It’s February, which means it’s time to be on the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. If your loved one is a design enthusiast, or if you want a chic alternative to chocolate and roses, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few ideas for the significant other with style:
Art: What is more personal or design friendly than a custom piece of art? Take note of your Valentine’s preferences. Do they have an affinity for abstract? What is the color palette of the room in question? What size might they need? Then look no further than Instagram (or your preferred social media site) to find an artist who meets your specific needs. Here are a few pieces I’m currently loving:
The first work is from Holly Addi. You can learn more about her thoughtful abstracts, and commission one, by visiting Instagram or her website.
The second piece is by NG Collective Studio. Visit their lovely Instagram page to see their work and inspiration, and don’t forget to view their website.
The final work is from Karina Bania Art, whose Instagram is wonderfully full of painting along with the occasional self portrait. You can also visit her website.
Accent Pieces: Perhaps your other half deserves updated accent pieces, such as pillows, throw blankets, or lamps. Again, check out their colors and style and visit a favorite local boutique for a unique piece or even a large store that offers trendy pieces. Here are a few to get you going:
Get Away: If you really want to make an impression, book a local weekend getaway. Arkansas offers some fantastic boutique hotels that appeal to those with an eye for design. Of course, I will shamelessly plug the Waters Hotel in Hot Springs to start, but there are several other options as well, such as the Capital Hotel in Downtown Little Rock, and 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, among others.
An added bonus: Each of these options offers dining, so there is no need to travel once you get there.
Regardless of your gift choice, consider the recipient. Keeping their preferences in mind will always result in a happy gift-giving experience. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, and happy shopping!
I had the most fun designing for the Hastings family’s Little Rock home. This was a large project, as they rebuilt from the ground up, and you know I love a good, blank canvas to work from.
I worked in conjunction with Chuck Hamilton Construction of Little Rock on this gem, aka #jwdhastingsheights. Here are a few of the highlights:
Master Bath: The amazing, bright white master bath features a freestanding bathtub from Jason International that overlooks the family’s lovely mountain view. The shape of the windows complements that of the built-in shelving and cabinets, which provide always-needed extra storage space.
Here are a few more views from the master bathroom for your perusing pleasure:
The tile on the floor and used for the shower walls is BPI Marvel, Statuario 12×24. The shower floor features 2″ Casa Blanca hexagon mosaic.
As a new blog feature, we will list “Where You Can Find It” for the master bathroom (or we will at least get you pretty close):
Kitchen: Moving on to the kitchen. I love this space. The countertops are gray and white quartz. The perimeter and wet bar are Caeserstone Pebble. The island is Prestige Stone in Calacatta Grey. The hardware is brushed brass. The linear light fixture adds a little color without overwhelming the design.
Here are some more photos from the kitchen….the view is fantastic! The Chippendale barstools inspired a design element we thoughtfully used throughout the house. The pattern was mimicked in the cabinetry at the butler’s pantry and again in the baby gate at the stair. It added just the right amount of interest and uniqueness to the space. The kitchen and wet bar backsplash is a 1×3 marble herringbone pattern.
Where You Can Find It
Hardware:PC Hardware. We used Lew’s Hardware Bar Series 5″ brushed brass.
Powder Bath: That wallpaper, though. I love the way this bathroom adds a splash of color to the Hastings home without taking over. Keeping the other elements of the bath simple allows the walls to speak for themselves.
Where You Can Find It
Wallpaper:Seabrook. We used Carl Robinson 12-Art – CR41309 Langhorn, but peruse their other offerings!
Faucet:Kohler. This one is Purist in vibrant moderne, brushed gold.
Mirror:Target. Never discount the discount stores.
Towel Ring:Anthropologie. Explore their unique bathroom hardware offerings.
It’s almost New Year’s Day! You know what that means: Timelines and Insta-stories full of folks resolving to better themselves financially, physically, academically, etc. Always a fan of self-improvement and development, I say, “GO FOR IT.”
Jill White Designs looks forward to a lot of the new and a little of the old in 2018. Here are a few thoughts on the trends turning my head (some will be familiar):
Oxblood: As mentioned on Insta (below), “Love it or hate it, it’s everywhere and we’re jumping on the train & STUPID excited about it!” This trend is likely a throwback to art deco and all things European. Don’t be afraid to incorporate this bold trend.
Ultra Violet: It’s the Pantone “color of the year,” after all! In a Stella-approved move, Pantone’s 18-3838 will be seen all over in 2018. According to Pantone, the hue is “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Be ready to see this color used in accent pieces everywhere.
Nature-inspired Decor: Expect to continue seeing shades inspired by nature, from stone to earth to ocean, natural colors and elements will be found all over. Flora, raw wood, and leaves will be all over. As I mentioned in my last post, go outside and see what you can find. This is a budget-friendly trend that instantly updates your space.
Wallpaper and PrintsGalore:Another recent Insta, 2017 saw tons of fun prints with an emphasis on interesting wallpaper. Almost nothing is off limits! Florals, abstracts, graphics, patterned….each adds its own element of fun, especially in smaller spaces. Stay tuned in 2018 to see what new prints JWD has in store!
Black and White: Last, but never least, you don’t have to stray from the tried and true. Yeah, I’m going to say it: black and white. I mean, these basic elements are not going anywhere, and black and white is always a safe bet. Used as a foundation, the sky’s the limit as far as accompanying decor.
JWD had an outstanding 2017, and I am excited to see what 2018 has in store! If you’ve resolved to finally do a home update you’ve been pondering for years or build your dream home, give me a call, and let’s make your dream a reality!
Okay, how many of you do it? Go nuts and chronically over-decorate for Christmas? <Raises hand slowly.> I love it. I am the weirdo who typically has her trees up before Thanksgiving. Yes, I do enjoy Thanksgiving, but Christmas decor requires so much work, I want to enjoy the end result as long as possible. My theory is that Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. When it gets cool outside, when fireplaces are lit, and when Thanksgiving approaches, I get all the holiday feels and can’t help myself.
My philosophy on trees is “the more the merrier.” I put up a lot of trees; this year I did six! Two of them have no decoration, rather they are a solid black and a solid white in the guest room. Shocker. I used black and white.
My holiday décor features a good number of recycled hand-me-downs, half of which belonged to my great-grandmother. She was The Holiday Queen. She had the most beautiful holiday décor in almost every room of her home. (I miss her!) All the teal décor on my main tree, the white and gold angels in the dining room, and the oversize jewels on the boho tree were hers. I love them and will continue to use them every year until the glitter and paint fall off!
If you’re like me, you spend too much during the holidays, so I personally try to design on a dime. My main tree includes 90 percent (the above mentioned) hand-me-downs. My entire “boho tree,” excluding my great-grandmother’s oversize jewels, was purchased at At Home store (inexpensive)! My daughter, Stella’s, bedroom tree is 90 percent handmade felt ornaments, crafted by yours truly. The skirts for all trees except the main one are blankets I already had.
One of my favorite holiday décor items can be found in almost any yard; go outside and cut things! (If not, try your neighbor’s yard; they won’t notice!) Holly (of course), sticks, willow, magnolia branches, or pine cones. I display these items in vases scattered throughout my home. It is an easy way to be festive and spend zero dollars.
How do YOU decorate for the holidays?? What means the most to you??
Thank you to all of my clients for your support this year!!! YOU are the reason I get to do what I love every single day!!! Thank you to the contractors and their subs, my installers and handymen, to my amazing reps and vendors, for without you this job would not be possible. Thank you to my mini team!!! Miki (I am so thankful to have you join my team!!!), Ansley (You come whenever you want, sweet girl.), Jessica (for your occasional styling help), and my amazing sister, Jenni, who started this blog and website for FUN. I am so lucky to have you all!!! And, lastly, to my family and friends for your continued cheerleading and support. I love and appreciate you all!!!
Design doesn’t have to be relegated to interiors, and Thanksgiving tables don’t have to be boring or predictable. In fact, I’d caution against the tired cornucopia centerpiece. Make this the turkey day you break free from using the same tired decor!
Here are a few ideas from Pinterest to spark your creativity!
So, while pumpkins are hardly unexpected at Thanksgiving, think outside the grocery store box and grab some spray paint! I love how they added hues of gold, gray, blue, and black in different finishes to add interest to the palette. Though their arrangement appears haphazard, upon closer inspection the pumpkins are arranged by color and size. The farmhouse table simple place settings, and natural greenery tied with twine complete the look.
Tablescapes aren’t limited to the obvious or the decorative. Use your dining space in a meaningful way. I love how this Pinterest user crafted a handwritten thankfulness list, allowing guests to ruminate on their blessings. This is an easy DIY the least crafty person can do, using only pen and paper.
This one wins “most likely to have been designed by Jill White.” The black and white? The greenery? Those place settings? I love the use of nontraditional Thanksgiving colors; there’s no brown or orange in sight! The basic stemware and crisp, classic whites make for a fab, modern, yet inviting tablescape.
Here’s another that could easily inspire my own work. While we have the classic white dinnerware, I love the addition of the natural charger, gold flatware, and black and white linens. The personal touch provided by the “thank you very much” reminder is also nice. The basic white antler and succulent terrarium as centerpieces add a fun, updated feel.
Lastly, being Thanksgiving and all, I want to thank you – my clients and readers – for your business and friendship. I truly couldn’t do what I love without you. For that, I am thankful for YOU! Enjoy a happy, safe holiday week.
On occasion an exceptionally exciting renovation comes along. You are about to meet the McClure residence, also known as #jwdfoxpartyofsix on Instagram. I may have posted about this one j-u-s-t a little.
This property was a dream to work on. I was hired onto the project during the framing phase. Fortunately, I was on-board in time to put my stamp on the floor plan. My services were provided in conjunction with the builder, Chuck Hamilton Construction of Little Rock.
The vision for the home piqued my interest from the beginning. I mean, it’s not every day that an 8,000 square footer comes along. Not only was it was a huge project, but once I met this precious family of six, I knew it would be the perfect job for me!
I mean, this was our starting point, exterior-wise:
I can’t wait this entire post to show some of the almost-finished new exterior. So, without further ado:
Though this is only a snippet of the front, I am in love. The home was completely transformed from traditional to modern and clean. Here are some more exterior shots:
We replaced the red brick exterior with stucco in a custom color. The dark casement windows are in Iron Ore by Pella, which I love. We used gas lantern lighting from New Orleans-based company Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. We added a contemporary metal mailbox from an awesome shop out of Austin, Texas I found on Etsy, Bold MFG & Supply. Then there is the custom iron door. Not just any door, this thing was around 17.5 feet and something like 5,000 pounds! It was created and installed by Arkansas Custom Iron Doors.
The door is ridiculously impressive, yes, but oh my word the KITCHEN. The kitchen is what culinary dreams are made of. Check this out:
I mean. Where to begin? White, white, white, of course. Features include a 60-inch range from Thermador with a custom hood, quartz countertop by The Countertop Store in Maumelle, and counter-height windows by Pella. The sink is an incredible white The Galley sink – FIVE FEET – with two industrial faucets by Blanco from PC Hardware & Design. Enjoy a few more kitchen pics:
I’m loving the clean, simple look and feel of the space! And just a few more:
This home also included a beautiful, functional laundry with metal lockers and a herringbone brick floor. The metal is from Bray Sheetmetal, right here in Little Rock, and the brick from Antique Brick Outdoors. Larger families thrive on details that can help with organization and maximum use of space such as this.
It’s a functional dream come true, especially for a family with several kiddos. And speaking of kids, check out a couple of favorites from the kids’ rooms:
The wallpaper and custom beds are fantastic in both rooms! The black bed is painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, and the wallpaper is Kate Spade for Kravet in Confetti Dot Dalmatian (on the left). The green bed is painted in Sherwin Williams Leap Frog, and the butterfly wallpaper is by Jamie Brown Home, the Chelsea Lane Collection. Both wallpapers are from Designer Effects. The beds were custom constructed by Chuck Hamilton Construction. (Lucky kids!)
This house has so many bathrooms. Here are just a few after photos:
These are the powder bath and some of the kids’ bathrooms. And now for the master:
In my completely biased opinion, these are some of the best before and afters…. The waiting area was completely transformed from dark wood and mismatched furnishings:
As the main waiting area, we wanted people to instantly feel welcome and refreshed. Painting the walls and brick white opened the space. Keeping the trim a medium gray added a nice contrast to the walls and provided a more structured feel.
Okay, a crowning jewel of this reno has to be the letter stools in the main waiting area. I was inspired by similar seating I’d seen at market in 2015. I filed them away in the recesses of my brain and knew they’d be the perfect fit for Holt. (Don’t you agree?) They were designed by ME and perfectly built by Troy Turner with Turner Custom Millwork.
The “O” is an upholstered storage ottoman from Evo. It mimics the “O” in the Holt logo. The remaining letters are custom made woodwork. Making the stools even cooler, they are constructed of 110-year-old oak and cypress reclaimed from an old general store/post office in South Arkansas. They are finished with a clear satin poly.
We also redesigned the beverage/media area. Here is the space before:
Fun, right? I knew the area needed to be modernized and lighted up (in every sense). Here is the end result:
Yep, it’s the same space! The addition of the beverage bar helped add a little extra hospitality for patients. The use of aqua added a calming element. The cabinetry and countertops in the beverage bar and the restrooms are glossy white plastic laminate by Wilsonart. The beverage bar wall tiles are glossy white tiles made of PVC (another fun market find)! We added some greenery and some gold accents to make the space more inviting.
We also updated the cataract waiting area in the back of the clinic:
I love the addition of the lamps and the modern coffee table. The lamps and accent pillows are from Target, the tables from Jill White Designs, the sofa from Evo, and the white chairs from Wayfair Trade. The colorful abstract is by Lauren Meredith Art.
The restrooms also needed an overhaul, and I was happy to oblige. Here is the before and after of the ladies’ room:
We added simple but modern touches. How about that wallpaper, which is courtesy @eykondesign. (And “hello” from the mirror again!)
And now for the men’s room:
I loved working on this project, and Holt Eye Clinic was an amazing client. I love knowing their patients are enjoying a happy, open building! Don’t be afraid to approach commercial design with a fresh perspective. Adding unexpected textures, colors, and finishes can make all the difference in the completed project.
What comes to mind when you hear “bachelor pad,” or worse, “man cave?” Neon beer signs? Grandma’s discarded couch? Mini fridge? The Barker condo was a new one for me as a bachelor pad. Though, as you’ll soon see, there’s not a stolen road sign in sight.
The condo, located in Little Rock’s Lafayette Building downtown, was transformed from the drab usual to the modern and unexpected.
I loved envisioning the space in its entirety. The redesign encompassed the complete condo. The client wanted a functional design with a modern feel, so my work definitely complemented his vision, though he also pretty much gave me free reign. Here is the living room before:
And here is the same living space, transformed completely to be bright and open:
The wall color is MY FAVORITE WALL COLOR OF ALL WALL COLORS, Restoration Hardware, Right White. Furniture includes the client’s existing sofa. All other pieces are from my former favorite store, now closed, SOHO Modern in Little Rock. Other pieces are from West Elm and the former IO Metro.
The entry may be my favorite area in the condo. The wall sconce is by @one_forty_three. The mirror, breakfast pendant light, table, and chairs are from none other than @jillwhitedesigns.
Look closely (below) at the wood bench with metal base, the coat rack, and the banquette bench. They are all custom pieces designed by yours truly and built by @troyt88b. They are made from refurbished wood given to my client from a historic building right behind the Lafayette! What a score!!
One of my favorite things about this bachelor pad was the guitar wall. My client loves music, so we wanted to incorporate that in the design. My goal was for him to be able to appreciate it and be inspired by it daily, so his awesome guitar collection HAD to be on display. I found the hooks from @one_forty_three. Check it out:
I love adding fun, unique concepts in small places. The colorful rug by @furbishstudio adds the perfect pop of color against the wood flooring by C&F Flooring.
Now for a major transformation. Here’s the kitchen before:
Now see the “afters” below. We updated the kitchen cabinets, which are Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray. They play perfectly against the quartz countertops and the 3×6 white subway backsplash tile, also from C&F. The chairs are from SOHO. The fabulous, bright kitchen rug was purchased from @furbishstudio.
Now for the bedrooms. First, the master and guest bedrooms before:
Now the SAME bedrooms after:
Above left is the master bedroom. We added the bed from Blu Dot and rug from West Elm. The wall color is the same throughout the condo. Art is by the owner’s son and @violethilldesign.
The guest bedroom is on the right. The owner wanted to maximize sleeping space for guests, so we found the perfect solution with a sleeper sofa and trundle bed from West Elm. The furniture can easily be configured to accommodate up to four guests. The artwork is photography by my client that we had deconstructed, enlarged, and placed inside glass frames with standoffs from @aceglasslr.
And another spectacular update in the master bathroom….here is the before (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain girl in the mirror):
Below reveals the after. The master bath stays with the condo’s theme of streamlined neutrals. I incorporated a wall hanging from @bellavitajewelry. The cabinet color is also Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Grey, and the linear mirror courtesy @aceglasslr.
Again with the wall color. The tile flooring is from C&F Flooring and rug from Rug Gallery, Little Rock. We continued the bathroom’s face-lift by updating the plumbing fixtures, having the cabinets refaced and painted, and adding new hardware. The contractor for this project was Tony Martin of Little Rock.
See, not your stereotypical man cave at all! To see all the before and after goodness, search #lafayettebachpad on my Instagram.
Renovations are so. Much. Fun. Especially with amazing clients. The Easley family wanted to update their family/play room and laundry room. The previous owners added this space to the home, and the Easleys hired me to make the rooms more reflective of their family of five’s aesthetics. This project allowed me to work with lots of patterns and colors.
I love the finished family room:
The cabinets and walls are….drumroll please….white! Shocked, I know. I used two of my favorite tried-and-true colors in this space; all wall, trim, and cabinetry are Sherwin Williams Snowbound. The perforated metal is Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. The neutral white really set the stage for the interesting pops of color in the space.
The family room is the perfect combination of modern and comfortable. Don’t you want to chill on that couch? The couch, chairs, and accent table are from @cantrellfurniture.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing kids love their spaces. Below is the desk space where the Easley girls do homework and fun art projects. The wall sconce is from @schoolhouse, and the chairs hail from @jillwhitedesigns.
Ahhhh, and I leave you with the unexpected….the laundry room. This isn’t just any old laundry space; it is gorgeous (oxymoron, I know):
If this laundry room doesn’t want to make you do laundry, nothing will. The tile flooring is 4×12 Retroactive in pure white by @crossvilleinc. The backsplash pattern is Circulos Grey II from @cementtileshop.
Because the sixth family member also needed personal space, check out the dog’s special area in the laundry. We also added perforated metal cabinets from @mcnicholsco for additional storage. The patterns and colors mesh perfectly throughout this fun room.
To see more on this project, including the before pics, visit my Insta or search #jwdeasleyreno.
I was hired as the designer for the revamp of the Thompson Hotel, which is located at 340 Central Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The job called for working collaboratively with the architects, who also happen to be the owners and my former bosses, Anthony Taylor and Bob Kempkes of Taylor Kempkes Architects, PA. Robert Zunick is a third owner.
When working with different points of view and opinions, it helps to be somewhat flexible….while still being heard. In fact, The Waters, as it became, was aptly named. As the old Bruce Lee quote says:
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
This is the perfect way to approach any group effort: Flow, don’t crash! Listen, yet be heard. Fortunately for me, we had a mostly unified vision for the hotel, and the end result was nothing short of fantastic. The only battles I lost here were my fight to the death for a lush velvet sofa and abstract artwork. You can’t win them all! Here is the entry and the lobby/foyer area:
The concept was to be understated and modern, yet elegant. We wanted to preserve the interior and highlight the natural beauty of this amazing, historic building while at the same time remaining mindful that we are in the present and want guests to think progressively. With white walls throughout and the original marble as the floor covering, we had a backdrop to add fun touches of color with the furnishings. The lighting added a modern edge, and the natural light from the windows brightened the entire area.
The guest rooms were especially fun to design. Here are some examples of the king rooms:
White bedding and comfortable pillows provide an inviting, comfortable place for guest to lay their heads. The white theme continues with the shades. We added a bench seating at the foot of the bed in gray, which plays off the tones in the flooring. Where it was feasible, we restored the original wood flooring in these particular rooms. It was cleaned, re-installed (as needed), re-finished, and re-stained. We chose carpet for the other rooms. It is from J+J Invision in Cameo/Atticus. The art and storage space remain simple.
We added a sliding barn door to the bathroom, in keeping with the low-key functionality of the room. The idea was to help guests transition from the restored corridors (which have all original molding, flooring, and stair railing) and lead them into the modern rooms. Adding to the yin-and-yang, while the rooms retained their original wood molding that was refinished and re-stained to its original color and the bathroom vanities have repurposed marble countertops from the building, we designed the furniture to have a modern feel with a natural maple finish, glass, floating elements, and an open wardrobe concept.
Here is an example of the queen room:
Along with the new, modern touches, we incorporated some original elements of the hotel:
While the lighting and other features are updated, the original flooring worked well with the new, so it stayed! Mixing the old with the new and unexpected is a great way to create something unique and visually interesting.
Working on The Waters was a fun experience. I encourage you to visit the hotel if you’re in town. Have dinner or a drink at The Avenue….better yet, enjoy a weekend getaway!