Kara’s Kitchen and Lunch with Blue Apron

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Kara Smith of the Home Study has been working with me at Juniper Studio for the past few months. She is a very talented designer and recently finished building a beautiful new home with her husband in Gilbert. Kara is getting ready for a couple big events at her new house so we offered to come over as a team and help her knock out some of the styling and take (a ton of) photos of her stunning kitchen!

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Blue Apron had recently reached out to see if we wanted to have some meals sent to us at the studio as a way to kick off the new year in a healthy way (like, did you hear about their Whole 30 program in January and February?! Sign me up!). We used the field trip to Kara’s new house as an excuse to make their yummy shrimp taco lunch for the team!

(Side note — Blue Apron is offering $30 off the orders of my first 50 readers here!)




I’ve used Blue Apron before and I love the concept! Delicious, chef-designed recipes with farm-fresh, high quality ingredients are delivered right to your doorstep in a refrigerated box and you’re sent everything you need in the exact right portions to make your meals. No waste and no need to go to the grocery store! I love it.

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We ordered the Family plan for our team lunch at Kara’s and chose Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage & Orange Slaw. It was SO good and super easy to throw together while we were styling Kara’s beautiful shelves!


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Isn’t this kitchen perfection? I’m obsessed with all of it – down to the wood-look tile floors, the leathered black granite countertops, the marble backsplash, the custom cabinetry and of course the AMAZING lighting!

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I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such an inspiring team! HUGE props to Kara for the stunning job designing her new home. And of course, a big thanks to Blue Apron for feeding us lunch and giving us a great excuse to hang out in Kara’s beautiful home for an afternoon. Don’t forget about the $30 off with this link here! It’s only for the first 50 readers, so don’t wait too long!


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Tile flooring

Cabinetry – Burdette

Hardware – Schaub and Company

Brass Wall Sconce

Black and Brass Faucet

Pot Filler

White Pendant Lights

Pink Runner

Wishbone Dining Chairs

Large Metal Bowl (similar)

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Wood Bowl

White Plates

Small White Bowls

White Tray with Gold Handles

White Pitcher with Gray Stripes

Blue Vase

Wood Recipe Box

White and Gold Flatware

Black and Gold Flatware

Gold Serving Tongs

Marble and Glass Cheese Dome

Blue Pottery 

Small Brass Tray

Brass Wrapped Vase

“France: The Cookbook”

Tobacco Basket

Undercounter Ice Maker


VALLEY (pink) print

Master Bedroom Makeover with Brooklinen!

One of my obsessions is really great bedding. I’m the person that checks tags on sheets in guest rooms and at hotels – I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect cotton sheets that are soft, cool and that wash well!

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canopy bed  //  rug (similar)  //  blue plaid ottoman  //  pom pom throw

armchair  //  pillow on chair  //  fiddle leaf fig  //  lamps 

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canopy bed  //  lamps  //  vase

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Brooklinen bedding (over 12,000 five-star reviews on Google speak for themselves!) so when Brooklinen reached out, I jumped at the chance to try their luxurious bedding and to do a mini makeover of our bedroom!

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Brooklinen helps you save money by skipping the middle man and selling exclusively through their website to people all over the globe. Brooklinen bedding is made with five core qualities in mind: long staple fibers, single ply yarn, 80 and 60 yarn threads, quality thread count, and unique finishing, all explained here for those of us that really love these details!! :)

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You can buy Brooklinen bedding pieces separately, but you can save more by buying bundled sets. I chose the Luxe Hardcore Bundle which has a sheet set with a fitted and flat sheet and two pillow cases and also a duvet cover that comes with two additional pillow shams. The Luxe bedding is just that – incredibly luxurious, and at an accessible price point.

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picture frame  //  black & white tray 

One of the things I love the most about the bundled sets is you can mix and match colors and patterns. We have a dark blue Chinese rug in our bedroom and I thought the powder blue sheets would be such a pretty combo and a fun change from all white bedding!

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The SUPER cool grid pattern duvet was love at first sight and reminded me of the curtains we did in the One Room Challenge reveal! I love how perfectly this pattern mixes with other bedding like the vintage throw on the foot of the bed that I dyed that rusty red color and the long lumbar pillow that we’ll be selling soon at Juniper Studio!

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For this little makeover I also sewed these leather straps onto the linen curtain panels and hung them from our canopy bed. You can see more of this tutorial on my Instagram story highlights. I love the softened look and how it helps fill in that blank space above the headboard!

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I also painted those abstracts for this makeover and I love how the hints of blue in the paintings looks with the new Brooklinen sheets! So soothing and peaceful! They are now available in Jenny’s Print Shop!! I hope you love them as much as I do!


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picture frame  //  black & white tray  //  lamp  //  clock (similar)

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I LIKE YOU VERY MUCH print  //  mini gold frame 

So, I’d love to know, which bedding pattern is your favorite? I almost picked the small stripe for our room. I love our new bedding so much I’m going to grab a set for our guest bedroom! The great news for me and for you is Brooklinen is kindly offering $20 off and free shipping with the code LGN! Just click here to redeem your discount!

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I hope you loved this little makeover! As always, please leave a comment in you have any questions about what I did here in the bedroom or the sources! I had a blast making all these small but mighty changes and I’m blown away at how it feels like we have a completely new bedroom by mostly just changing the bedding!

A HUGE thanks to Brooklinen for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own. :)

REVEAL PART 2: #JuniperStudioDeckMyHalls Dining Room Giveaway with Overstock!

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Are you ready for Part 2 of our EPIC Living and Dining Room Makeover Giveaway?! If you’re just joining us, here is Part 1 where we revealed the living room makeover! We partnered with the incredibly generous Overstock.com to make this giveaway a reality and we couldn’t have done it without all of their beautiful furniture in these spaces! Thank you, Overstock!

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Let’s jump in with the before photos! Our giveaway winners have a dining room and kitchen that are open to each other. They felt a little unsure about the space planning in here and they were specifically unsure about what shape and size table to use.






We started the makeover by painting all the walls the same bright white color we used in the living room. We also decided (with the owner’s permission) that the island could use a little color and contrast, so we painted it a deep navy with green undertones (the color is Benjamin Moore Newburgh Green). If you plan to paint kitchen cabinets, its a really good idea to wash them thoroughly first with Sanding Deglosser and then used an alkyd enamel paint.


While the island was drying (we rolled on three full coats with drying time in between), we installed picture rail moulding we bought online just using nails and a hammer, old school style! It was super easy to do and after caulk and a coat of paint, the picture rail gallery wall was ready to hang!

I used 16 gauge steel wire from the hardware store to hang the art from the hooks. It takes a little bit of trial and error to get the lengths right so that the frames hang at the height you want them to, but it really wasn’t hard!


The end result is worth all the extra effort! I LOVE how the lines of the wire adds extra interest and somehow feels modern even though it’s a very traditional way to display art!

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We hung mostly prints from Jenny’s Print Shop in the gallery wall along with a few vintage pieces and a Beth Allen original oil painting.

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And aren’t these fabulous lattice front credenzas perfect in the space? We placed two next to each other and I think it helps ground the big picture rail gallery wall. The pattern on the doors is so very cool.

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When it came to selecting furniture for the dining space, we definitely felt there was room for a larger table, so we picked this beautiful farm table from Overstock that fits the room better and can grow with their family. And now they can have friends over for dinner! Yay! :)


We used this large flatweave rug to help define the dining area and to help break up the tile. I love the subtle color and pattern!

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The rug looks so great with the blue captain’s chairs we found on the Overstock site. And those modern metal windsor chairs are my very favorite! I want them for my own house!

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This brass chandelier was another amazing Overstock find. Great lighting is one of the easiest ways to make a space feel more designed and finished. The great news is you can find pieces that don’t necessarily cost thousands. This one was affordable and makes SUCH a big statement!

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The lighter blue elements in the space, like the captain’s chairs and the rug, really tie into the island color. They’re all different shades of blue and navy, so they really work well together without feeling matchy-matchy!


We also made sure to weave bits of blue through out the accessories to help move the eye around the room and to balance out the brown color of the tile and granite.

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Did you notice we swapped out the kitchen hardware too? We thought black hardware would match the dark appliances a little better than the brushed nickel and that the black hardware would add a modern touch to the traditional space. I love how it coordinates with the dining chairs and the curtain hardware too!

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Do you know what I LOVE the most about this giveaway makeover? It’s that we were able to make such huge changes in the feel and function of the space with just paint and furniture! We didn’t tear out the floors, we didn’t move walls. I think there is so much truth to the old advice of start where you are. Make small investments here and there in your furniture and accessories. Tackle weekend projects like these bookshelves or the picture rail gallery wall.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a home that makes you proud! I know that I am proud of what we did in this space!

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I’m so happy for this wonderful family and so grateful they were 100% trusting of me and my team! I hope they love these design decisions we made for them this week for many years to come!

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And of course, I have to thank Overstock again for being SO WONDERFUL and so incredibly generous. They donated all of the furniture, rugs and lighting for these spaces and I couldn’t imagine a better partner for this project. When I visited their headquarters a few months ago it was immediately apparent that they are a company that cares deeply about people, especially their employees and their customers. I knew they would be as excited about this giveaway project as I was and the passion they showed throughout this process was nothing short of heartwarming to me. Thank you Overstock!

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Dining Table

Black Dining Chairs

Blue Dining Chairs


Dining Room Rug

Dining Room Chandelier

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BOUGIE print

GEMS print

WOODS print

ELANOR print

LUNA print

FLORA print

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REVEAL: #JuniperStudioDeckMyHalls Living Room Giveaway with Overstock!

Eeeeeeeps!!!! I’m bursting with excitement over here because on Monday we gave a beautiful, sweet family a brand new living room, dining room, entry and kitchen makeover!!!

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Here’s a little back story: In early November I sat down with my team and we talked about how everything was going after moving to the new studio space and with all the additional projects we took on this year. It’s been SO good and fun, but admittedly, it’s been a little crazy. We brainstormed some ways we could edit a little for next year and refocus on the areas of the business that are the most rewarding (and fun!). We thought it would be so great to do something now in 2017 to sort of wipe the slate clean in preparation for the new year’s mentality. We came up with the idea of doing a huge, HUGE giveaway for a local family for the holidays. I mean, what better way to press the reset button than to figure out a way to give back, right? We were all VERY excited.



I knew we could handle everything with the design and renovation work but that we were going to need some help getting a lot of the furniture together in time for a reveal before the holidays. I loved working with Overstock.com for their Design Challenge and #OverstockStyle Weekend and they obviously have the most ENORMOUS selection of beautiful furniture, that can adapt to any style, which was a must for a project that had to adapt to fit every family that entered. I crossed my fingers and toes and emailed them to see if they would be up for donating the furniture for this giveaway and Overstock was as excited about giving back as we were. I knew we had found the right partner! They have truly been amazing to work with this whole project. Asking a team to rush a whole house worth of decor and furniture during the holidays is such an oversized request, but they (literally) delivered in every way. Yay Overstock!

When it came to picking a winner, our team combed through the hundreds and hundreds of local applications through Instagram and talked for DAYS about each of your beautiful posts! (We laughed, we cried, we want to be your real life friends.) There were so many that we loved and that we wanted to help with! In the end, each of us on the team picked three applications (and, to keep things fair, they couldn’t be people we were related to or that we knew well) and then the final winner was selected at random.



The family whose name was drawn turned out to be the SWEETEST, most gracious people in the whole wide world. They could not have been easier to work with or more grateful! They are both teachers and they recently bought this cute little ranch home. They put in a new kitchen after moving in, but they were ready for some additional updates and new furniture and lighting! We met with them, took some measurements and notes about what they wanted in their new spaces and then we were off! We made our design plan, ordered all our items on Overstock in a snap and then it was time to get to work!

For starters, the homeowners don’t love their tile floors, but we had some good tricks up our sleeves for making the tile less of a focal point in the space and I think we really pulled it off! The color of the walls was a good starting place. They had picked a really pretty bluey-gray wall color when they moved in, but it seemed to only exaggerate the yellowy-brown color of the floor. So we painted the walls a bright, clean white and instantly the floors felt more neutral!


After the walls were painted, I got to work installing floating shelves in the living room. I recently discovered a local lumber yard (Timber in Mesa) and realized how much better the selection was compared to the big box hardware stores! For just a little more than the cost of construction grade pine boards, I found 2″ thick boards of 14′ long pine that were perfectly straight and had a lot less knots. And best of all, the lumber yard milled and sanded the boards for only $20 extra! AMAZING. I picked them up basically ready to stain!




The nice people at my local lumber yard also recommended this gel stain for pine, which can be finicky about accepting stain evenly. Gel stain sits on top of the grain more and worked beautifully for this project! I used a clear sealer as a top coat and after a night of drying, the boards were ready to install!



I picked up corner metal braces at the hardware store along with L-brackets. I found the studs and marked out my entire wall, drilled in the brackets, set the boards and secured the boards to the brackets by screwing them in place from underneath. Can I tell you, I was pretty confident this method would work well, but it worked SO WELL. Those heavy boards are so well supported and are so sturdy!


You could only slightly see the metal braces from underneath the shelves when you were sitting on the sofa, so later we decided to touch up the brackets with a little bit of matching acrylic paint which helped a lot.



These shelves were such a win! I spent only a few hundred dollars in materials and Michael and I hung them together in a night. They make the space look so much more finished! And how about this new lighting?! Isn’t it amazing?! We hired an electrician to come in and install this chandelier and these three sconces along the bookshelf wall. I LOVE the look. Never underestimate the power of great lighting! It’s even better when the fixtures are as affordable as these from Overstock!



I was SO excited to style those shelves and get all the furniture moved in the next morning!


And here is the gorgeous space now, after all of our Overstock finds were moved in!

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The sofa was our starting point for the design. Our homeowners wanted something a little more traditional but with clean lines. We found this BEAUTIFUL roll arm sofa from Safavieh on Overstock that is upholstered in a heavy weight oatmeal color linen. I have a similar fabric on my sofa at home and it has held up to my kids’ abuse wonderfully!

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One of my favorite things to do in a living room is to use one large round table with a big lamp rather than two small side tables. I think it adds interest and height to the space and helps break up the boxiness that can sometimes happen in a living room layout. We used this small dining table from Overstock (with the coolest legs ever) and I love how it looks with our sofa while floating in front of the pretty shelves!!

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We also knew we wanted a few leather benches to layer under the new shelves. These tufted benches from Overstock with those gorgeous modern legs completely fit the bill!

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From there we picked a rug. This was another way we helped to minimize the presence of the existing brown tile in the room. We layered two large sisal rugs with this gorgeous 9×12 rug. I LOVE all the colors in this pretty rug!

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I had my seamstress make the gorgeous blue linen blackout curtains and loose woven linen sheers. This large front window gets a LOT of full sun. The homeowners had only blackout curtains hanging here before which made the whole house feel dark. The double curtain rod that allowed us to hang blackout curtains and sheers together gave the homeowners a lot of flexibility and the most light and privacy possible. I love the look too! Isn’t that blue color so pretty?

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I love how the pale blue curtains play with the colors in the rug and the gorgeous navy tweed arm chairs we got from Overstock. They’re comfortable and sturdy and I love the dark fabric that brings some much-needed contrast into the space! On that same note, the white coffee table played an important role in really lightening the room up! We also loved that this table was round (no sharp corners for the little one!)

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The circle shape ended up being a bit of a recurring theme in this home. I found these vintage frames (you can see them in the first photo here below), sanded off the glossy finish on the frame and spray painted the old circle cut mats for a fresh new look! LOVE!


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The homeowner sits at that desk every morning to teach English to online students, so she requested an alphabet print on the walls. I commissioned Angela Hardison, a local graphic design genius, to design it and she knocked it out of the park! The file is available today in the print shop! I love this for a children’s room or play space obviously, but I also love it for main living areas for a graphic pop!

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The desk was a vintage find that I painted off-white (the little brass knobs make my heart sing!). The desk lamp and leather chair were both Overstock scores.

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In the entry we had these gorgeous sconces installed and we hung a vintage brass mirror over my favorite wooden bench from Overstock. It has a slim profile and is PERFECT for small entry ways! I love it!

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I’m SO happy with how this giveaway space came together. It was one of those whirlwind/stressful/exhausting/completely amazing experiences that I will forever treasure! Seeing this sweet family’s reaction to the space was THE BEST. So many happy tears!

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Side note: I laughed so hard when I realized I was full-on twinning with the homeowner (literally, right down to our shoes) on reveal day. But I also had the thought it was a pretty good sign that she was going to like the things I picked for her house. :)

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Wouldn’t it be weird to walk in to YOUR OWN HOUSE and have everything completely changed? I mean, pretty cool, but also a little weird, right!? We tried hard to incorporate family heirlooms and colors and themes that were meaningful to this family so they could feel at home as soon as possible! We tucked some wood blocks in this little basket on the bottom shelf for their young daughter so would maybe be distracted by all the changes in her spaces for even a minute! :) Ha! She was a champ though and I think she liked it all as much as we do!

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Right before they got to the house for the reveal on Monday, we rushed to put up a Christmas tree and doesn’t it just complete the space? We couldn’t be happier for this sweet family! They were the best in so many ways and I hope they love everything we put in their new living room and entry! NEXT UP: the dining room and kitchen reveal!!!!

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Navy Side Chairs

Leather Benches with Metal Base


Coffee Table

Round Side Table

Double Curtain Rod


Wall Sconces over Shelves

Lamp on Desk

Leather Desk Chair

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Entry Bench

Entry Sconce






This entire giveaway was made possible and sponsored by the EXTREMELY generous, kind friends at Overstock, a company I love and fully stand behind! Thank you, Overstock!!