Well this is basically what the past three days have looked like for me. But not so lovely and comfortable…I have been out with what I first thought was food poisoning and then come to find out my husband and I both got a stomach virus. It was terrible…I wanted to be asleep for all hours of the day because of the pain and nausea I was feeling. I won’t get into too many details but I will be eating very bland food for a few days to recover.
Due to my few days away from the computer, I held off on a couple of posts and sharing some good news. Tomorrow is an exciting day! I am bringing back the series, Wear This + Live There, with the addition of two incredibly talented San Diego contributors that made it all come to life! I will be introducing the contributors and the post tomorrow morning – but for now, I will just keep you on your toes. ;)
Story time. So there is a certain someone I refer to as my “mom” in San Diego – her name is Stephanie. I had the pleasure of meeting and developing a long lasting friendship with her through West Elm, where she was the manager at the time. You know those people you meet that constantly remind you of a close loved one and they just get you?? Well, Stephanie reminds me of my mom, who I lost when I was younger to…that damn thing we call…cancer. Anyway, I don’t want to get too sappy on here… but I will say that Stephanie is someone who is constantly looking out for me and motivating me to keep doing what I am doing. She has loaned me her recipe book to copy her favorites (because she knew it was bad when I was bringing microwavable rice for lunch), made me a “survival bag” for my office job a while back, stored our wine for our wedding and has given me some fantastic pep talks during lunch/dinner dates. She is always there when I need her and has the best and most honest advice. I could go on and on, but she just sent me this pin and (sadly enough) it brought tears to my eyes. I am sure you are wondering why I am crying over a pin…especially this one. Perhaps I am a bit emotional this week, or maybe it’s because there are times when a girl just needs her mom. Stephanie probably has no idea how perfect of timing this pin was, but it reminded me that there is someone who sees how hard I work and reminds me to keep going and work at achieving my goals. We all need people like this in our lives. Find those people and keep them near and dear to your heart. I will always be thankful for all of the “Stephanies” in my life (you all know who you are), who are my biggest fans and inspiration, and I can only hope I am this person to a few of you.
Hello friends! After the install of my first interior project in Boston last week, I found myself beginning this week with getting the With Love, Design Boston office (aka…a nook in our apartment) back in order. I still have a lot of emails to go through and random tasks to complete this evening , but I am feeling a lot better now that I am back in action. I cannot wait to show you all the official before + afters of the Boston brownstone – we are almost complete with the accessories and are looking at phase two for a couple of rooms…so once we are completely finished I will be sure to post them!
For now, here are a couple of quick before and after shots of the brownstone so far! Keep in mind, my client moved into the space last week (during the same time as the install) so the before photos are from when the previous owner was there.
BEFORE / POWDER:
AFTER / POWDER (SO FAR):
BEFORE / LIVING ROOM:
AFTER / LIVING ROOM (SO FAR):
Okay, that’s all I am sharing for now! Cannot wait for the posts I have planned for this week – I am finally getting organized with the help of an editorial calendar to make sure the content keeps on rolling.
After our move from San Diego to Boston, we knew we would be in a smaller apartment in downtown so we donated a few furniture pieces before we made the move. Due to our plan on again moving in November to a new place (I say this, but as of now everything is up in the air on what we are going to be doing or where we will be living). Ah, the unknown. So for now, we are focusing on adding pieces to our house that we know will work in any space.
Our new rug from West Elm is one of my favorites – I love it because it’s a mix of jute and chenille which makes it durable, yet very soft. The color is a perfect neutral.
I am so obsessed with our new Bolen Arc Lamp from Kenroy Home – it seems like every apartment we move into is lacking in the overhead lighting department (I get it, it saves the property manager money….but it’s very frustrating for the tenant). So we have to find floor and table lamps that will give direct and ambient lighting. This floor lamp brings A LOT of light to the space and the height creates a pendant-like feeling. Kenroy Home has recently been introduced to me and their lighting and mirrors are to die for! You guys must check them out, click here to view their site!
As an interior designer, I constantly am changing and rearranging every space in my home. And I tell you what, it’s very difficult to select pieces for my own home. It’s probably because I see so much and love too many things – I am just holding off until I am ready to make myself my own client. But, it’s all coming together nicely with the few additions we’ve made! We need another sofa or an occasional chair to replace the spot the molded chair is holding. The back wall needs some fun art – but it’s a concrete wall so we might just leave it bare for now. Gosh, so many things could happen in here and I can’t wait to show you guys the progress.
I know I just shared this photo – but I like it, so I am sharing it again ;)
But for now, I hope you enjoyed the few updates of our current Boston apartment!
Remember when I posted about how excited I was to receive the GE Reveal bulbs to do a before and after then review the bulbs?! Well here it is folks. I have to admit, I am quite impressed – look at the difference in the photos below! I even got a “ooo…that’s much better” from my husband.
I love how bright white it makes everything instead of the dull, yellow of the before! I mean look at the wall behind the light in comparison….happiness!
Watch this fun video featuring four hip tastemakers discussing the importance of good lighting and how quick and easy it is to do a reveal® lighting makeover.
* GE and Target are only providing the product and not running the giveaway.
Disclosure: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post or the following post of my review of the GE Reveal Light Bulbs. GE will be sending me 4 Halogen Reveal bulbs to review on a post to follow with before and after photos. There will also be a future target gift card and reveal light bulb giveaway. All opinions are my own.
THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN O’GARA! Thank you to everyone that entered!!
It’s going to be a little silent on the blog for the rest of this week you guys. You know my first project in Boston I wrote a little about here? Well we are installing next week – which is crazy record timing for a project to go from schematic to design development in the matter of a few short weeks (especially with only me working on it + my client). I cannot wait to show you guys some process photos during the install (be sure to follow me on instagram for updates: @withlove_design and/or @jessicajpackard). I will return shortly with a lot more content and fun, exciting projects to share! Until then, enjoy a couple of the mood boards for the beautiful brownstone in Boston I designed.