Sunday, October 22, 2017


We recently had new photographs taken of the front exterior of our home.     Since our garden is still thriving,   we decided to have them taken, in case we were to market our home in the ugly part of winter.  
However, we're almost finished with our backyard, barn garage project.  We like it so much that we just might stay longer than anticipated.
I'll give you a sneak peek of the barn garage and you can always follow the progress on our Instagram page: @jvwhome

Monday they come out to do the site clean up, pave the driveway and then we'll work on the hardscaping/landscaping in front of the barn.  The "lean to" on the left side will function as a gardening shed.  Oh, the garage doors?  The one shown was not the one we ordered, so now we're waiting on the correct doors to arrive.  The new garage doors will be installed by the end of the month and will be more of the farmhouse look with an "x" pattern , and will be painted the same color as the French doors, the charcoal black.  We also installed the jadeite green barn lighting to coordinate with the main house exterior lighting.

Oh, another project we'd like to complete here?  A pool cabana where you see that rectangle section of grass at the edge of the pool.   
Here's my inspiration drawing for what we'll create:

Not only would be it be very cute in between the barn garage and the house;   but mainly it's to provide privacy from neighbors.  Love our neighbors but I'd say most of us want our privacy, especially by the pool , right?   I'd also love to have a spot for our bbq "egg".  The Lake Side Country Club  sign is an old goodie that I scored years ago at an antique store in Llano, Tx..

We'll either build all this and decide we'll stay awhile or we'll eventually move closer in for my husband's commute  & we could easily downsize again now that our youngest is out of the nest, etc..  

We bought this spec home built by Agave Custom Homes.  Agave uses Rudy Bombick of Bee Creek Landscape to do all of his homes.

Rudy creates a great base of landscaping.   We love that our garden has become so prolific and pretty, but yet a low maintenance garden.   Rudy is great with his knowledge of plants and what works in our area and how to balance color and texture in the garden.    Living in a neighborhood with good water allows us to have a good irrigation system again which is also a major plus!

When we bought the house, we changed the brick color with a German brick smear technique.   The brick was more of a maroon red which didn't work with my interior or exterior decor.  I had to lighten it to work with my stuff, even though it was fine.  
 Here's  original sales photos here:

We also had the utility company move that eye sore of a guy wire to another part of the garden where it's less noticeable.  

The German smear job wasn't exactly like the inspiration pic I showed the mason guy, but I'm still happier it's a whiter finish.  Oh well!
Here was my inspiration pic from a Magnolia home:

We added alot of plants to the base garden that Rudy had set up.  We also added free standing pots within the garden and some garden art, etc.. Another area we added was the Euro style garden with the pea gravel, where our bistro set is situated.  Makes for a great spot to watch kids or the dogs in the front, safe from the street.  

Another feature Rudy uses is alot of modern pavers but also organic Texas limestone to create steps and accents in the garden.  Love how he created the steps to the porch here:

If you notice in the pics above, we also screened in the left porch.  We live in that screen porch, alot.  If you follow us on Instagram, you know it's my haven.  Especially in the morning and in the evening.  Plus we watch alot of great football games out there or have dinners on the outdoor Gathering Table we have on the porch, bug free.  Plus we have an outdoor fireplace out there and so it's super cozy!

A project we'd still like to complete is either painting our front  porch or putting brick pavers on the porch floor.  We've known this awhile, but when we saw these pictures, we realize it does need it to be finished!
I love my outdoor rug , I found it on Amazon here.  Works like a champ ....water it down everyday and the colors are still like brand new.

Here's a brick patio floor for inspiration:

Once we moved in, we also realized quickly that our dogs needed a fence in the front.  Especially when the poor UPS man would stop in.  Well, you know, Amazon is our friend these days right?!  Especially when you're in a new home and need "stuff".  (btw, watch a George Carlin funny video about "stuff" at the bottom of my post..... if you really want to humor yourself)
We outlined the front yard & courtyard with this horizontal wood fence:

Hope you enjoyed our home.  I'll write more in a couple of days about the Four Hands Home visit I mentioned in the last blog post.  I was hoping to share more pictures of the Kyle Bunting tour but was informed I can't share pictures of their factory/showroom because of their privacy statement.    If you go to their website though, you can see lots of eye candy there.

Hope you're enjoying nice Fall weather wherever you are.

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p.s.   Click on this link :  George Carlin video  for a good laugh about "stuff"!
 professional pics courtesy of Mark Adams Photography  & Magnolia Homes 
cabana rendering via SAS Studio

Sunday, October 15, 2017


One of my clients was tired of her sofa & wanted something new.
    She found this gorgeous sectional at Decorum and changed up her living room:
The sectional is alot larger in scale than her previous sofa and so now we needed a long sofa table but skinny in depth because the Dining Area is just next to it.  She went with this beautiful aged grey wood table from Luxe Decor:

For a few days I gathered stuff  to decorate the new table and then arrived with multiple bags and boxes, days later. 
Any stylist/designer knows to go into a styling project with a ton of stuff and then have options to choose from. I try my hardest to map out in a drawing what I'll do...but having some extras always helps cuz I honestly have to just play with the balance and scale of everything else in the room... sometimes you tend to add/delete items when you're in the actual space.   Also, sometimes I'll grab something the client has in another area and move things around a bit.  I have always had the nicest clients that let me just do what I want, with what they have, or the shopping part.   Luckily with this installation, I ended up just returning a few items :).  Cuz we all hate returning things right?

Probably my most fave item I found was this gorgeous very heavy crystal lamp.  

Other fave lil pieces I've added in the other part of the room:

One of my "trade only" items we can order is this wood finial.  It's a large, tall, heavy piece and beautifully carved aged grey wood from Kalalou below.  Blue porcelain remains classic in interiors and I have this thing for any gorgeous stones or rocks in a home such as the agate bookends from ZGallerie:

Like what you see?  If you want to see more of this beautiful lakeview home for sale, then click this link HERE.   My client has changed up some of her styling in the kitchen since the real estate pics were taken too.  It's a great home in the beautiful Lakeway area,  top rated Lake Travis School District and has an amazing lake view plus a tennis court below.  You can also keep your golf cart in the garage and mosey over to the various golf courses in the area.

I'm really working on the regularity of blogging.  I dropped the ball for months and just didn't feel like writing.  I stay active the most on our IG or FB pages because we're always short on time.  A quick snapshot here and there is well, EASY.  But I know that there are some of yall that have asked about more blog posting and I appreciate it because I really didn't know that many people read them.  Rachel and I are going to work on a system where one of us regularly writes about design and what we're up to....and in the coming months we're working to get some photos of recent projects.  Our website/portfolio  is way over due for updating as well.   All of this takes time but we'll get there!

Cheers to the weekend,

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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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