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Hello from the airport! Michael and I are headed to High Point Market today for a jam-packed weekend of sourcing for the shop. I’m so excited to see all the beautiful new things this market and to get in some quality brainstorming time with my husband. I think we both have personalities that are about half dreamer and half practical/logical, but as a lawyer, Michael is definitely better at combing through the details! :) I’m so glad he’s around. Besides obviously saving me a ton of money in attorney’s fees, he’s got a great eye and a spot-on instinct. Right now he’s helping me at Juniper on nights and weekends, and burning the candle at both ends a bit, but I love how supportive he is. What a man!!

Speaking of figuring things out, you may have heard me lately talking (a lot) about Simon Sinek’s books Start with Why and then Find Your Why. I can’t recommend them enough if you are at a crossroads with your career or if you need a jumpstart in life. Find Your Why helps you do just that – figure out a personal (or business) mission statement that gets at what makes you tick or what fulfills you. Spoiler alert – it’s probably not what you think it is! I’m digging deep and figuring out so many important things about myself right now. It feels like an exciting time! I hope some of you can use the exercises here too to help take your work/daily tasks to the next level!

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I turned 35 this week!! GASP!! This felt like a REALLY BIG birthday to me for some reason? Like way scarier than turning 30!

I’ve been doing some serious retail therapy lately to help soothe my wounded, aging ego and it’s a good thing there are so many great sales happening right now! :)

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I’m SO glad you guys loved our DIY black and brass fridge tutorial! :) A lot of you asked about how we made the brackets for the shelf, too.

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I made the mounts with 11″ deep mahogany boards available at Home Depot. I cut the four back plate pieces to be about an inch wider than the brackets I had picked on all sides. I didn’t stain the wood – I just used a dark walnut Restor-a-finish to darken and seal it.

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I mounted each of the back plates at 18″ above the top of the counters. Then I sprayed some cheap shelf brackets also from Home Depot with gold spray paint and mounted those to the wooden back plates. Then the top shelf was screwed into place and we were done!

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So simple and I think so unique! We thought a lot about doing a tile backsplash here, but I like the simplicity of just these brackets so much more! :)

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We spotted this tour of Megan and Luke Pettipoole’s Omaha home and loved home bright and cheery it was! We were even more excited when we spotted our Peonies print in her vibrant gallery wall!!

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Wish me luck this weekend at High Point Market! Here’s my shopping list to add to our line up:

Special and affordable arm chairs or slipper chairs

Pillows that look like vintage textiles but are much more affordable

FRAMES!!!! We need more frames available to buy online, don’t you agree?

REALLY great faux plants

Planters and ceramic pieces

Dining chairs

A really great bench cushion sofa that doesn’t cost as much as a car. :)

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Tell me what other things you’d love to see for our home collection! I’d LOVE to hear!! Please and thank you!

  1. Chelsea Lundberg

    I’m not sure if it’s something you’ll find at high point, but window coverings, treatments and curtain rods would be something to add to your home collection. You posted a picture from Amber Interiors instagram a couple weeks ago and I fell down a rabbit hole of clicks trying to find where she got her shades and I wasn’t the only one judging from her comments that was looking. Seems hard to find a good Roman shade. Have fun!!

    • jill

      I agree with this! It would be great to have some Roman shade options that are affordable. There are DIY tutorials online but I just don’t have the time.

  2. Shannon Gallagher

    Jenny, a great L shaped sectional in camel leather that isn’t enormous and doesn’t cost a fortune.

    • This! I need a leather sectional that I can wipe down when my kids get grimy, but the only ones I found that I don’t hate are Restoration Hardware, and cost as much as my entire basement renovation.

  3. Amber Wallace

    You’re the coolest. Thank you for keeping price points budget friendly. Makes me even more excited about your line. Can you tell me where you got the island? Or did you make that too? I love it!

  4. Megan

    Thank you, Jenny, for featuring photos of our home on your blog! ❤️ you and Jenny’s Print Shop!

  5. Sarah

    I’m so particular about sofas, and only want bench cushion sofas. I bought one online six months ago and wish I loved it more than I did. *sigh* It’s true that some of them cost a lot, but I want it to be good quality. My dream would be one that is made from some sort of indoor/outdoor fabric that looks and feels close to linen. RH and some other places have great fabrics like that, but after reading the reviews and sitting on some of their sofas (which cost more than some of the used cars we have bought) they aren’t right for me. And not poly fill or down on the back cushions, but an actual cushion. Maybe I just need to go custom, but I haven’t done it and it makes me nervous!

    Going to High Point sounds amazing! Can’t wait to see your finds.

  6. Bethany

    I hav hopes for several years that you would make tables with metal bases like the little end tables in your library soon or the custom vanity in your downstairs bathroom. So pieces that are architectural and angular, and a lot like the furniture at Taliesen West.

    Happy shopping this weekend with your husband!

  7. No One leaves comments anymore – so I am going to leave you a BiG FAT ONE. First of all – happy Birthday! Birthdays are amazing – they cause us to check in – take inventory – reassess – assess – and just celebrate being born. I am glad YOU were born! I have followed you for years and in the early years of building my blog and business – I referenced you often “How does Jenny do it?” and I would check in and see.
    I can tell you – Age is just a number – I can promise you that with 100% certainly – what matters, what we should measure is what we do with whatever time you are given – and how we balance ALL the people we are.
    I plan to get those books – I am ALWAYS looking at ways to be better and I love when there is a fresh voice that resonates down deep.
    I can relate to your husbands input – I too am married to a “non-creative” – though like your husband – he had good sense and fine instincts. Enjoy your time together…makes me think that my hubs and I should do something like that too!
    anyway – enjoy High Point – I cant wait to see what you SEE.. Keep up being you – you are such an inspiration! xo

    • Jenny

      This is such a nice comment, Lesli! Thanks for taking the time to leave it! I completely agree with everything you said especially about birthdays being a good time to reflect. So true! xo

  8. Ann

    I have been looking FOREVER for a set of swivel rockers that are comfy, practical, and good looking. I love swivel rockers on each end of a sofa so you can converse with a group of friends, or swivel a bit to watch TV without completely rearranging the room.The rockers need sturdy arms b/c we have aging friends who need the arms to push up with. They need fairly deep seats to accommodate tall people. And lower back support to make life easy for my back. They are unbelievably difficult to find.

    • carrie

      Yes, need these too!

  9. Ivory

    Wow, nice post. There are so many things I am so pleased to see and read that I never thought about. Thank you! Too, you and your husband have a wonderful time

  10. Julia Mefford

    Jenny,

    Your blog has been so inspiring to me over the past 5 years. I love the mix of high and low resources, modern and approachable interiors, plus all of the DIY projects in the mix. I made your pelmet boxes in my apartment and am now experimenting with the Jenny Print Shop for artwork.

    Keep up the great work! – Julia

    • Jenny

      Thank you Julia!! I’m so glad you’re still here after all these years! :)

  11. Velvet

    I really like the brass brackets against the mahogany! It is a really nice touch. Personally, I would have gone for a back splash since I know I can’t help splashing about while washing dishes :(

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