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How to Style Your Console Table

Let's face it... there are a ZILLION ways to decorate a console, and while there isn't a right or wrong way...I feel that there's always a better way and just playing with your accessories and lighting can make a huge difference.
A couple tricks and tips:
1)Use varying heights to decorate--vase, decorative box, lighting, photography/prints, etc. This is what adds interest.
2) Add texture--a blanket in a basket; the frame of a mirror that is a different texture perhaps or just a decorative bowl that makes a statement
3) Keep the décor either all neutral or all color --it's hard to mix these and make it look good
4) Fill the void--yes, you've seen it everywhere.. but placing ottomans, stools, baskets, something underneath an open console will make it look really put together and finished
5) Symmetry--I'm a big fan of symmetry. If your console is large enough, put 2 lights on either end for symmetry. Or, put a pair of prints or collection of art above the console (wall space permitting)
Here are some great examples of how to style your console table.

Enjoy your weekend!
large black photography over console table Traditional Home®
via Traditional Home
Textures.... (My design for a client last year)
via JWS Interiors
Filling void underneath...
black & white entry
Varying heights...
Styling our new (to me) console table
Colorful ...
A Gallery of 'New Traditional' Wallpaper


Ryan Street & Associates Architecture and Design

Hi Everyone!
Today I wanted to share some spectacular photos of homes designed by Ryan Street & Associates that caught my eye!
I am in love with the architecture and fabulous interior design of all of these photos. There are many more on the website to drool over. The exposed beams, natural elements that are included in the spaces and of course my all time favorite--the extra large windows and doors!
I hope you have a great day!


Upolstered Benches for Dining--Loving These Looks!

I'm in full-on design mode as I ramp up with school starting, my kids back in school, and projects galore.  As I begin brainstorming for my clients, I'm currently loving the look of BACKLESS upholstered benches paired with dining or kitchen tables. It's chic, comfortable because the bench is padded and has such a pulled together and creative look.
Take a look at these creative uses of benches--and all types of upholstered benches!
A screened dining porch with a chandelier from South of Market in Atlanta.
via House Beautiful
simply !
via Pinterest
via Indulgy


Alice Lane Home

So, I don't know about you, but I'm one of those people who get restless.  I LOVE change and don't shy away from it whether it's decorating, moving, career--I'm up for the challenge and think that change is what makes life exciting!
  And, when it comes to my home (only 4 years old), there are things that I want to change--case in point--my breakfast room and family room. If I changed the family room, it would be the 3rd time in 4 years! (and yes, I'm serious about changing again!)
I heard of  Salt Lake City based Alice Lane Home a couple of years ago and loved everything they sold in their store, but their interior design is even more amazing.
Take a look at these photos of homes they've designed. 
This first picture is "so me" and now, I think I want to paint my family room all white and do built ins in the wall like this (shhh. don't tell my husband)
Check these out and see which of their designs is your fav..
ps--check out the estate sale rug for sale at end .. It's an Angela Adams.. Mint condition. $225
Henry Walker Crestpointe Model Home. Interior Design by Alice Lane Home Collection.   (family room, sofa, bookshelves, wingback chair, area rug, coffee table, mantle, artwork, fireplace, vaulted ceiling, open concept. living room)
I love that they placed that horse canvas BEHIND the TV.. Genius.
Jessica's Home
Estate Sale Find: Angela Adams Rug 3x5 $225
Email me if you are interested in purchasing Mint condition.


My Favorite Marble Pieces & Show-Stopping Examples Of Marble

Hi Everyone and Happy Monday!
I had a great weekend--lots of family time as well as getting things in order to launch my online store (more involved than I thought, but hopefully well worth the hours put into it thus far).
I can't wait to show you more sneak peeks of what I'll have!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram @jwsinteriors for details that aren't on the blog yet.
For the post today, I'm craving everything marble for my projects and for my own home so I thought I'd put together a roundup of some of my favorite marble pieces and some drool-worthy photos of marble kitchens and baths that caught my eye.
via Houzz
herringbone marble tile with gloss white cabinets, white countertops and dark stained wood floors


Smokin' Hot Spaces/My New Online Shop Coming Soon

Perhaps it's because it's Friday, just celebrated 15 years of marriage to my husband, or that I simply am passionate about design, but today I wanted to share some hot, sexy vignettes & spaces that I'm loving!
The first designer who came to mind was the kinda-new-kid-on-the-block designer Ryan Korban, whom everyone is talking about.    I love his glam style and I can relate to his designs on so many levels. You see a lot of black and white, fur, abstract art and all in all, luxury abound.
And, news alert--I've already put the word out on Instagram, but I wanted to let everyone know I'm starting a new online boutique this fall, just in time for the holidays!  It will be a curated collection, so it will be first-come first-serve for everything.   I'm super excited to share with you all these gorgeous pieces I've hand picked !
Follow me @jwsinteriors to see sneak peeks of items for the shop and the date I plan to open!
Enjoy your weekend!
Design by Ryan Korban
Interior designer Ryan Korban shares his tips on chic tabletop styling.
Home decor inspiration: #quartz lamp #zebra #orchid #black Interior Design by Cathy Echols
Design by Cathy Echols
Cabinet LOVE. Sexy to the MAX. I like to do a song dedication to this black lacquered cabinet with the sexy brass: Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer. OH YEAH!


MY FALL WISH LIST: Fashion & Home / JWS Interiors Featured on Houzz

Hi Everyone!
Ah.. it's Thursday and what a week!  I'm swamped with projects both big and small and loving it all. I have an out-of-state project that is very exciting as well as some new ones in my hometown of DC..
So, with all this hot weather I'm actually ready for Fall and am thinking about jeans, sweaters, boots, you name it...  And for my home, I'm in organization mode--cleaning out the closets and pantries and I'm looking for a super cool coffee table, but haven't found yet.
Today I put together a few things in both fashion and home that I'm lusting after.. (and well, I just bought the shirt!) Oh, and that iPhone case--it's hair hide.. super chic!

And, a shout out to Houzz for selecting the entry I did for a DC condo as part of its "14 Fab Black and White Spaces" article. Click here to read it!


Lavender Lust/Great Paint Color Palette

Lavender--it's probably not the first color that comes to mind when decorating, but I have to say that it can be a sophisticated and modern color .  It also pairs nicely with gray, which I love! Check out these gorgeous interiors today as well as the House Beautiful lavender and gray paint color combo!  Gorgeous!

greys, lavenders and whites.
39 Wonderful Home Décor Ideas With Lavender Color : 39 Wonderful Home Décor Ideas With Lavender Color And White Living Room Wall And Sofa Pillow And Wooden Table And Chandelier And Carpet And Wooden Floor
39 Wonderful Home Décor Ideas With Lavender Color : 39 Wonderful Home Décor Ideas With Lavender Color And White Purple Wall And Sofa And Window And Wooden Sideboard And Wooden Floor
39 Wonderful Home Décor Ideas With Lavender Color : 39 Wonderful Home Décor Ideas With Lavender Color And White And Purple Wall And Photo Frame Decor And Brown Sofa And Orange Pillow And Wooden Floor
Girl's Room.  Kat Liebschwager
gray and white paint

Farrow & Ball Hardwick White 5; Benjamin Moore Heaven 2118-70



A Favorite Glam Entry

By now if you've been following me, you know I like modern, glam spaces and this one jumped out at me when I was researching ideas for my own home.  My floors are ebony; my kitchen white; and I love animal hide (faux preferred).
So, when I saw this entrance--with the beautifully paneled walls--I had to share with you today!
I recognized the pendant immediately as it is Arteriors (I used the white version) in a breakfast/dining area I did for a project in a DC condo.
The hide rug is perfect in the entrance with the gorgeous floating console.
Kudos to Evars + Anderson design firm who designed this space.
What do you think?
PS--Did you see the gold sconce?



Instagram Challenge Winner/ Featured On Houzz/Room of the Day

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a great weekend!
Today I wanted to first say thanks so much for entering the #Styledmytable Instagram challenge! We had almost 70 submissions making it hard for me to decide which pic was best! You all did a great job but the  Instagram Challenge Winner is Tamara @tamara_leclair for her fab coffee table styling! See it for yourself here!  I love the mix of patterns, textures, and color. Congrats Tamara!
There will be more JWS Interiors challenges ahead so if you aren't already following me, check out my feed @jwsinteriors

Finally, a shout out to Houzz for featuring my glam entry of the DC condo project in its "14 Fab Black and White Home Projects" Article!

IG image via @tamara_leclair


Room of the Day


Classic Tortoiseshell in Fashion & Design

TGIF Everyone! 

First, I want to thank all of you IG followers whom have participated in the #styledmytable contest. You guys are great! We have more than 50 entries thus far and you have until midnight tonight to submit your pretty styled table! The winner of the challenge will be announced Monday on the blog and IG! Good luck!

I also want to do a shout out to Sarah Sarna of the NYC based blog, Live the life you Dream about for the wonderful Style Profile on my business!  Thanks so much Sarah! I adore her style, so be sure to check out her blog!

So today's post is about a classic--tortoiseshell and how it relates from fashion to design!  Check out these classic photos of tortoiseshell fashion accessories to home accessories!

Have a great weekend! 


An Easy Way to Brighten Your Space

Tortoise shell sunglasses.
via Sarah Sarna on Pinterest

#Collections #tortoiseshell - Inspiration from @TSG The Scout Guide #tsg
via The Scout Guide

Tortoiseshell Clutch // Design Darling
via Design Darling

via Domaine Home

tortoise shell studs