Jillian and Hayden Home | Southern Weddings

Over the summer I was asked to style an apartment that would be featured in Volume 9 of Southern Weddings. I have been a huge fan of the Southern Weddings Magazine and brand for years, so I was thrilled and jumped at the chance. Before arriving for the shoot I was sent a couple photos of the space to see what I had to work with and I knew my job would be an easy one. Their apartment was adorable and filled with vintage pieces and antiques that Jillian had collected over the years. Now let me say I am not an interior stylist, but if you mix my degree in interior design with my experience styling weddings and photo shoots over the last 5 years it’s a pretty good mix. I pulled up my sleeves, pretended to be Emily Henderson for the day, and I was really into it. If anyone needs an interior stylist in their life, give me a call- this was right up my alley.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Here is a little entry moment as soon as you walk into the apartment, I may have changed the styling of the table a bit, but for the most part this was it and I just added those pretty yellow flowers.

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Past the entryway is their living room and these shelves got a pretty big makeover. Here are some photos of me in action.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Everything pretty much came down and was put back up in a “styled” way. I used quite a bit of their own items (I didn’t want it to start not feeling like them) that were already there, but sprinkled in several of my own props and greenery. You can also see that Jillian and Hayden’s dog Watson played an important role as my styling assistant, it’s always nice to have a second set of eyes.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

 This sofa and frame wall were on the other side of hte living room, I am obsessed with the casual vibe of the slipcovered sofa paired with the natural wood of the coffee table.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

We didn’t purchase any special foliage or florals for this shoot- everything we used were things I picked on site. It meant I wasn’t able to plan ahead, but I wanted everything we used to look really natural and not too fussy. I just got lucky that there were all sorts of goodies right out their front door.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The master bedroom had this amazing four poster bed and those great mirrors were already there. I do think I pulled in these lamps from the living room and that blue bench is mine, but went perfectly with the bedding.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

The dresser in the bedroom got a pretty little makeover with a pretty wooden tray, some books, and a few pretty odds and ends.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Then we got to the guest room and it was like Christmas for me- guys, look at that Magic Kingdom poster! If I could have ripped that off the walls and stolen it I totally would have. Cut to me furiously searching for something similar on Etsy and adding it to my Christmas list.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

Out on their back porch they have this cute little table and chairs, Jillian dabbles in calligraphy so she did this special chalkboard before I arrived (how perfect is that?) and I just added the greenery and the flowers in the watering can.

Pottkotter Home | Southern Weddings | Kimberley Chau Photography | Jennifer Laura Design

And here is the sweet couple with their adorable dog Watson. I can’t thank them enough for letting me blow through their apartment and rearrange everything. It was also amazing to work with Kimberley Chau for the very first time and to have these images in Southern Weddings Magazine is just icing on the cake. What a fun project!

Credits: Photography | Kimberley Chau Photography, Styling | Jennifer Laura Design, Southern Weddings Magazine, Featured Newlyweds- Jillian and Hayden Pottkotter and their dog Watson

A JLD Woman Cave

Chairish reached out to me a few weeks ago with a fun challenge to design a girl cave. AND since Kris and I have started the very scary and fun process of house hunting (I never realized all I ever wanted was a brick cookie cutter mcmansion with a good school district…womp womp) I thought it would be fun to design a girl cave…or maybe a future JLD office. So here is what I came up with!

Jennifer Laura Design | Woman Cave

 

If only I could be assured I wouldn’t get tired of the palm leaf wallpaper, I even happen to like the way my logo looks on it…but as I’ve mentioned before I see way too many new things in a day so I’m not sure I could ever commit to something this dramatic. Maybe in a powder room? I would love to commit to a pair of those green chairs though, I could easily love those for the rest of my life. What are your thoughts on a woman cave? Is this a thing? I think it totally should be.

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The Living Room | Awake Photography

The saga of the living room may be the slowest moving blog series I’ve ever done. Strangely enough, I actually “finished” this room about 10 months ago, and I think we shot it about 8-9 months ago. Why I’ve been sitting on these photos is a mystery…I could blame my real job of planning weddings, but that sounds like an annoying thing to do, so I’ll just show you a before picture so we can dive right in.

beforeTechnically, this is not a before picture, because the room was about 50-75% done here, but it’s the worst picture I could find of the room. Gross before pictures are ALWAYS good…poor photography helps all the more. To go back in time a bit I first shared this room in this post here. A few months later I shared a small update when we switched out the boob light for a hanging pendant. I’m not really sure if you are allowed to switch light fixtures in an apartment, but I really could care less. I don’t think you are supposed to paint either, and we all know that’s out the window.

The living room is the one room in the house I didn’t make a mood board for, I never had a super clear direction. I will say that I was majorly inspired by Emily Henderson in this room, but no concrete plans were ever formed. This room has just evolved over time, it looks SO dark in that before photo and the truth is that other than at night, this room never feels dark. It’s a very happy and bright space, it’s where a lot of life happens.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyThis room is SO bright and cheerful, it may be veering on too much color, but I think that’s just my personality coming out. In my office– we did such small amounts of color, I knew it was going to explode somewhere.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyI painted the walls Super White by Benjamin Moore. The artwork in the collage is a combination of purchased and DIY. Anything that looks like a 5 year old could have splattered it onto a canvas is the stuff that I have done.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyWe ended up purchasing a new slip cover for the sofa since a white sofa on a bright white wall wasn’t gelling too well. This one hides Phoenix fingerprints great, but if our dog Petey so much looks at this sofa, it becomes covered in a million little white hairs.

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Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyLook at those plants outside! They were leftovers from this wedding and I’ve sufficiently killed them all at this point, but I sure do miss them.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyHere’s the first glimpse at the accent wall. I’m certainly not an advocate for accent walls, but I do believe that they can occasionally work and this was a giant white wall that needed something. We painted it an inky blue and it’s a really pretty color (Benjamin Moore downpour blue). In the daytime it looks super bright and inky and at night it turns into navy.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyJennifer Laura Design | Awake PhotographyI added some hooks right by the front door so we can throw our purses and coats on them when we get home. I mean we live in Houston so let’s be honest about the use of coats here…we may use one 2-3 times per year. We have also found that we very rarely watch TV during the day, but much prefer vegging out at night in the bedroom, so the TV got moved in there. Instead, I opted for a mirror and some extra seating- extra seating is always a good thing. It’s nice to have my mom’s big family over and feel like there is actually a seat for everyone should they want one. I so badly want to turn this light off in the photo below so you can see the moody black shade…I have no idea why all the lights were on in these photos, what was I thinking?

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On the other side of the room we have our little dining nook, since the last time I’ve shared this space we did switch out the industrial chairs for these white bentwoods.

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Next to the dining table we have the big shelving units (2 Ikea Vittsjos placed side by side), to this day I think this was the best decision I made for this room. It makes what could feel like a huge empty space really have a lot of energy and personality. I still keep the bottom two shelves child proofed (nothing breakable) although Phoenix can now reach the third shelf, he is pretty good about not messing with stuff, but when I rearrange sometimes things start to look new and interesting. For example, at Christmas I had all these little white bottlebrush trees I placed all over and he thought those were just the best things ever.

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Little vignettes are my favorite. I believe this is the start of a shoe collection of sorts.

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In the corner we have Kris’ desk. It gets really pretty light over here by the window, I take many an instagram photo in this corner.

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Over here you can kind of start to see into the kitchen.I really love open kitchens, but this kitchen is so ugly (and there’s only so much you can do to a rental kitchen) that I’m kind of grateful it’s closed off and out of view. We did finally find the perfect pair of stools to place under the counter here. I love the mix of wood and metal and they tuck right in and don’t interfere with the back door. Amazingly enough I also have not painted over these DIY swirly paintings yet either. I do like the colors, so for now they can stay.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

All the plants on these shelves are also making me majorly happy…I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but 90% of these have bit the dust. My fiddle leaf fig is barely hanging on, but I don’t think he will make it through the winter. I need some serious green thumb intervention.

Jennifer Laura Design | Awake Photography

And that’s it! My favorite parts of this room are my green rug- it hides Petey hair and stains like a dream. My plants- the living room is feeling SO lifeless without them. And my pendant light my dad got me for my birthday a few years back and then installed for me. Thanks for looking and thank you to my very selfless friend Paige for coming over and photograping whatever my heart fancies, she is pretty much the best.

Sources | White Paint- Benjamin Moore Super White, Blue Paint- , Benjamin Moore Downpour Blue, Sofa- Ikea Karlstad, Coffee Table- vintage Milo Baughman, console table- vintage painted white, fur stools- target reupholstered in sheepskins, blue chair, West Elm Book Nook, Bench- target, hooks- Ikea, Pair of glass lamps- World Market, gold shades- target, lamp on console- vintage, black shade- target, round mirror- Ikea, Green Rug- RugsUSA, Pendant light- Shades of Light, Corner Desk- vintage, corner desk chair- vintage, white bentwood- Crate and Barrel, bar stools- vintage, shelving units- Ikea vittsjo

playing around with polyvore

Have you been to Polyvore yet? I almost don’t want to tell you about it…because I feel super talented that I threw this together in less than 10 minutes…

Eclectic boho

Something like this (remember my office mood board?) usually takes me at least an hour because removing backgrounds in photoshop is a time SUCK. So the fact that Polyvore is kind of like shopping/pinterest/the sims all rolled into one…well it’s like Christmas. They have already deleted all of the backgrounds for you and these are real products. Click on the image above and it will take you to my polyvore page where you can click on any of those items and find out everything you ever needed to know about them. Crazyville. And it’s a whole big boat load of fun to put together. This is actually somewhat representational of the living room that I had planned at the townhouse we just moved out of. I still have all of the components, and although the details differ greatly from all of these pieces, the idea is pretty much there so it’s fun to see what it could look like. Ya know, as soon as we figure out where we are going to live. Aaaannnnd because I couldn’t stop there…

Upscale eclectic

I just kept going…

Black, white, and blue modern dining

It’s ridiculously fun and very addicting. I mean it basically means interior design just became the easiest thing on the entire planet. Not really, I mean obviously these boards don’t take budget, scale, space planning…or any of those “logistics” into consideration. It’s pretty much only the fun part of designing. Anyways, now who’s going to volunteer to take technology to the next level and let us decorate our sims houses like this? jk…I don’t play sims.

…anymore.

Happy Monday!

Karlstad hack- a mid century sofa for less than $200

Remember when I mentioned that my little ol blog might start looking like a DIY blog in the next few months? Well, that time has come!

Ok, so when Topher and I first started talking about a sofa for the new place- he desperately wanted a sectional. And I….well, desperately didn’t. I don’t have anything against sectionals- they are crazy comfortable. They’re just not very versatile… they are the kind of piece you buy very specifically for the space you have and then when you move them chances are they won’t fit that space well at all, thus leaving you needing something new. So while we are very excited about our new townhouse we are also extremely aware that we will likely outgrow it in a year or two. It is a 2 bedroom, 2 and a half bath and which leaves one bedroom for our family and one bedroom for my office- our little guy Phoenix is going to need his own room at some point (unless he wants to sleep in our bed until he’s 10 which I would be totally fine with ;-)). So we love it for now, but I really don’t want to purchase anything that we can’t repurpose easily in another space. This townhouse has a huge living space, so a sectional could have definitely worked- but I talked Topher out of it. Sorry my love.

I really like the look of pretty much anything mid-century modern, but a new mid-century sofa  is $$$$ and for that matter reupholstering an old one is also $$$$. So we needed to get creative. I have heard SO many good things about the Karlstad from Ikea out there in the blogosphere- everyone had nothing but great things to say in terms of looks and comfort. I was definitely digging the look too…

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I can’t say I love that fabric- looks a little blue jeanish, but as far as the shape it was the perfect starting off point. The only problem was the price and the legs. Now I’ll be the first to say that this is not an expensive sofa AT ALL…but when you are trying to buy enough furniture to fill a space twice as big as your current apartment in just a few short months even $500 starts to seem outlandish. So I got to hunting around on craigslist to see if I could find a used one.

Luck would have it that I easily found a used three seater karlstad for $100. It was bright orange and I can’t believe I didn’t take a before picture of it- but just trust me this thing was ugly! We snatched it up a few months back and immediately took it to my parent’s house to store it. My dad saw it and immediately was thrilled that we had purchased an orange sofa and started into a nostalgic tale of how him and my mother’s very first grown up sofa was also orange. I almost didn’t have the heart to tell him that there was absolutely no way this thing was staying in orange. You see, the great thing about Ikea is that their covers are interchangeable- they just zip on and off. So we were able to literally unzip all of the ick factor away and off of this used sofa leaving us with a perfect Karlstad frame at a fraction of the price. My initial idea was to buy a cover from here– they have all kind of different fabric options that are a little more custom looking than the Ikea options…but ultimately I was most drawn to the white covers- which were all $300+ and Ikea happens to sell a white cover for $50. I know what you are thinking- “Jennifer, you have a baby and dogs why on earth would you get a white sofa?!?”. I know. You are probably right…but I can’t help it, I love how they look. Plus my dog Petey has white hair and sheds more than you can imagine (really) so anything darker than white immediately becomes a Petey magnet. And like I said the cover unzips so it’s washable which is awesome and we can always do some cushion flipping if we need to…plus if worse comes to worse and it gets disgusting- it was only $50…I won’t cry into my pillow over $50 like I would have over one of those $300 ones.

So at this point all I have is a white Karlstad- which I know is not really an Ikea hack, but that brings me to the second problem with the Karlstad… those legs. They are really ugly. A little googling around led me to Uncle Bob’s Workshop through Etsy. He makes custom mid-century styled legs specifically for the Karlstad. And they are SO pretty. There is a little bit of a waiting list at his shop- I think we waited about a month and a half for ours, but it was worth it. They are awesome (you can pick your stain color) and they just screw in, couldn’t have been easier. So here’s what we currently have in our new place- for a grand total of $185.

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I’m sorry for the terrible picture that totally doesn’t do the legs justice. But they do look great and make the whole sofa look really sleek and way more modern. I also found a button tufting tutorial which I would love to try if I ever get around to it. And here we are with a little pillow action.

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I use so many pillows I’m not sure the button tufting would even be noticeable though. This room is still pretty bare as we work on unpacking and I am still deciding on the layout of the room. Do I push the sofa over and center it with the wall so we can do something above it, thus leaving a large empty area to one side of the room…or do I center it in the room (the way it is in the pictures) and deal with the weird window placement. Help!