Main St. Modern is Heaven

Be still my MCM-loving heart.  I’ve long been eyeing this awesome place on Facebook…stalking their pictures and dreaming of where I would put all the pretties in my house.  They were closed to the public for most of the winter, but I showed up on their first Saturday of the season to scope out all of the deliciousness myself. Yes, I just described furniture as delicious.  To...
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Furniture Feature – Laura’s Custom Secretary

When my client Laura contacted me about redesigning an antique secretary she had purchased from Craigslist, she hinted that it would be really cool if I could document the process as part of my Furniture Feature Series.  Well, how could I not after that? 😉 Note:  I usually always go over a piece with my orbital sander first, for a number of reasons (i.e. to even out any knicks or scratches, to...
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Mid Century Modern = Love

If you follow me on Facebook, then you aren’t at all surprised by my Mid Century Modern (MCM) fascination.  Last week, I posted this pic, bragging about the awesome find I scored on my usual Thursday morning pick. I couldn’t get the tags off and to the checkout counter fast enough!  Luckily, I had driven the truck that morning, so I was able to take them with me.  Unluckily, the men...
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Incorporating Custom & Store-bought

Recently, I had the pleasure of redesigning two guest bedrooms in clients Jerry and Rachel’s beautiful home.  Two of their three daughters had moved out, leaving behind empty rooms.  My only direction was “I want them to look finished.”  They often have out-of-town guests and wanted these rooms to be a comfortable home away from home.  Without any restraints, I was really able...
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Artist Feature – Jamie from Freckle

Next up in our Artist Feature Series is Jamie from Freckle – Vintage & Handmade Goods.  Her handstamped stone coasters have been a big hit here at J. Paris Designs!  She will also be teaching a spring-time fabric wreath class as part of our Made By Me classes.  Jamie seems to dabble in just about everything and has her items for sale all over town.  Read on to hear more about the great...
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Kids Say The Darndest Things

I was recently asked to speak at the local elementary school’s career day.  I was tasked with giving a 20 minute presentation to 6 different groups of 10-12 year old kids telling them all about my job and what I do.  Kids of any age terrify me…seriously.  My general stance on children is: I don’t get them, they don’t really get me, they ask weird questions I don’t...
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