What We’re Working On Wednesday: Kitchen Faucets

Well…seems like summer is over.  My chickens have been back in school now for two whole days, so I guess it’s official.  Boo!  I am so grateful though for a wonderful school that makes it easy to go back.  When kiddos are excited about a new year, then it must be good, right?  I hope you all had a fantastic summer break.

4th and 8th grade…say what???

I made a quick trip to Dallas yesterday to work on a few things for an incredible kitchen remodel we are planning .  I am super super excited about this one…encaustic tile backsplash, reclaimed white pine cabinets, exposed copper conduit…its going to be so fabulous!  One thing still to source is the kitchen faucet and that was tops on my list yesterday.

Made my first stop at Waterworks.  I’ve had a major crush on Henry for the last two years and I couldn’t wait to see him in person.  And he did not disappoint.  I mean seriously…look at him!  

I’m not sure exactly what it is, I think its just his simplicity with out being too “anything”…not too industrial, not too showy, not too fancy and definitely NOT an egomaniac!  Because who needs that from your kitchen faucet, right?  Goodness, just hush and provide water and look great while doing it.  Thanks.

After I said my goodbyes to Henry, I made my way over to Westside Kitchen & Bath.  I’ve worked with these guys for a couple of years now and if you need anything plumbing or hardware related, they are an excellent source.  Bless Scott’s heart.  I know he wants to kill me most of the time.  

Was hoping to see this lovely option in person, but no luck. I’m fairly familiar with Rocky Mountain Hardware and I am mad over their finishes.  They are hands down my favorite.  This faucet option is rather perfect as well.  Again, not too anything.  Just really good design.

Another option that I think could work nicely is this one from Newport Brass.  A bit more traditional in style, but still clean-lined.  The polished nickel finish is very pretty.

And finally, this one from Herbeau.  Yes, it’s rather “frenchy” (duh, they are from France) but they have a bit of edgy-ness to them that makes them cool.  I am particularly fond of the wall mounted version.

So there you have it…a few of our favorite facuets.  Don’t even get us started on unlacquered brass.  It’s so hot right now and we LOVE it!

Hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday!

A Passion for Pillows

It’s true…we pretty much love pillows over here at JJI.  They are always one of the first components we consider when putting together a design concept for our clients. Every project needs a starting point, and 9 times out of 10, it’s the pillow fabric that points me in a certain direction.  Then I have to talk incessantly about it until my incredible assistant, Laurie, wants to claw her eyes out.

“So let’s use this fabric for the sofa, this fabric for the chairs and we HAVE to use this fabric for the pillows.  Oh my gosh, look how good that looks.  It’s because of that pillow fabric.  Ok done…that’s it.  Hmm, hold on.  Would that look good in my Living Room?  Oh my gosh, I have to have this.  Right now.  Because look how good it looks.”

Poor Laurie.  

On the other hand, they are typically the last piece of the puzzle to actually write up and send over to our incredible seamstress, Angela.  That’s either because I work best under pressure, or because I like to have 99.9% of all the other decisions made and out of the way so I can really concentrate on the pillows.  Because do you know how many options there are for the design and details of pillows?  Trust me, there’s a lot. We don’t skimp on the details AT ALL, and every pillows is custom designed, so they take a while.  They are always worth the wait though. 

Right now we are in the middle of finalizing a few pillows designs for a client’s Master Bedroom, and about to start up on some more for a playroom.  While looking through my Pillow board for inspiration, I also thought to consider looking back at some of our past designs.  Although we don’t like to duplicate ourselves from project to project, it’s always fun to reminisce.

And a few of our all-time favorites

All of our full-service projects include custom-designed pillows, but we can also design and fabricate pillows for you through our hourly Consultations.  New pillows are a great way to bring a fresh look to your existing space.  Be in touch if you would like more information.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


PS – For even more inspiration, check out Laurie’s Pillow Project board.  My good friend, Holly’s website also has tons of great ideas. 

What We’re Working on Wednesday

How about a little alliteration to end your day?  Or how about I just need an excuse to blog.  Whatever works, wright? (so funny like that, I am!)

To start off this new series, here is a glance at two super fun projects in progress. 

We are in the middle of a complete face lift to a sweet family’s entire upstairs.  Painting every square millimeter, all new flooring, new lighting, new hardware, new furnishings where needed and lots of goodies for the kids’ rooms.  The Master bedroom is going to be out of this world!  But for today, check out what a huge difference just the new mirrors have made!  More pictures to come next week after we complete this bathroom.

Earlier this week, we presented 4 preliminary design concepts for another family’s Playroom.  We are anxiously awaiting to hear which one they will choose!  Loved reading all your comments on IG and FB. We are keeping our favorite under wraps so as to not influence our clients’ decision, but whatever they choose, it’s going to be FANTASTIC! Which one would you choose?

(No judging please…because don’t we ALL have rooms like this in our lives?  Even if it’s not necessarily a room in the traditional sense of the word.)

We are also counting down the days til summer and til the arrival of Miss Mary Hays Gautreau, Jenny Johnston Interior’s first baby!  I am so excited for Laurie and her husband, Brandon. We just need her to not come early so Laurie can enjoy seeing the results of all her hard work on all of our projects that will wrap up here in the next few weeks.  So, see you soon, Mary Hays, but not before June 15th, ok?

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading and hope your Wednesday has been Wonderful!


Happy 2014 + a Spring Promotion

Hi there!  I sure hope your 2014 is off to a great start and that you have fully recovered from the holidays.  My family and I spent lots of time in Texas, as we usually do for most holidays.  We enjoyed a serene Christmas day hike along the Middle Bosque River in central Texas, and then spent lots of time in Houston enjoying the big city life.  Polar opposites indeed!

After taking most of the two weeks off from work, I was anxious to get back to business.  2013 was a really fantastic year for Jenny Johnston Interiors.  I learned new ways of doing the business side of design (check out all of Tobi Fairley’s courses if you’re interested in this) , and completed lots of great projects. I’m excited to continue implementing all these lessons and ideas in 2014, as well as creating fantastic interiors for our clients.

What about you?  Did you make any resolutions for 2014?  Did any of them include your own personal home?  Well, if you did, we have just the offer to help you get that goal in motion!

To help you get a jump start on whipping your house into shape, we are offering a Spring Promotion.  To take advantage of this offer, you must sign up by February 28 though, so don’t delay.  If you aren’t quite sure how your project falls into one of our categories, no worries.  Get in touch…we’d love to chat with you!  This offer applies to new clients only.  If you are a current client, be in touch as well…we wouldn’t ever forget you!!

Hope you all have a fantastic week – Jenny

Miss Millie Gets A Makeover

Remember this post when I was having a moment of unspoken buyers remorse and started looking at the local real estate listings four months after we moved in?  Remember this house in particular that I said is my kind of house in terms of the state it was in when it was on the market?  

Well guess what…

Miss Millie is back and she’s better than ever before!  She’s not mine, but I did get the opportunity to pretend she was mine by helping make all the selections to give her new life.  

Although fairly clean and well taken care of, she needed lots of cosmetic help as you can see.

And now in all her glory!

 A lighter color paint scheme for the siding, new darker color for shutters and front door.
 Hardwood floors in all the main living areas.
 Fabulous new kitchen with stainless appliances and greige colored cabinets.  Delicatus granite is the countertop.
The existing wall and enclosed bar between the kitchen and the family room was removed to make this all one nice open space.  New French doors added to let more light in and better access to the covered patio.
 Master Bath:  Removing the closet door allowed for a freestanding tub.  (Scroll up to the before pictures to see this same view…hardly recognizable)
 Master Bathroom:  Looking the other direction towards the separate toilet and shower area.  The walk-in shower is very large with multiple shower heads.  Separate vanities have Dark Emperador marble tops.
The Family Room got new paint and a reclaimed timber mantle.

Isn’t she pretty???

Miss Millie boasts 5 bedrooms/4.5 baths/2 car garage in addition to a huge playroom, a legitimate laundry room, Living/Dining Room and a Family Room.  Everything has been renovated…bathrooms, kitchen, paint, flooring, fixtures, hardware, countertops, appliances, landscaping.  You name it, its new.  She sits on an oversized, corner lot in the Spring Lake subdivision in Shreveport (510 Millicent Road).  You need to go check her out in person.  There really are some great details not featured here.  She’s a fantastic house!

If you have any interest in becoming her forever family, the listing is here.

Thanks to my sweet friend A for letting me help you with this.  It was fun and I say let’s find another!

Have a good one!