The New Joseph Guin Salon

I don’t consider myself much of a fashionista. I love to shop just as much as the next girl, but I’d rather be looking for the perfect mirror or a great old rug instead. I certainly appreciate beautiful clothes, I just don’t naturally want to spend my money there.

I might not be known as much of a beauty queen either. I think I’m still recovering from unfortunate hair styles and lipstick colors I chose to sport in my youth. Truly cringe-worthy. And although I love a mani/pedi, I have a hard time finding time to regularly go.

It’s apparent I need to find middle ground.

But the one thing I never ever ever miss is my hair appointment. It comes around every five weeks and I may have skipped chaperoning school field trips before because it was time for me to go see Joey.

I met Joey when I moved to Shreveport almost 7 years ago. My first friend here introduced me to him and I knew immediately he was the guy for me. Since then, Joey and I have become good friends. I suppose that happens often with your hair guy.  But more than what he does for my hair, I truly adore him. Joey is wise, witty, kind, has the most unique laugh, and loyal to a fault. 

And he always smells good.



We have also always enjoyed talking business stuff with each other. He’s kinda smart when it comes to that as well. When he told me about an old building in downtown Shreveport he bought and planned to renovate as a new location for his salon, I might have been more excited than he was!


Over the past 12 months, 711 Texas Street has been completely transformed. This historic building, formerly a grocery, a bank and more recently an extremely ugly office building is now the new location for the Jospeh Guin Salon. And y’all, it’s pretty fantastic!  Check it out!

BEFORE


Aside from a few overgrown bushes and a bit of an un-inviting front door, not too much changed on the outside.

The inside was a different story…it was dreadful.




DURING

HOORAY!!  Brick walls!

AFTER


Isn’t it incredible?  I venture to say there’s not much else like it in The Shreve!

With more square footage, there is now space for 8 stylists, as well as an aesthetician and a massage therapist.  Lots of new faces for all you men downtown to walk in for a cut.  Mamas who are used to the former location in the heart of our stomping grounds, it took me seven, SEVEN, minutes to drive downtown last week.  It was no biggie, promise.  And if you just feel like taking a look for yourself, an open house is scheduled for this Friday beginning at 6:30.  They would love to show you around!

The new salon can be reached at 318.865.2525 and is located at the southeast corner of Common and Texas.  There is always reserved parking in the parking lot adjacent to the building.  Look for the signs.

Joey – you have worked your tail off making the dream come true.  I know it was a long process and it was well worth the effort and the wait.  I’m over the moon for you! xxoo

-Jenny


Triple Dog Dare Ya!

I had a super fun meeting with a client and her husband today at his office.  His office is undergoing a little transformation and they asked me to help select new wallcovering, flooring and paint colors.  The changes they are making are subtle, but will really elevate the entire space.

During the walk thru, he showed me the kitchen.  It’s pretty small, but not terrible.  They are not fond of the floor at all, so that can definitely change.  Cabinet hardware and dated wallpaper can change too, thankfully.  Beyond those few areas, they didn’t really ask for any other suggestions except a new paint color for what little walls are in the space.  I’m fairly certain he didn’t ask for the following suggestion, but this is what he got, because I typically can’t keep my mouth shut when I’m excited about something:


him: “I’d like to bring some color into the kitchen.  Can we paint the walls?”


me: “Well, there really isn’t much wall space in here.  Doing that might make it feel a little choppy. What if the lacquer the whole space?  And what about a dark, moody navy color?”


him:  “Everything”


me:  “Yes, everything but the counter top, floor and backsplash. It would be so awesome!”


him:  “So everything would be navy?”


me:  “Practically.  It would be super cool.  Kind of glamorous.  Kind of modern.  Kind of out of your box. It would be fantastic!”


him:  “It’s all blue?”


And then just imagine a few more exchanges like the above where he stood stoically, taking it all in while I continued to spew superlatives at him like I was in 8th grade again.


And then, crickets…

So since I had not come to the meeting prepared to throw at him my crazy ideas, I emailed him the following pictures.



I know this look is not new, but does anyone else think I’ve lost my mind to suggest this to him?  I know I would do this in a heartbeat in my own house.  I love small, funky, spaces to test the waters.  Plus, I think I’m still crushing on this “lacking hue or brightness” color.

They are still pondering the idea and there is probably a bigger chance we won’t do it, and that is ok.  I completely get it.  They work there everyday, not me.  I just love it though when clients are willing to make bold design moves.


So what about you?  Any space in your home or office where you’d be willing to step out of your box?  Or would that one space just make you crazy…just can’t go there…afraid you couldn’t go back?  What ultimately holds you back?


Would love to hear your thoughts.


Happy Friday, yall!

French Major

I have a dream…

I have a dream of having my own office space. 
I have a dream of having my own office space that is not located in my house. 
I have a dream of having my own office space that is not in my house, but is still convenient. 
And free. 
With lots of natural light and legitimate storage.
And pretty.

Hmmm…something is ringing a bell.




These two outbuildings sit at the end of our property. They are in desperate need of TLC and not pretty. And unless you count the baby owl that dived bombed me from the rafters of the greenhouse yesterday, I’m not sure when the last time the cabin was inhabited since it was built in 1937.

Currently the greenhouse is fronting as free storage of my un-diagnosed hoarding tendency purchases. It’s the worst of the two buildings. 

The cabin is in a tad bit better shape, but can’t be used as is. It has a bedroom, a full bath and a nice big workshop. I always wonder about who might have lived there before.  It too is full, but of the Mr.’s tools and such that he uses every single day. I just can’t keep him out of there. I beg him to come spend time with me and the children, but he’s just out there in his own little world. We miss him terribly. It’s a sad situation.

Since I’ve got these two buildings, I think I ought to used them in a better way. Agree?

And so begins Operation “Get-Jenny’s-Stuff-Outta-The-Greenhouse-So-I-Can-Move-The-Mr.’s-Stuff-Outta-The-Cabin-And-Into-The-Greenhouse-So-I-Can-Turn-The-Cabin-Into-Jenny’s-Office-And-Guest-House”.

And just like that, French Major has been brought back to life!


French Major, in the past, has been my little pretend way of playing shopkeeper.  And a way to justify said hoarding tendency purchases.  I took a little break from it about 2 years ago when I really did think the TV show producers might show up on my doorstep.  But we are back in action now!  This time taking up residence at Timeline Antiques. I’ve spent the better part of three days getting it all ready for your retail therapy sessions this weekend.  Come and check it out in person.  There are many new dealers as well and lots of good finds!



Timeline Antiques is located at 3323 Line Avenue in Shreveport, LA.  Open Monday-Saturday from 10-5.

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

-Jenny



DALLAS ROCKS

This Shreveport girl, who was born and raised in Houston and whose heart will always be in that humid, mosquito infested, concrete heaven that it is, would NEVER go around claiming that the Big D has somehow taken over the ranking of my top Texas city.  I’m pretty loyal to my roots, so no need to worry, promise.

However, Dallas Rocks Jewelry Auctions, does indeed rock, and rightfully so because it is the brainchild behind my super fly cousin and her equally stylish friend.  

I’m sure you have all seen this new format of online auctions taking place on the Facebook, right?  Well this is no different in that aspect, but what is different is the price point and the selection.  I mean seriously…I bought this ring at last week’s auction for $17!

And here are a few items that will be up for sale TONITE (9/18) – check it out!

And this is just a small sampling of what they will have tonite.  They typically post between 20 and 30 items for each auction.

So here is what you do (because you know that I know that you want to join in the fun):

-Go to their FB page here and like them
-A little before 8:30 pm CST, go directly to their page and get ready (you can view from your news feed too, but the pics might get lost in all your other friends’ updates)
-As soon as they post a picture of something you want, comment with the word “ROCK” followed by your email address.  

And more than likely, the item is yours!  There are limited quantities of each item (which is noted with the price), and with the number of people all on their page at the same time, you might not see that other people are “ROCK”-ing as well.  So you need not delay.  If you want it, you better do it as soon as you see it.  Got it?

After all pictures have been posted, they will remain on the feed for a set time, and then they are gone. The winners list will be posted, the invoices sent out the next day, and your rocks shipped out shortly there after.  Easy as pie!

Shipping is FREE, and if you don’t have the pleasure of living in the greatest state in the Union (that would be Texas), your sadness will be eased by not having to pay sales tax.  We Texans are cool like that!

So I better see you all online tonite and every Tuesday after that, ok?  And do me a favor, when you like their page today, drop Mel and Jeanne a note that I sent you.

Rock On – Jenny

PS – a little tip…you have to refresh the page to see the new posts. It doesn’t update automatically and you don’t want to miss anything.  I refreshed mine constantly last week.


I Have Yard-Fright

My littlest chicken LOVES to be outdoors and has always enjoyed planting flowers and such with me.  The former owners of our house had quite the green thumbs and because of that fact, there is always something in bloom in our yard, which leads to an almost daily gathering of flowers for Tot.  I’d say she’s pretty good and putting them together, huh?

But no matter how many blooms there are out there, it’s an old garden in need of major attention and currently making me feel claustrophobic.  And guess who doesn’t have the first clue how to go about giving it the proper attention it needs!  I’d like to think that I have all the time and desire in the world to play around out there everyday (because that’s what it would require), but honestly, I don’t.  I like to plant flower pots and perhaps tackle a small bed or two, but 1.13 acres scares the fire out of me!!  It’s too hot really to do any major work to it right now, so I’ll just keep everything alive in the mean time.  Perhaps the fall will bring fresh eyes and courage. Who knows, hopefully one day we can add a pool similar to this.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  Simple and perfect!

Oh, and while we’re at it, I’d like this little walkway down to the pool, ok?  Thanks.

Until that day comes, anyone have any tips how to go about tacking a maintenance job of this size?  I really just need the majority of it cleaned up and trimmed back.  Then I could consider reworking a few of the beds closer to the house, especially on the front of the house. Has anyone ever DIY-ed this size yard with little or no paid labor helpers?  Would love to know any secrets.  I’m guessing good old blood, sweat and tears is going to be the answer…
Have a great week – Jenny

Happy 4th of July!

Are yall having a good summer??  Ours is filled with lazy days but it’s flying by…PLEASE SLOW DOWN!

We are off to spend the holiday in Dallas with our cousins.  This time last year we were celebrating the Mister’s 40th birthday.  It was so much fun!!  I do love a party, don’t you?  Maybe not as much the hours leading up to the party, but full bellies, great laughs and time spent with friends and family is the reason I love them.  Even if its a more low-key event like my setting above for his special day this year, planning and hosting a party is one of my most favorite things to do.

Whatever you have on tap for today, I hope its full of fun, family, friends and sparklers galore!

Have a good one – Jenny

PS – At said party above, the younger crowd set up an Instagram account for me.  I’m still not positive I know exactly what to do, but if you feel like following me, I’m at jennyjohnstoninteriors.  Currently I only have 15 year olds and younger following me…I’m so hip!

Stalking The Local Real Estate

It’s completely normal for someone who just bought a house 4 months ago to peruse the local real estate listings, right? 

No, we aren’t moving, but I do like to look “just in case”.  In case of what, I have no clue (ahem…the doctor who lives on the other side of the river who stopped by to inquire about purchasing our house…are you reading???), but it’s still fun to see what’s currently for sale.  If anything, it reinforces the purchase of our house, needed repairs and all!

Let’s start at the higher end and dream away.

How gorgeous is this Spanish style house?  Its in a very desirable neighborhood on a very nice street.  I paticularly like the finishes in the kitchen and the garage doors.

This Tudor is very charming and also in a very desirable section. I love the mature landscaping and those pretty azaleas.

I have long admired this historic house in one of the oldest neighborhoods.  I will sometimes drive out of my way just to slowly creep by the few houses in this section just to gaze at them all.  What an opportunity to own this home! I wish there were interior images.

Another very recognizable house.  I know that the family who lives here just recently renovated every inch. It’s located right across the street from the park and it was a precious sight at Halloween with many kids frolicing in the front yard.

How about we come back down to Earth and check out a few more listings.

This Spanish house we actually viewed before it was listed on the market.  We wanted it badly, but just could not make it work for our family.  I was very disappointed because to be able to buy a house already with spanish roof tiles, copper gutters and leaded glass windows was way more within my reach than to ever build a house with those finishes.  It is a GREAT house if you don’t need too much space.

And how precious is this yellow front door?!?!  Adorable.  This house is in the same neighborhood of our rent house and we LOVED living there.  Charming houses one after the other and very friendly atmosphere.  Looks like there is room out back for an office too.  Ok, so maybe I do want to move.  Oh I’m kidding. (sorta)
And this one is super cute too!  Love the exterior paint colors and the black kitchen cabinets. 

However…if my life depended on it, I’d buy this one in a heartbeat.  It’s exactly in the shape I want it which is untouched!  I’ve always bought the house that needs the most lovin’ and brought her back to life.  It has great space and a FABULOUS price.  I’d slap some white paint on the outside of that sucker, get a black metal roof and trick it out all modern farmhouse like.  Can’t you see it??


That’s a good sampling of what is out there right now.  If you want to see more in this specific area, the link to these and many others is here.  You will want to check them all out because there are some other really great ones I didn’t feature.  All the listings in Shreveport/Bossier area can be found here.  And by the way, it just so happens that my sweet friend, Lisa Hargrove, has most of these listing I mentioned here, but that was coincidence.  Lisa is one of the best, so of course she would have the best listings! 
So, who wants to be my neighbor?  I’ll make you moving day red beans and rice and cornbread.  I’ve been told it’s pretty good!
Have a great day – Jenny

I’m In Need Of An Intervention

Oh. My. Mercy. 

I’m completely addicted to Downton Abbey.  I know I’m extremely late to this party, and I know there are millions of similar blog posts out there, but can we just talk about it for a minute?

The scenery, the house, the costumes, the script, the actors…it’s an incredible feast for the eyes!  Thank goodness it’s Mother’s Day weekend because while I was cracking out on Season One, The Mister has been painting the laundry room (yes, a project I started and he seems to be finishing).  And my chickens think I’ve lost my mind because I can’t stop pretending we all live at Downton Abbey.

So now I need Season Two.  My supplier just hasn’t had time to watch Season Two yet (whatever).  Anyone in the greater Shreveport area have Season Two I can borrow tonight? Considering I watched Season One for seven hours straight, you’ll have it back in no time. I’m starting to shake otherwise!

So enjoy a few pics and please, do yourself a favor and go watch it now.  Heck, if you’ve already seen it, watch it again for Pete’s Sake!

Happy Birthday, Tot!

My littlest chicken’s 7th birthday was last week.  Since we are celebrating her birthday with friends after our Spring Break, I decided to throw an impromptu dinner party in her honor to help celebrate her special day. 

I needed  to do something quick, simple and inexpensive, but festive. I also wanted to actually make/bake something I had pinned.  That’s what it’s there for, right?? Seriously, what did we do before all this goodness was available at our fingertips! 

A few pics to share.  And please remember, I am NOT a photographer, ok?

At our house, when it’s your special day, you must wear the headband and eat from the plate!  You reign supreme for the day, and all food choices are yours all day long.  She obviously loves a carb, even if only in theroy.  She ate about two bites total.

My big girl stayed up late with me to prep the dining room with surprise ballons.  Balloons, ribbon and a little bit of fabric…that was all I used.  The Divne Twine was left over from The Mister’s party last summer.   

Balloon Garland – brilliant idea, no?
And this adorable cake…easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Was going to make dinner from Pinterest recipes as well, but I decided to stick with what I knew – Chicken Enchilada Casserole, yellow rice from a box (fancy), and my version of Mexican Green Salad (lettuce, tomatoes, rinsed black beans, drained shoepeg corn, diced avocado and Ranch dressing). 
All in all, she had a fun night and I was quite thrilled with how cute the decorations turned out.  Almost as cute as if I had agonized over every single last detail for months, like I would typically do for a party (ahem, note to self!).

And many thanks to our sweet friends, the Masons, who came to join the party after sleeing in a tent the night before.  I love NOT camping!

Have a great week!

-Jenny

Making Things Happen

I have been following these incredible ladies for a few years now.  Man are they inspirational!  And I feel so lucky to have been able to work with Emily on my logo.  She is a true gem.  Currently, I am participating in their Business and Branding webinars, but I have always wanted to join their Making Things Happen intensive workshop.  Maybe this year…

If you have the time, check them out here, here, here, and here.  I certainly don’t know how they do it all, but I love everything they do!

Thank you ladies!