5 Stylish Ways to Organize Your Home Office

If your home office is notorious for its overflowing paperwork, tangled electronic cables, and a general feeling of overwhelming clutter then look no further because this “How To” is specifically made for you! For many people, the home office often becomes “The Room Filled With All The Extra Stuff We Can’t Fit Anywhere Else”, which is great for reducing messes everywhere else!… Until the moment you rush to the office to complete an important project, only to open the door and realize you’ve just been transported to another dimension (and not a pretty one). But hey, no judgement here – it happens to the best of us! And with these 5 space saving tips, you’ll be able to transform that otherworldly mess into a stylish office you’ll actually be excited to work in. 

#1 Cubbies, baskets, bins, oh my!

Cubby storage systems + chic baskets/bins = adorably organized! Bins are especially useful for storing all that not-so-cute junk laying around your room as well. 

#2 Talk to yourself! (with bulletin/message boards, I mean)

Keep all your loose sticky notes, memos, and to-do lists on bulletin and message boards! That way you’ll never forget what to do next, and it’ll keep your desk nice and clean. 

#3 Bar carts… but less alcohol, more supplies (okay maybe just one bottle of wine)

Rolling carts are truly the best way to keep all that little stuff organized and tucked away in one easy-to-reach place. Plus you can bring the cart with you no matter what area of the office you’re in! 

#4 These walls were made for hangin’… and thats just what they’ll do! 

Use your wall space wisely. Hang up shelving and wall organizers to keep your floors clean and your mind clear! 

#5 Give it a designated area – AND KEEP IT THERE!

It’s much easier to stay organized when all of your paperwork and supplies have an assigned spot it’ll return to after every use. These rose gold file organizers from Masions du Monde are a wonderfully chic way to keep all of your little things in one area! 

Products from Masions du Monde

However, perhaps the most important tip to remember is that organization does not only make a space look great, but it also helps ease your mind! Keeping your work space tidy will help you reduce stress and allow your creativity to flow in a more free and relaxed environment! 

Announcing the NEW Interiors by Jacquin online shop!

Hi friends! Thank you for your continued support and readership as we grow the Interiors by Jacquin brand. If you’ve been inspired by this blog’s interior design inspiration over the years, then you will LOVE our new online shop! The NEW Interiors by Jacquin online store features colorful throw pillows, luxurious bedding, and small furniture items that will add warmth and style to any home. I am so excited to introduce these products to you!

Please take the time to browse our new online shop and write-in letting us know which home decor item is your favorite. My personal favorites right now are the Interiors by Jacquin embroidered ‘Fiesta’ pillows and the luxurious Orchids Lux Home ‘Bailey Quilts’Stay tuned for additional furniture selections and fine art sales on our shop next! We look forward to beautifying your home with items from the Interiors by Jacquin shop! 

You can stop by the online store for a visit any time with direct access from the blog.  Just click on the pillow icon at the very top of the blog that says “Visit our shop”. I hope you love these products!

Thank you for visiting the new home decor shop!

Fashion meets Interiors: featuring Studio Seven Style

Happy Weekend everyone! We’re back with a new Fashion meets Interiors feature to inspire you today with an outfit styled by Julie Pratz of Studio Seven Style! Julie Pratz is a self-described fashion psychologist and personal stylist who is committed to transforming wardrobes and enhancing confidence from the inside out.  Her company, Studio Seven Style, helps give her clients the tools to make fashion fun instead of frustrating.

She has spent the last ten years building relationships and is most passionate about the work she is doing to empower people to look and feel their best. As a previous fitness trainer turned image consultant, Julie has a developed a unique perspective when it comes to fashion and style. Influenced by art, architecture and nature, she aspires to help people reflect who they are designed to be while standing out in the crowd. Today Julie has styled model Valencia Roy in an outfit to match this stunning space and her personal style. Read on as Julie describes her inspiration for completing this Fashion meets Interiors look. 

I would define my personal style is California chic: warm, modern and alluring with a splash of rock and roll.  The pink dress was inspired by the beautiful rug.  I love that both items are elegant but still have a warm and comfortable feeling. The navy chair inspired the blue metallic jacket because both have a bit of sheen and are structured in form but luxurious in appearance.

My favorite part of any outfit is the accessories. This is where you can transform your outfit and take it from drab to fabulous! Accessories for an outfit are like the art on the wall in an interior space, they should be both very personal and unique.

I selected the long gold modern Vita Fede earrings to mirror the long lean legs of the table and the gold frames on the art. I chose an eclectic mix of bracelets to reflect the modern and eclectic feel of the room. The Matthew Campbell (MCL) blue topaz bracelet has similar color and shapes as the blue rectangles on the back wall. The leather and stone bracelet was inspired from the pictures of the bull and matador as well as the horns on the table.  The white and gold alligator cuff had a strong contemporary feel which I connected with the white couch and gold side table. 

The MCL necklace tied the darker metallic blue with the lighter blue and created a connection and focal point as the chair does for the wall. The cowhide tote mirrored the pillow on the chair and I paired it with the bright white handbag to give my models outfit a more layered look. The chic white Fendi handbag reminded me of the lamp with the scalloped edges and modern retro look. Last but not least- the shoes. The bronze shoes by Malone were inspired by the bronze table with dark linear legs. The table and the shoes connect in color and line and design: both have structure and curves which translate as modern yet feminine. Overall this interiors space and the outfit reflect my personal style: warm, modern, alluring, fun, elegant with a touch of edge. 

SHOP THE LOOK! 

Model: Valencia Roy / Photographer: John Smith, Blacksmith Photography / Stylist: Julie Pratz, Studio Seven Style / Location:  Tootsies, Houston

Home Tour featuring Stephen & Carrie Fitzwater of Modern Lantern

I had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs Stephen & Carrie Fitzwater of Modern Lantern at a Trade Show recently and I was so impressed by their product. Modern Lantern sells CORDLESS LAMPS that will revolutionize how you decorate! They sell a large collection of cordless lamps in modern designs on their website, but not only that. Modern Lantern also converts vintage and antique lamps to their cordless technology. You will love this brand! Read on as I interview Modern Lantern‘s owners, Stephen and Carrie Fitzwater, and tour their eclectic mid-century modern home. 

Jacquin: I absolutely love your business concept, Carrie & Stephen! Tell us about what inspired you to launch your cordless lamp company, Modern Lantern.

Stephen & Carrie: Thanks Jacquin! Coming from a talented designer that means a lot to us! As an interior designer it just kept driving me nuts when I’d do an install and discover no floor plugs for those lamps typically needed in a large, open floor plan living area. I just couldn’t stand placing a lamp that didn’t work on an end table or swapping it our for a floral piece when the plan clearly called for a decorative table lamp. So I just kept bugging my husband (who just so happened to be a product designer;) that this was a product we can and should bring to market.

So finally he did the research online and found that lots of people had the same issue and no one was doing a good job of solving that lighting problem. Stephen starting buying components on the internet from various industries to get a prototype that worked well. Once we accomplished that, we filed the patent (we now have several), and went off to China to work with our friend and sourcing agent Johnny, to find the right factories to help us bring in our first container load of cordless lamps in early 2012. Seven years later we keep expanding and improving our line we sell direct on ModernLantern.com.

Jacquin: Have you two always been entrepreneurial minded?

Stephen & Carrie: I think so?! or at least I’d like to say I think so. LOL. We’ve both done the corporate thing which served us well raising our two boys (now young men) but for the both of us we heavily embraced the Gen X story growing up. Both of us are pretty creative and independent thinkers, and we both even as kids, had our own jobs that we were in control of and that was more inspiring to us than just a paycheck.

Jacquin: How would you describe the style of your home and decor?

Stephen & Carrie: Our look is pretty eclectic and represents both our personalities. We like traveling, vintage hunting, toys, and modern clean lines but definitely more mid-century than sleek contemporary. We feel our home is pretty warm and inviting. Our four pets seem to like it, they get to live in it more than we do.

Jacquin: How was your experience decorating your current home together? Did you create any DIY home decor accents or invest in any vintage pieces? 

Stephen & Carrie: We’ve had 5 homes since we’ve been married and ALL of them complete redoes, so plenty of experiences there, LOL. Our current home in Fort Worth is a 1950s Austin stone ranch. We loved the sprawling yard, trees and the retro stone but the inside was a mess. My husband hopes this is our last redo! We gutted the kitchen, painted the entire house, inside and out, all new landscaping and my favorite feature is the new deck in the backyard, my husband’s favorite might be his skateboard ramp, which I told him had to look ‘Pinterest worthy’ if going in our backyard (laughing). To decorate, we change stuff around pretty regularly. Some things my husband collected traveling overseas, some I found in antique stores and estate sales and we love our artwork, which for the most part are originals.

Jacquin: What is your favorite Modern Lantern lamp on the market currently?

Stephen & Carrie: Our favorite is our Bartlett Cordless Lamp (shown below). They are pretty unique… for one they are rechargeable, but also important is our ceramic line of cordless lamps are made right here by hand in DFW. We work with a stoneware artisan in Dallas that makes the ceramic pots, all glazed at his facility, and then Stephen and our Shop manager, Clarisa, hand assemble and pack them all out of our shop here in Fort Worth. So we think they are pretty special. We do a few antique when we have time too on our Etsy page, ModernLanternVintage.

Jacquin: Tell us about your favorite hobby when you aren’t working at Modern Lantern?

Stephen & Carrie: We love the outdoors… love camping, entertaining friends and barbecuing, working in the yard, riding mountain bikes, and Stephen enjoys skateboarding with his buddies too.

Jacquin: What is your favorite room in your home and how do you think it reflects YOU?

Stephen & Carrie: Our favorite spot is our deck in our backyard. We wake up to coffee on a nice morning and then enjoy a beer or cocktail right there in the evening, after work. In short, we like to relax together, talk about the day (or the future) while staring at the birds and the mature trees on and around our property. We are pretty chill people.

Visit Modern Lantern at their website at www.ModernLantern.com or follow them on Instagram.
 

 

How to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

With spring’s arrival and summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your outdoor space for the warmer weather! There are many ways to achieve celebrity style living in your own backyard! Jennifer Aniston’s gorgeous back deck, pictured above, is giving us major back deck inspiration. Achieving such a luxurious yet serene backyard retreat is completely attainable with Kebony’s wood products for decking, siding, and more!

The Deck 

Studio 3001 in Emsdetten, Germany

The first step to take in revamping your outdoor space is the base, the deck. It’s important if you are building or renovating a deck to choose a wood that is durable and made to last. Norwegian-based company Kebony is a great source for outdoor timber. Kebony specializes in producing enhanced wood of a superior quality that is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. 

Your outdoor deck is an extension of your interior design. Make your deck both beautiful and functional, like in the photo above, which showcases a Kebony wood deck from a home in Germany. The photo below is gorgeous example of how to create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living also showcasing Kebony. The stunning exterior walls shown are covered in Kebony wood. 

By Claridge Architects

Why stop at just outdoor furniture when curating your outdoor deck… add a touch of luxury! If you really want to elevate your outdoor space, why not add a hot tub? 

Hot Tubs

What better way to transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis than adding a hot tub to your deck. There are many things to consider when you’re getting ready to install a hot tub in your backyard. What type of tub do you want? Where do you want the hot tub? Safety factors must also be considered as well in the installation process. But don’t worry, we have simplified the process. 

Architecture by Nick Leith-Smith

Where to Put the Hot Tub?

Consider where in your backyard or on your current deck you want to place your hot tub. Although there are logistics that factor into a location of a hot tub, like access to water and electricity or room for maintenance and repairs, don’t forget to have fun with it! Do you have a beautiful garden area you want to overlook? Do you have a pool you want to add the hot tub on to? Be creative and have fun with it!

Selecting your hot tub can be an exciting but overwhelming process. There are all sorts of shapes, sizes, and design options to keep in mind. Consider what you want out of your hot tub and how you want it set up on your deck. Would you like it to be simple and strictly functional, or would you like it to be a main design element of your outdoor space? Below I’ve listed a few different options to consider, which can all be built around a custom deck. 

Plexiglass Hot Tub

Architecture by Hacedor and hot tub made by arquitectos

The plexiglass design is perfect for anyone looking to achieve a contemporary look for their hot tub. This is a great option to consider when adding a hot tub to an already-existing deck. The plexiglass hot tub is ultra-chic and sure to make a modern statement. 

Sunken Hot Tub

Architecture by Vettermann + Rickens and photo by Salih Usta

A sunken hot tub is another great option for a contemporary, subtle and fluid addition to a deck. A sunken tub can also be added to an already-existing deck. Installing a sunken hot tub is minimalist, yet function-focused design option. Keep in mind, a sunken hot tub could have some potential safety concerns for children.                        

Built-in Hot Tub

Architecture by Homexo and photo by Studio Oslo

If you want to add a hot tub to an already existing deck, a built-in hot tub is a great option. They can also be added to a deck that’s in the construction process. This is a great option so you can see a view from the hot tub over a deck’s railing. The tub can also be surrounded with the same wood as the deck to make it blend in with the environment. This is also the safest option for children. You’ll also need to decide if you want a jetted tub or more of a spa-type tub for your back deck. Creating the deck of your dreams is all about the detailing you select!

Pergolas

Architecture by Charles Rose via Architectural Digest

If you want to make an architectural statement with your deck, or are just looking for some shade, try adding a pergola. They are also a great way to add lush greenery to a contemporary deck, like the photo shown above. Either way, pergolas are great to create an outdoor seating area like shown here.

Get the Outdoor Experience with Coverage Under a Pergola

Pratic Bioclimatic Pergola via Elle Decor Italia

Pergolas can protect you from harmful UV rays, or provide shade to make blazing summer days outdoors more enjoyable. Wood from Kebony would be the perfect material to construct a pergola because it’s durable against the elements while remaining environmentally friendly. 

With warmer weather right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start constructing your outdoor oasis. Don’t forget to start with a durable wood for your deck like Kebony’s durable woodsYou won’t need to blow your budget on an extravagant penthouse when you can have the same deluxe experience in your own backyard. Hot tubs are a totally realistic way to create an ultra luxurious spa-like environment in your own home.  Or if you are aiming for a strong architectural statement, add a pergola. With these outdoor additions you’ll be living like a celebrity in your own home all summer long. Visit Kebony.com to learn more about the potential available for your home’s outdoor space with Kebony wood products. 

Fashion meets Interiors: featuring Tabula Rasa

I’m back with a new Fashion meets Interiors feature and today we’re showcasing the cutting edge NYC brand Tabula Rasa. I love their contemporary approach to knitwear and I know you will too. Meet Tabula Rasa founder Emily Diamandis as she styles Tabula Rasa’s clothing to match this stunning interior space. 

I’m Emily Diamandis of Tabula Rasa. At Tabula Rasa we embrace this concept of being able to create an environment of opportunity. Every day is a reset, from the clothes you wear, the people you encounter, and the decisions you make. 

I chose this design because the aesthetic resonated with my own style, playful and modern with sophisticated accents. I really connected with the clean look of this space balanced by the textural quality of the fringed stool and gold accents. I love to layer texture and pattern and elevate the look with a pop of gold jewelry. 

I love having the opportunity to collaborate with Jacquin. I believe that any space we inhabit can become a personalized retreat of comfort, creativity and style and with Tabula Rasa I wanted to create products that allow the owner to express their personal style no matter the space. Jacquin translates this so well into her design.

Made for the modern journeywoman, Tabula Rasa is about feeling luxuriously at home, everywhere in the world. 

SHOP THE LOOK!

Other Tabula Rasa favorites: 

Be sure to follow Tabula Rasa on Instagram to stay updated on their latest collections! For more of Interiors by Jacquin’s “Fashion meets Interiors” series click here

Artist Spotlight: Brenda Bogart video feature

Brenda Bogart is a Dallas-based artist with a rather fascinating background. I had the opportunity to visit Brenda’s home to interview her and learn more about her artwork recently, and I was beyond impressed. Brenda has worked multiple careers over the decades, ranging from operating a children’s clothing business to working as an interior designer for decades prior to picking up a paint brush in 2006. She is a testament that the artist inside doesn’t just fizzle out because you may be working in another profession, but simply re-emerges in your life when the time is right. I had the opportunity to chat with Brenda Bogart on this particular topic and more as she welcomed me into her stunning home for this video interview. (You can watch the video at the end of this post.)

“Big Al”, Oil on canvas, Brenda Bogart.

Brenda Bogart, collage (2013).

“Dictators and other dicks” series.  (Discussed in our video interview!)

From the “Peace” “Patience” “Kindness” collage trio, Brenda Bogart.

Brenda Bogart’s art forms include painting and collage primarily, which she executes with great creativity and precision. You’ll find that she does not shy away from controversial or political topics, but rather tackles these difficult topics through her own creative perspective. Brenda Bogart has featured subject matters ranging from politics, to current events, and even history throughout her art career. My favorite works of Brenda’s are her collages which contain so many layers within the created image.

After watching my video interview with Brenda I’m sure you’ll be convinced that Brenda’s home is just as interesting as her artwork. Brenda worked with seasoned architect Bentley Tibbs to convert her newly constructed home into a contemporary masterpiece. Tibbs’ attention to detail is evident throughout Brenda’s home with architectural gems featured in each room of the home. Brenda’s background in interior design takes her home to the next level with her curated selection of art and sculptures around the home. Look closely at the video to catch all of the amazing design features. I absolutely love how Brenda installed a sculpture on her oversized kitchen island; such a nice design surprise that I don’t typically see!

Visiting the home of Brenda Bogart.

It was truly an honor to interview Brenda Bogart and tour her newly renovated home for this project. I was incredibly encouraged to hear Brenda share her life story about starting her career as an artist later in life. If anyone out there is looking for encouragement to resume their artistry in a serious way, let Brenda Bogart’s story be an encouragement to you. She has built a thriving career as an artist after working 2 other careers, while continuing to push the envelope with innovative ideas. Brenda Bogart is certainly an artist worthy of our Artist Spotlight. You can visit the Blue Print Store in Dallas (exclusively) to purchase an original Brenda Bogart piece to add to your art collection.

“Ring around the rosie”, Oil on cavnas, Brenda Bogart.

Brenda Bogart collage art on display – from the Blue Print Store. 

To keep up with Brenda Bogart‘s latest artwork and upcoming events follow her on Instagram. Also, be sure to stay up to date on Blue Print Store’s art shows for an opportunity to catch Brenda Bogart’s artwork in person. You can learn more about the Blue Print Store here, where I tour the store for myself. I hope you enjoy Brenda Bogart’s artwork as much as I do! Watch our video interview and home tour below:

For more artist interviews, browse the Interiors by Jacquin “Artist Spotlight” series!

10 Raffia & Glasscloth Furniture Favorites

  

Lately I’ve had my eye on raffia and grasscloth surfaced furniture as I makeover my bedroom decor. I love the nice texture raffia and grasscloth add to a space and I also enjoy the relaxed, coastal aesthetic of raffia. I’m currently looking to add raffia nightstands to my bedroom to add a bit of that resort, vacation vibe to my own space. I rounded up the best design inspiration featuring luxurious raffia furniture just to sell you on this awesome furniture option. I have also compiled my 10 must-have raffia furniture selections available for purchase right now. 

 Blake Raffia 3-drawer nightstand from Serena & Lily.
 
If you’re wondering about the durability of this material. Raffia is actually quite resilient. Raffia fibers come from the Raffia palm tree and the material is used in all sorts of products from heavy-duty baskets, to furniture, twine and rope (and more!). When your furniture is covered in raffia there is generally several coats of lacquer applied first to protect the surface from stains and damage, all while the raffia still maintains its characteristic texture. 
 

Meade Raffia Dresser with nailheads from Williams-Sonoma Home. 

You can also find raffia furniture accented with nailheads or even richly-dyed raffia decor options. Another raffia trend that’s coming back is simple raffia beds in all of their textured glory (see below). These classic beds can be found in antique form or newly designed from brands like Serena & Lily. Raffia-covered furniture is a fantastic way to move away from basic wood furniture throughout your entire house. In fact, the mixture of your current wood furniture with raffia-based decor will be a great blend of coastal meets modern design. Keep reading for my top selections for shopping raffia furniture for your own space!

Interior design by Alyssa Rosenheck for Amber Barnes via MyDomaine. 
 
Nailhead raffia chest featured on DecorPad.
 

Here are my 10 favorite raffia furniture pieces available on the market right now…

 

1. 3-Drawer Raffia Chest – South Hill Home
2. Casablanca Global Bazaar Raffia Coffee Table with nailheads – Houzz
3. Blake Raffia 1-Drawer Nightstand – Serena & Lily
4. Minnia Raffia-Wrapped Cabinet – One Kings Lane
5. Kos 3-Drawer Raffia Nightstand in Indigo – One Kings Lane
6. Blake Raffia 3-Drawer Nightstand – Serena & Lily
7. Round Raffia Side Table – South Hill Home
8. Meade Raffia Dresser with nailheads – Williams-Sonoma HOME
9. Palecek Avery Side Table – Layla Grayce
10. Blake Raffia Wide Dresser – Serena & Lily

Have a great week!
 

Artistic Hardware for your Cabinets & Furniture

Today’s post is all about luxurious, artistic hardware for your furniture and cabinets! Ranging from knobs to pulls, unique and artisanal hardware selections can transform a piece of furniture or even an entire room. I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to change-up the look of my furniture at times, and even easier than a coat of paint (or new furniture purchase) is choosing new hardware! European brand PullCast has devoted its brand to bringing customers across the globe fine-art quality hardware in a range of fascinating designs. 

PullCast was born digging deep into the wonders of nature by a jeweller and a designer whose hobbies included collecting objects from outdoor experiences. Crossing the worlds of jewelry and design led to the exploration of new design approaches that combined architectural, artistic, and nature-based influences. With PullCast you can expect to find a diverse range of design styles on heirloom-quality sculptural hardware, created with traditional artisanal practices in Portugal. PullCast’s hardware creations create a sense of rarity and legacy, grounded by ancient forms of craft.

(1) “Codium” knob –  Codium is delicate, yet impactful design that will add visual interest to any drawer, cupboard or wardrobe.

(2) “Tiffany Quarts” knob – With a handful of elegance and refinement, adorn your designs with PullCast’s polished brass handle complete with a quartz centerpiece.

(3) “Atlas” pull – Atlas is a piece that reminisces on the diversity and complexity of a metropolis. Embark on a journey with the “Atlas” pull to transform you home & furniture. 

(4) “Kesyia” pull – PullCast’s “Kesyia” inspiration was drawn from the uniquely uneven texture of pine tree bark. A distinguished furniture handle, made to enrich your modern designs.

(5)  “Karat” knob – The “Karat” design is extravagant in its modern form, yet draws from the same purity and uniqueness of a cut diamond.

(6)“Comb” knob – PullCast’s inspiration with this product was one of the most aesthetically pleasing sights in nature, the honeycomb phenomenon. PullCast’s “Comb” design showcases the angular perfection that bees form in nature with their honeycombs.

(7)  “Nouveau” pull – Immersed in modernity and fluidity, the “Nouveau” pull is inspired by the Art Nouveau époque.

(8) “Limb” pull – Driven by the nature cycles, PullCast shaped their “Limb” range to showcase the beauty of nature’s trees and branches. Designed to impress!

(9) “Natica” pull – “Natica” is a jewelry-inspired piece based on the unbelievable variation of sea life, one of nature’s gems.

Which PullCast hardware design is your favorite? Leave your top choice in the comments!