Moore is More

Summer is here (hooray!) and what better way to kick it off than sharing all the details of a bright new family room project we recently completed.

The Moore family came to us with hopes of updating their existing space to make improvements for resale purposes, but also to invest in furnishings that they could move to their new dream home being built with in the next year.

Improvements would include bringing more light into the space, updating the built-in bookcases, and finally ridding them of the mirror over the mantle!

Furnishings needed to better accommodate their family plus more for gatherings, but the biggest request was lighter fabrics that weren’t so serious.

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Based on our conversations, our clients chose this layout for their new furnishings.  It not only works better for the space, but also allows their family to gather around the heart of the room: the fireplace!  (oh, ok…and the tv)

Final Floorplan

We presented a scheme containing crisp blue and green fabrics, Sherwin William’s Sea Salt wall paint and and a seagrass rug to create a welcoming room with lots of personality.  Nothing serious here!

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To help stretch our budget, we planned to keep the existing bookcase and end table, and to slipcover existing parsons chairs.

 

Moore-Casegoods

We presented an either/or option to our client for the coffee table, but we ended up using both the ottoman and the trunk. Bringing in the upholstered ottoman helped to break up the different wood stained casegoods, and it added seating.  The pine truck serves as extra storage, something everyone needs.

Moore-Coffee-TablePart of our design process is to commission hand renderings of the space as it really helps everyone visualize the design concept.  I am always amazed by how well these really end up looking like the installed space!  Jane really knows her stuff!

Moore-Rendering

 

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At the end of install day, we had this to leave for our clients to come home to!

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LOOK – no more disco mirror or brass freplace screen!

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Moore Details

 

Our client loves what the new colors and additional light have done for the room, saying that “the blues and greens made the room feel fun, yet peaceful.”  She also loves the different vintage pieces of furniture we added.  “The small footstool, the bamboo chest and antique pine trunk, each piece adds such character to the space”.

We couldn’t agree more…it’s ALWAYS in the mix that makes a room!  And the fabulous original artwork from Ellen Blanchard definitely added to it uniqueness.

Thank you Beth & John Michael for being so easy to work with and trusting of our ideas.  We loved creating this fresh and happy space for your family and are thrilled with the outcome.

Happy Summer, Everyone!

 

Rossi Renovation

We wrapped up our #rossireno project a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share the details of this amazing transformation with you.

Our client came to us with dreams of a new master bathroom and one that didn’t resemble ANYTHING similar to what she had.  It was old, had horrible lighting, and didn’t function well at all.  She wanted the whole space to be reworked and her only requirement was that she wanted a bathtub. Other than that, she was good with however we could make the space more functional, and of course, pretty.

The EXISTING arrangement:  lots of walls that created lots of awkward spaces, two closets, one vanity cabinet with one sink and a really old scary-ish stall shower.  We knew immediately that it all had to go!

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Given one big open space to work with that equaled to roughly 100 square feet and her requests, we considered a few different variations…pedestals vs. vanity cabinets, built-in tub vs. freestanding tub, tub/shower vs. separate units.  What we ultimately decided on was pedestal sinks and a separate tub and shower.  We also planned for recessed medicine cabinets over both sinks for additional storage.  The tub would be placed between two built- in linen cabinets with mirrors above to help reflect the light and open the space even more.

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The finishes would be light and bright – white plumbing fixtures with polished nickel trims, hardware and light fixtures.

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The tiles we chose for the space would consist of marble floors, white porcelain field tile with marble accents and a penny tile mosaic for the shower floor and niches.

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Demo day finally came, and just as renovations would have it, progress came to a halt as soon as it started.  Upon further inspection, it was determined that the box in the corner could not go…UGH!  I still really don’t completely understand, but it was the floor or something of the other room and if we wanted it to go, it would have to be re-built in the lower room.  That wasn’t in the budget, so we just decided to work with it.  Since it was located in the space where we were wanted a linen cabinet, it just became a false lower cabinet.  I hated giving up that storage space for the user of the sink on that side of the bathroom and the extra mirrors over the linen, but that was the best option we had.  We also then had to tweak slighty how those cabinets would look and function.  Because of the depth of the box, we faked out the back of the upper cabinets to a more reasonable depth, and built the cabinets to the ceiling.  That created a nice cozy nook for the tub and in the end, all was well.

A few shots DURING renovation:

 

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We finally began to see the light at the end of the tunnel and after four months of renovation the bathroom is complete!

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When asked what her favorite part about her new space is, she replied “the beautiful floors and finally having a bathtub! Calling it a “retreat” and “like a spa” she also says it’s the perfect place to unwind and end her day.

We have to agree that we are in love with those floors and can hardly believe the transformation from tiny little dysfunctional, dark spaces to one giant room full of light, storage and other luxuries.  This project was a true reminder to us that you don’t have to have a huge budget nor tons of space to create a beautiful space.

Thank you, Lynette, for asking us to be a part of your bathroom renovation.  We enjoyed every bit of the process and hope you enjoy it for many years to come!

 

Junior League Kitchen Tour

Happy Tuesday to ya!  Wanted to take a quick second to let you all know about a great event coming up in Shreveport.  The Junior League of Shreveport/Bossier is hosting it’s first ever Kitchen Tour on Saturday Nov.1 and y’all will not want to miss this!  We had the pleasure of previewing the 10 kitchens on the tour and let me tell you that these are 10 incredible kitchens!  Such a wide variety of styles and very refreshing visiting each of these in person.

We are honored to have one of our favorite projects on the tour. Our incredibly awesome clients-turned-friends (the best kind, BTW) have agreed to open their home to the tour and I hope you will all enjoy seeing this kitchen in person.  No matter how pretty the pictures are, the real deal is always better!  And this is true of all the kitchens on the tour.  Trust me…just go.

Tricia and Jason Romero Residence



But wait…that’s not all!  Along with touring and seeing each of these fantastic kitchens in person, there will also be raffle prizes at each stop.  Great prizes such as grills and outdoor furniture and crawfish tables for these raffle items.  And the grand prize?  You guessed it!  A KITCHEN MAKE-OVER!

You can enter the grand prize contest by getting your “tour pass” punched at all 10 houses or by purchasing a $25 grand prize raffle ticket online or the day of. Yours truly will be designing the kitchen along with the following local businesses: 

Floors and tile backsplash: B&J Flooring
Lighting: River Cities Lighting
Paint: Harrison Paint
Sink & Faucet: LCR Plumbing Warehouse
Counter Tops: Sheppard’s Countertops
Glass: Glass Services
Contractor: Jackson Construction
The winner will be drawn at the close of the Kitchen Tour at the Kitchen & Bath Cottage
 at approximately 5:00 pm.  The winner does not need to be present to win.

All the information about the tour date, times, brunch and drawings is available here.  Get your tickets now and we hope to see you on the tour!
-Jenny

Shopping List: Back-to-School

Another summer has come and gone…(REALLY, where did it go?) and while getting back into the groove of things can sometimes be challenging, we get really excited over back-to-school supplies! Check out some of our favorite finds that will hopefully get you organized, or at the very least make your home office look cute. 


This Glimmer-Dipped Journal from Anthropologie is the perfect size to throw in a tote or keep on your desktop and with it being unlined it’s great for jotting down those brilliant ideas
Speaking of totes, how cute is this White Dotty Tote from Poketo? Spacious and ideal for any on-the-go gal
Start each day with a quote from one of our favorite TV shows? Yes, please!! You can pick up a Downtown Abbey 2015 desk calendar at Urban Outfitters
If you’re a stacker, be an organized and stylish one with these Get a Grip Kate Spade Binder Clips found online at Papyrus
A drawer is nice, but sometimes you just want easy access to your things. The bronze Codify Pencil Holder from Anthropologie is just that. Easy access and easy on the eyes. 
My big chunky wallet has been annoying me lately since all I really need is my debit card and I.D. these days. I’m thinking this Honeycomb Card Case is just what I need to throw in the diaper bag and go!
These translucent Yummy Folders from Russel + Hazel are just too delicious….love them and your kids will too! 
And last but not least, you are going to need these adorable Bamboo Pens to make yourself a list and get to the store! 

We hope everyone has a GREAT School Year! – Laurie

Welcome Back, Laurie!

My sweet assistant, Laurie returned to work this week from maternity leave.  To say she was missed is a complete understatement!  After spending 4 days a week with her for just over a year, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself.  Fortunately it was during Summer Break when things are a little more laid back, but I really did miss her gentle spirit and her excellent efficiency.  She keeps so much of the behind the scenes going around here and I am so grateful she’s willing to spend time again with me and our clients. 

But it was all worth it because MARY HAYS!  Oh my goodness she is a bundle of squishyness and we cannot get enough of her!  And please…could y’all be more beautiful?  Stop it already.

The beauty doesn’t stop there, though.   Baby Girl’s room is perfect and the natural light is dreamy.  Laurie did an excellent job designing and decorating the room, and we almost love hanging out in her space as much as we do loving on that little blob of deliciousness.

So how about a little nursery tour?  It’s too good not to share!

I’m so happy to share Mary Hays’ nursery with everyone.  The project was definitely a labor of love and my most favorite one yet. The inspiration for the room derived from the art print below. One of my best friends helped with the design and wrote Mary Hays’ name in calligraphy. I then had it printed at Mint Julep Paperie (who also made adorable matching thank you notes), and framed it at Shreve Frame and Clock Gallery. The bamboo frame is so pretty and I love that it ties in with the bamboo shades and side table I found at Caboose Antiques. I love using local businesses when possible.

You would not believe how long I mulled over these crib pillows and I’m not going to tell you either because you’d think I was crazy, but as Jenny has mentioned in a previous post, we LOVE pillows! 
When I had leftover fabric from the chair slipcover I knew I wanted to repeat it in the crib, but I changed up the stripes by having it mitered. The green pillow I got for $17 at World Market and just had a peach ribbon sewn on. The white pillow came with the Pottery Barn bedding. The monogrammed applique is one of my favorite things in the room. Every southern nursery needs a good monogram!  I love how they all look together. 

The Wisteria Gilt Mirror above the changing table was also a big inspiration for the room. I found it on sale and asked for it for Christmas before I even knew what we were having! I love how big it makes the space feel and the antique brass used throughout the room compliments it well. 

The antique dresser is great for storage and what’s even better is that we already had it! A quick chalk paint project, and adding the changing pad on top, has easily made this piece the most used in the nursery. 

I’m obsessed with the cute coral lamps I found online at Lamps Plus and Fun Fact about them: They give you pantone and Sherwin Williams paint colors, which makes the decision process so much easier. 

Instagram is responsible for bringing me to the talented and amazing artist, Katherine Jury, who created the beautiful coral and peach prints above the lamps. Check her out she’s great! 
How cute is that piggy rocker? My husband Brandon got that for Mary Hays and I’m so in love it! 

Another favorite is the beautiful antique children’s armoire.  My MeMe gifted it to us and thank goodness she did because the nursery doesn’t have a closet so this serves the space well for appeal and functionality. 

Finding an iron crib was harder than I thought it would be, but after going back and forth between two vendors I decided to go with this one and I’m so happy I did. Its simple and elegant frame was just what I wanted and I like that its gender neutral. 

For the curtains I wanted custom all the way, BUT the budget was tight so I ended up just getting faux silk white panels from a department store and I dressed them up with a pretty brass floral tie-back. Maybe down the road we can switch them out, but for now they work just fine.
The glider is a special piece of furniture in the room and it’s also seen a lot of action! Jenny was so kind to let us use her daughter Kate’s chair. We just had a slipcover made in a pretty peach Pindler and Pindler stripe and it fits the space perfectly, not to mention it’s super comfy.  The matching ottoman and pillow were the last things made for the nursery. They were completed just two days before Mary Hays’ due date and would you believe that my mom and I actually built that ottoman? That was a sight at 9 months pregnant…

And last, but not least, two very special walls full of precious gifts and memories. The leaning wall shelves (we painted peach) are decorated with my nephew’s cowboy boots, me and my husbands baby pictures, special artwork gifted to Mary Hays, and lots of great books we can’t wait to read to her.

The gallery wall includes two of our favorite newborn pics, a letter Brandon wrote to Mary Hays and a scanned and printed copy of her cute, little hospital foot prints. The bamboo peg rack came from a European Antique store, that I totally ordered online, and holds one of my favorite daygowns.
   
I’m so happy with how it turned out and I love knowing that many of the pieces can be carried over to her “big girl” room. I couldn’t have done it without bouncing ideas off of Jenny constantly, so thank you for your guidance! I know Mary Hays will enjoy it for many years to come!!
Wishing you all a happy weekend – Jenny & Laurie

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!
-Jenny

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!

-Jenny

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!

-Jenny


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!