Luxury coffee table refresh

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Its time for a little refresh to my luxury coffee table in my lounge space. I adore our fixer upper home and my favorite room in the house is this lounge space, check out my reel to see how far this room has come! I always like to switch up one or two things at a time and still keep the same vibe as much as possible.

So this time around I wanted to refresh our luxury coffee table entirely. At first I physically went shopping for some additional pieces but I did not find a thing! That turned out to be good news! I decided to use what I had in the house and refresh it on my own. 

Time to glam up your luxury coffee table people!

Before (top) & Bottom (bottom) I have always love this coffee table made of marble.

Here are the keys to refreshing a luxury coffee table

  1. Create more contrast – Before I used about half of the table to decorate but this time around I decided to use the entire surface of the table to switch it up a bit.
  2. Added new shapes – I was using a round tray but decided to remove it completely and focus on placing more rectangular shaped coffee books instead. The table to me actually looks bigger since we used more space this time for decorating. 
  3. Balance – even though both sides of the table are not identical, I still made sure to visually have the same amount of visual weight on each side. Basically making sure both sides are balanced visually. 
  4. Styled the coffee books differently – I wanted to showcase some of the beautiful pages within my Alexander McQueen book. So having a book open gives the floor texture/dimension. 
Always important use all of your space at times to switch up the look of your luxury coffee table.

Loved how this turned out! Refresh 2022!! Shop some of the exact items as well as some dupes.

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XO,

Jessi Morgan

How to paint a monochromatic DIY painting

I am in the mist of refreshing our master bedroom and I wanted a monochromatic DIY painting in the corner of my bedroom. Check out how I did it!

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Instead of trying to buy one and paying at least $300 dollars for it, I decided to paint it myself. I am really liking the textured paint abstract art pieces these days but I also wanted to put my own spin on it as well. Here is how I made it happen:

  1. Michael’s – I found all my art supplies at Michael’s. I love the store, it has everything you need. If you do not have a Michael’s any art store will do.
  2. Textured metallic paint – I love metallic because it gives a great shine to a piece and it makes your art piece look even more interesting.
  3. Putty Knife – easy to use and can control thicker paint to brush back and forth.
  4. Canva 36″ x 48″ – I prefer a thicker Canva since texture paint is thicker.
  5. Have fun – There are no rules on how to create a texture abstract masterpiece!

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Xoxo,

Jessi Morgan

The reality & lessons in a interior design career

I had the opportunity to shadow an actual interior designer for a bit since I am very passionate about this career. For people that think interior designers do nothing but pick out tiles and paint colors are very wrong.

At the office of the interior designer I shadowed. Such a great space that shows off her personality as well as professionalism.

Here are some of the key things I learned while shadowing:

  • You do not need an actual degree or certification in interior design today – Yes I know this is mind blowing but it is true. You could identify yourself as the principal designer or work as a home decorator and still have your hands in the interior part. However, you still need to outsource your work or have a certified interior designer or architect in house to check your work. It is very important to have this so you can work with contractors and have a smooth working environment for yourself and your client.
  • It takes more psychology and relationship skills than design 60% of the time – As I was shadowing, one of the clients were upset with a contractor and Michele, who I was shadowing, had to calm them down and come up with solutions vs dwelling on the negative. It takes people skills when you are working with clients. They are emotionally attached to the project and they should be, so always remember this. Michele really did a great job to steer the conversation into becoming actionable vs a complaining session. It took a lot of patience.
Moodboards are everything in interior design. A great way to create a theme for a room or entire home/space.
  • Flat rates don’t work – meaning having a client pay a flat rate for your services will not benefit you in the end. In order for people to respect your time, charging hourly on extra consultations or time is needed. If not, clients will keep adding things they want to add or change and you will never be able to work on another project. That was extremely enlightening for me.
  • Follow-up is everything – When you do full service interior design you are working with vendors, contractors, clients and much more. This means that the follow-up and communication is key. When you are dealing with construction and contractors at times they are not on top of things (from my own experience with renovation I get it) and you as the interior designer need to follow up at all times. Then the second part is to update your clients at all times, this shows reliability and trust. It goes such a long way.
  • Neutral furniture can go a long way – If you buy pieces for your client that are neutral you can always update your space with a touch of colorful accessories and smaller pieces. I now live by that. Buying the bigger pieces in more subdue color palettes will make your furniture everlasting as you can use them for years to come. This is a great way to get a client to commit to something that is not over the top.
  • Respect the vision & budget – If you have a client with a specific vision do your best to bring it to life through mood boards and mobile design. However, if the partnership is not working do not be offended. Let the client move on. Also, respect the budget and ask what the budget is from the beginning. You do not want any surprises at. all.

I have now just a new found respect for interior designers. It’s not easy and everyone cannot do it. What piece of advice really struck you?

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Love the conference room with the crisp clean feel. Perfect for clients.

xoxo,

Jessi Morgan

Mudroom Transformation

So I created a mudroom! Yes I did! I had a closet at the entrance of our home that I hated. It was not organized or appealing at all, so…we changed it! I am so excited with how it turned out and I wanted to share how we executed this amazing project. Check it out below!

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Here is the original closet

I hate those old fashion folding doors and the wired shelves I just needed to switch out.

Here are the steps and great tips to execute a mudroom transformation

  1. Have a vision & measure! Ensure your measurements are accurate so you can purchase everything correctly.
  2. To have some great contrast either use paint or wallpaper. I prefer wallpaper to give it some more excitement. Also I used peel & stick wallpaper for this project.
I wanted uplifting quotes on the back wall and it also stuck to the color story of teal blue and gold.

3. To have seamless wallpaper application ensure you overlap the seams just a bit so it flows smoothly on the wall.

4. Ensure you have a wallpaper smoothing kit while you apply the wallpaper. It is a lifesaver!

5. At Home Depot we made sure the measure the inside and outside of the doorway in order for us to purchase the correct amount of moulding. I wanted to make sure to frame the door so it will have an amazing finish that matches the rest of the doorway.

6. Finishing nails need to be your best friend! We literally put up the moulding with finishing nails and afterwards we repainting over the nails so it camouflage perfectly.

7. I wanted to add shelving to the space for storage as well as a nice home decor display. I bought the shelf and brackets from Home Depot. The space inside the closet is 34 inches so we decided to purchase a 70+ inch shelf and cut it in half. We did this based on issues with supply and demand. I also wanted to have the shelf be at least 12 inches wide.

8. I then basically created my own bench with purchasing the Target cube storage system. I placed the unit right under the shelf that was hanging. It gives the illusion there is a bench of some sort. I love it because I now have picked up more storage space.

9. To finish off the space I added a gold curtain rod as well as gold hooks for hanging needs. I loved using gold with teal blue wallpaper, it gave the space an elegance.

10. We also added cool baskets to the space for a cool storage feel too. Last, we purchases two of these battery operated light switches. This is a great avenue if you do not have electrical that close.

So there you have it! What transformation have you done recently that was rewarding? Shop the collage below for all the materials used.

xoxo,

Jessi

Top 10 most outdated Home trends in 2021

As the home trends evolve we have also seen home trends go. Here are some of the most outdated trends right now. Let me know if you agree or no?

10. Glossy wooden floors – To be honest I haven’t seen anyone with those type of floors unless it’s in a mature mature older couple home 😂 so yes that does scream outdated lol. 

9. Heavy Drapes – Now I can completely agree with this one. Heavy dark beaded drapes make the room so dark!! Open up the floor by simple beautiful straight line drapes. Shop some great options. Click HERE

8. Raised bar counter – I honestly hate those too! They look old and just don’t make a lot of sense anymore. The bar counter is super high and you usually can’t touch the group when you sit. Little tough at times especially when you are short. 

7. Popcorn ceilings – I am guilty of this. I’m working to remove that stuff ASAP. It just collects dust and it makes you feel you are in a 1970s/1980s home for sure. 

6. Outdated paint colors in multi rooms – I am not a huge fan of a house having different color rooms unless there is a real hardcore theme or something in the room. But having a room being like green, another being yellow and the other room being pink. That multi room thing is out and so glad it is 😂 

5. Bed in a Bag – I used to love these. But let’s be clear here…I mean the bed in a bag where every thing is the same print: the 4 pillows, bed skirt, comforter etc is ALL printed green and yellow plaid😂 Too much right? Lol. Check out some nice bedding options below:

4. Word Art – I always found these super cute but I’m now not into it as much. Having a broad word just isn’t enough anymore. I feel like the lettering on walls was part of the modern farmhouse concept so it was everywhere. If you have lettering on the wall it has to flow and make sense. And no I’m not talking about framed quotes etc. Check out some of my favorite framed quotes below:

3. Frosted yellow lighting – aka especially the yellow lights or just frosted bulbs all together. I hate them. I can’t see with them. They need to go if you can afford it. My life is better without them. Also yellow lights outside attract many bugs especially termites so I’m not a fan. Yellow lighting reflecting off of dark wooden furniture I just hate 😝 Shop some of my favorite lighting

2. Big Glass Blocks – I just really don’t like this anymore. You know exactly when this was installed in your home if you have one…1970s or 1980s 😂 

  1. Themed Decor – Now if it has memories and emotional attachment you can possibly get a pass. But if your house or a room is themed in fishing and your lamps are all fishing then yeah it might need to be retired lol. Or your kitchen is all cow themed it’s a bit dated. I’m not referring to a nursery. That’s where a themed decor is cool! But if you like birds and everything thing from lamps to couch has bird print…it’s time for a change. 

So do you agree? Share your favorite outdated home trends!

Xoxo,

Jessi Morgan

The Container Store Rolling Racks

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Well these rolling racks changed my kitchen’s life!

We were having a very hard time getting our pots and pans in and out of the drawers and cabinets in our kitchen. I decided to get the chrome rolling rack system that is from the Container’s Store.

Here is step by step how we got organized:

This is where I started! Pull everything out!
  1. Measure! Measure! That was the key for me. I measured the depth, width and height of my cabinets to ensure the rolling racks I shopped for what would fit. *Another tip – if you purchase the 20″ inches rolling rack, ensure your cabinet width is at least 23″ inches wide. You need a little wiggle room so that your doors still close etc.
  2. Took everything out to see what I had. I also gave away older cookware etc.
  3. Whichever rack you purchase make sure the unit is 2″ inches away from the tip of where the cabinets begins.
  4. I purchased contact paper to go down on the bottom of the cabinet but you can also use simple grip prints.
  5. After lay your rack inside the cabinet and pull the rack completely out. There are holes visible where the screws will go.
  6. Ensure you use a black marker and put a dot within the hole where the screw will go into.
  7. After that use an electric screwdriver to install the 4 screw to install the rolling rack.
  8. And you are done! Literally. done.

See my finished product below!

It has made such a difference…Shop my cabinets below:

Happy Organizing!

Xoxo,

Jessi Morgan

My best friend’s home

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Girl, military families buy and always move all their appliances where ever they go! When I move I’m taking my fridge, washer & drying machine with me since we purchased them…thank you!

Adrienne
Known this beautiful soul since I was 3 years old; follow her @adri_marie_w

That’s my best friend…lol. I love her. Meet Adrienne my longest friend in my life. We have known each other since we were potty trained, so that should tell you it’s been awhile. This past weekend in August I had the opportunity to visit her and her awesome husband in their new home that they moved into about a year ago. It was a custom build where they were able to pick out every single feature (Oh I wish!).

So this past weekend was my first time seeing it and it did not disappoint! I discovered my best friend has the best taste when it comes to spending. She is a pro at spending high and low.

Here are the best features of their home:

  1. The Kitchen Island – It is massive! You can easily seat 9 people and still have prep space. I absolutely loved it and the chairs she had around them were perfect as well. The granite countertops were the perfect touch with the off-white cabinets.
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2. Exceptional Living Room Furniture – I fell in love with her furniture pieces! They have Lovesac furniture which is the pieces that you can constantly move around, clean by putting the cover in the washing machine and much more. They also have the Lovesac Sac and it is so cozy and comfortable for anyone. My husband and I are considering purchasing one now. Should we?

3. Egg Chair & travel memorabilia – My BFF’s husband is in the military so they travel all the time. And throughout their travels they collect souvenirs and display them in this adorable set up. I love the egg chair and Adrienne decorated it so well.

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4. High arches & ceilings – I love the openness of their home. My husband is 6’8″ and low ceilings are never good. So when we entered their house the exaggerated arches and high ceilings we fell in love with. Somehow it made the space brighter in my opinion.

5. Sweet dining room set – I am not a huge fan of the table with a bench concept but my friend made me rethink it. I love her table and chairs. The table came from Ashley Furniture, the chairs were from Joss & Main and she also picked up additional chairs when she has more people over (those are from Target). Linked everything as well as dupes below:

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So needless to say, you can have a cozy home with quality pieces! Adrienne and I have come a long way and its so rewarding to your bestie doing it big time! Proud of her and this home decor!

Are you proud of your bestie? And why? Comment below!

– Jessi Morgan

Disney x Nordstrom Pop-UP

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I am beyond excited for this amazing collaboration that Nordstrom has done with Disney! It is epic! Check out my favorite pieces from the collection!

My first learnings in Interior Design

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As many of you may or may not know I enrolled in some interior design courses recently. I regret that I did not pursue this when I was in college, I have always been a creative person who visually comprehended things. Finally in my mid-30s I want to learn and apply my learnings in interior design and apply to my own home and help others possibly.

Some of the key things to start off my learnings has really made me think twice of my placement of furniture and items in a room from the start. Here is what I have learned so much:

Function

I have literally looked at every big piece of furniture and lighting in every room of my home now when it comes to function. Function is everything, I now look at the following:

  • Where are the entrances to the room – this helps to understand where to place furniture and much more
  • Where are the outlets and how many are there – this tells me what light fixtures we can have or how many we need.
  • What does the flooring look like – Is it practical basically? Does it work for your lifestyle?
  • What kind of furniture looks good and is functional in the space – if you like to read then you will probably want seating that is comfortable, by a light fixture/outlet and looks good.

Style/Mood

This is the area that people like to spend the most time in! The decorating and the styling part. When it comes to this area this is what I think about or look for:

All the pieces reflect a minimalist feel and a clean look. This is a great example of style/mood
  • What style home do you like?
  • What basic features in a space do you love?
  • What elements of furniture speaks to you?
  • This part will define the type of space you are looking for whether it is a traditional feel, cozy feel, minimal furniture feel, brightness, small furniture etc.

Harmony

I feel like since I have been in school this part has gained a lot of my attention. A good example that I can think of is buying a one of a kind pair of shoes and you have no outfits to go with it. No matter what you put with those shoes there is no harmony in your outfit. Ensure your interiors and space have some kind of harmony (color, style furniture, sameness). Some of the easiest ways to harmonize in interior design is the following:

Love how the pink and black feel just harmonize with this space.
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Shape
  • Form

I am excited to continue my studies and become an effective interior designer. Hope I can continue to share my journey with you all! Anything you want to see more of?

XOXO,

Jessi Morgan

How to decorate using unused kitchenware in your kitchen

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It’s so hard to just stare at unused glassware and coffee mugs in your kitchen pantry. When we moved in last year into our first home I made a promise to myself that I will have function for everything in this house (I know massive commitment).

I had a blank wall next to one of my pantries in my kitchen and I needed to fill it with something appealing to the eye. In order to make it still functional I decided to display old glassware and underutilized coffee mugs in a eclectic style.

Here is what I used to make this happen:

  1. Archway decal – I discovered a really simple and stylish decal sticker in the shape of an arch. It came in a light beige color so it was perfect for my white wall. It was 36″ inches wide and it gave you the illusion that there was a actual archway within the space.
  2. Purchased a set of wooden floating shelves – I made sure the shelves were 36″ inches wide so they were the same length as the decal to bring the illusion of the arch to life.
  3. Use unused glassware – I have lots of old glassware that I do not use anymore so this is a great way to utilize them! I made sure to have different heights in glass to show dimension and excitement. Also I purchased some inexpensive glass bottle to add a bit more.
  4. Coffee mugs & bowls – On the second shelf I styled the many bowls & mugs I had in my kitchen. There is no big secret on how I positioned them, just have fun and make sure to have them set up in all different directions. That is the key to a somewhat unkept display.
  5. Accent table – To finish my set up and to fill in the bottom portion of the arch I bought a really cool accent table from Target to finish the set up. I continued to display a mug, candles and a faux plant to create more texture.

I am beyond happy with the result and it just finishes the kitchen area for us. We are loving it! Do you have any key tips on how to fill up a blank wall? Share in the comments.

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XoXo,

Jessi Morgan