Kim’s Contest!


Kim’s new line of Gentleman’s products ( is hosting an Instagram contest.  We want to see your beards and give away a FREE shave + beard oil gift set!!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow nashandjones on Instagram

2. Post your original image with #nashandjonesbeardcontest

Profiles must be public.  Contest ends October 30, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.  Winner announced October 31, 2014.  You may enter multiple times.

If you don’t already use Instagram, you should!  I am the last one to adopt additional things that keep me in front of a screen but I am in love with Instagram.  It’s not like FB or Twitter…it’s like eye candy.  It’s carefully chosen, beautiful, original images.  The general audience of Instagram demands wow photos and everyone {most} follow that demand and post amazing stuff.  It’s like personalized pinterest for lack of a better visual image.  {no, this is not sponsored by Instagram…I’m just a fan}

Have fun with it!

The Girliest of Girls Rooms

 For the past year I have had the priviledge of working with Amber and Keith.  They have an amazing 1906 home here in Stillwater, MN and have completely renovated it over the last few years.  You may remember their master bath  that I shared a while back.  Well over a few posts I will be sharing the rest of their home with you as it is AMAZING!  I wish I could take credit for it, but it most of it was done before I came on board.  Today I’d like to share the girls rooms with you!

I’ll start with “H’s” room.

I love the color combo of brown, pink, and light blue.  Even with the dark walls, this room feels so light and refreshing.


The sisters rooms are connected by this adorable bathroom room that Keith and Amber completely renovated themselves a while back.

I love that they kept it period correct while throwing in some fun art, rugs, etc. for a contemporary flair.

From the bathroom you head into “P’s” room.  You’ll notice she has 2 beautiful twin beds in her room.  The sisters are just a year apart and are very best friends.  So even though they have their own rooms, they choose to sleep together in “P’s” room.  So sweet!!

Amber had custom bedding made when they lived down south.  It is absolutely beautiful!  I love how it is totally different, but still coordinates perfectly.

Well I hope you enjoyed these darling rooms!  I can’t wait to share more of Amber and Keith’s home with you!  Stay tuned for the 3rd floor family room/ game room, the guest room, and their incredible kitchen renovation!!!

Have a great day!!




The Kid Bath

Could you just kill me for leaving off the AFTER photos??!?!!  Sometimes life gets busy.  Here they are…

The BEFORE photos speak for themselves…

So, let’s rip it apart and start over…

{ Here is one where Brant is teaching Lincoln the remodel business }

To get us by for a while we only cleaned/disinfected and painted.  I painted the walls, trim and cabinet.  It wasn’t good enough and the kids have used our bathroom for a year.  One day, we just couldn’t take it and suddenly there was a cabinet on the front lawn.

Remember this island that came with the house?…

Well, I painted it, added new knobs, sanded and stained the top and sealed it all.  Brant added a sink and faucet and voila…new bathroom counter and storage.

Since the engineered hardwood flooring is so great with moisture, we decided just to extend it into this bath.

We let the kids leave a message on the subfloor when we tore out the flooring.  If anyone tears up the hardwood, they will find these lovely messages for the future.

We added planked walls using aromatic cedar.  It was super inexpensive and it smells awesome in there!  At first, it looked a bit too country with the wood being so orange.  I did some research and made a painting solution of white vinegar and steel wool pads to age the wood asap.  Using a glass jar, I filled it full of white vinegar, I added a steel wool pad and closed it tight.  It sat for two days to chemically react and then I had what I needed to paint the walls with the solution.  It was stinky for a few days but then it disappeared and the aromatic cedar smell returned and the walls had grayed nicely.  This room is not a bright room…almost no light enters and no windows.  It’s hard to see that they planks turned grey.

Glass Sink: Home Depot $100

Faucet: Home Depot $100 {including hardware needed}

Island: FREE

Light: IKEA $25 {plus $20 in extras to hang it}

Paint Color: Mix of a bunch of free stuff

Shower Curtain: It is actually 4 drape panels from Kirklands a long time ago on clearance for $20 for two panels

Mirror: 1940′s vintage lead mirror


The Le Garage Girls Autumn Sale!!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be a guest vendor in the Le Garage Girls Autumn Sale!!!  The sale begins tomorrow evening.  If you haven’t been to one of their sales, you are missing out!  They are a group of crazy talented and creative gals so be sure to come and check them out!  Get your home spruced up for the holidays!

Have a great day!!!


admin - Not because of that Linda, but because I have a 9am and a 10:30am football game to get to:(((( It’s killing me to miss another sale!!

Linda - Oh no! Does this mean I will miss seeing you at my sale again?! Bummer. But best wishes to you for a fantastic sale of your own.

A BIG Makeover for a Small Kitchen


This past year I had the pleasure of working with one of the sweetest clients ever…  Her name is Lois and she has the most darling cottage that had a kitchen in need of a bit of a renovation.  Lois had been dreaming of this kitchen project for quite some time and finally decided to go for it and I’m so happy to have been able to work with her through it!!

Here are 2 before pictures…

As you can see, the kitchen is quite small but very “cottagie” and quaint.  For a brief moment we hashed over the ideas of knocking out walls, expanding, etc…  Then we decided that this petite kitchen needed to stay just that.  So instead of expanding, we worked with the existing walls but made the kitchen way more efficient and way more, well…darling!

Take a look at how it turned out!!

Notice the beautiful hardwood floors that were hiding under the vinyl!!

One wish on Lois’ list was to have a spot for her to sit, read, and drink her coffee in the morning so we found a spot at the end of the cabinet to leave an overhang for a stool to fit beneath. We had some great concealed under cabinet lighting installed which helps the kitchen function perfectly when Lois is baking and reading her recipe cards.

Stainless steel appliances helped to give the kitchen a more clean and contemporary feel.


Lois lived in Germany for several years and had many great pieces and collections that she wanted to be able to display, such as this darling canister set.

A fun splurge for Lois was adding some hi-tech eletrical upgrades such as this power strip charging station.  This is perfect for her to be able to use while cooking from recipes on her ipad!

Here is another view so that you can get the full layout of the kitchen.  We also added a pocket door that enters into a room she uses as her dining room.  Before this opening was added, she had to walk through much of the house to get to it.  We also updated her door to the basement complete with a darling crystal door knob to match her beautiful cabinet hardware.

{Please excuse the blue tape on the glass cabinets.  I was too excited to wait for the knobs to come in so I went ahead and shot without!}

We had custom scalloped valences cut to match existing ones in her dinette area.  I think they help maintain the kitchens charm.

So here’s one last side-by-side before & after…

Well I hope you enjoyed this BIG small kitchen remodel!!!

Please feel free in PIN or share any images.

Have a great day!!


admin - I love it!!!!


Well, it’s been a year since we moved to Nashville.  We still love everything about this place.  It’s been a bit of a different ride for me as I discover a little more about what I want to do for work.  I love discovering new things but I also love to concentrate on that one thing I really love and make it the very best.  I have finally landed on it.

Introducing NASH + JONES…a new gentlemen’s product line.

It all started with a little beard oil and snowballed from there.  I hope to include women’s products in the future but one thing at a time.

Please take the time to visit the webpage: WWW.NASHANDJONES.COM and/or LIKE us on FACEBOOK and/or follow us on INSTAGRAM .

I will be putting these photography years to good use…stay tuned for some handsome photos and much more!!


1970′s Living Room Renovation

Today I want to share with you 2 spaces that I worked on a while back.  I was so excited to be asked by one of my favorite builders, Cates Fine Homes, to assist with the selections on a 1970′s rambler remodel.  The great room had the most dramatic before and afters.  This transformation really goes to show that anything is possible.  Here is the before…


 And here is the after…

 Obviously a ton was done to this home.  It was a major renovation but it turned out amazing.

Right off the the great room is the entry.  It’s very simple but I love how it turned out.  At the last minute we decided to paint the inside of the front door the same color we used on the kitchen island.


Hope you enjoyed this dramatic Before&After.  They don’t all have to be this dramatic, but when they are it is pretty fun!!!

Have a great day!!


admin - Thanks Jennifer!! They are both Benjamin Moore Colors. Walls are Revere Pewter, door is Aloof Gray.

Jennifer - Hi Natalie,

Great work on the remodel! Can I ask what paint colors were used in that hallway and on the door?


My MSG Allergy

I love food.  I love to be in the kitchen, I love to eat and I love to center an evening around the menu.

When my son was born {almost 10 years ago} I developed an MSG food sensitivity.  MSG has 12 names and is in everything!  It is a flavor enhancer, a preservative, naturally in certain foods, created by cooking methods, etc.  It is too complicated to explain but basically what it means is that I am safe to eat foods ONLY if  it has never been changed from its original form.  If I grew it or killed it, then it’s ok.  No box food, no fast food, no processed food, etc.  What could I eat?  Anything natural, fresh and untouched.  I lost a ton of weight.
After a few years, the symptoms subsided and I slowly went back to my old eating ways.  Well…its back in full force.  This time I am grateful.  I am in a place in my life where I embrace the change, the new menu and the discovery of the real taste of food.  This time I am enjoying finding ways to prepare food even more than before.
-If you experience nausea, headaches, fever-feeling, extreme and instant sleepiness after eating sometimes, email me.  I’ll let you know all that I have found out after years of research plus trial and error.-
Recently, the apples on our trees have grown into a size begging to be eaten.  There are so many that I got creative and made a bunch of new recipes using minimal ingredients + effort and maximum flavor.
Cinny Applesauce
10 Large cooking apples peeled/cored/cut in chunks, 1/2 c water, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 c sugar {you can use less}.  Crockpot for 3-4 hours on high.  Mash and eat.  Soooo good!
Apple Crisp
Filling: 10 cups all-purpose apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
Topping: {which I usually double} 1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Mix the sliced apples with the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan.  Pour water evenly over all. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture. {I usually double the topping} Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Amazing!!!
Apple Strudel Muffins
Muffins: 2 c Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 c Butter
1 c White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/4 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 c Chopped Apples
Topping: 1/3 c Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Flour
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbs Butter
Directions: Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease Muffin Pan {12 cup}.  Mix Flur, Bakin Powder, Baking Soda and Salt.  In another bowl, beat together Butter, Sugar and Eggs until smooth.  Mix in Vanilla.  Stir in Apples and gradually blend in the flour mixture.  Spoon into muffin pan.  For the topping, mix together Brown Sugar, Flour and Cinnamon.  Cut in butter until it is like course crumbs.  Sprinkle over the tops of the muffins.  Bake 20 minutes.
It feels good to know where my food came from and what is consists of.  I feel like I am turing into a real tree hugger here but I am loving the step into real food and real food only.  It is a lot more work than boxed or frozen but it is rewarding in so many ways.  I am learning how to incorporate it.  The great thing is that when I see something that I am unsure about, I just don’t eat it.  Those small choices save a ton of unnecessary calories.