Progress on Kim’s Living Room

I have been ignoring all that needs to be done to my home lately.  It’s been busy here and too many details have been put aside for other details.  Well, I am finally ready to get going on finishing some things around here.  I worked a bit on the Living Room.  I still have several key elements to go but this is what has changed this past week…

I added the sign from the Office.  Partially because I needed to take it out of the office to make way for new shelving coming and partially because I wanted the sign and lighting above the couch.  Now…to hide the cord.  In this photo you can see we also added some curtains and a wooden valance.  It is salvage wood and a few cuts and screws.  Easy and free.

Before . . .

I found the side table in great shape at a TN yard sale last Summer for $15.  The fan and typewriter are also from sales.  The lamp is from Kirkland’s for $30! The couch is Macy’s floor model from many years ago.

This coffee table {weighs a ton} is simply salvage wood with logs as legs.  Completely free and a conversation piece.  It lived outside for a very long time {and with different legs that didn’t last} but recently found it’s way inside because we desperately needed a coffee table!

It used to be here in my MN home . . .

I am still unsure about the fireplace.  I want to rip it apart and start over.  There is a huge crack in the marble and it just needs to be updated.  Stay tuned for this.  For now, I ripped out a few pages of a book about pencil drawings and hung them with a single nail.  I like the simplicity of it all.

Well…gettin’ there.  I need more seating, a rug and a few details that will add color and make the room feel complete.  I’m working on a ton of things right now and I’ll be sharing over the next couple of months.  Lots new!!

admin - The design and look of the fireplace was one of the main features we loved about this home…and one of the few things we didn’t change. I still like it but a huge crack in the marble plus the giant gaps around the opening to the fireplace {where we took out the old gold surround} is a great excuse to change it up!! I’ll post photos of a closeup of the issues. We would love to see photos of your space…feel free to send!!

admin - Thank you! I get creative when shooting to avoid highlighting the cracks and flaws. There really is a bummer of a huge one. I can live with it but it’s an excuse to renovate!!

liz - Love the sign, it really makes that wall a great focal point. Funny thing about your fireplace, I just redid mine and now it looks exactly like the one you want to rip out and update. I love the new look of my fireplace with its marble surround and white mantle, but am very curious to see how you update yours.

Melina - It looks so pretty!! I really love the marble fireplace-the crack isn’t visible in the photos at all.

Homemade Pillow and Doll

Happy New Year Friends!!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 is off to a happy and healthy start for you!  In looking back at our 2014 posts, I found some drafts of posts that I never quite finished but still wanted to share with you.

Today I (Natalie) am going to share a sewing project I did a year ago when I became an aunt again to my darling niece, Maevin. In October my mom,sister,and I flew out to my other sister’s home in CA to celebrate my niece’s 1st birthday.  If you have followed our blog for a while, you may know that I am a “beginner” at sewing.  Pillows are pretty much the only thing I have attempted to create.  But last fall I became inspired to test my skills.  I saw a “The Black Apple Doll”  on Martha Stewart and decided it would be the perfect gift for my new niece.

It was touch and go but in the end, it turned out pretty darn cute.  I even made a coordinating pillow with an appliqued design to go with it.  I used fabric scraps that I had on hand that would coordinate with her nursery.

Here are the fabrics I used for the pillow.

And here is a photo I took of the final product with my phone.

I wish I could show you a step by step tutorial on how I did the doll, but like I said…It was touch and go.  You’d be better off following the tutorial I linked to above on Martha’s site.

Here is the finished project…

And here is my beautiful niece with her dollie at 1 year old.

We had a wonderful time in CA celebrating little Maevin.

admin - Thanks you Amy!!!

Amy Peterson - Sooooooo cute!!! Beautiful job on both Nat!!!!

Laundry Room Flooring and In-Progress Shots

These are kinda before photos.  I forgot to snap a few of this space before we touched it at all.  In this photo I have already painted the walls {from a peach color} and freshened the doors and trim with a white gloss.  We have also moved in our Washer and Dryer from the old house, including the table top thing that we had over the appliances.  We have also hung hooks on the walls…an ASAP/temporary project to hold our jackets, school bags, etc.

To keep costs down and still have a good looking and functional floor for a room with water and traffic, we ended up going linoleum again.  What??!?!!  Yep, we chose a checkered B&W pattern in tiles and used glue to get ‘em down.

You can see where we removed the quarter-round from the bottom of the floor molding.  I needed to sand/scrape down the dried paint pooled where it used to meet the quarter-round and then repaint that trim because the new flooring was going to be shallower.

You can see the lovely LAYERS of linoleum in this room.  What was lucky about this combo is that the sticky brown tiles are on top of the white layer that wasn’t glued down…so taking up the floor was pretty easy {easier than the ultra-sticky kitchen tiles}.

We went with these tiles/glue:

Standard Excelon Imperial Texture 12 in. x 12 in. Classic Black Vinyl Composition Commercial Tiles {about 90 cents per tile}

Armstrong Premium Floor Tile Adhesive {about $15 per gallon}

Here is where we are currently {and working on it}…

The light bulb hangs from the ceiling because {yet again} the lighting was not installed correctly.  We have to do an overhaul on that before we can add lighting…hence the poorly lit photos.

I painted the top half of the walls and ceiling a fresh new white.  It helps to open up the shorter ceiling in this space.  Brant added some great shelving to replace the yucky wire ones.  I stained them dark and I am still working on all of that.  I am going to re-paint the bottom half of the walls, work on the washer/dryer area and add coat storage and more.

This space needs some major personality added but the flooring made a huge difference.  Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this space for organization, shelving, lighting and more.

Pallet Wood Christmas Trees

 Today I want to share a fairly simple DIY Christmas decoration or gift idea.  You’ve seen many fun projects done with wooden pallets over the last couple of year, but here is one I came up with last year getting ready for a holiday sale. 

 Pallets are pretty accessible these days.  You’ll often find them free on the side of the road or on Craigslist.  Even if they aren’t free they are usually pretty inexpensive.  So other than a pallet, you will need a saw to cut through them as well as some sand paper.  Here is the basic idea of how I cut the pallets to get 2 trees.

See, not too difficult!!!  Hope you are enjoying this holiday season so far and the Christmas spirit is filling your heart with warmth!  Have a great day!!

Happy Thanksgiving

During this time of Thanksgiving we wanted to take the time to thank YOU.  There are a million people we could list individually for all of the love, support and help we are grateful for over the years but this post is about YOU…our reader.  We started this venture a few years ago as a fun thing.  We had no idea the adventures it would bring.  It has been wonderful to create and share with you.  It has been amazing to see your rooms and hear your ideas.  We appreciate your support and your encouragement.  You are our extended family and we could not be more thrilled to have you!

Thank you for going on this journey with us…through home renovations, breaking bones, moving to different states and finding new ways to create.  It is truly our pleasure to invite you into our homes and our lives to celebrate each organizational victory and mourn each bad paint color.  We hope we have inspired you or at least given you advice from our mistakes to avoid.  We hope you have enjoyed seeing transformations and continue to be curious about what is next.

Thank you for being a part of JosieJones.


A Christmas Occasional Sale

For those of you in the Twin Cities Area, I wanted to let you know that I will be selling items at the Le Garage Girls Christmas Sale that begins this Thursday (Nov.20, 2014).  This group of gals are amazingly talented and their items are very reasonably priced.   I am so excited to be invited as a guest vendor !  Stop by and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping or get some holiday decorating inspiration!  Make a day of it and grab lunch or dinner downtown Stillwater!

Le Garage Girl’s Christmas Sale

Join the Le Garage Girls for some MERRIMENT and good CHEER!

We will be featuring home-made Christmas stockings,

pillows, ornaments and other vintage finds!

We will have fresh greens and birch to deck your porch!

Christmas Sale

Thursday, November 20 / 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Friday, November 21 / 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, November 22 / 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Located at:

822 3rd St S, Stillwater, Minnesota

Visit their Facebook Page for more details…

Le Garage Girls on Facebook

Hope you can make it!!!


Kim - I wish I could be there!!! I ALWAYS find something I cannot love with out at the sale!!

Kim’s Master Bedroom Re-Painted

We used a Benjamin Moore paint color for the Master Bedroom when we moved in a year ago.  I was not impressed.  We need to be able to wipe the walls…Jones leaves his drool marks.  When we wiped the Benjamin Moore paint, you could see every wipe mark AND the stain we were trying to remove.  Bummer.

This time, we went romantic and cozy.  …and it made all the difference in the world!  Everything seemed to come together with this new color…the curtain rod, the side tables, flooring & art plus I love the whites popping against the dark.  I feel like I can’t even capture in photos how awesome this room is…I am in love and never want to leave it!  Plus, the paint we used was magical.  It covered in one pass so rich and thick that there are no places that we need to remedy after it dried plus it went on smooth and clean with minimal smell.



Paint by Behr Marquee

Interior Matte, Stain-Blocking Paint & Primer

Color: Stealth Jet (with deep base 1453)

Purchased at Home Depot for around $40

Next . . .

1. New White Duvet or Comforter that is bigger so it hangs lower on each side

2. Paint the cove

3. Update the ceiling fan with a little spray paint

A Guest Room and Game Room Beautifully Designed

 Happy November!!  Today I’m going to share with you 2 final amazing spaces from my clients, Amber and Keith’s home.  Again, I can’t take any credit for these spaces as they were done by Amber before we met.  But I just think she did an amazing job with them and wanted to share them with you all.

I’ll start with their 3rd floor guest room…

I LOVE this room!  It is so serene and charming.


I love the bed centered in front of the window.  This can be tricky to do sometimes but I think it works perfectly with the angled ceilings and the symmetry of the room.

And just down the hall from the guest room is their game room and a hangout space for their girls.  With all of the angled ceiling, this can be a really difficult space to work with but Amber has done an amazing job!

Notice the great black and white poster size prints on the wall.  This photos are of each of their grandparents from way back in their glory days!  I think that the large prints really help keep this space feel open and airy.

One of the main attractions is this retro Jukebox that they bought years ago when they were newly married.  So fun!!!

A simple Ikea love seat with some fun pillows add to the playful feel of this space!

Most of the furnishings and accessories you see are from Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Target, and Ikea.  Amber is a great deal shopper, a girl after my own heart!  Hope you enjoyed another glimpse into their beautiful home!!!

Have a wonderful day!!