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Posts by Jennifer OBrien

Whatever your style preference, we can all agree that a little texture goes a long way in home design. An easy way to add texture to a space is with woven materials. They have a universal appeal that feels casual and comfortable with an organic sensibility. There are many ways to add natural fibers to your home. An easy solution is baskets, but why not go a step further? Adding an overhead woven light fixture makes a bold statement without complicating the overall design aesthetic. It is a brave choice that is also style-friendly; it can feel beachy, rustic, bohemian, or modern depending on the size and shape. In addition, there are options out there to fit every budget, whether you are looking to try your hand at a DIY design , make a larger investment, or maybe something in-between.

Here are some stunning spaces using this versatile design element.

Let’s start in the dining room. Below are three distinct dining room lighting styles, and the contrast of texture, tone, and shape makes each room feel complete. The organic nature of the material also lends itself nicely to a rounded form, which feels more relaxed and is a nice complement to any space.

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Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to bathroom light fixtures. The warmth of fiber works well with other wood tones, whites, and metals. It gives a clean, natural aesthetic that draws you in.

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Woven pendants in the kitchen, what could be better? This works best when there is contrast and the cabinets are painted. The bold distinction between the navy, white, wheat, and caramel tones is a smart balance of color that all feels connected.

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Even when using a neutral palette, woven pendants over an island make for a classic statement in the kitchen.

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Your bedroom, hallway, entry, and mudroom are also perfect places to showcase this beautiful organic material. It plays nicely with whites, neutrals, bolder hues, and bright colors as well.

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Happy decorating!

Jen-City Farmhouse


What do you get when you mix the brilliance of a bold aesthetic with an effortless attitude? A fresh, clean, and cheerful union of two style favorites into one clear vision. Yes, you guessed it: Scandinavian design with bohemian flair. Blending these two looks might seem like the most unlikely of pairings, but bringing the best of both philosophies into one cohesive approach has become a hot design trend. Here are 10 brilliant ways to rock this look.

1. Start with a white base. This style relies heavily on white walls, a main Scandinavian principle, which set a clean canvas for layering.

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2. Use color and pattern in a controlled way. The idea is to add a unified palette that is consistent with a soft balance of form and arrangement through textiles.

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3. Layer in the vintage. Use worn woods, mementos, metals, textiles, and memorabilia from the past to make this look pop. The key is to prevent clutter and let one-of-a-kind objects stand out.

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4. Texture is an essential element. Blend cozy and warm textures as well as a variety of woven and organic materials to achieve a layered feel.

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5. Adding greenery is a design staple. There are plenty of plant choices out there depending on the amount of light you have in your home. Be sure to add a variety of species, sizes, and forms for an authentic vibe.

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6. Light and warm wood tones are a must. A well-intentioned mix is good but be sure the space feels balanced by repeating similar hues.

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7. Go big with lighting. Large overhead lighting such as pendants or chandeliers become statement pieces in a room. Texture and neutrals always work well with these lighting styles.

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8. Hardwood floors are a basic. Layering textured rugs with subtle patterns highlights this main design component.

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9. Clean lines are an important part of the appeal. You can mix and match your furnishings but keeping in mind that less can be more.

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10. Maintain a simple approach. This look tips slightly in favor of the Scandinavian style, so an effortless and unassuming attitude is important.

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Happy decorating,

Jen-City Farmhouse


When I left my house in my early twenties, I swore I would never, ever use brass in my own place. My mother has a fondness for it, and she used it everywhere from lighting to frames to little knickknacks. I could never understand why; I preferred anything silver at the time. Little did I know, she was right on trend. And what is even more shocking, 20 years later I honestly can’t get enough of this beautiful, at-times tarnished and full-of-depth metal myself. I have it in every room of my house and wonder why it took me this long to see its full potential. Here are five reasons you should bring back brass too.

1. It is a timeless trend that is here to stay for awhile. That is what the style forecasts say anyway. Regardless, it is a classic so it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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2. It is a great neutral with tons of warmth and texture. It can work within any design style and it mixes well with other metals and materials.

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3. It looks amazing with any tone of gray. I bet most homes across the country have been affected in some way by the gray craze. Brass has a modern sensibility that can warm your grays in an instant. Throw in some crisp whites and maybe even a pop of bold color and your have a whole new look.

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4. Less can be more, which means you don’t need to rush out and change everything. You can add a few accessories here and there, bring in a statement mirror, change lighting, and update hardware to get on board with this trend.

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5. You can easily find secondhand brass items for your home. Check Craigslist, estate sales, Etsy, and even your local thrift stores. The more aged it is, the better patina it will have and you will save a ton at checkout. Plus vintage items tell a story in a way that’s more visually appealing than new pieces.

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Thank you for stopping by. Happy decorating!

Jen-City Farmhouse


Rolling ladders aren’t just for libraries anymore. What was once considered a classic, the library ladder is making its way back into mainstream design in a big way. Not only is it a functional element but an architectural one as well. It brings purpose to any vertical space along with a nostalgic edge and cool vintage vibe. There is fresh appeal to this timeless piece, and here are a few reasons why.

This look can be used in any room of the house in need of vertical purpose and assistance. From the kitchen to the bathroom and every room in between, this simple concept brings a chic appeal and a willingness to work with just about any style.

The design details of the hardware and installation can be altered to fit your style. If you have more of a traditional feel you can go with ornate fittings or go for a minimalistic approach if you have a more modern sensibility. There is also plenty of flexibility in mixing and matching metals, finishes, and textures.

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The main idea with the rolling ladder has always been function. You can make the most of your vertical space by adding the ability to access the taller areas of your home. It also aids in making your open shelving and storage more decorative like a work of art.

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The fact that this architectural element can be a statement piece is just another reason to love this oldie but goodie. Let’s talk finishes: you can opt for a weathered finish, a more modern light stain, a traditional rich stain, or paint the ladder a bold hue. Whichever finish you choose, be sure to add some contrast so it stands out.

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There are options out there to suit every budget. If you are thinking of doing this project on a small budget, I would consider using a vintage ladder or a DIY; there are many out there to choose from. You can also buy the hardware and combine it with what you have. If affordability isn’t a requirement, then sky is the limit; you can have the entire system customized.

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Thank you for stopping by,

Jen-City Farmhouse


I am currently in the midst of a room makeover; we are turning my dining room into a den. I debated about this switch-up quite a bit, but in the end I wanted our home to feel more purposeful throughout the year and not just on special occasions. The design plan for this room was heavily rooted in my desire to use THIS piece. You see, I have had a little crush on midcentury-modern furnishings since finding the console below for just $10 at a thrift store. It was an old stereo from the early 1950s that I turned into a sideboard. I loved the lines, the length, and the structural integrity of it, and for the price I couldn’t pass it up. I think everyone in my family thought I was crazy, with the exception of my husband — he knows me so well. After cleaning it up, taking out the mechanics, and painting it, it turned out to be the best purchase I have ever made for our home.

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Since this bargain of the century, I have had a thing for midcentury sideboards. Honestly the length is perfect for any space: the bedroom, family room, nursery, and even bathroom. And its emphasis on simplicity makes it a great piece to mix with other styles. For these reasons and many more, I am obsessed! Here are 10 amazing looks for the midcentury-modern sideboard.

Soft Elegance: This midcentury stunner makes for the prettiest little changing table and gives an edge to this soft and elegance space. The sleek lines and warm caramel hue complements the neutrals tones and patterns quite well.

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Clean & Simple: Another great use for this versatile piece is a bedroom dresser. Set against crisp white walls, the unique shape becomes a standout. Decorated with a simple but large bamboo mirror, this sideboard makes a beautiful statement without cluttering the walls.

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Artsy & Collected: Bringing in art to make your sideboard feel complete is always a great option. Art can inspire a color palette and lend interest to your vertical space.

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Cultural Influence: Adding function to your family spaces doesn’t always have to mean incorporating a media center. The sideboard can be a great place to showcase art from your travels and cultural experiences.

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Soft & Neutral: Peace and tranquility is often what we hope to achieve in the bedroom. Using cozy textures and neutrals with a midcentury-modern piece creates a beautiful balance that promotes rest and gives a minimalistic sensibility.

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Modern Mix: You’ve gotta love a good mix of styles, art, color, shapes and patterns that feels intentional and fresh in a space. Blending modern circular shapes like this gold mirror and vases adds a beautiful contrast with this one-of-a-kind linear piece.

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Eclectic & Edgy: Mixing art above any bold statement piece makes for a fantastic focal point. Creating a gallery wall is a great use of vertical space and makes a sideboard feel current and on-trend.

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Refined Boho: Minimalistic, simple, and so chic. Sometimes less can be more: add a pop of color and pattern on the floor and you have a sensible and stylish space that is livable and gorgeous.

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Glamour Redefined: And sometimes more is more. Making your space reflect your personal style is key; mixing styles and textures can be a bold move but the payoff is huge.

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Relaxed Scandinavian: Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? I could use more of this in my life for sure! Again, blending styles in a minimalist way with an emphasis on texture and neutrals will always be a desired look.

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Happy decorating!

Jen-City Farmhouse


10 Ways To Give Your Bedroom The Stylish Edge it Deserves

We all love our own bedroom, but often it is the most overlooked room from a design point of view. We pay more attention to decorating, creating, and styling common areas everyone will enjoy over ones that only a few get to see. The bedroom is usually last on the list when it really should be up there at the top. It is a place where we thrive and revive; a place where we gain peace at the end of the night and start each new day with a fresh perspective. And if our bedroom doesn’t get perfectly decorated, we will still survive. But what if you could make a few small changes without committing to a complete makeover, go at your own pace, and actually enjoy it? That could be a game changer, right?!

Here are 10 easy ways to give your bedroom the stylish edge it deserves.

Let’s start with lighting. You won’t believe how simple and affordable it is to swap out lighting. By changing out your old overhead pendant or chandelier, you can transform your space and exude style. You can go for a woven material, metal, or wood, or bring in a balanced mix. Don’t forget the lighting by your bed! Hanging pendants and sconces make for a bold choice.

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Another simple change is to bring in plant life. Adding ferns, tropical plants, and succulents is not only a pretty design element, but it’s also a healthy one, especially in the bedroom. Try hanging plants; it’s a great space-saver and fun alternative.

The easiest and most affordable way to update any space is with paint. Not sure you will love an entire room in a bold color? Why not try a focal wall? Behind the bed is a great place to add a pop of color.

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Art is my favorite way to make a bedroom seem like it stepped out of the pages of a magazine. With all the choices out there and tutorials, it is way easier than you think to incorporate artwork. Take the fun, quirky piece above as an example.

Another great way to add a stylish vibe to your bedroom is with a wall treatment. This can also be applied to a focal wall. The level of commitment depends on your design aesthetic and comfort level. Some ideas are wallpaper, board and batten, shiplap, picture molding, or a feature wall of reclaimed wood.

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Getting organized in the bedroom is a great way to sleep better and relieve stress. Face it: when you are looking at “stuff” before bed and in the morning, it is hard to gain clarity.

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A headboard is easier and more affordable that you think. You can use reclaimed wood, an old door, or make one yourself. It creates a focal point in the room, and it also makes your bed feel cohesive and complete.

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Adding side tables is a good way to stay on trend. From IKEA hacks to do-it-yourself projects, there are an assortment of side table options to choose from. When in doubt, you can always find them at your favorite home stores.

Shelves are ideal for organizing your vertical space. Being able to display meaningful accessories and photos gives your bedroom the authentic charm it craves.

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When in doubt, just change out a few accessories. This always makes a space feel new and fresh. You can shop your house, hit your local thrift store, or pop into your favorite home stores. From pillows to bedding and everything in between, any small (or big) change makes a difference.

Happy decorating,

Jen-City Farmhouse


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