Thursday, May 29, 2014

REVEAL: Kiddo's Bedroom Makeover

This is what now.... take 3?
I don't honestly know.
I have lost count.

But, if so..... let's say the third time is a charm... ha!

Seriously, though.... we are LOVING his new room.
It is FUN!
It is HIM!

The biggest change was redoing the walls in Cole and Son Woods Wallpaper
We decided to do the entire room instead of just a focal wall to add dimension and brightness to the space. It is such a lovely and fun backdrop... and it makes his very important art pieces pop. Love it!

Another new addition is the painting on the right in the above pic. Even though it has special meaning to us, it has sadly been in storage for the last year. It is a piece from a fabulous Dominican artist, Justo Susana. It was purchased by my hubby's parents in '71. My hubby was born in the D.R., so it meant a lot to him when his parents gifted it to us when we were first married. Now, our kiddo gets to enjoy it as he enters his room.... and the colors are so wonderful!

We also HAD to keep his authentic vintage Star Wars Subway poster... don't worry.

I wanted to incorporate some natural elements in his room. Not only because I like to do that with every room in our home, but also to evoke a deeper sense of woodiness [I think I just made that word up] from the wallpaper. I found these reclaimed pine nightstands and I think they do the trick very well!

Since our home has only 2 bedrooms and 1 living space, we have incorporated a living space in his room for himself. It is a must. The sofa is not new, but we have added a bear accent pillow with red glasses like my kiddo... and a new chrome modern side table.

Kiddo enjoys painting and we added some of his work to his room in the last makeover. But, this time we wanted the focus to be on a few select bold pieces. So, he worked his artistic side and created this 48" x 60" piece to balance the red in his room. I LOVE IT!

Job well done, my son.... job well done.

The next addition to his space is one of complete marvel!
I tell you.... the redo/revamp/remake of vintage and old pieces just astounds me....
especially when you high gloss RED LACQUER those puppies!

I wanted to replace his bulky, old and dark desk with something brighter and smaller. He wanted to create a "Command Station" for all of his sit-at-a-desk activities. And that we did!

I found a vintage campaign dresser at Scout Design Studios located in the Dallas Design District. Thank goodness for instagram... that is when it hit me what I could do with the piece they posted for sale. I quickly went down there, took dimensions, headed back home and finalized my plan.

And they executed it!

We kept one of the bookcases from the last makeover and I wanted to have his command station the same color as the high gloss red. I also had a file cabinet from his bulky, old and dark desk that I wanted to keep and makeover.

So, Scout Design Studio used a drawer from the bookcase and color matched the campaign desk and the filing cabinet. We also added new hardware on the filing cabinet, but we kept all the hardware on the campaign desk..... boy these pulls are just stunning!

Didn't they do a FABULOUS job?!
Follow them on FaceBook here and Instagram here so you too can see what finds they have for sale!

I needed to be a little clever with lighting though since his desk is much smaller than before. A desk lamp would not work. So, I reused these lights from the last redo. They were over his bed before, now they add perfect spot lightning to where he needs it!

So, that's all.... that's the tour of Kiddo's Bedroom Makeover....
whatcha think?

I PROMISE.... I'm done!
At least until next time.

Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chick!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Thank you to all the service men and women and first responders who gave all.


Friday, May 16, 2014

ARTWORK by JoJo: Working Girl

To end this work week, I bring to you a few additions to my "Pixels Series" [others found here and here]...

The title of the pieces are "Working" and "Girl", respectively.

Acrylic on 24" x 24" Canvas | Working | Available

Acrylic on 24" x 24" | Girl | Available
Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY, friends!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Our City Balcony

There have been a few things that I really miss since living in a high rise.

But, the biggest.... is a yard.

I love yards. Tending to the garden. Mowing the grass and trimming the bushes.
Yes, I LOVED our yards.

But, this home doesn't have a yard.

It may have 2 pools, several bar options, and room service....
But, it doesn't have a yard.

Instead, it has a balcony.
That overlooks downtown Dallas.

Not complaining...

A QUITE LARGE balcony.
We have so much space, we designed 3 sitting areas which we use very very frequently.
We have the dining area, sofa area and the chit-chatting area.

I have always had an herb garden in every home we have occupied. Even my first apartment had some potted herbs in the kitchen. So, I have to maintain my herb-loving ways in the high rise.

This planter does the trick and provides me with all my favorites: rosemary, mint, thyme, and sage!

This sofa area has been utilized by me the most. I have spent hours on this thing.... during the morning, afternoon and evening. It's beautiful at any time of the day and it is so comfortable. The sofa was one of the first purchases I ordered on-line for our new home... and it does NOT disappoint! I can't believe it will be three years in Our Double-Wide in the Sky come August.... THREE years!

Then we have a little corner for coffee, tea, good books, chit-chatting, painting your toe nails.... whatever the case, it is a sweet little corner. I recently painted this very old chinoiserie table I picked up at a flea market. I love it so much, and the white really adds brightness to the concrete flooring.

I've decorated this space in several bright colors over the seasons. But, I am pretty settled on this neutral palette with black and white. It corresponds with the interior of our home and it leaves the view as the focus. And then.... when I have florals around, they can pop in this neutral setting.

So, it's turned out ok.
I don't miss the yard -- that much.

Now, it's a beautiful morning, I think I am going to grab my cup of tea and head out to that sofa!

Linking to Not Just a Housewife

Thursday, May 8, 2014

ARTWORK by JoJo : Pretty in Pink

And... here is the finished commissioned piece...

I LOVE how it turned out!

Acrylic on 24" x 36" Canvas | Pretty in Pink | Commissioned

I truly enjoy working with others to create a piece of art that is perfect for their desires, personality, and home. It just makes my heart so happy!

To see more of my work, you can go to the Artwork by JoJo page or follow me on Facebook.

Have a WONDERFUL day, friends!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pink Blossoms

I am working on a commissioned piece and I am loving the colors and technique I am working with.... reminds me of pink blossoms.


Have a GLORIOUS day!

Thursday, May 1, 2014


We have a very special day coming up for my kiddo this weekend.

Family is coming to town, decorations have been purchased, our clothing fashion is stunning and awaiting the big day, cake and petit fours are ordered, etc..... etc.... etc....

But, nothing -- NOTHING -- could express how much I love this kiddo.
How much I am proud of him.
How much he makes my heart happy and my soul sing with joyful praise.
He is a blessing beyond measure...

I am thankful that God has allowed me to be a part of his everyday love, care, and guidance.
I am thankful that God has allowed me to share him with the world.


To know my kiddo.... is to know I LOVE HIM!
Who do you love?