Oh! We totally need a vintage birdcage in our vintage-traveler guest bedroom!
And maybe even a couple little birdies to drive Scooty Boots and Dinahsaur crazy.
In related news, I am currently obsessed with wanting to hit the road and decided that a map wall will be perfect for logging our adventures and where we've been and where we want to go. I like the idea of spinning around (blindfolded) and pointing to a place, packing our bags and going.
I *ahemJeremy* did my taxes and I got a little bit (a lot) of a return!
So I got this.
It just came in the mail yesterday and I'm already smitten. With all the photos I've been taking (and plan on taking) I thought it was time to step it up and get something a little nicer. Since playing with it last night I've only taken a bunch of photos of my feet - so I'm looking forward to taking some real, art directed, shots in the very near future.
This is a photo I took on the micro setting. Read about the bracelet (that I love love love) here.
When Jeremy and I were hanging blinds in bedrooms #2 and #3 I suggested that maybe we should paint the walls and woodwork. He gave me the stink eye and we both pretended that I never said anything. We both decided that we were done painting, indefinitely, after completing the hallway stripes.
Then the other morning as I was flipping through my Domino book I saw this striped ceiling. And I was completely inspired.
I suggested to Jeremy that we should paint stripes on our ceiling in the office and he just about had a heart attack.
I had to do a little mock-up. Is it too stripey stripey? Does it look like a circus? Is the striped hallway enough?
(Original photo for reference)
After finishing up some work at home yesterday Jeremy and I decided to go sledding. About a mile from our house is sledding heaven known as Douglas Park.
I really like our house but it's not my favorite. Keep reading.
We didn't have anything to sled on but found some trashcan lids in our shed.
We started our trek. It really wasn't so bad. We walked through one of my favorite neighborhoods in OKC called Crown Heights. It neighbors our little area, Edgemere Park.
We passed by my favorite house in OKC. I have this silly little dream that one day it will be ours.
We finally made our way to Douglas Park and it truly was sledding heaven. There were families with vintage sleds, dogs chasing each other around in the snow and teenagers on snow boards. I wish I could show you pictures but my camera froze up and stopped working.
Today I will be thawing my car out and slowly crawl to work. Ice Storm 2009 is just about over but I had a blast. Posts that don't involve weather will resume!
I'm working from home again today (and the novelty of working in my PJs hasn't worn off yet).
I actually managed to get some stuff done! Here's a blue print of a micro site I'm working on.
This is my view today. A little more white.
And we're literally snowed in. We could make it past that little barrier but haven't bothered trying. And don't let that "snow" fool you - it's actually a block of ice disguised as fluffy white snow.
Jeremy making us some hot chocolate.
We have a good amount of food, coffee, hot chocolate (and wine) to get us through the day or week if necessary.
After seeing Rachel's post about this gem of an antique store I had to make a visit. This weekend Jeremy and I, along with his mom and grandma, decided to hit up Architectural Antiques and Dead People's Stuff.
I thought this lamp was so cool.
All of these things are the kind of stuff I want to fill bedroom #2 with.
I'm obsessed with having a card catalog or vintage drug store drawers in our house. Something like this would go perfectly in our dining room.
When Jeremy and I first bought our home we assigned our bedrooms numbers since they didn't have identities yet.
Bedroom #1 became the master bedroom. Bedroom #3 is finally coming together as our office. Bedroom #2 is still a room with no name - but eventually I'd like to call it our guest bedroom.
So this evening as I was shopping on line with my brother and brainstorming decorating ideas for him I became inspired. When I think of my guest bedroom I think of my brother staying with me - so why not decorate this room for him? I like to imagine this room as a poor traveling musicians room (with great style, of course).
So I promptly whipped together a moodboard.
Do you love it? I do!
Now, while all of these things, aside from the vintage suitcase table, are very "off the shelf" I would actually try to hunt and gather most furniture from local antique stores. I could find multiple vintage maps and layer them on the wall, a wrought iron bed, an old rusty chandelier. This mood board just helps to give focus and direction to this room.
Here are the elements I used for this mock-up:
8' x 13' world map wall mural - urban outfitters - $140
IKEA Heimdal twin size bed frame - $79
Now, I'm not sure if getting a twin size bed is very practical (or comfortable) but I love the idea of it.
Jeremy's drums. '64 Ludwig.
Keep calm poster in metallic silver.
Ikea stockholm rand layered with
5x7 Diamond Kilim Printed Cotton Rug - Urban Outfitters -$68
Vintage repurposed suitcase side table.
overnight table lamp - cb2 - $49.95
And last but not least this chandelier would be SO rad in this room.
Pottery Barn - Edison Chandelier - $399.00
I introduce to you: Ice Storm 2009. I won't say I didn't ask for it.
Jeremy and I were both sent home from work early.
Our breakfast nook is my office until 5:30 today and possibly tomorrow.
And when I'm not working I think we'll be cuddled up watching some Netflix and eating on tuna noodle casserole.
After 7 months we finally hung blinds in the remaining two bedrooms.
Here they are in the office.
And by "we hung the blinds" I mean Jeremy and Scooty Boots.
One of Scooty's favorite activities is climbing the ladder so he was stoked when we brought it out. Did you know training a house cat is as hard as training a tiger? It's true.
Our blinds are faux wood. The brand is BLINDZ - they're about half the cost of real wood plantation blinds and with 27 windows in our home it was our only option.
If I am going to try and be a more organized version of myself at home I need to do the same at work. Habits are habits no matter where you are.
I wish I would've taken a before photo of the shelf. It was a total wreck. I filled a trashcan full of garbage that had just been piling up. I used the same rule I used for my closet - if it was something I hadn't looked at in over 6 months it was tossed, given to a coworker or filed away.
I found these vintage speakers in our back storage area. They were probably going to be tossed had I not salvaged them. I love them. They would look good on my built-ins at home too.
These are Chris Paul's (CP3 of the NBA Hornets) shoes. When I worked on the Hornets account the marketing director gave me these shoes before they left. They are a prized possession.
Everything else left on my shelf are a few favorite paper and work samples.
Like these recruitment materials I did for OCU. I love them - hands down my favorite project in 2008.
The winner of the Domino Magazine give away is...
Mrs. LeFave - email us at JeremyandKathleen@gmail.com with your info. and I will drop your subscription form in the mail today!
I had the contest entrants describe their favorite piece of furniture. Mrs. LeFave's is her chartreuse green velvet victorian couch. Fun!
I made Jeremy pick a number between 1 and 7 (there were 7 entries) this morning.
Me: "Jeremy. Pick a number between 1 and 7"
Jeremy: "Oh! Do you want me to tell you? 4."
I think he thought I was trying to perform some sort of David Blaine magic trick. The point of the story is that the drawing was random.
However, I just might have to buy my sister a subscription for her following comment:
My favorite piece of furniture is my baby's crib. I used it for my four-year old when he was little too. It is from the 30's is made out of a honey-colored wood, and has neat ribbed-slash-curved detailing on the posts that make it look a little art-deco-ish. It also has these 30's children's book illustration style rabbit characters (one on the headboard and one on the footboard) that are all laqueredy-crackledy, but not in a Hobby Lobby way, like in an authentic-they'll-probably-kill-my-kids-from-lead-poisoning sort of way. I got it for $40 at a garage sale (when I was only first trying to get pregnant).
It was such a steal that I had to get it, but me and my mom didn't want to jinx me getting pregnant, so we dissassembled it, wrapped the pieces in bedsheets and snuck it into her house where we hid the parts in the backs of three different closets, and didn't tell anyone about it until it was actually a non-crazy-person-appropriate time to shop for a crib.
It's going to Kathleen some day, so that's why I should win.
Thanks to everyone that entered. I will do more giveaways in the future.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
jeremyandkathleen (at) gmail (dot) com.
All photos and graphics by Kathleen unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use them with permission or credit.
Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
Braid is a creative & consulting business I own with my sister. We do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs. On the Braid blog I share branding adventures, how-to articles and advice on the creative process. If you need a little brand therapy of your own visit Braid or subscribe to the Braid blog RSS feed here.
What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
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- Canon G10!
- Legs and Lights
- Weekly Window Shopping - &
- Striped ceiling.
- My favorite house in OKC.
- Ice Storm 2009 Continued
- Architectural Antiques (and dead people's stuff)
- Bedroom #2 - Moodboard
- Ice day.
- j&k: what we wear
- Organized at Work.
- And the winner is!
- Neenah Flip Calendar
- A used kitchen.
- Around the house.
- Domino Magazine Give Away!
- Alexander McQueen for Target
- Weekly Window Shopping
- Play-Doh Top Chefs
- Behind see-through doors.
- Behind closed doors.
- Foundation Piers
- Poladroid - Food
- Blockhead Lager
- House Inspiration
- A painting.
- Dining Room
- Keep Calm
- Backyard Plans
- The ham.
- Weekly Window Shopping
- So fine in oh-nine.
- Happy new year!
- ▼ January (41)
- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
- Jane Reaction
- Ink & Letters
- Meg Biram | The Edit
- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings