Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pictures Of Our House - Part 1 : Family Room, Kitchen, etc.


 Just had our house pictures taken and wanted to share.  We had them taken on the day just before Thanksgiving.  So I'd be in between the pumpkin orange decor and  the Christmas clutter :).
Today I'm just sharing a few pics and will continue with more posts later in the week.

Breakfast Area
Family Room off the Kitchen
 I've been meaning to take pics of our home to update my portfolio but also because we've toyed with the idea of building another home in the future.  When?  Well, we've just started looking at lots and pondering ideas.  2016?  2017?  Beyond?   Not sure just yet because we're just  gathering info, etc..  Plus we'd love to find the ideal situation where someone buys our home (when we do sell) and allows us to lease back while we build our home)  The housing market is so crazy here and alot of buyers do buy early and don't move until way later. So, this is the scenario that we'd hope for!  (versing selling and moving into a lease house while building)
We do love this house we're in and it's so family friendly cozy.  We're located on 5 acres in one of the best school districts Austin, Tx. offers.  And believe me it's rare to find 5 acre parcels of land in this school district with the Magnolia Homes feel, farm like and especially ones that are gated & horses allowed.  The property has alot to offer and we'll share some exterior pics soon also.  For now, here's a look at our veggie/flower  garden in the Spring.

Veggie Garden
So, why move?  Our goal once our youngest graduates in 2017, is to downsize just a bit so that we can "lock and leave" and spend more time at our Colorado cabin and do a few other endeavors.   I'm torn with the "wait until he graduates, then move" or "move now so that he gets to enjoy the new home his Senior year. "  I prefer the latter because I want him to have "his room" to come home to from college but time and meetings will tell.

Steven and I always have fun creating a new canvas also, so it really would be another fun challenge for us.  What type of home will be the next one?  Well I love the modern farmhouse and I love the charm of a Spanish Colonial , Italian or French country home.  However, we really feel the modern farmhouse will work best for our needs and really love the design aesthetic of a certain builder we've been talking to.

Another Kitchen View

The view out the kitchen windows is really pretty with the many large trees , the gravel driveway and expansive yard.
Family Room/Kitchen
(the large reclaimed wood piece was once our kitchen island before we put the dining table IN the kitchen.  The kitchen works great either way.  We had barstools at the island when it was used in the kitchen.)

Loads of storage in the kitchen china cabinets.  All lower cabinets also have the pull out shelves which i love!

A coffee bar is in the lil nook to the right, Living Room beyond.

Coffee/Wine Bar
(oh, and beyond the kitchen you can see the Laundry Room)

Laundry Room (door leads out to the Mudroom)
Our fave commercial fridge. Have bought one 3 times in a row for 3 houses and plan on buying again.  They're great for extra drinks ,leftovers and extra food items.

Just to the left of the commercial  fridge is one of our Powder Bathrooms:

Hope you enjoyed the first part of the tour and I'll post more pics soon.

If you want to follow our vision for our future home,you can see my ideas on this Pinterest page.

Wishing you a great new week ahead full of Christmas joy, maybe some shopping and decorating fun.


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All pictures were taken by Travis Wayne Baker of Twist Tours.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Back in The House

Long time, no see.  We are back in the house after a summer of travels to Florida and our place in Colorado. Nothing exotic but just good ole fashioned USA fun.  
I know you think I've been MIA, but I'm truly best at posting on Instagram  weekly(@jvwdesign), so you can always find me there.  However, if you are a few of the sweet people that still enjoy reading blog posts, then I'm happy you're still here.
Honestly I didn't realize alot of people even still read my blog until recently I received a few nice emails about my design work & they would mention the blog.  So, thank you to those that take the time to read and are part of my tribe!
Well, remember my last post back in May?  I mentioned we were having a wedding for my daughter at our Texas home in June.

 Well, LONG story short.  My daughter and son-in-law did get married but we're having the ceremony at a later date and quite possibly even in Colorado , which could be great.
On another positive note, the ceremony was the catalyst to get our house finally fixed up, outside and inside.  Although the last "hotter than hell Texas" month has brutally browned our green grasses.   
The postponed ceremony isn't in the works yet, but will be happy to share when the time comes for another event. Why did we cancel?  No preggos or anything....just  a personal story  & respecting the privacy of others.  However, it wasn't the right timing for the ceremony .  We cancelled in May just a few weeks shy of the ceremony.
I must say thank you to my friends and family that were uber sweet when we did have to cancel weeks before the ceremony.  Life could have been alot worse cuz it was just an event right?.... but my daughter and I worked so hard on the event for months!
....and then to cancel, well it was sad for us both.  Everything is relative. I now know to be sensitive to others if they're going thru something that maybe I think "could be worse".  Anyone's sadness in their moment is what it is and always just try to have compassion &  heart when others are pouty , sad and going thru something.   I now know that just a simple " I understand, and I'm here for you" is all someone needs to hear.  Whether you think it's trivial or not.
I was in repair , and just needed time &  solace. 
 Not talking or writing about it made it easier to process because I was tired of telling umpteen people why the event had to be postponed.   So, thank you to those that let me go "down under" for awhile.  
I even had to delegate my last design project to another Designer, which is not me!  The project was  a fabulous house and super sweet clients.  I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to be creative and continue working during the summer.
After a few weeks passed, our family traveled to Florida and Colorado. 
 Time at the beach 
and then time in the mountains,
 was truly what I needed to clear my head and feed my soul.
I had barely started to decorate the Guest Room at our Texas house before the wedding event, so  the girls could get ready in a "girly" room. I had lost my design spark to finish the room all summer though.  Yesterday we finally got around to hanging more art & finishing the room !   
 It's my "Audrey Hepburn at Tiffany's" mix of pink,golds, blacks, whites with touches of vintage and long sweeping white canvas curtains.

Fast forward to September and I'm now ready to rock and roll with our EDesign.  Probably won't tackle new residential in house design before the holidays just to concentrate on the EDesign projects  for now.
Over the summer we took off the EDesign page while Christin and I both enjoyed the summer.  We're editing the page and will announce soon when our EDesign services will be back and running on the website.

Thanks for following along with my journey.  Would love to hear from you and will share our EDesign updates soon!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's a Suite Time!

Hello again;  ya it's been awhile.....
Where have I been for the last few months?   Well, lots of happenin's.  For starters , my precious daughter got engaged in January.   We're so excited because we love our future son-in-law.  So, it's all good.  But when they announced their engagement, they also said they wanted to be married at our farm, in June.  We were thrilled, honored, ecstatic!!  Fast forward to a few weeks later and well, I was slightly panicked that we were having a major event at our house, in how many months!?   The interior of the farm still needed work and the exterior was a whole different story.  The exterior had never been really worked on much and so all of a sudden we're in major upheavel getting everything in tip top shape.  Now, if money were no object, we'd have crews here each and everyday!
We do have some great yard guys helping us, but we have 5 acres and that's alot of work.    So, my husband has been on a tractor alot.  (he'll complain from time to time, but I think he actually enjoys working with a tractor.  Boys and their toys right?)
The Bride To Be and Groom To Be requested an outdoor ceremony and reception.   No prob right?  Well, we have this "barn" that we've always wanted to make cuter and well, it's finally getting a  makeover.  You wouldn't have believed all the farm implements, old remodel building materials, old giveaway stuff, junk, paint cans, etc that we had to clean out of the barn.   It was just stored back there in a mess,  I mean it was ugly!!  
Still have a few "things" in the barn, but eventually it will all be nice decorated tables , curtains and pretty lights you'll see.  The  barn is being turned into a rustic glam reception area with off white billowy curtains and loads of party lights, chandeliers &  Christmas lights.
The custom curtains will actually be made from dropcloths I bought off Amazon. 
 My seamstress priced around, I priced around and honestly the cheapest way to drape this HUGE barn was to buy a ton of dropcloths and make the curtains from them.  The barn measures 40' x 60' so we had to be creative on a budget.   Curtains will cover those lovely rainwater collection tanks .  They'll also encompass the whole barn and have tied back panels where the entrance will be.   There will also be swags of the dropcloths up in the ceiling with the twinkling lights around them.
The theme is rustic glam.  My daughter said she didn't want to do the overdone burlap and mason jar barn look.  (although I still like it, but hey I'm now the MOB, so I have to let them design what they want)  We've collaborated alot and so we'll have a teensy burlap but probably not the mason jars.  We're mainly using a mix of mercury glass vases and candles with glam golds:

 Picture frames in silvers, golds and whites:

And her color scheme is pretty much wrapped up in this lil vignette of hair ties:
Lots of blush pinks, champagnes, whites, off whites, silver and gold.
Everyday from their first announcement til now is a series of phone calls, emails, research on the computer or gathering/decorating something. Planning a wedding is a full time job, but having it at your house is a whole other ballgame.  As my hubby and I say "we're creating a venue, not just fixing up the house",   I had no idea the work it really would involve!  Even though I've been stressed, I'm
still very happy the event will take place at our home.
At first, the backdrop of the wedding ceremony was going to be this garden shed.  Now, for lighting and just comfort , we've moved the backdrop to be under oak trees.
White guest chairs will face this backdrop with isles of galvanized buckets and baby's breath.  The wedding chairs along the aisles will have pink sashes.  The trees will be decorated with natural branches and swags of ivy and flowers flanking white pulled back curtains.

The backyard will host the cocktail reception and also a dinner reception.  Here's a pic from last year when Luke was filling the rock pathway in the backyard.  We've been using this path but knew we eventually needed stepping stones.  Don't want any ladies tripping in heels!
We had a great stone mason cut these leuter stones and make a safer pathway for guests:
Because of the wedding planning, I haven't had much time to do interior design.  I decided to only take on one large scale project and cut back our EDesign.
  In January, I  took on a recent project  consulting with a sweet family in Gruene, Texas.  They're building a gorgeous modern & classic farmhouse.  The architect is Kai Geschke, the talented  architect that designed the Patterson project. The style of the home is similar yet very different.
Here's some recent selections we picked out :

Master closet carpet options:

Wallpaper & paint for the Study:

Gorgeous wood flooring:

I also got caught up in building the website for our Colorado vacation rental home.  If you need a great mountain summer vacation, please check out our home.  It's booking fast for the summer, so don't hesitate :)  : Crossman Cabin

Anyways, that's a lil sneak into my last few months and where I've been.  Or you can always follow me on Instagram:  @jvwdesign
I usually snap a few updates here and there .  Easier than blog posting while you're in a time crunch!

Hope everyone is doing great and I always appreciate you following along on my designing journeys.

The wedding is happening in just a few weeks and I can't wait to share the pics once it's all over.  It's been a learning journey for me, in so many ways, and a sentimental journey.  

Would love to hear from you,  and any wedding advice you'd give?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Texas Farmhouse Sneak Peek & Updates

Here's a lil sneak peek into our farm that we've been updating for a few years now.  Christin was here this past Saturday helping me on an installation for a new Lakeway project and  before we went to the installation, Christin took some pics of the farm.   We plan on shooting alot more pics in the coming months when we have more time but thought it would be nice to show you a sampling.   
 I just haven't had the time lately  to catch up and blog about design, the farm, etc,  but I hope to share more projects soon when time allows.   
In other news we purchased a vacation home in Buena Vista, Colorado and have been fixing it up.

 Really excited to share all the interior details with you soon!
And kudos to my hubby...he recently built a closet/dressing room for me while Christin and I were at the installation.  We have been sharing one closet but things were getting tight and clothes couldn't breathe!  I'm really lovin' my new closet and the fact that he created it.  He had to build alot of Ikea cabinets and you know how much fun Ikea stuff can be to build right?  Oh ya.....
We will share pics soon of the space.  (think lots of white, vintage chairs, mirrors, vanity)   We utilized my old home office space and turned the majority of it into my closet.  My goal in 2015 is to move my office out of the house and so most of my office stuff is in storage until we figure it all out.  
Next I plan on returning the love by making his closet a true manly closet (think warm smokey browns with industrial lighting and organized!)  
For those of you that are signed up for E-Design, thanks for your patience while we get each one finished before the end of this year.  We won't be taking on any new E-Design projects for 2015 until we post a new date.  We need the time off for awhile to work on our new office goals for 2015 and finish up loose ends of the current year. 
Thanks as always for following our journey in design!,

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