Tuesday, July 30, 2013

FEATURE: My Office at The Office Stylist



A wonderful.... W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L Feature at The Office Stylist.

Thanks, Sayeh!

Check out her site... there are SO many fantastic ideas and resources.

Such a wonderful way to bring me some sweet and special JOY!


Monday, July 29, 2013

WORDS: Keep Looking Up

This has been an emotional weekend for us.... for many reasons.

So, I thought I would just share some pretty pics of Dallas.... and some special words.

Keep Looking Up,
Because that's where it all is.
-Kidd Kraddick {1959-2013}

Peering in at the Garden at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center

Keep Looking Up, Folks!

Friday, July 26, 2013

INTERIORS: Black and White with Grey Bedroom

I have been wanting to get my hands on these Platinum Mongolian Pillows at West Elm to replace some black and white striped throw pillows on my bed.

West Elm's Platinum Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover
So --- what do I do when I want to see if some more grey mixed with my black and white will work?

Well, check around for some inspiration!

I thought I would share with you some inspirational photos of black and white bedrooms with a little grey.

Sono's Dallas Home from RUE Magazine
Atlanta Home

It kind of makes me want to rethink my paint color on the walls. Maybe a really soft white/grey.
Except the current Martha Stewart's Driftwood Grey really is warm and wonderful feeling. 

I think I'll just stick to the pillow change for now... that's quick and easy.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Prize Drawing with Heart

Would you like an original abstract painting?

Would you like an original abstract painting for as little as $25?

Would you like to receive an original abstract painting that could also help save a life?

"Tachycardia" an Original Abstract Acrylic Painting by JoJo
You may not know my story....
It's a long one.

I shared bits and pieces.... here.

But, in short... I have a HEART that is MENDING.


So, I am walking in the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Dallas, Texas on September 7, 2013. 
This will be my 2nd walk and I will once again be walking with the Passion Committee.... a group of women who share the same PASSION of spreading awareness that Heart Disease is THE leading killer of women in America. 

1 out of 3 women will die from heart disease or stroke.

1 out of 3!!!!

So, it is my passion.... my mission.... to help fight heart disease in women. 
Especially, since I am a survivor and I live with heart disease.

I volunteer with the Go Red for Women Passion Committee to help fight heart disease.

I walk to help fight heart disease.

I paint to help fight heart disease.

Hence, this painting.

I am donating this original acrylic abstract painting framed in a vintage black velvet and faux gold bamboo frame.

For EVERY $25 dollars you donate to the American Heart Association, I will place your name in a drawing to receive this painting.

"Tachycardia" Original Abstract Acrylic on 5"x7" Canvas Board with Overall Frame is 9"x11"

You go to my Heart Walk Fundraising page: HERE

* All qualifying donations for this drawing must be done through my fundraising page. 

You provide a tax deductible {and if you choose - anonymous} donation via the web link.

I will receive an email with your name and donation {if it is anonymous.... no one else will know you donated}. And for every $25 you donated..... I will submit one entry with your name for a drawing to receive this painting. I will also DONATE the shipping {if it needs to be shipped... but ONLY within the continental United States}. I will send you an email if you win.

The winner will be drawn on Sunday, September 8th, 2013.

I LOVE the Red Dress Pin which is the logo for the Go Red for Women Movement. I wear mine frequently {and so does my hubby}. It is not only cute, but it is a GREAT conversation starter. You can receive a FREE Red Dress Pin when you sign up for the Go Red for Women Movement. I will also provide a FREE Red Dress Pin with the painting!

Red Dress Pin
I am not receiving ANY incentives or payment for promoting this cause or the American Heart Association in ANY WAY. I have also DECLINED all prizes associated with fundraising goals {accept the t-shirt for walking}. I have paid for all supplies for this painting. I am not RECEIVING any payment or free products for any of this donation. It is all.... my gift to you.... for giving a gift of a donation to a great organization.

Let's help fight heart disease.... together!

Feel free to share on your blog or social network. If you do, leave a comment with a link and I will check it out.


JOJO Goes Red for Women!

BTW, if you have already donated on my page... I will automatically place you in the drawing. 
So, no need to fret.... your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WORDS: Grateful

There has been much excitement going on around here.

That... is a good thing.

But even when good things aren't happening.... there is still much to be GRATEFUL for.


There are still many DREAMS to dream.

A lot of LOVE to GIVE.

And much LAUGHING to do!

Monday, July 22, 2013

FEATURED at MadeByGirl


I am jumping up and down --- up and down!


Check out this FABULOUS feature by Jen Ramos over at MadeByGirl on my lil' digs.

My Home My Space Feature at MadeByGirl

I can't even begin to express how grateful I am.

This has put a HUGE spring in my step and extra joy in my heart... thank you, Jen!


Friday, July 19, 2013

FOOD: Simple but Pretty Presentation

This is how I now serve my carrots and celery at any party, luncheon, picnic or little get-together.

I never really liked any other presentations for veggies and dip. And then a friend shared with me how she had arranged the veggies in a small baby jar for a shower.

I thought... BRILLIANT!

Simple and gorgeous!

I have now taken it to so many levels.... from ranch dip to hummus.

From carrots and celery to colorful bell peppers and cucumbers.

From larger glasses to small shot glasses.

Simple but beautiful presentation!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CRUSH: Pillow Talk

Etsy.... how I love thee.

I was just wasting spending some time on the shopping website to look for a little made-with-love pillow to add to my chocolate couch.

When I happened across Caitlin at BrightJuly

Pillows by Caitlin at Bright July on Etsy

She has some ADORABLE pillows!

I was searching for something in black and white to help counter-balance the brown on my couch. Plus, I thought it would be wonderful to bring in some of the black and white from our bedroom to our main living space. I recently added some Trina Turk pillows to the mix and was looking for one more smaller piece to bring in a little bit of personality.

When I saw Caitlin's "New York" pillow --- I about flipped!

I thought it was perfect, so I checked the rest of her listings and she had several other cities, but not "Dallas".

I thought.... "Dallas" would be perfect when this is my view from said couch during the day ---

And view from said couch at night ---

Then a little brilliant conversation started with Caitlin through Etsy's email system.


A PERFECT custom order!

VERY VERY quickly shipped, professionally made and Caitlin is a sweet person to work with on such a custom piece!


You can check out the rest of Caitlin's pillows at her BrightJuly Etsy shop.

Have you ordered a custom piece from Etsy and fallen head over heels in love with the final product?

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Pretties added to My Office and Laundry Room

I made a few more changes and additions to the closet I turned into my office...

With each and every update/change/modification, the space has become more of a reflection of my personality, taste and style. Which is the way it should be ---- right?

Well, when you walk into our home, you can quickly see that I love all things vintage - glamorous - fabulous - unique - artsy - creative and GOLD.

So, that is why a gorgeous GOLDEN pretty modification needed to be made:
I spray painted my mirror GOLD.

And.... I LOVE IT!

That change with the new artwork my kiddo painted for me {the watercolor heart in pink}, just makes this space even happier.... even prettier.... even more --- ME!

I also added this little chevron and greek key rug.

I love all the bold prints going on in this space.

This shows how small of a space it really is.... and that it was indeed intended only to be a walk in closet that leads to our rather small laundry room.

But, that is where I also added some new pieces to help extend the warmth of this space!

I had a little jump up and down moment when I found the large watercolor painting at the antique store that I have my space {Lost... antiques}. While we were all having our large sale, a dealer had over 90% on this huge already-framed piece of art. I just LOVE the colors and knew it would be perfect.... after all, it has a GOLD frame.

But, I was quite concerned it wouldn't fit into the little nook in the wall.
But, the fit is --- PERFECTION!

So, I quickly grabbed the piece of art at a steal of a price and I also picked up a print form Jennifer's space. She had a sale going on as well and this was The Pink Pagoda print that I have had my eye on for quite some time! You can check out more of her awesome prints here!

The other piece of art is more artistic love from my kiddo.

Not too shabby for some simple updates....

I love all my new pretties!

Friday, July 12, 2013

WORDS: Value

True words being spoken here...

Pinterest image

You are special!

You were created for something unique only you can bring to this world!

You are VALUABLE -- just by being YOU!

Happy Friday, friends...

Monday, July 8, 2013

CRUSH: Greek Key Rug

I LOVE Black and White Greek Keys.

I have a little obsession over them.

It's quite difficult to contain that obsession when it comes to decorating my bedroom.... but --- I think I have a pretty good balance going.

That being said, I have a CRUSH on this Suzanne Sharp Greek Key Rug.


I love the size of the greek key pattern. The large print keeps it kind of subtle looking. Interesting.

Suzanne Sharp - Greek Key
Simply..... EXQUISITE!

Suzanne Sharp
Happy Monday, y'all!