My Favorite Things

As my inaugural post, I thought I would start with a column that I plan to feature on a regular basis . . . “My Favorite Things“.  Each column will focus on a specific category of things relating to all things design.  For this first post, I thought that I would share some of my personal favorite things, as a better insight into who I am.

My Family, is at the top of my list.  That includes my dog, Farley, who got top billing in the collage just to tweak my kids and husband.

I have a 13 year old daughter, Kelsey, and a 16 year old son, Ian.  Kelsey is my sunny, funny soccer player and Ian is my way too serious offensive lineman.  Ian is also my blog designer.  Didn’t he do a great job?

The other tech geek in the family is my husband, Jeff, the software developer / history & politics buff / coach / dad / best friend.  He’s been my partner for almost 19 years and best of all, he stays out of all design decisions in our home!

Interior Design – I love when a rep brings me new and exciting fabrics or wallpapers and I can’t wait to see which client will get to enjoy a particular favorite.  I love drawing out a room plan, designing a better functioning bathroom or kitchen, a master suite that is truly masterful, or a little boy’s first big boy bedroom.  Creating spaces that a family can enjoy and relax in is such a satisfying feeling.  I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my days!

Handbags – With some women, it’s shoes, but with me, its definitely handbags!  A client sent me this picture of a vintage Chanel bag that is absolute perfection!  I’ve got a closet full of Michael Kors, Tori Burch, Coach, Celine, Chanel, Ferragamo, Kate Spade and of course, Marc Jacobs.  If loving handbags is a wrong, I don’t want to be right!

My Kindle – I swore that I would never convert to an e-reader because I love the feel of cracking open a fresh book.  That all changed when I bought a Kindle for my husband.  After watching him fall in love with his, I felt left out and had to have my own.  Of course my Kindle is named Gigi and is wrapped in an adorable pink leather case (back to the handbag fetish).

Bold Color – The politically correct answer for an interior designer is that I embrace all color palettes, from soft neutrals to daring hues of reds, purple, green, blue and of course, orange.  However, I’m more than a little worn out on the distressed, unfinished furniture fad and the blends of grays, browns and ivory.  The recession is over and it’s time for a more optimistic color palette!  Give me a bold punch of orange or turquoise anyday!  That said, I always advise that clients use some modicum of restraint and balance their punches of color with calming neutrals.  The eye has to have a place to rest.

Christmas – Yes, I’m a sucker for the holidays.  I start getting excited around Halloween and the day after Thanksgiving, I send Jeff and Ian off to the attic to bring down the boxes.  This is a photo from one of my favorite projects.  My client’s home was featured on the 2010 Fan Holiday Tour.


"Cora and Linda" by E. Hibel

Family Treasures – A home that is devoid of all family heirlooms is devoid of real life and belongs in the pages of a catalog.  My favorite things in my own home are my grandmother’s antique mahogany secretary and the collection of Edna Hibel prints that she left me.  My Great-Aunt Dee Dee’s brown earthenware bowl that sat in her kitchen for years is priceless to me.  And every Thanksgiving, I serve dinner on my grandmother’s Wedgewood china.  These are things that make a house, a home.

My mom!  Last, but not least, my mom is my best friend and my hero.  She raised me as a single mother, while putting herself through college and a masters program in Nursing.  I guess that’s why I’ve always loved this particular Hibel painting.  Growing up, it always reminded me of my mom and as I’ve become an adult, it reminds me of Kelsey.

As much as I love interior design, its family and friends that makes us who we are.  Hopefully, you’ll get to know me through my designs and my inspirations which I will share with you on this blog.  And along the way, we can become friends!


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  1. Sally Hirsch March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Nicely done, Ian did a great job! What’s my favorite on your blog? Embracing family heirlooms in today’s décor. Our family heilooms are conversational pieces, and everyone enjoys a good story.

    • admin March 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Thanks Sally! I can imagine that you and Bill have quite an eclectic collection from all over the world!

  2. Janet M Fenner March 27, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Love the in depth portrait of my lovely daughter-in-law. Being a guest in your home is a real treat for me as all that you mention is subtly there, giving me a feeling of peace and love. Can’t wait for the next edition of your blog. Love you all, G Janet

    • admin March 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

      Thanks Janet! Your grandson is quite the programmer now. I think I’ll need to fire Jeff!

  3. Eileen Remppies March 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Can’t wait to read your musings on a regular basis. Being a
    Shoes and Purse gal, I know where you are coming from sister! I love your dining room and Christmas pics:) Congratulations on your continued success and your wonderful family…escpecially the “top dog.”

    • Jennifer_Stoner March 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      Thanks Eileen – I was just thinking about you guys recently. I hope all is well with you and your pups!

  4. Donna Hazzard March 28, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Jennifer, you did a great job on your inaugural post! I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

    • Jennifer_Stoner March 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks Donna! I’m hoping you’ll be one of my regular contributors!

  5. Jennifer Brouwer March 30, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Congrats! Jenn welcome to the blog- esphere!!
    Kudos to you and your blogging success!!

    • Jennifer_Stoner March 30, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks! You’ve been part of the inspiration to get in gear. Hope we can catch up with you in High Point with Donna in a few weeks!

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