Kim’s Home on JosieJones

After owning my photography business for over 10 years, it became more than just a job.  It became part of who I was.  It was hard to leave it all and start over.  It was even harder to know HOW to start over.  After being here a few months I am starting to find my path.  In the beginning of my move I made the decision to blog about our new home reno on Jones Design House so it didn’t take over JosieJones with but that left me double blogging on JJ and JDH plus it all got confusing.  Natalie has been so gracious in helping me figure it all out.  Here’s the plan…I am going to keep my DIY on JosieJones and keep JDH as more of a portfolio and design tips site.  I am doing a lot more with styling and marketing here than I ever imagined so it makes sense for JDH to be more focused on that.  Are you still with me?  Psheww!!

If you haven’t followed both blogs you will love my speed catch-you-up-on-my-house posting over the next couple of months.  If you have already seen some of this stuff, my apologies but hopefully it sparks something new!!

Let’s start with my move.  I have sent you all of the posts about the move, so you have a lot to look at today.


About the Actual Moving

Here is what we have been doing…

The week of Aug 12th-15th:

We packed every tiny little thing into a box, we had a revolving free pile on our front lawn and I didn’t vacuum the dog hair all week…what was the point until after the furniture was removed, right?

Here is the MASSIVE truck that came.  It was going to pick up 2 other apartments of stuff after our house too!

The stuff was piling and spilling out everywhere!

They had special crate guys come and build a crate for the kitchen island top.  All my free-cycling is actually costing cash right now!!

Our amazing neighbors let us use their garage to store our stuff in for over a week!!  Our garage is in front and theirs is behind.

Can you see the hardwood floors inside this truck?!?!!!

Jones was pooped!

Aug 16th:

We closed on our MN home and had the most amazing transfer to the most amazing buyer.  We found out she had made a Mood Board with photos from magazines of what kind of house she wanted to find and how she wanted to decorate it.   The tear sheets were made up of editorial publications from my house!  It was so cool!!  I am so happy for her and we will keep in touch!!

Aug 16th evening:

We crashed big time at Grandma’s house.  Thank you Grandma for taking care of the kids while we fell asleep at 6pm!

Aug 17 & 18:

We took to the road.  We had both cars so we drove separately, each with one kid.  We slept in whatever hotels were available to take on a 150lb dog.  It was quite the experience.

Aug 19th:

We closed on our new home and opened the doors to a new life.  It was filthy!!!!  This is an understatement.  Immediately we went to the hardware store and rented a carpet cleaning machine {the carpets will be slowly removed but for now, cleaning was needed.  We started painting all closets for preparation of the moving truck.  We ripped out a ton of things with mold from temporary window AC units that were there for 3 years plus unkempt bathrooms.  We slept on the floor, it was the most hot and humid days of the Summer and the AC was out.  Seriously?!?!??

Aug 21st:

The big moving truck arrived and couldn’t get down our long dirt driveway.  Oh my goodness, the movers had to unload the stuff on the street to another truck and then drive that truck down the driveway and unload again.  It was 95 degrees and more humid than I have ever felt.  I can’t say enough about the movers and how WONDERFUL they are.  We used Graebel moving company and it was the best experience we could have asked for involving moving.  I HIGHLY recommend them!!!  Now, our place was filled to the brim with stuff and we had just scratched the surface of the To-Do List.

Aug 26th:

The kids started school.  They are loving it.  They have already made new friends there and in the neighborhood.  Indy runs free in the backyard with no chain and barks nonstop at the cows.  We have the most wonderful new neighbors {who have been cutting our lawn for us!!}

It was all worth it.

The BEFORE Photos of the TN House

 The market exploded in TN when we were searching for a house and properties that have sat for years are all of the sudden gone in minutes.  By the time we arrived there, our list went from 15 houses down to 3 houses.  We were scrambling to get something squared away.  After an exhausting day of looking at houses that needed more work and cash flow than we were prepared for, we landed on this one below.  We stumbled across it in the dark and bid on it that instant, even without seeing the inside.  It is our new home and we could not be happier with the house, the school, the neighbors {which we have hung out with already} and the possibilities.  It is a newer house but still tons of potential for projects asap.  The house has been a bit neglected and I think you will like what we have in store for it!

Here are the MLS photos:

Let’s walk through the new house together so you can see it in it’s BEFORE state . . .

{super super rough} FLOOR PLAN

{ first floor }

{ second floor }












Looks like some fun renovating work, huh?

Amazing Master Bath Makeover in a Historical Home

I have lived in or near the historical town of Stillwater, MN all of my life.  If you’ve ever been there, you know that it is a beautiful town overflowing with amazing historical homes and architecture.  Recently I had the privilege to work with Keith and Amber who own an amazing 1906 American Craftsmen home .  It was a home I’d driven by a hundreds of  times and I was so thrilled to actually be able to step inside of it and see it’s amazing interiors.  Amber and Keith have done an amazing job of the past several years restoring it to its original beauty.  Over the next couple of days I will give you a little tour of the entire house but today I wanted to share their master bath project that I helped them complete.

Here are the before photos of the space…

And here are the afters!!!

This is the view from the master bedroom.  We found the beautiful pendants from Rejuvenation Lighting.  We wanted to use a mirror that would be quite large in order to accentuate the tall ceilings.  We used a custom framer to have a mirror built to the exact size we needed so we have a one of a kind mirror to go with the one of a kind vanity!

Amber and Kieth brought back this amazing vanity from the Netherlands where the lived for a short period of time.  It is truly a one of a kind piece and is the focal point of the bathroom.

We chose a very neutral yet elegant tile design for the shower, sink backsplash, and floors.  A natural travertine fit the bathroom style perfectly.

Now to give you a look into the master bedroom!

I can’t wait to share more photos of Amber and Keith’s home with you.  The great room will be next!  Stay tuned!!


admin - Thank you Linda! It really was a privilege to work on this home! I can’t wait to share the rest of it with you all!

Linda - Gorgeous!! I love how you took a bad madeover bathrooom and returned it to a vintage space that looks original to the house. The lights and sink/shower fixtures are fantastic.

Client’s Entry and Office Make Over

Today I wanted to share a home I worked on with a client this past year.  This was a really fun project and is a great example of how you can really transform a space and style of a home to make it your own.  My client, Christy, moved into this home loving it’s style and character but was dreaming of the potential it still possessed.  It is a classic saltbox with a deep red exterior and a beautiful paver driveway that fits it perfectly.  Although Christy and her husband lean towards traditional, they wanted to give it a touch of contemporary flare.  We decided to start at the front entry and work our way in.  Towards the back of the house is the kitchen and family room which will be tackled in the future but for now we made the entry, dining room, and office the priority.

Christy and her husband started by adding some beautiful wainscot to the front entry. We then had a painter come in and paint the wainscot,the fireplace surround in the dining room, much of the trim, the plantation shutters, the front door as well as the stair risers Benjamin Moore, White Dove.   Lighting was next…  We replaced the entry light as well as the stairwell sconces.

Here is the entry hall before…

(Notice the high gloss coating on the wood floors?  We had them sanded down to a nice satin finish,)

And here it is after…

Here is the staircase after.  Sorry it’s so blurry!

And here it is after!!

Christy had done a great job with her picture collage so I had her leave it exactly the same, and just added the 2 sconces.

Here’s the foyer light before…

And here is the new light…


//Entry Source Guide//

Wall color- Benjamin Moore, Elephant Tusk

Trim color- Benjamin Moore, White Dove

Ceiling light- Lighting Direct

Stairwell sconces- Pottery Barn

Entry Bench- Nadeau~Furniture with Soul

Rug- Pottery Barn

 Next up is the office.  The forest green had to go!  They already had the Pottery Barn Bedford collection so we added a new rug, come comfy seating, and a new ceiling fixture.

Here’s the office before…

And here it is after…

//Office Source Guide//

Wall color- Sherwin Williams, Sand Beach

Rug-  Pottery Barn, Scroll Tile Rug in Mocha

Desk and Table Lamp, pillows- HomeGoods

Large Art Canvas- Grandin Road

Ladder Shelf- Lowes

Chairs- Sofas and Chairs, Minneapolis

In a day or so I’ll share the dramatic dining room before and afters!  But here’s a sneak peak of the before…

Stay tuned!!!

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admin - Thanks Katherine! Yes, the canvas art was purchased for the redo and kind of was the inspiration for the space. We wanted it very calm, subtle, and neutral with soft pops of color so the blue gave just the right amount. Thanks for visiting!!!

Katherines Corner - Beautiful transformations. Looking forward to the dining room reveal. Love the tree artwork in the office. Was it purchased for the re-do? Hugs, Katherine

Kim’s Kitchen

This is the most important area in the house!!  It is the gathering spot, the main space in the floor plan and the place where we spend most of our time.  We are lucky that the kitchen flows into the dining area which flows into the living room.  We have the perfect social set up.

Let’s Catch up on the Kitchen…

Let’s start with the lights.  First had these lights {this is what it looked like when we moved in}:

There was a plastic Tiffany-looking hanging light for the dining area and florescent lighting for the kitchen.

Once those came down, we had these lights:

These lights are from IKEA and were super cool but just not what we were going for.  Remember my buyer’s-remorse about them?  They have a more concentrated lighting scheme that shines mostly downward, and I didn’t like that.  They were a bit more “diner” looking and just didn’t quite fit in after all.  I was also having a hard time finding a light to go with them for in the dining area.

So now we have these lights:

TA DA!  The kitchen revealed {more photos below}!!

These new lights all came from Home Depot.  The pendants were $90 each and the ceiling light was $50.

Here’s what we did:

1. Removed the old upper kitchen cabinets {free}

2. Painted the old lower kitchen cabinets {see that post here} plus added new knobs {$7 Black Paint + $90 knobs = $97}

3.  Got new Flooring {See info about our flooring here} {$1.99 per square foot}

4. Tiled the walls with white subway tile and black grout {$170 tiles + $30 grout = $200}

5.  Got rid of the wallpaper and chair moulding {free}

6. Repaired + Painted the walls and ceiling using Behr Ultra FULL MOON in Eggshell {$30 per gallon x2 gallons = $60}

7.  Added the shelves {cut and stained Dark Walnut color from Minwax ourselves $35 wood + $10 Stain = $45} and shelf brackets {$10 for 2 brackets x 10 packages = $100}

8.  New Lights $230 {if I sell the old lights on craigslist, I’ll subtract that amount from our running total}

So far, I LOVE this kitchen!!  I have always wanted a kitchen like this.  Right now, I am still organizing and eliminating.  The counters and shelves need a bit more attention but for now all I own is pretty much out and about.

We aren’t done yet…this is what we have left:

1. Add floor moulding {the old stuff was not salvageable}

2. Fix drywall that was removed in Dining area {remember that moldy mess we removed?}

3. Add custom “feet” to lower cabinets to give it a high-end look

4. I would love butcher block counter tops and a farmhouse sink . . . someday

5.  Decide what to do about the tiny space between top tile and ceiling.  Is it ok how it is?  Should we add another shelf to cover it up?  Add moulding?  The problem is that the ceiling is not level by a long shot.

6.  Build a custom framed unit around the fridge.  Right now the fridge floats in the room.  Here’s a blueprint of what I have in mind:

I plan to make a chalkboard wall out of the outside of the left side {when looking at fridge} and a calendar station out of the small space on the right side.





The Kitchen/Dining Area: $635 {didn’t include the window and cabinet makeover because we already counted those amounts}


Kitchen/Dining Area: $635

Main Bath: $272

New Window in the Kitchen: $137.50

Kitchen Lights: $180

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover: $97

Master Bath: $86

Curb Appeal: $45

Office Chair Makeover $11

Total Spent so far: $1463.50

This means, we have $1036.50 left to spend on the rest of the house which includes 4 bedrooms, a laundry room and a bathroom.  Think we can do it?  Well, there’s more tiling and a custom bed involved!?!?!!!

About the Tiling . . .

I am really, really lucky to have a husband who can do it all and it saved us a ton of money.  I am so very grateful that he CAN do it and WILL do it.  Those can be two different things.  He wasn’t so sure about this whole tile and open shelf idea until it was all done.  Now, he loves it.  This is what makes us a great team.  I design and he executes…perfectly.  I hope this post isn’t annoying bragging about my free labor but I guess it kind of is.  Brant…I think you’re great and I appreciate the beautiful job you do every time!


We started at the bottom of the wall and worked up towards the ceiling.  This allows us a full tile at the bottom to build off of in case we get new countertops without that backsplash lip that goes up the wall as in the current counter top.

The tiling project was very cost-effective for us and gave us that custom look.  If you were to hire a tile guy, it may not be so cost-effective.  It is a long, grueling, frustrating and precision process.  Tilers get paid well to do a great job the first time…as they don’t get a second shot at it once it dries.  The tiles have to be in a level line, cut tiles to fit around around outlets/windows/etc, make sure they are flush in the mortar so one tile doesn’t protrude out more than the others and space everything evenly throughout.  You need tile cutters of different sorts, grout tools and mortar tools and a lot of patience.

First you spread the mortar and affix the tile, which took us 4 total days {Brant did it in spurts in the evenings}. We used white subway tile.   The tile mortar takes a full 24 hours to cure.

 Then, you grout.  This job is the worst.  This is a job I was able to help with so I can tell you it stinks.  It is fast paced in order to get it done before it starts drying.  It is also a lot of manual labor to get it pushed in every crack just right and you have to do the entire tiled area at once {meaning this is the very last step once all tile is in place so it was a large area for us to cover asap}.  The clean up after the grout has been pushed in is the worst part.  It is wiping and rinsing the sponge over and over and over.  This takes another 24 hours to cure.

Then, {yep there’s more} you have to caulk around edges and windows and maybe even extend your outlets to come out further to flush with the new thick tile added.

Brant Rohwer - I must say, I give my wife a ‘hard time’ when she comes up with these “projects” for me. But the truth is, Kim knows that I believe in her and admire how talented and brilliant she is when thinking through and designing these ‘projects’. Our home would not be the loving, beautiful and comfortable place that it is for me and our kids if it wasn’t for Kim and her amazing design ideas! Thank you Kim for all that you do!

Ice Storm Eye Candy

The ice storm wasn’t the greatest to drive through but it was so beautiful.  Please enjoy some of the images from our front yard, backyard and driveway the morning after the storm.


Miss Kitty - Amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. Really incredible beauty!

Vintage Printables

I came across a cool site with royalty free vintage printables.  Below are the flower prints I found on there.

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