A Marriage of Modern and Vintage

I hope Jill White Designs’ work on this beautiful Little Rock home on Stonewall was a blessing in disguise. The project’s start was admittedly less than ideal: The homeowners experienced a water leak in their master bedroom and bathroom. All of my client’s clothes were ruined. It was not a happy time, as shared on my Instagram.

Fast-forward to better days! The same family hired me to do a refresh less than a year prior to this restorative work, so I was familiar with their aesthetic and their personalities, which is always a plus. The water leak was due to a pipe that burst during winter. Water poured in from everywhere imaginable.

We ripped everything out of the bathroom and started completely over. The initial layout was disjointed, and there was a definite lack of space in the master bath. We combated this by knocking out a bathroom wall. From there, we extended the bathroom by pulling it forward and rebuilding two walls.

The clients wanted to keep the his-and-hers concept, so I made sure they each had a sink and a closet. However, we were able to add a modern bathtub and a larger shower, as shown in the before and afters below:

 

The client enjoys a mix of modern and vintage styles and finishes. She wanted to keep several family heirlooms, which work perfectly with the palette we chose for the space. I love how the light cabinet and black floor transition. The flooring is a mosaic marble I had rush delivered from Italy. True story. The contemporary vanity and vintage mirror also create an interesting contrast.

We also collaborated with Soos Stained Glass to create the spectacular window, which is seen below from my drawn concept to the completed product:

 

I loved every part of working on this project with these fantastic clients….well, except the flooding part. We certainly made lemonade out of their lemons though, right?

I leave you with a few more images. That shower! That flooring! That CLOSET! Enjoy!

XO,

Jill

“After” Photo Credit: Sarah Oden Photography @sarahoden_

That View, Though!

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.

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All photographs in this post courtesy 3wire Photography.

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.

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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

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.

 

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trendy Resolutions

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. 

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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. 

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Photo courtesy Pinterest.

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. 

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Photo courtesy Pinterest.

Wallpaper and Prints Galore: 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! 

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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!

XO,

Jill

Christmas Crazy with Jill White Designs

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All photography in this post courtesy @3wirephotography.

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!!!
Happy Holidays,
Jill

Large Home Love

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:

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I can’t wait this entire post to show some of the almost-finished new exterior. So, without further ado:

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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:

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Pictures from this point on courtesy @3wirephotography.

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.

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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:

More white and gray marble with an open, airy space. The shower is also marble with custom chrome fixtures by Brizo Faucet. The mirrors are from Mirror Image Home with lighting by Visual Comfort & Co.

I love that this project took a complex, existing structure and turned it into a modern, streamlined, and functional family home. If the family is happy; I am happy!

XO,

Jill

 

 

 

 

 

 

She Designed a Life She Loved

Look no further than a designer’s own residence to determine if they may be a good fit for your home or commercial project. Sure, any formally trained designer worth their salt can work in any given genre, including me of course. But to learn who you are working with, start by checking out the space in which they choose to live.

I built my home from the ground up in 2014. Like always, I had definite ideas about what I wanted. I love the juxtaposition of the light, painted brick and the darker trim:

Surprising to nobody, planning the interior was a dream. I knew I wanted an open, airy space that could act as a blank canvas. I often think of my work as just that: a canvas waiting to be transformed. With white walls and trim throughout, I could start filling in the blanks with furnishings and art.

The main living space is among my favorite areas in the house, and it is where we truly live. Here are some examples:

The lighting is completely me in every way. If you’ve spent more than a hot minute on my Insta, you know I’m all about the black and white. My wall and trim color is Restoration Hardware Right White. It was all over when I saw this fixture from @straydogdesigns. I also chose relatively neutral tones for most of the furniture in this area, which is from @demaderatradingco and @dwellstudio with pillows from @anthropologie and @willaskyehome.

All of this black and white provides the perfect backdrop for fantastic artwork. This area of my home includes work by my daughter, Stella; @dotdesignRBO; @haddenspotts_art_by_hadden; and @violethilldesign.

The main living areas above are open to the dining area, kitchen, and entryway as well:

The island counter top is made of quartz. The perimeter counter top is leathered and is Absolute Black granite. We love that we have tons of storage without looking like we have tons of storage in the kitchen. There are always many ways to keep a kitchen beautiful while optimizing its functionality.

There, just across from the dining room, is my home office:This, friends, is where the magic happens. (And sometimes “magic” means My Little Pony coloring books.) I love being surrounded by light and by things I love, so I made sure to have lots of both in my work space. And on the subject of ponies, my precious daughter’s room was SO MUCH FUN (and continues to be as she grows):

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All photos in this post courtesy @ml.baxley

That light fixture look familiar (in the mirror)? Yep, it is a mini version of the larger one in my living area. Hey, if you like something, you like it. I made sure to give Stella plenty of place space and lots of fun color to match her colorful personality.

Though the tour could continue, I will leave you with the unexpected: closet space. Yep, functional, utilitarian closet space.

Okay, so maybe not so much functional as fun on the left. My daughter’s closet includes a playhouse with extra storage and a cool bookshelf. She loves bringing her friends to her indoor loft. Our closet, on the right, is spacious and functional, with built-in storage to minimize the furniture needed in the bedroom.

I could do this all day, but you get the idea (and this won’t be the last you see of my personal home on here). Until next time!

XO,

Jill