Hey guys! Jacqueline here. To be completely honest, I’ve been putting off writing this post for quite some time now. After four and a half years of blogging with Sarah here on Room for Tuesday, I’ve made the very tough decision to step down as a regular contributor. Leaving something that has meant so much to me over the years while working with one of my best friends is hard. For those of you who are new around here- let me catch you up. Sarah and I met through this blog in 2014 when I won one of her very first giveaways. She was working for a local interior designer at the time, which is how I found her blog in the first place. After exchanging a few emails we decided to meet up for coffee and the rest is history! I think we actually planned a double dinner date with our husbands during our first coffee date… we were fast friends! As you all know, Sarah is extremely talented at what she does and has been kind enough to let me share some of our life and home on her space every now and then! This has been my creative outlet for many, many years while working in a job that didn’t always allow me to be creative. I first joined the RFT team in 2015 and since then have been able to share some of the hard work my husband and I have put into our first home. I knew I wanted my last post to be a highlight of some of my favorite memories and projects from the past 4-5 years. I hope you enjoy looking back on them as much as I have!
Hands down my absolute favorite project to date has been my son’s nursery (you guys seem to love it too)! I say this all the time, but if I could make a living off of only designing nurseries and kid’s rooms, I would do it in a heartbeat. Of course, I love designing any and all spaces, but there is just something about designing a space for a child that makes my heart flutter. Luca will be two this fall (like seriously, where does the time go?) and I still love his room as much today as the day we finished it.
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#2 // Nursery Organization 101
Another favorite among readers (and myself) was Luca’s nursery organization. I am a complete Type A, Enneagram 1 who finds delight in cleaning and organizing (even before Marie Kondo made it popular). Not only does it make me happy, but having a structured space to live and work is so important to me. I’ve had to let go of some of that since having a baby, but I still think it benefits everyone in our home when things are organized. I love having a system set into place in Luca’s closet, and drawers where everything has a “home” and we always know where we can find it.
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#3 // Serene Master Bedroom
You might have seen our master bedroom refresh recently, but our first reveal was really one of my favorites! This space is still so calm and serene- the perfect place to unwind after a long day. My one complaint about our bedroom is it’s size… it is so small we can’t even fit a dresser in it, and we can barely open our bedroom door without hitting the foot of the bed. Although we still love this space, we have definitely had to get creative when it comes to storing clothes in it (see below).
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#4 // Chic Dressing Room
That brings me to my next favorite… my chic dressing room! Since there isn’t much room for a dresser in our bedroom, and Dan has dibs on the closet, I took it upon myself to turn one of our spare bedrooms into a walk-in closet. There will most likely come a day when this room will become another kids room, but for now I enjoy having all the extra space. It’s another place I feel like I can retreat to and I love swapping out clothes for the seasons on that clothing rack. In my opinion… every gal needs to have her own walk-in closet at some point in her life! It feels like such a luxury.
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Our kitchen has probably been the longest project we’ve tackled to date. It was an on-going process that took a few years to complete. After finally tackling the floors last fall we were officially finished and I was able to share it with you guys. Dan and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so we love having a space that feels complete and is a reflection of us. Even though it’s a pretty small space, we enjoy cooking in here so much more now!
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Right off the kitchen is our dining room. To be honest, this room looks a little different today than it did in this post. Since these photos were taken, Piper chewed up a corner of this rug and we replaced the dining chairs. We are still rocking the bar cart, although Luca does love to get into it every now and then (I’m sure it won’t be around much longer). Before Sarah moved to SLC, we had a fun DIY girl’s day and she helped make those curtains (which we still have and love)! There are a handful of things I’d love to change about this room, but like they say, making your house a home is a process and it takes time. For now we love having a simple space to enjoy meals together!
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One of my go-to recipes in the fall is this pumpkin spice bread. I’ve been making it for years and it’s a staple during the months of September-November. It’s gooey, delicious, and makes your entire house smell like cinnamon and nutmeg! I love eating it for breakfast with a cup of coffee on a chilly autumn morning (it is good served warm or cold).
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#8 // Powder Room Reveal
Our most recent house project was our first floor powder room. If you recall, this space is directly off of our living room and before being renovated, provided very little privacy. Not only was this room hideous to begin with, but it didn’t have a real door on it (not ideal for guests coming over and feeling comfortable when they went to the bathroom). Now it is a beautiful, feminine powder room with a real door and a loc – much more functional! Before I was embarrassed anytime someone came over and had to use this space… now I love getting ready in it and I feel happy knowing guests will be more comfortable using it.
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One of my favorite DIY projects was this organization board. After not finding anything I liked online, I decided to make my own and I am so glad I did! I love using it in my home office for inspiration images and swatches for client projects I am working on. This was such an easy project and only required a few materials. It is definitely something you could complete in an hour (or less)!
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#10 // Patio Reveal
Last but not least, our beloved patio! This is one of the things that sold me on our house and we just love our time out here every summer. I recently painted the patio furniture and revamped this space, but love this original post so much. This was one of the first shoots Sarah and I did together. I have many fun memories of their time in Ohio, but spending time out here with them will always be a favorite!
Sarah is going to kill me for posting this photo. Ha! This picture goes wayyyy back to the beginning- and can we take a minute to talk about the fact that we were BABIES! I always say one door closes so another door can open. As sad as I am to close this door, I am equally excited to focus on some new personal goals. First up- I will be returning to school in the fall, which is something I have always wanted to do! I will be taking an Adobe class at my local community college to further my knowledge and learn some new skills. I have also been taking on more design client projects which I have been so excited about! With many new opportunities around the corner I am excited to see where it takes me.
I want to end by saying thank you. Thanks to Sarah for allowing me to share my heart and my passion on her platform every week. Thanks to you guys for following along and sharing in the fun that is blogging, home renovating, and everything in between. I have read every single comment that has been sent my way over the years and hearing from you guys is so rewarding throughout this process! I will miss being here and checking in each week, but who knows…maybe I will be back as a guest contributor every now and then? Please come say hi and follow along on Instagram to see more of our little family, our home, client projects (coming soon) and more! Thanks again from the bottom of my heart. XO
Note from Sarah…
This post was such a special one! I can’t thank Jackie enough for helping me here on the blog when I literally couldn’t squeeze in another hour to find time to write, photograph, or work… for sharing her beautiful home so willingly, for encouraging me, for keeping me going, and for loving this space as much as I do. It’s really a dream to share your passion with one of your very best friends. I have nothing but love for Jacqueline and visiting her in Ohio a few weeks ago just confirmed that big things are on the horizon for her. I always love picking right back up where we left off and I’ll forever be cheering her on. Over the years, she has posted a few times each month for me and that has been the best gift… she has given me family time, more sleep, vacations, inspiration, and a better work / life balance. I’ll forever be grateful for that! Selfishly, I’m crossing my fingers she’ll pop in again with a guest post or home update! I hope you guys have enjoyed her posts over the years- I know I certainly have. Love you Jackie! Lucky to be besties. Go get ’em girl!!