure and making new proteins. I personally like the Dr.Teals brand of Epsom salts they have lots of different types and scents for specific skin type.

DESIGNER TIP: I store mine, as seen above, in a pretty glass apothecary’s jar and use a large scallop sea shell for the scoop. I really like the idea of displaying my bath products as part of the bathroom decor.

I also use an apothecary jar to store hand creams I might have picked up while traveling. **Some hotels have very high end creams which are totally worth squirreling away in the luggage for later. 

I also use an Apothecary jar to store my large collection of LUSH bath bombs, these bath bombs are by far my favorite on the market today. LUSH is a great company, with organic handmade products, no animal testing and environmentally friendly. In addition to the fact they have so many amazing, one of a kind scent combinations, which really plays up the aromatherapy spa portion of bath time. If you have never used them be prepared, some of them such as the Dragon’s Egg have gold glitter and confetti inside the bombs, which are completely biodegradable, but can leave behind some tub residue. Nothing has ever stained my tub or made a huge mess. In fact, the Dragon’s Egg is one of my all time favorite bath bombs, the color is visual stunning while dissolving, the lasting smell of lemon and bergamot makes me smile, and don’t forget about that kiss of gold sparkle on left my skin.  

Ok, so maybe you are a purest and sparkles and rainbow swirls are just not your thing. Then allow me to present my favorite soap, the Lemon Verbena Organic Olive Oil Soap by 100 % Pure. These “superfatted” bars contain highest amount of organic plant oils and steam distilled essential oils to make them a very high quality extra luxurious organic soap, with a very full rich lather. It is a soap that smells amazing and you can feel good about, organic palm oil is RAN (Rainforest Action Network) certified, the organic red palm fruit oil produced in Brazil with no orangutan habitats or other wildlife affected from the harvesting of the palm nuts. 100% Pure is company that is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and is committed to producing the highest quality products without ever directly or indirectly hurting animals.BEAUTY SECRET: I also like to give my hair a hot oil treatment or moroccan oil treatment, while I am in the tub. I apply the oil to my dry hair and the wrap in a twirly towel and the steam from the tub and towel do the rest. 

Finally enjoy your soak, and do whatever it is that helps you to decompress and relax. Whether you put cucumber slices over your eyes and meditate, catch up reading a good book, or like me flip through the pages of your favorite magazines. Whatever it is, just enjoy your time to yourself to clear your mind, recharge your battery and become a better you. 

DESIGNER TIP:  I prefer the usage of all white towels in a home for three reasons:

  • One, white invokes a spa like quality of cleanliness.
  • Two they are very easy to keep crisp, clean and maintenance, by bleaching and there is no color fading.
  • Three easy of replacement, since they are all white it’s a snap, no color matching.

If this post isn’t enough to make you want to go take a good soak, you must not be a bath kind of person. Well I am, and I can hear that tub calling my name right now. Happy Bathing!!!

 

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Rustic Sunday Brunch Sign

Rustic Sunday Brunch Sign

This week we are sharing a weekend DIY project, utilizing rustic barn wood, inspired by our love of “Sunday Brunch”. 

It is no secret that my husband and I both love a good brunch. The mere thought of savory crepes, quiches, croissants, eggs benedict, chicken & waffles, and a yummy mimosa, makes me wish it was already Sunday. I mean honestly, it’s the perfect combination of two meals, and you can get all your favorites at the wonderful “sleep in late” hour of 11:30 am. Sunday brunch at our house is a time to make homemade recipes like cinnamon rolls while listening to some Ol’ Blue Eyes and just maybe, dancing around the kitchen in our pajamas.

So, now that you understand how we came up with the theme for our sign, lets talk about the DIY. Our project starts out with some rustic reclaimed barnwood. I am very lucky to have access to a stock pile of this beautiful wood at the family farm. I really love to integrate things with a story or history into my home. To me it makes the overall design more personal to who you are.  

So the basic design idea behind this project is to replace your standard window curtains, cornice or valence topper with this rustic sign instead. Please know I have search with world over and shopped so many antique stores and vintage shops on Etsy looking at many different signs that read “Farmer’s Market”, “Bakery”, or “Fresh Produce”, but I really wanted something custom and unique that represented our family. So, Sunday Brunch it shall be. I picked up the galvanized letters for $2.99 a piece at Hobby LobbySAVVY SHOPPER HINT: Hobby Lobby usually runs the letters for 50% off, so you can pick them up for $1.50 each if you need a lot of them. Also don’t forget about the 40% coupon available.

So once you have picked your wood base, and cut it to the proper size for your window; you’ll want to layout your letters to get proper spacing. You can of course measure them out, but I am a very visual person, so I just eyeball it (which drives my husband crazy). Instead of using the provided hooks on the back of letters, in order to keep a more rustic feel, we drilled a pilot hole directly through the letter and used 1/2″ long wood screws to attach them to the board. Add some picture hanging wire and hooks to the back and you are now the proud owner of your very own rustic sign.

The History of our Barnwood: The barn wood you see above is over 100 years old, and was reclaimed from a little cabin located on my families property. Unfortunately, over the years the cabin had become very unstable, and for safety reasons we had to demo it; but not without salvaging some of it’s hidden treasures. This wood had been hand milled by the previous owners grandparents, around the early 1900’s from trees on the property. These hand cut planks with bark still intact, had been used to line the walls of the original one room cabin. Sadly today the only thing that remains is the original stone fireplace, with a carving in the base, “est. 1903” which was the year the three brother’s had placed the first base stone for the cabin.

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The Lux Mini Bar Armoire

THE LUX MINI BAR AMOIRE

How to put a luxurious, rockstar mini bar in your very own bedroom. 

One of my favorite things about going on vacation is booking a super luxurious hotel room. You know the kind, with a super plush luxurious bed all made up with high thread count sheets, a fantastic bath suite full of fancy spa themed toiletries, and of course an off the chain mini bar.

Now everyone knows the mini bar is a complete rip off. I mean $12.00 for a bag of pretzels and $8.00 for Sprite, that is not the way to spend your hard earned cash on vacation. But we have all done it… yes, we have open up the illicit mini bar just to peer inside at all it’s tasty contents, only to slam it shut and think, oh my why did I even have to look. 

Well I believe in living a resort lifestyle so that every day in your own home feels like a mini vacation. In fact I love my house so much, the hubby has to take me to some pretty special places to even get me out of it. So I decided to adapted my old, antique Armoire into my very own mini bar. The armoire over the years has lost it’s usefulness, as we no longer use it to hide away the television and all our clothes go into the closet. Then it hit me, I know we will buy a mini fridge and put it inside to create a mini bar in our master bedroom…..GENIUS!!! So that is exactly what we did, and now we live like rockstars in our daily lives.

As you can see we purchased a mini refrigerator, you can pick one up for about a $100 at most local retailers, I think ours came from Walmart. I personally liked the ones that had a small freezer, so you can have ice for drinks, or store some ice cream snack bars.

DIY TIP: If your armoire does not already have cable holes in the back you may have to drill one out for the plug to pass through.

Then we added clear stackable acetate closet shelves bins for snack storage. We purchased them from The Container Store, the large bins were $19.99 and the small bins were $9.99. I added a cute linen bar topper, sparkly glassware and voila, your very own in room mini bar.

BEAUTY SECRET: I also like to utilize the mini bar to store some of my beauty products as well, like face masks, and cooling eye gels. Oh they feel so good when they are applied straight from the refrigerator cold, and it also really helps with eye puffiness too.

So save your self the trip down stairs for that late night snack of cookies and milk, or just hide all the really good snacks from the kids, either way it’s a win win. Everyone I have shown this too loves the idea, and can’t wait to add one to their home. 

This can also be a super cute idea for a guest room, as well, however your guests may decided they never want to leave.      

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