Sunday, May 21, 2017

JVW HOME - First Event Party

Finally getting around to sharing some pics of our first Open House Event, from May 4th.  
JVW HOME hosted the event along with Tara Camp of Scout Lighting and Design Goods
and  Lea & Stephen Veras of Direct Natural Stones.  We all share a beautiful property out in Spicewood, Texas.  Where is Spicewood?  We're outside of Austin, in the Lake Travis area, close to Lakeway, Bee Cave and Marble Falls.   Direct Natural Stones is up front with JVW HOME in a cute , cozy log cabin with a welcoming front porch.  In the back, SCOUT has an amazing warehouse of gorgeous lighting and other design goods.
(left to right:  Tara, me & Lea)
JVW HOME TRIBE (left to right):
Rachel(Design Asst.) , Me (Lead Designer) & Andrea (Design Associate)

Some pics of my studio before the guests arrive:

We quickly discovered that the cute lil round table just doesn't cut it when you're going through wallpaper books with clients.  We hang out on the floor sometimes showing clients our books.  We'll be replacing the small table soon with a larger table so it's easier for everyone :).  

We didn't get a pic of our wallpaper books!  But yall we have loads of great books so come in and see all the fun stuff we're carrying.  Some of the lines we showcase right now are Claire Bella Studio,  Thibaut, Schumacher, Kravet,  Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Home, York Wallcoverings, Innovations, Caitlin Wilson, Hygge & West, etc....we'll be adding more lines every month and welcome your requests of new vendors!

Here's our conference room where we normally have client meetings/presentations and our quartz displays.

For the event, the  lovely and charming Katya of Lyukum Cooking Lab brought in her amazing Ukrainian appetizers.  Katya is a local Spicewood Chef and Caterer.

The adorable Brazilian couple behind Direct Natural Stones:
Lea Pedrosa Veras and Stephen Veras

The Veras import gorgeous stone countertops such as marbles, granites, and quartz. They are so kind to their clients and want to give you the best deal.  If there's a stone they don't have, then they'll find it at an area stone yard and fabricate & install it for you.

Walking out to the back of our cabin, you'll find Tara's very cool warehouse of lighting & design goods.  Look at the gorgeous steel doors she bought from another downtown ATX designer!  The designer had them in his downtown home but didn't realize how the local Austin music would reverberate noise in his house with the glass. He had to sell them and replace with wood doors to keep the sound down....gotta love Austin and our live music scene!

Pictured left to right:  Tara, Bill Thomas, Stephen & Lea Veras

Our featured vendors we also represent are:  Roots Design Co., One Market, and The Gathering Table Co.

Vincent Willey's Band played some great music for us.

Bennett of local El Gaucho Wines provided the delicioso wines.

Cloche Designs of San Antonio created the beautiful tablescapes for the tables:

Check our Facebook page (jvw home) and also our Instagram page (@jvwhome) for updates on our hours.  We are only open on certain event days.  Other days are by appt only.  
Please also check our other vendors for their open times, because they have different hours.

Have a great week ahead,

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

JVW HOME Studio News!

Hi y'all!  Feels so good to be back writing.   Finding time lately to blog, well is challenging to say the least.    
I'm embarking on a new phase of my design career that has spanned over 18 years.  Some of you know that I moved my home office, finally, into a commercial space 6 months ago with Andrea McLaughlin , my other design associate and another designer Tara Camp, of Scout Goods and Design.  All of us were really too busy when we moved in to really use the office space ,  and figure out our goals, ideas for the space.  Fast forward to April and we're getting ready for an Open House  May 4th for our local builders, designers, real estate friends and clients.
jvw home will fill a niche in this area for "on trend" wallpapers, window treatments and fabrics that can be ordered, amongst other design services and products.  Tara will fill a niche for "on-trend" lighting & mirrors showroom along with great furniture & decor discounts.  We will also feature other local interior decor products and introduce them along the way.
  We all share space with Direct Natural Stones which is a wonderful curated supplier of gorgeous granites, marbles and quartz.  Together all of us have collaborated to have the Open House to finally share with our community all that we have to offer.
Now, onto even more fun news.  We're SO over the moon excited to announce our latest addition to the tribe: Rachel Spadavecchia!  
Here's her bio here:
From a very young age I have been obsessed with all things home interiors and design. When I was young I would watch HGTV over any other channel on TV and still do. My husband Mehdi and I, with our two children Hendrix and Lila, have lived in 6 homes, in 6 years, in 3 states, building two of those. Some might think we're a little crazy and sometimes thats how I feel, but I wouldn't have it any other way! I love designing homes from the ground up and then seeing those designs come to life. We are already dreaming of our next build! I blog about our homes as well as my designs at I have always helped friends and family with their own home designs, and hope to be an inspiration to my followers.
My professional career has always been on the creative side as well, including digital marketing, social media marketing, and content creation. I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people in multiple different industries, including the fitness industry, real estate, and hospitality, but it has always been my dream to work in the interior design world! I am thrilled to come on board with JVW Home and apply the skills I have learned in other industries while I learn from some of the best designers in our area. 

We hope to start blogging and sending you newsletters along the way and keep you updated with our studio happenings regularly.  Stop by after May 8th , at our Spicewood locale to welcome Rachel,  peruse our wallpaper & fabric  books, set up window treatment or design consults and see what all we have to offer.  
Make it a great day and we hope to inspire you to create your own lovely in your homes!

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


I've been working with a few clients lately on infusing their west Austin homes with "modern Texas farmhouse style."  I could post a ton of pics to give you examples .

 Here's just a small, curated sampling of what I love to incorporate :

Barn lighting in many shades of colors

Ship lap/horizontal wood & wall mount plumbing, simple vanities.

Modern landscaping elements such as concrete pads and pebble stones with groupings of plants.
Lighting with clean lines ......

Galvanized metals

Furniture with a modern edge or industrial edge.  These are new bar stools from World Market.  Loving the new design and grey wicker.

Horizontal woods/fencing.

House numbers  with a modern font.

Architectural details over the windows.

Exterior architectural details and modern planters with boxwoods.

HardiPlank siding running vertically (board and batten style)

Of course, barn doors, but also adding brick for a traditional, industrial look.

Modern graphic wallpaper in small amounts.

Reclaimed woods

Farmhouse tables & benches....

I can't wait to share a before/after of this current Texas stone home.  We're adding some of these elements soon and hope to share the reveal later.   
Here's a close up of the front doors that I'm hoping they'll keep!
Have a great weekend and we'll catch up again soon,

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p.s. most items above can be ordered via "jvw home".  


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