Talking Shop, Letting Go and Trimming a Lampshade

Dear Readers,

I'm at my parent's house in Arizona. And I always get a little wordy with my posts when I'm out here in the country. All this fresh air clears my head, I think. :)

I've been keeping up this site for a long time - going on six whole years! (how did that happen?!) I've been a blog reader for even longer, and by now, I've learned a bit as both a producer and a consumer of creative sites. It feels like there's a change in the wind lately, doesn't it?

All of us content-producers that work for ourselves, we're all trying to figure out our place in this fast-paced, idea-sharing world - with its Pinterests and Tumblrs and Instagrams (and now Vines!). I know it's weird to be on the content-consumer end of things right now as well. Blogging is such a new, and kind of weird media. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, we are not (which I think is part of the charm and allure of blogging). As we all know, most of the time, blogs are run by one person, out of their home, who happens to have a passion, who wants to share it, and who hopes to eventually make a fair wage for their labors. We're still trying to figure out the money bit. What's appropriate when we genuinely feel that our readers are our friends, and when we're often talking about deeply personal things? You readers are front and center as we muddle through all of this and more: sponsorship opportunities, attending and feeling the need to report on conferences about blogging, then also dealing with difficult "real life" situations as well as just the small-scale highs and lows of everyday life. And then of course (!), producing content all the while.

I've tried to be better about this in recent years, but back in the day I felt like I had to have a project *done* before I shared it here. It wasn't like that in the very beginning though. When I first started blogging, I was openly sharing everything I had on my mind - big and small. When no one's reading your site (and with no mean-spirited comments occasionally coming in) there's nothing to be self-conscious of. When I started getting more traffic (and some of those less-fun comments), I noticed myself holding back a little more. Also, some of the real joy of sharing was starting to leave, which is a bummer for me to think about.

Well, I've decided to let go a little, to get back to basics. And I'm determined to reclaim some of that lost joy, especially now that my interiors business is doing well and other media opportunities are opening up to me. I know now that I'm not blogging as a means to an end. It's the blogging itself that I think I love the most. So, how to make that more sustainable and more fun?

As a blog reader, I know that I love getting to know the writer behind the blog as much as I love their great content. I love the small projects just as much as (sometimes even more than) the grandiose room reveals. I like feeling like I'm along for the ride as the blogger lets me get inside his/her head. This is where bloggers can differentiate themselves from the other social media outlets. We can dig deeper into the story. We can share more. 

And what's the point if we're not? Might as well stick with Instagram.

I know this is a rather wordy, out-of-left-field post, and I don't mean to pull back the curtain in an unsavory way. And I don't write it to make any sort of announcements about the future of this site. But, as my site redesign and url change (!!!) are finally reaching completion (and after several lengthy, late-night conversations with other bloggers at Alt), I've come to the realization that if I want to keep going with LGN, I need to be willing to share more. All with less worry for what other people think of my projects and my style, because that is the whole point. I named this site Little Green Notebook after an idea journal I used to keep in my bag (before the days of iPhones) that would record all my notes to self. Project ideas with sketches, shopping lists, clothes and shoes to save up for, stores to look up online, dreams and goals. So, all that to say, I hope you keep joining me here during the week as I get back to sharing more of these things again. I love, love, love having you. I imagine you all as my girlfriends that I feel comfortable enough to have over even when my house is a bit messy. Thanks for being so chill, thoughtful, respectful and cool to me as I put my ideas and my personal life out there. :)

I did this little project last week. As I snapped the photos I thought, no one is going to care about a piece of ribbon on a lampshade in an unfinished room. But those sound like the worries of Old Jenny, don't they? And New Jenny digs simple, achievable projects and shares. So, onward with the post!


Before I went to Alt, I was changing the girls' sheets, dreaming/lamenting about how much I want to do to their room this year (like new bedding - stat!). In the spirit of making small, but impactful changes, I decided there needed to be more red in the room. I ran down to the lamp graveyard (as Michael calls it) in the basement and grabbed this tomato red ginger jar lamp (seen here previously). I wish I had a black paper shade on hand, but this cheapy white one from Target worked too. (It is so hard to pass up those dang uno shades at Target. They are SO inexpensive and accessible! I just wish they would make more shades that work with harps. Same with IKEA's shades).

Table lamps in kids rooms can look a little stuffy, you know? So one of my favorite tricks is to glue colorful trim to the top and bottom lips of the shade. Instant whimsy! (...I hate myself a little bit for saying that word). Like with almost every textile project I do, I used MagnaTac here (but Fabritac works equally well). Also, I used to recommend grosgrain for trimming out shades, but I think something with more stretch and give works best with shades that have any kind of sloped sides. This orange and violet vintage woven trim I picked up from SAS in Phoenix worked perfectly. Just roll under and glue the last inch where the ends meet to prevent fraying.


Five minutes of gluing later, I had some tangy, bright persimmon red in the room, and I felt better about the space. And (to bring it all back home) isn't that what it's all about? Small and simple steps. :)



Thanks again for sticking around, friends. Here's to six more years of DIY adventures on this little piece of the interwebs.
xo, Jenny

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sarah said...

love your blog...sounds like i will love it more when you start sharing your deep heart. sometimes it's hard for regular girls like us to see perfect homes through your photographs. we know it's not always like that, so it wil be nice to see the half ways of a lady i look up to.

p.s. my husband calls our house the museum because i work so hard to keep it blog picture worthy all of the time. :)

sarah k said...

Love all of this: the more personal thoughts AND the smaller, still-somewhat-in-progress projects. Big room reveals are inspiring and wonderful, but sometimes small attainable projects are even more inspiring, as they help me realize that I can do small things to make my spaces more beautiful while I am waiting for the far-off "someday" when I'll (maybe!) have funds to do the huge dramatic changes!

Your blog is always one of my favorites!

Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home} said...

Loved reading this, Jenny. I'm on the new side of blogging and have always found you so inspiring. Sometimes the hardest thing for me is getting out of my own head and shoving those insecurities down enough to be myself on the blog. Thanks for the reassurance :)

Erica said...

Love this post. It's hard sometimes to just blog like the old days, and not over-thinking it. I love progress photos just as much as completion photos! Good luck with your new blogging outlook!

projectpalermo.com said...

Really looking forward to your site redesign!

My Interior Life said...

Your blog has always and will continue to be one of my favorites. Your personality shines through and your taste is beyond compare. Love this little piece of your girl's room (and I totally forgot about that inlaid marble DIY you did on the lavender dresser - so pretty). I'm trying to change my blog a bit now too but have been at this blogging thing for only half as long (and don't blog as much as I used to). You're an inspiration, so do whatever you need to do. I'll keep reading!

Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

GOOD post, GOOD for you, and yes, I got through it :) I look forward to more of these kinds of posts, and while I admire your openness, I still feel it's difficult to find a balance between Sharing and TMI :)

Katie said...

What a great, honest post. I've been reading for awhile (although I rarely comment!) I don't blog for a living, but I identify with the authenticity issue. Trust me, we're all reading your blog in our messy houses - the more real the better!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

That fresh air can be a dangerous thing ;) Blogging is such a vast ocean that it can be a challenge to decide which way to set your sail. But you've always been a great navigator Jenny. I like room reveals and DIYs, but the smaller bits, the moments in between, change up the pace and draw me in in unexpected ways. I was a reader way back when and it'll be fun to see what brought me here in the first place back again.

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

This makes me smile, Jenny :) I came away from Alt with the feeling that I need to share my personality more too :) Can't wait to read more.

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sarah said...

i am so excited!! this direction is just what i crave from the blog and i can't wait for you to bring it!
and the lampshade trick is a favorite of mine as well... i use hot glue. can't wait to read more posts!! and for the record... yours is the ONLY blog i check obsessively throughout the day for new posts. LOVE IT!!

Jennifer said...

Jenny--part of the reason I read the blogs I do, is because of that personal voice of the blogger. My favorite blogs, such as yours, also show a glimpse into that person's life. You bloggers are like my internet girlfriends that I can find inspiration from in the five minutes I have in between things. So, keep on keepin it real. We recently moved to Show Low, and I am dying that you are somewhat "in town". Would love to meet you in person, but I know you have many family obligations this weekend.

Maggie Rose said...

My friend and I had a long chat yesterday about this very topic - so many of the blogs we used to love now feel very "manufactured" now that they have large followings - your's was one example I had of one that hadn't. She is just starting to blog and worried about sharing too much, whereas I've been blogging for four years and want to get back to the freedom of being a new blogger.

As a side note, if you ever figure out an easy way to convert those Target and Ikea lampshades to be harp-friendly, I'd bookmark that post in a heartbeat ;)

Karen said...

Jenny I applaud your courage to share yourself so freely. Your great design style goes without saying, but you are so much more! Don't ever let the negative nancies get to you. You are very talented and you have an amazing blog!

As a new blogger, I'm inspired by your honesty and I really appreciate your candor. All the best!

Karen
xo

Amy said...

Reading your blog is the highlight of my day!

tell it to your neighbor! said...

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I'm a new blogger and I needed this! Love your blog! Looking forward to every one of your posts, giant and tiny, many words or few words, they're all fantastic! Thanks again!

Stacia Momany said...

I love your honesty and sincerty in this post. Thanks for sharing!

kdpicou said...

I love your blog, especially the more personal posts :)

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

You know, yours was one of the first blogs I fell in love with...so long ago! I hear you loud and clear here. I've felt many of the same feelings. All I can say is, there's something inherently "you" that kept me coming back, when I'm really not a fancy decoratey girl. You are accessible and down-to-earth and GAH- so classy and wild and fun! So lay it on us, sister. We're all ears. Literally. (in my case.)

stephanie hubbard said...

You are, hands down, my favorite blog of all time! Thank you!

MillersMom said...

Jenny - I just started reading your blog a month ago and am already knee-deep in half-painted 2.5 inch maskeros flowers, have found my new favorite inspiration fabric (Schumacher dragon), and am heading to ikea soon to create my own stair runner. I'm not a blogger, just a reader who loves finding a style muse that fills me with inspiration and motivation. The smaller the project the better! I'm just waiting for the day a fellow LGN reader walks into my house and recognizes my plagiarism -- if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, well, I have nothing but glowing comments to make. Please keep it up and keep it real!

pve design said...

funny, you know we all love to see the snippets of one's behind the scenes life. it's not all pretty and perfect...
it's all a process.
pve

Flat 200 said...

Love your blog, Jenny... and you are very inspiring especially to us newbie bloggers who wonder why on earth we even started a blog when there is such amazing talent as yourself and many others out there. I certainly appreciate the candor. Don't stop doing what you're doing.

Amberly said...

Great post, Jenny! I do find myself loving the blogs where the authors are down to earth, openly imperfect and appear to be leading "real" lives the most. Of course, creativity and personality go a long way too. It leaves me feeling like all of us are in this together, sharing thoughts and ideas about a passion we have in common, regardless of whether we are a well-known "successful" blogger or someone who is just starting up.

Thanks so much for doing this post, I love how candid you are. And that ribbon you found is so fun - keep the "small" projects coming! :)

Leigh said...

This is my first comment on your site. I just wanted to say how much I admire your style. I think you're incredibly talented and you've inspired me in so many ways. My husband and I just bought our first home and are slowly and steadily making it ours. Thanks for the laughs, the amazing tutorials and all the gorgeous photos. Rude commenters be darned.

Emily A. Clark said...

Thanks for a great post. I agree with all of it. I don't care if you show me before, during or afters, I just like seeing what you do :)

Sheri said...

Jenny, I got about five sentences in and started to have a mini panic attack, thinking you were about to announce that you were retiring from the blog. Don't think I could bear it! Yours is the best blog out there, and I'm so, so happy with this new direction you're taking.

Allison said...

Thank you SO much for this blog, Jenny. You've inspired me to rethink my living space time and time again, and I've even tried my hand at a few of your projects. Basically, this blog is a highlight in my week, helping me to access and embrace my creative side. I really do adore reading your posts. So, again, thank you -- and I hope you continue writing for a long time. :)

Michelle said...

Love this post! Looking forward to the changes :)

Dana Frieling said...

Transparency is the key to better everything. Glad this is on your heart, Jenny.

Allison said...

Also -- PLEASE post the "small" projects and the works in progress! The small projects are so inspiring (in a, "Hey! I can do that, too!" way), and the works in progress help me remember that not everything needs to be finished in an hour (which I DESPERATELY need reminding of).

Okay, I think I'm actually done now. :)

Martha said...

yeah, go new jenny! i like the old jenny, too, but i do love the idea of you letting loose and sharing more. i agree, i'd love to know a bit more about your day to day, how you juggle this work with being a mom and wife (i've always been impressed that you put "wife, mother, decorator" in that order on your mini bio up top because they are 3 separate, tough jobs). i also love the idea of seeing more of the in between steps. my sister and i couldn't stop talking about how your bookshelf project with your parents a couple posts ago was a "weekend whim." it's incredible what you guys did, but i'd love for you to break it down a little more so i'd maybe have some kind of hope of doing it myself someday. but, seriously, whatever you post, i love it. you are the real deal, my friend.

also, i chose a floral blazer the other day and my sister said, "that is so jenny komenda." ha! you are so famous you are like a label now.

megan marie said...

Way to get back to the basics of LGN, m'dear. And thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. You've drawn me in for good...

Anna See said...

Great post Jenny! I enjoy your blog and you!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Thanks for writing this and the inspiration - wonderful words! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Erin said...

I've been a blog consumer since 2007. Of all the blogs I read, yours is, hands down, my favorite. Your blog is my nightly glass of wine. I don't read it on my phone--it is my special treat at the end of the day, when I'm home from work, baby is in bed, kitchen is clean... then I sit down and read your post on my computer. And then I smile. If you change nothing about your blog, I will still love it and blissfully read it. I like your post frequency, post length, number of pics... you always hit that magic spot of not too little and not too much. Someday we will purchase our forever home (always debating btw a midcentury or a 70's ranch with all the walls removed) and we will fly you out to San Diego and you will decorate my home. Some day!

Ruthanne (in Seattle) said...

I so enjoy your blog Jenny. It is one of the first I look for updates on. I so appreciate all the work you do to share your ideas. Thanks for all that you do!

Jill Hinson said...

This is my first comment EVER - even though your blog is my favorite. I love your candor AND your style. I have been blogging for 3 short years and am reaching and thinking more about how I approach blogging, which I never really did before.

Enjoy sunny AZ!
xo~Jill
http://forevercottage.blogspot.com

Naomi G. said...

hi jenny! i've been reading your blog for a whole year now. love, love it. haven't judged you once and don't ever anticipate doing so! :] please continue to share more! thank you!

the language of design said...

I have been enjoying your blog for around 4+ years. You are an excellent writer and relate-able. Your thoughtfulness today is most poignant because you bared it all. You will continue to be successful as long as you stay true to you. I look forward to your new endeavors large or small. Keep up the excellent work. Karen

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

6 years! GASP!! I haven't been reading quite that long but I am a huge fan of all that you do, Big or small. Because you have fantastic ideas and you execute them with flair! I will happily read about a lampshade, because I know it's going to be a kick-a#@ lampshade!! I'm excited for your site reno and would be quite sad if you ever quit your blog, (so please don't do that!) You have been so inspiring to me on a daily basis. Enjoy that fresh warm air out there! And know you have a friend in Cincy rooting you on with every post!
xox Elisa

craftingonthecoast said...

I am a longtime reader of your blog and have to say that I have always loved your unpretentious, friendly online persona. I also love the small projects!

Just wishing you all the best and encouraging you to stay true to yourself ...dont let a small minority hold you back xx

Jessica said...

I love the blog the way it is but I'm sure I'll love it even more with the changes you mentioned. You are so talented and I'm always amazed with the way you turn things around in a way I would never think of. Been a reader for a couple years and I'm not going anywhere! One if my favorite daily reads. Here's to more personal blogging!

Adrienne said...

Amen, Jenny! I've been a faithful reader for a few years now and so look forward to these little personal projects you share. Thank you for being so willing to share!

Martha Caroline said...

This post really spoke to me- I totally agree- I mean what is really important in life? The person or the project? I do not blog so I can not even begin to understand all that is involved in maintaining a blog- but I so so appreciate what you do :) I encourage you to focus more on your heart as that is where your passion for design is ignited. Thank you again for what you do! Your blog is my favorite.

Kathleen said...

Thank you for the blog. It is my nighttime ritual to enjoy your posts. I'm typically a silent reader but feel that now is time to mention my appreciation.

This is your place to share your creativity. I love what you do but even if I don't i can still appreciate your expression. My traditional style enjoys the excerpts you provide. And this has made my home decor that much more interesting. Color bursts-yes! Mixing patterns-yes!

To sum it up- do what you do. You're good at it. And if people don't like it they don't have to follow it.

Thanks for giving me so many ideas. I'll be sure to leave a smiley or something so you can feel the positives!

Lisa Campbell said...

This post made me happy. This is good for all of us, I think. The little projects often have a more accessible feel about them to most readers anyway, so why not share them?
Also, I've been meaning to tell you: you're not only the design blogger I respect the most, but my favorite blogger, period. You're the one I always wish I could meet because I imagine us being great friends! (But I'm sure you hear that all the time). I'm visiting New York City this spring and I'm hoping to get a glimpse of your brownstone and your giant periwinkle chandelier through the window. ;)

Hayley said...

I love this post, Jenny! You are so right, sometimes the smallest, simplest projects are the ones that make the biggest impact. Some blogs can be so intimidating if the projects and outcomes are unrealistic and unattainable. The thing I love about yours is that despite being a big time designer, your thrift store transformations and DIY projects are SO achievable - I cannot wait to keep reading and see what you have in store for us!!

Jen said...

I'm always so confused about anyone who writes negative or hateful stuff on people's blogs - no one is forcing you to read it, go somewhere else if you don't like it! I've loved reading you blog for years and adore your bold style that I'll forever be to timid and beige to go after. Simple projects are right up my alley an would love to see you share the small stuff or the life happenings even though its a "design blog". Keep it up

Natty by Design said...

Can I just say, I love this. Everything has shifted with pinterest and instagram - most don't read blogs for inspiration anymore - they read blogs of people they feel a connection to.
Like you, because my business is in a good place, I thought I'd do whatever makes my blog more enjoyable for me and that meant sharing more of my family. Today, I actually committed blog suicide and posted a family video. Eek.
Anyway, I can't wait for the new vibe here!

Erica said...

Jenny, yours has always been my favorite blog. I love your style. I love the snippets into your world and life. This space you have created is a happy little place. Thank you.

Erica said...

Jenny, yours has always been my favorite blog. I love your style. I love the snippets into your world and life. This space you have created is a happy little place. Thank you.

Rebecca Aponte said...

So excited about the new direction, I love these small and doable projects. Thank you for sharing, Jenny, this has been my favorite blog for a couple of years now. Just ignore overly sassy comments (wouldn't it be nice if it was that easy?) - haters gonna hate!

Carrie Turner said...

love you even more after this. didn't know that was possible!!

Meagan Claire said...

Phew, I thought you were leaving. (I had a big social media fast after my grandpa died last year.) Yay for more new Jenny! Who cares about naysayers, I say.

Nicole said...

Great news! So many of the blogs I love and started reading a few years ago are starting to feel less and less authentic and natural. I think many of us enjoy blogs for the peek into others lives and in your case the inspiration and ideas. Most of us don't like products being pushed down our throats every other post so I think this will be a step back in the right direction. (Though I do understand the need to earn some money of course :) )

Raya Carlisle said...

Thanks for sharing this - I have had a blog since 2007, but my blogging has really fallen off in the last couple years and I think it's because somewhere along the line I developed an insecurity about sharing and felt this need for everything to be PERFECT before I posted. But that is not what attracted me to blogging and I feel like that personal touch is what blogging has lost in the last couple years. I am so glad to hear your thoughts and always feel like you are being authentic, so I am excited for more.

thewednesdaychef.com said...

I think you could write about watching paint dry and I'd read it - I love your blog so much. Just blog what you love and your readers will be here! You are such an inspiring designer, even the smallest projects you write about are so fun to read about (and daydream attempting one day!). Here's to listening to your gut and following your heart.

Surabhi Muncie said...

Thank you for being our girlfriend too!

I'm really digging the smaller projects and I love seeing progression posts as well.

You amazing and so human and real and I love your style beyond words!

homeofbambou said...

Dear Jenny! I would love to see more little steps. I love your style and I am crazy about your room reveals... but sometimes it's too big for me!!! :-)) I like to see how simple, one hour, projects can change a room and make you feel better in the space. This lamp is super cute!

Wendy C said...

Thanks Jenny for your candour. I must say that your blog is one of my favourites. I am always looking out for your projects which you share generously with us. I am thinking about" silvering" a sideboard and as I throw it around in my mind I know that that's something JK has down & her steps will give me the insight I need to get on with it.
I love instagram & follow you on it as well.
BUT, I'd hate to see blogs go up in smoke for the easier option.
Also I think you've carved out an authentic & individual space that is yours.
I wonder if all the "science" of "a new way to approach blogs" can become confusing in itself.
Jenny ,keep on keeping on. Your blog is a delight to read.

Wendy C said...

Sorry, I've just read the other comments and I want to say only you can decide what you want to share. Its your life and we are welcomed into the snippets you share. You don't have to disclose any more than you do. Life is fascinating & complex. Just take care of yourself & those you care for. Wx

Vu the Explorer said...

Oh gosh, dear Jenny, The beginning of this blog terrified me. I held my breath hoping you weren't announcing that you're done with blogging as other areas of your life has grown. I adore your blog and read it religiously every day for the last 3-4 years, some times 3-4-5-6 times a day (ha!) I'm always in love with the colorful ways to chose to decorate. Thank you for deciding to stick around .

Georgine said...

You can do no wrong Jenny!! Six years is a huge achievement. Can't tell you the number of times I head straight from your blog into a project around the house- thank you for inspiring and for giving me courage to tackle projects (big or small) like a boss.

Laurie said...

Great honest out there post. Love the trim on the shade & that you are sharing little projects. Happy weekend.

Mariana said...

We love you Jenny, and all you do!
Stay brave!

decoratica said...

Hi Jenny, so sweet post!
I love your blog and style, you're definitely one of a kind! And I thank you for keeping on blogging and being so generous to share your inspiration and work with the world!
I'm also glad you didin't care about the photo, cause we were able to sneak the bunk beds!
As for the lamp, I always wonder, once you glue the trim, could you be able to reuse the lampshade or unglue the trim to use another one latter on?
XO from Spain!

Alison Fauls said...

I so agree about sharing the small projects with your personal stories. The little ones provide attainable inspiration that many of us can aspire to accomplish. So glad that you will be sticking with the best of The Little Green Notebook. It is always a pleasure to visit with you.

Jillian and Mindy said...

Thanks for this post. I check Little Green Notebook every day for that daily dose of creativity and inspiration. I love that your projects are both attainable (like this lampshade) and aspirational (because I, too, could reupholster a couch...if only I learned how to sew!). You've definitely inspired me to do more DIY and have fun with decorating my home. Many thanks!

Sadie + Stella said...

Where did ya get the trim? Love the braid and the colors! Lamp is beyond fab too!

Angie said...

Do what you do, Jenny, we love you for it!

Emily Ann said...

I love your blog and I love love love getting to know my favorite blog writers. As a blogger myself I definitely struggle with all that you mentioned but agree it is best to show even the small changes and projects. Your blog is one of my favorites!

Thank you!

Amy said...

First of all, sorry to read about your grandfather...

Secondly, this was a very nice post...I got nervous at first when I saw "letting go", Thought may be you were going to stop blogging. I am so glad that is not the case.

Keep up the great work, whether it be small or grand!!!

Kathy said...

So excited for all you have to share!

Naz said...

At first I was afraid that you were closing your blog. Whew, so glad I was wrong.

Keep up the fantastic job that you do on your blog. I'm a big fan.

Jules said...

adore adore adore your blog and have been tuning in for a looooong time now. I love the huge room reveals, but the truth is, I don't have time (or energy or know-how) to pull that off most of the time. The small details are sometimes much more inspirational for me because they seem much more achievable. Bravo on making the blog what works for you. If anything you will continue to gain more readers!

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Emma said...

I think you hit the nail on the head Jenny. The reason we all love reading blogs is because we get to know the person behind them.

I absolutely love your content (befores, durings and afters), and I look forward to hearing more about you!

younganddomestic said...

Thank you for sharing this Jenny. I am new to blogging, and I am not in a place where I have to worry about negative comments! My readers are just friends and family who know me in "real world." I am so glad you continue to blog! I look forward to learning more about you!!

We are all here because of you :)

Daphne said...

This post made me like LGN even more! Bravo and all best wishes for many more year. :)

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

love it all. Love reading your thoughts. You're right, that's why we're here. We want something more than just pretty projects. Can't wait to follow along where ever you take LGN!

And yes, the smaller projects may seem obvious to you but they feel attainable to your readers which is always good :)

Brian's friends said...

Wow - great post, Jenny! I am sure there are a lot of inner struggles working on a blog of your stature.Thanks for opening up a little and I can't wait to see what 2013 brings you. Please keep it up, you are a daily unspoken friend! Love the ribbon, by the way. xxoo Caroline

Rebecca said...

Your blog is my very favorite. Keep fighting the good fight!

lizziechia said...

Your blog is literally the first thing I look at when I turn on my computer in the morning!! You should feel so proud of what you do. I am envious!! And, the little DIY projects are what I am constantly coming back to for my own house -- tortoise shell resin tabletop, frame projects, etc. Keep going!! And, congrats on your success.

Lesli at My Old Country House said...

Jenny, as I am inching my way through teaching myself every aspect of a bathroom makeover, and then blogging about it...THIS is exactly what I needed to hear! I have always felt a connection with YOU and your blog IN your blog . You are a stylish, talented rules breaking cool chick...who is just sharing as she goes...I am so excited that you will share more and I will more defintely be along for the ride! Thanks

goodiego said...

luv, luv, luv your blog. luv your ideas.

luv your take on things. it is the little things that make a house a home. luv how you high lite the little things. thank you.

maggie said...

Your blog is one of my very favorite reads. I've learned SO many things from you and love your style. I know you work very hard at what you do but you make it all seem so easy and effortless.
Thanks Jenny.

Carmen said...

I love your style and taste, another commenter said it was beyond comparison and I really have to agree! I'm constantly thinking about how I can create similar spaces in my home, particuarly emulating your use of color.

I'm so excited for you to share little projects/pieces of projects! You bring something so unique and wonderful to the design world, can't wait to see more!

Jordan said...

My husband and I often talk about what makes a blog successful, as I rely on mine for my business, and we always come back to the fact of whether or not it's personal, and true to the person itself. You can't be someone you're not, even on a blog, or it shows through as fake. Thanks for making a point to be transparent and real. Your blog's a joy to read and I look forward to what's ahead!

MarĂ­a Dolores said...

Jenny, I'm a reader from Buenos Aires, so please forgive my English. Last november our family had a very painful loss, when I miscarriaged an advanced pregnancy of twin girls and we were told that I couldn't have any more children. My husband, my two very little boys and I were, and still are, devastated. I restarted reading your blog (the kitchen posts) after I returned home, and I can't tell you how much your positivity and fun projects (both big and small) helped me. With the help of my sweet husband I started making small projects myself at home (we live at a house that resembles yours, though much, much smaller) while recovering, to pass the time, and to try to heal. Some are finished and some are still ongoing. Thank you for somehow being there!! Your blog is the best!! Dolores.

Lori said...

I'm not a blogger. I'm not an interior designer or an artist. I stumbled upon your blog a few years ago. A lot of blogs I've followed in the last few years have overtime become commonplace, sterile and generic. Most design sites feature the same type of room with a million shades of white with a few splashed of color. There is something about your blog I find invigorating. It is so different and stands out among the rest. You have something so special. I think the thing I love about your blog, is that you are so scrappy (and I mean that in the most positive way). You change things in small to big ways and suddenly things are different from what they originally appeared. It's hard to describe, but most people do not have this type of ingenuity. I personally have a very different ascetic than you too. But you are unique and I hate hearing that somehow some asshole on the internet sent you anything unflattering. It's mind boggling. You are one of the best.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

It's funny how our sense of what's "blog worthy" has changed over the years.

I actually prefer to posts about small projects and decisions during a larger project. When people post *poof* it's done posts, I feel like I missed out on the fun part of the project.

After five years with my design blog and eight years with my work blog, I've decided that we all need to let our blogs evolve in the way that we feel is best. If a blog becomes 100% strategy and positioning, I think people pick up on the lack of authenticity.

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Terrisa Henderson said...

Jenny - I just want to thank you for the many years that you have been giving me inspiration, project ideas, and the confidence to make some of those a reality. I have SO enjoyed checking in with you every day and seeing what is going on in your life, seeing the fun things you are doing , the really cool things you are shopping for, and the great bargains you are finding!!!
It is a pleasure to have "known" you for this long and I look forward to the evolution of LGN and many more years of enjoying this amazing blog. THANK YOU for it ALL :)

Brittany said...

Jenny, so glad to read your post today. This is coming from a girl without a blog and is only able to decorate the house affordably by DIYing everything. I found LGN several years ago when googling metallic furniture or how to DIY silver furniture or something like that and found your silver-leafed bedside tables. I have been addicted to your blog ever since! You have amazing style and real creativity that gives hope to all of us "regular" women in the world. I'll soon be a mother of three and that part of your life is inspiring as well. I really, really don't know how you do all that you do, but it is inspiring, and encouraging actually to see a working wife and mother pursuing something important to them. So be encouraged to continue your blog as works best for you and your family. As long as you're posting, I'll be reading. Thanks, Jenny!!

Design Scouting said...

Love this post! It is so true about blogging. I love all your posts and hearing about what you're thinking!

Jennifer Lee said...

I've never commented before: but will now to say yours is one of only 2 design/house blogs I read and it's largely because your great ideas, thriftiness, and mad skills are balanced by your warm, humble, real-lady tone. Just like someone else said, I keep reading even though I'm not a real fancy decoratey gal. Cheers to you! Jennifer

jglitter said...

A big fan - and this post rocked.

Erin said...

Thank you for having the courage to share your creativity and your self with us - you're fantastic and do a wonderful job. Let us know how we can help!

Casey Fitzsimmons said...

Some people are just mean hearted. Or maybe they just have different taste. Either way - you're right - part of the reason I read blogs is the personality that shines through, and personalities and lives that appear 'perfect' are boring and I know are unrealistic. So thanks for keeping it real!

And read this from marketing guru Seth Godin: For the one person who didn't get the joke

Mudroom Boston said...

Jenny,

This post helped put into words a lot of what's kept me from blogging more regularly. I set up my site nearly three years ago, but often stop myself from posting because I think, "who'll care about this cool set of tumblers I love?" or "does anyone really want to hear about how I rearranged my living room furniture?" Your post reminded me that the reason I got into blogging was for myself - because I love reading, writing, and thinking about great design. You inspire me regularly with your eye for pattern and amazing DIY talent, but now you've inspired me to get off my behind and get blogging again! And THANK GOODNESS you're not shutting LGN down!

With admiration,
Paige

Janna McCalley said...

I think that is what I love best about your blog-I never know what you are going to write about, but I know it's going to be awesome. Please keep sharing your finds, tips, thoughts, ideas and projects-They're all much appreciated! Yay for another 6 years!!!

Aliceart said...

Love your blog, and I have a lot more time for simple, quick projects so I know I will love your new direction. Something to do, something to aspire to, and a bit about you. I know I'll love it!

Fran said...

Hi Jenny, it was really refreshing to read this post. I remember the first time I found your blog (back in 2008/2009). I stayed up all night reading it. I love that you have posted small and big projects regardless whether they've been done or not done before. You're a real inspiration and your personality is authentic. Do whatever makes you happy - it'll shine through your blogging. I will always be a reader (even if I can't comment all the time).

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

Hi Jenny! I've really just started following you recently and I love your blog. I love your tastes and the little projects are always awesome. I've literally been thinking EVERY DAY how I can get more red in my house so I love this post.

Etvtkf said...

I love this post. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with us!

Becca said...

Hi Jenny! I've never commented before, but I too was so afraid that this was a goodbye post! Know that I always admire your design and only wish to have you come and design my home! But, I will continue loving your blog and I'm very happy with the new direction back to basics. I can definitely relate to your life's twists and turns, as my husband and I left BYU to come to Yale for his med school and here we are 8 years later still in New Haven, finishing up his residency. Anyway, I'll look forward to your posts!

Anne said...

Jenny, I loved this post. I just started blogging for a consistent, creative outlet amidst our oft-changing life as a military family, and I really appreciate the reminders you gave--as I read what you wrote about being a consumer, I totally agreed with everything! I also just have to say that I feel you on the Target shades! I'm always drawn to them b/c they're so cheap and look good, then I tend to think better of it b/c I hate a wonky lamp shade and really wish they had more that worked with harps!! LOVE the ribbon you added--and of course you have lots of readers who care very much to see even the smallest project :) -Anne

Andrea {lifelovelarson} said...

Love this post. I love getting to know personal bits about bloggers, as well as seeing small, achievable projects. It makes "big" bloggers seem a bit more like everyone else! Been following you for a long time. You love red like I do, so that makes me feel like I'm doing something right!

LindsB said...

I kinda feel like an elephant has just been lifted from my shoulders! I LOVE the idea of getting back to the basics with simple posts. I have been going out of my mind lately trying to figure out where blogging is going and how I can keep up so my head stays above water. I'm totally on board with going back to the simple things, not worrying about those iphone pics that arent perfectly styled, but rather a good idea and a personal post. YEAH JENNY! You just started off my weekend on the right foot- and cheers to 6 more amazing years!! xxoo

Shantastic said...

I love the idea of the little things that come together to shape the room. I spent approximately 4 months with new lamps sitting in my living room without shades or bulbs because I couldn't find a shade that I liked or that I could bear to pay for. I looked online, lamp stores, home depot, home goods, target and target again. Until I found ones that I liked, then had to go back to home depot to pick up a harp to edit the lamps. I still don't have lamp caps on top, because I can't find ones that I really like. It's all a process. And reading a blog that I like, and finding out that it's that way for others is very comforting.

sumslay said...

:) Love your blog (and your style and pretty much everything about LGN). If I didn't.... I wouldn't read it, now would I? ;) I always tell myself that - sometimes it's just honesty, which is fine, but when people go out of their way to be mean....erm, that's a special kind of person, imo.

Anyway, thanks for sticking with us!

MeMoBaby.com said...

Whew (wiping forehead)! I was so worried that this was a goodbye! I start my morning with you, craving your creativity and inspiration. I literally feel let down when there's no new post (I mean that in the most compliementary and non-pressuring way). I am so grateful that you put yourself out there. I tell so many people about you, your blog, business and ideas and so often I ask myself how you do it! You are an amazing woman! I am truly grateful for all that you share and wish you so much love, peace, balance and continued success on your journey. Good for you, Jenny! And THANK YOU,

Marilena said...

Jenny, your blog is on the top of my list. It is TOTALLY for the little things that I come back every day, first thing in the morning with coffee in hand. That's what sets you apart from the others. Keep having faith in what "you" like and do. We all love you for that!

Shantastic said...

I love the idea of the little things that come together to shape the room. I spent approximately 4 months with new lamps sitting in my living room without shades or bulbs because I couldn't find a shade that I liked or that I could bear to pay for. I looked online, lamp stores, home depot, home goods, target and target again. Until I found ones that I liked, then had to go back to home depot to pick up a harp to edit the lamps. I still don't have lamp caps on top, because I can't find ones that I really like. It's all a process. And reading a blog that I like, and finding out that it's that way for others is very comforting.

Allie said...

I've always loved this blog! I found it a few years ago while I was in law school--your posts and projects always brightened up my days, which were full of case law and legal theory. I always loved when I spied casebooks on your bookshelves or the tiny pieces you shared about law school/clerkships/etc.

My favorite blogs include a great mix of the small attainable projects and bits of the blogger's personal life---it makes the blog so much richer in my opinion.

Sarah @Savvy Young Something said...

I love your blog, and I do think that it's the personal side of blogs that keeps people reading. I'm very drawn to late 20-something, early 30-something bloggers, and I think it's because I'm in my mid 20s and part of me feels like I'm reading the blogs of the big sisters I never had. I love watching women not very much older than me building careers while taking care of a family, and maintaining a strong sense of personal style. It's so inspiring!

Jennifer Ramsey George said...

Thank you for this blog! I live in a small southern town, but LOVE NYC, so I particularly enjoy reading about your transition to your new home in Brooklyn. I suppose I'm sort of living vicariously through you! As budget-conscious, weekend-warrior owners of a hundred year old home, our family is still in that transition, nearly ten years later. Thanks for all of the inspiration and fresh ideas!

Susan V said...

I found your blog over a year ago and read it daily. Your projects are inspiring no matter how big or small and they encourage me to start more projects in my life. And the projects I've started bring me a new joy and passion.

Thank you for being so open about your life and your projects. I always look forward to seeing what you do next.

Megan said...

I adore your blog. It's what makes me want to read blogs at all. I hope you find a new balance that works for you. Warmly, Megan

marybeth said...

We love your blog Jenny!

And I love this post! Gluing a ribbon to a lamp shade is about where I am with my crafty skills so a little inspiration and motivation like this is just what I need!

Keep on keeping on.

rebecca kerwick said...

I've loved watching you transform your new home and please, do share the small projects. It's what gives confidence to go onto the larger ones! Your style is great and eclectic and makes me feel like I don't have to try to fit into cookie cutterdom when I see your home. Just....be.....Jenny.

the blue house said...

Jenny!

My sentiments exactly.

I have been (mostly silently) reading your blog for probably 4 of the last 6 years. I enjoy it every. single. day. I love your use of color and your fearlessness with it! You are one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to my own home. I thank you for both your large projects and small projects that you share with us. I love them all, and as an avid DIYer, your creative tips and tricks, large and small, are appreciated by me.

Thank you again and I look forward to the future.

JILL

Becky said...

good for you! i needed to read this at this time. i have a little personal blog that i print every year in a hardbound book for my kids...and then slowly it picked up readers (never my intention) and there was suddenly feedback and opinions and inferred judgment...and i noticed that is started filtering what i said and i lost that gritty humor, those little moments i was willing to talk about four years ago - but no more. so, blah, blah, blah...i needed this because at the end of the day - it's my story, my words, my life and i have no one to answer to but myself and my children. thanks.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I totally care about little projects like the lampshade. They are so doable when you just don't have it in you to tackle something big.

alison g. said...

I'm way down the comment line, so I hope you get this...
This post has great timing. It IS a different world out there. I've lost a bit of interest in blogs because I compare the seemingly fabulous life they present with my oh-so-normal one, and unfortunately, end up feeling inadequate.

Your decision to re-focus on the everyday, the 'real' part of life is admirable, and will undoubtedly still provide tons of inspiration to all of us who love you and your blog. For me, wondering just HOW you do all the good stuff you do while being a mom of three is amazing!
What you must realize is, even if you think it's a ho-hum project, there's likely so much more goodness from which your readers can draw. Perfect example: that photo above of the lamp doesn't just show the little lamp project, but also the lovely chest you painted for your girls, the oh-so-good grrrr cheetah pillow, and beautiful color combos = TONS of inspiration!
Keep on keepin' on however you feel best, we'll be here!
xoxo,
alison g.

Julie said...

Love reading your blog, Jenny! It's my favorite, by far, the first thing I check in the mornings!

Because of your blog I have done some really great diy projects in my apartment. : )

Hadley said...

Jenny, I am a fairly new reader, but ever since I discovered your little corner of the interweb, I have been loyal. Your projects are so refreshing -- big, small, finished, or unfinished. I look forward to your posts every single day, and I also back read (all 6 years!) for inspiration. Keep it up, I'm absolutely not going anywhere, and I have feeling, neither is anyone else. XOXO, Hadley

Emily said...

Hi Jenny! This was such a wonderful post, and I'm so glad to see that you're choosing to go back to where you began- by sharing more about yourself and your little + big projects.
I am a HUGE blog reader, though I don't write one, but the thing I love most about the blogs I do choose to read are the personalities- that's what this is all about for me.
Yes, I love seeing the lamp you redid, and I love seeing little glimpses of the changes you've made to areas of your home, but I really love hearing your perspective on things- design, life, everyday bits.

Anyway, this was wonderful. I hope you have a great weekend!!

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Laurie Jones said...

Love this post and I think you said what alot of us bloggers are feeling they're is this whole something is shifting in the blogging world going on and everything is so fast and instant, to me the best bet is to go back to basics and talk about what inspires you and letting people a little into your life because that's something no one else can copy if that makes sense. One of my favorite things to do is (don't judge) peek a bit inside windows of the houses I walk by and I always wonder how they live, other's people's lives fascinate me, we all have a story to tell! You've been one of my favorite blogs for years now and I'm looking forward to hearing your story for many more years to come!!

Jessica said...

I've been reading your blog for years - everyday! I love the small, DIY projects because those are the ones that inspire me, that are actually within my reach, and I don't mind in-progress project posts! It's your blog, say whatever you feel like saying! I'll read every word.

Suzanne said...

Good Job Jenny! That's right, just "let it go" - need to remind myself of that too! (And after re-seeing your painted dresser it's inspired a paint treatment for one of mine!) Now going to get to work and not over think it! Thanks for the continued inspiration!!

Cammee said...

You scared me there for a minute, I thought you were locking up shop. Your blog is one of my favorites and has been for years. I love every project you share, big or small. We often need to see the small and simple things we can fit in our busy schedules. I love when you share a more personal side. The post you wrote after Evie was born was one of the most beautiful things I have read. I wanted to hear more after your tetanus experience. I am so happy you will continue to share with us!

SimplePrettyThings said...

I love this blog. This was a great post. Especially for someone like me who is new to the blogosphere. I have only a handful of readers...sometimes I feel like I'm "talking" to myself...and that's all ok. I'm blogging to get all the stuff out of my head. It's like therapy, I guess. I like that you are going back to your old ways. Do this blog for you...that's what made it successful right?! Ps: totally inspired by the faux butterfly post yesterday.

Paige Beckett said...

Awesome lamp! If it's the little things that count, then you just made my day. To the trim store I go!

Jennifer said...

Jenny - I have been reading for nearly all of your six years; your little space is one of my favorites on the web. I am not looking for an elaborate room reveal every day, or even every month! After all, I'm not redoing a room that often ;) Small projects, ideas, hopes, dreams, we can all identify with those. Best wishes to you and your family, and I look forward to continuing to follow along!

Shannon said...

Please take risks! Be nervous to click 'publish'! Get over-excited and wild and enjoy the ride! I don't think you could lose what you have taken the time to build...only strengthen it!

I have been reading blogs for 4 years. Lately, most blogs cause me to roll my eyes...maybe they are all trying to be 'something', to be important, to justify whatever income they are earning, or to try to attract freebies...just blog dudes, just blog...

Bre Wenzinger said...

I love this blog so much. I know I rarely comment, but I'm here every single day and really appreciate your design aesthetic and your voice. The blogs I love most are those which do have that unique personal element, and yours is definitely one of those (that Evie birth story post a few years ago! whoa!).

To your point today about taking small steps and being OK with the limbo of ongoing projects, this is a lesson I'm slowly trying to learn and adapt to in my own life. Right now I'm re-doing my master bedroom and I get frustrated every day when the vision in my head doesn't align with what's in front of me... but the reality of it is that it's impossible to make these things come together all at once, and it's important to savor the journey instead of fixating on the destination. So thank you for the validation, the insight, and all the lovely design goodies! Looking forward to reading your blog for many years to come.

Alexandra said...

I've been lurking for quite some time. Now I am de-lurking, because I need to tell you that I love everything about this post. I like blogs where people share the progress and the little things and the personal stuff.

Ms. Bright said...

Jenny, thank you for being one of the few bloggers, who I trust in my heart of hearts, is actually legit. Thanks for the 4 years I've been reading. I enjoy it so much, even the little things that aren't always so very little.

Any Girl said...

Yea! Keep it up.

nigel said...

I save your blog for last because it's my favorite. Like dessert! :)

Quick question about the lampshade trimming: my cheapie Target shades have bit of white binding/trim on them already. Should I try to rip that off first, you think?

Anne

Jessica Driggers said...

I've read your blog almost every day for 5 years and I love it! So much inspiration in your DIY and your life. I have emailed you several times and you always respond, thank you for that! You have an even brighter future ahead, can't wait to see it all come together

Stephanie said...

That's why I go to your blog first every day-because you are not just posting pics of grandiose rooms of the rich and famous. Your smaller and more doable DIY projects keep me coming back. Thanks for all the inspiration and effort!

Miggy said...

Oh Jenny I'm so glad to hear you say that.... when a blog I read that used to be personal has started to be all about business, in my head I think "Well they went corporate." And as much as I love beautiful blogs that show beautiful things I love knowing the person behind the blog. I don't need the nitty-gritty, necessarily but the real-ness, the person and not the 'brand.' For the record I didn't really put you in that category, but I'm pleased to hear you've decided to once again be on the more personal side and be fearless. "A life lived in fear is a life half lived!" Strictly Ballroom

Anthony and Jenny said...

Your blog is my absolute favorite! I check it everyday to get inspiration and have loved all the creativity that I have been able to bring into my own home because of you. Ignore the haters and keep putting it all out there. You have tons of fans in design and life!

Ginger said...

You are so cute. We all just love you and appreciate all the creativity you so generously share. First and favorite read, everyday!

Joi said...

That's why I love your blog. You seem so real and transparent out of all of the "big" bloggers I read. You are an inspiration, Jenny!!!!

Kates said...

I think your blog is great! I can't wait for what the future brings for you and other fellow bloggers!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Ditto...to all the comments :)

gustoandgrace said...

I appreciate you sharing! I'm a new blogger so I really enjoy what successful bloggers have to say about, well, blogging!

Lamp graveyard? Haha. Wouldn't all of us readers love to rumage through that! I'm on the hunt for all sorts of lamps as my fiance and I are getting ready to re-do his bachelor pad home.

Mary Giordano Brackett said...

Jenny, you rock! Keep on rocking with your bad DIY self, and don't let the haters knock you down.

xoxo

Jen Sadis said...

<3

that is all.

Cress Matthews said...

Jenny -

I've been checking your blog daily for a few years now and this blog is one of my favorite things I look forward to checking when I wake up in the morning. Honestly, the posts I'm most inspired by are the simple, achievable projects that even I could take a jab at. You are a very inspring woman and I can't wait to see what is next for you and your blog!

Sarah said...

I personally love it when bloggers share small projects and little imperfect details of their lives. Makes them so much more relateable. Also? The ribbon on the lamp shade totally made the whole look and it's something that I wouldn't necessarily have tried so thank you for posting.

kstyle said...

Wow Jenny,
Really heartfelt and revealing post which is really what it is all about in the blogging world. Much of what you said speaks to me as owner of Kstyle which I also started about 6 yrs ago. At the time I built up a pretty good readership and for the most part immensely enjoyed being part of the design conversation. After about 3 yrs into it I had to take a break and "hatch a child" who was in his senior year in high school. It ended up being a long break and fast forward to today I am relaunching kstyle mostly because I truly missed being part of the design conversation in any form. But here's the thing! As you said so well this arena has changed vastly in a very short period of time. There are so many platforms out there I hardly know where to start and as a reader I feel like a schizphrenic hoparound trying to figure out where to land to LOL catch my online breath.
But of all the blogs I have read over the years and there have been many there really are only a few that I return to over and over. Without fail those blogs, including yours, involve the owner allowing the reader into their personal lives, their hearts and their souls. Without that a blog becomes just about stuff and for me that is not enough to sustain interest for any length of time. I have read other bloggers talk aobut the issue of revelaing too much and then getting zinged by a callous reader. I've had it happen to me. And well there's no way around it that I can see. I think it's fair to remind people occasionally to "play niceley" on the playground as "Oh Joy" does on her pinterest platform.
And have a heart to heart with your readers once in awhile as you did today. It's good to reconnect in such a personal way from time to time. Let the "blog air" breathe a bit. But finally and so important keep being the authentic person/blogger that you are. I love reading about you and your very persinal and inspirtional take on design. Love it! k

joyinlooking said...

I think this is the first time I've commented and it is long overdue! I love your blog and definitely look forward to more personal posts. It definitely seems tricky deciding how much of yourself and your life to share but I am sure you will do a great job. It seems like you have it all--successful job you are passionate about, beautiful home, marriage, three babies, all before 30! What is your secret?! :)

South on Broadway said...

I really appreciate your honesty and your willingness to put your thoughts out there. I think that the part of blogging I love the best is to hear/see the truth everyone has. I love your blog!

- Jaime
www.southonbroadway.blogspot.com

Em said...

Ah Jenny, I love you for writing this. I think we've all fallen for your candor and grace a long time ago. YOu are such a classy lady. You have great taste, make good choices, have fantastic priorities, and manage to be human and real while still shamelessly pushing yourself to accomplish quite an impressive lot. I love that you manage to be real, but still have class. Not a lot of people even think to strive for that, but I adore it.

I'll always be eager to read whatever parts of yourself you're willing to put out there. More than once in my life I've wondered, "What would Jenny do?" Not because you're perfect, but because your particular brand of imperfection feels so well curated to me.

Mary Beth said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with whimsy. I love it as a child and now at 64, I still love it!

You write a splendid blog and reading your thoughts and viewing your gorgeous design ideas is an event I look forward to every day. Well done.

Kelsey Reid said...

Loved this post! I get inspired by the full room reveals but there's something about seeing small projects (ribbon lampshades for example) that make me get off the computer and actually do it! I love reading the "more personal" stories because when you've shared your dreams and ideas and your home it already feels so personal and only seems right to throw in those tidbits. Keep doing what you're doing- I look forward to reading your blog everyday at lunch!

dreamsinhd said...

i love how personal and real you are - so very relatable. i am new to blogging and have always thought you were such an inspiration. thank you for this honest post!

Molly {Dreams in HD}
http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

I'm SO glad you're sticking around! I admit I've wondered if you'd continue blogging now that you've "made it." I'm excited to welcome back the old Jenny. You were the first design blog I started to follow, and continue to be my favorite. And I do feel like we could be good friends. :)

pigsb3 said...

Delurking to say, I love your blog. I look forward to getting to know you better. I really like your brave new outlook, I might adopt it myself someday :) Please don't stop blogging Jenny.

pigsb3 said...

Delurking to say, I love your blog. I look forward to getting to know you better. I really like your brave new outlook, I might adopt it myself someday :) Please don't stop blogging Jenny.

Laura S UES said...

Girl, I know all about it. I've gone months without blogging lately, and I used to to blog DAILY! I also started six years ago, when everything I learned and did felt fresh, exciting and worth sharing. But I think as we grew and the blogging community grew it became really hard to keep up with the pace and our own internal standards (which, at least speaking personally, are probably much higher than those of others anyway). But I've also made an effort to remember that just because I have a food blog I do't have to post a revolutionary recipe with the perfect photo after writing the perfect post with the perfect title. Maybe just a mention of a cool new ingredient here and there can fill the void until the inspiration hits for a longer post on a more complex project. See, now you've got me rambling! Keep up the good work and know that no matter how small the post, I very much enjoy following your story, your home and your style.

Je m'amuse said...

When I started reading this post I thought, " oh no, she's breaking up with us." But you didn't. Hooray! I love that you feel the pull to be a little more yourself, a little more authentic. (Not that you ever felt fake or non-authentic.) There are other blogs that I followed for years that got big and famous and I stopped following them. What drew me to them in the first place was seeing these creative talented women willing to open up their lives a bit and share. As ths blogs hit bigger and there were more and more sponsorships I was less drawn to them ths feel of the blog of changed. It was less of a creative space and more of a business. Love that yours has never felt that way and that you're intentional going to keep it that way. You can blog about ribbon on a lamp any day! It's just a great reminder that I keep meaning to do the sans thing to my lamp too.

Kate Stewart said...

I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now (and loving it!) and I don't comment often, but just had to chime in this time to say: I agree with all of your points, especially what makes a blog special vs. Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Can't wait to keep reading!

Brett & Sydnie said...

I've been a longtime reader of your blog and I've always found it so inspiring. In fact, your blog was the first that introduced me to home design and I've since fallen in love with design completely. You've given me so much confidence to try things in my home that express me and my family. I'm so excited to see more of the little bits and pieces in the future along with some more of your personality. Good luck in achieving your new blogging goals!

MB said...

Your authenticity is refreshing and the lamp looks lovely! I would feel lucky to be able to shop in your 'lamp graveyard'! I imagine there are some treasures to be found, even if you're hubby thinks otherwise! Thanks for being honest and have a happy weekend.

Rachel said...

Jenny, you're an inspiration! I love your small projects and I think the little things can have big impact. It's nice to hear about the little projects--something I don't feel so intimidated about trying. I think you're awesome. In every way. Seriously.

Rachel said...

Jenny, you're an inspiration! I love your small projects and I think the little things can have big impact. It's nice to hear about the little projects--something I don't feel so intimidated about trying. I think you're awesome. In every way. Seriously.

Amy Hackworth said...

Jenny, you're so cool. One of the things I love about your blog is the sense of authenticity I feel from you, so I'm excited for more. It's fun to browse through all these supportive comments. My favorite was (and I totally agree): Lay it on, sister!

Bonnie said...

Your blog is definitely in the right direction, the small DIY jobs are my favorite and I'm constantly sharing them with my (less creative) friends. Thank you so much for making a blog that i love visiting on a weekly basis!

Unknown said...

Good for you Jenny. Have always loved your blog -- am happy to hear that you plan to let go a little bit with it. Thanks for the courage -- and please know we all love reading about your projects - big and small : ) Keep up the good work mama!

Carrie said...

I check your blog everyday and I don't care if a project is small or large--I learn something new from you all the time. And I love that you are from Arizona. I live in Tempe just a mile or two from SAS--love that place! Please don't stop blogging!

Kristen Katz said...

I love this. I've been in my house for two years, and my kids rooms are virtually untouched. I've been in design paralysis- but just recently, I took a deep breath and reminded myself that nothing has to be perfect, it just has to start.

I've got to start somewhere. And so, I am! Keep those small things coming- it's great.

Lauren Elizabeth Dougherty said...

There are three blogs I check every day, and yours is one of them. Looking forward to any changes you may bring, especially more informal ones like today's post. Love!

conner studio said...

you go girl

Lettie said...

Loved reading this today, Jenny! You are an inspiration, both in your work and in what you write!

Looking forward to reading more from you :)

Lettie said...

Loved reading this today, Jenny! You are an inspiration, both in your work and in what you write!

Looking forward to reading more from you :)

Lizzy said...

I love your blog.....one of the highlights of my day.

Bec said...

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that in the past week or so, I have discovered (via your cousin and my hometown neighbor Dorisanne, small world!) your blog and become entirely way too obsessed. I absolutely adore your posts, your style, and YOU- from what I've discovered thus far. PLEASE do not think you have to show a big deal in order to post! As a fairly broke apartment dweller, the simple things are the most inspiring for me (as they're the most doable). Anyway, I thought I would let you know that I adore your work! Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiration. My house and spirit have benefited already! :)

Simple Ink said...

Yay, Jenny! Love you, your blog, all of it! xoxo

Mighty said...

As an avid consumer of creative blogs I really appreciate 'blogging realism.' Brava Jenny! :D

Mel said...

Your blog is inspiring on a daily basis, thank you so much for sharing over these past years. Looking very forward to what's to come!

openid said...

Jenny,
You are so inspiring and I adore your point of view. Please keep sharing the big and small decorating developments in your world. I love reading about them and learning from you. Keep up the great work and content!

kh said...

Woooohooo! Long live LGN!

npd said...

i'm sure this has been a common thread tonight, but you totally nailed it - people love 'getting to know you', hearing the little things, taking this journey with you. and let me tell you - those small projects? the ones that you aren't sure about posting? are the ones we can actually DO and feel great about and make us want to read more! those are the meaningful ones that, for us non-expert/decorators out there feel really good about being able to accomplish and gain a sense of confidence! though i love reading a great room reveal, sometimes its the little day to day bits that really connect you to a person and i think many people feel that about you:)

cheers and thank you for inviting us in and making us a part of your world for the last several years!

heyhomeslice said...

I like how the trim ties it in with the lavender dresser... I enjoyed this post a lot- I've only been blogging a year, but I find myself in that funny stage where I feel like I'm finally starting to figure out what I really want to write about (even though I thought I knew when I started!!) And a lot of it is similar to what you're talking about here.

Anyway- the point is that I've always really loved your blog, and I think a big part of that is the personal bits and small projects you share along with the big ones. That's what keeps it all 'real' to me. I look forward to what you have in store!

Anna B. said...

Love this post and love your blog! Welcome, New Jenny, or rather, return to original Jenny, who made me fall in love with your blog in the first place :)

Katy said...

I like a mix of both big and small projects. Your projects have always amazed me for their simplicity, as I tend to complicate things for myself. I still can't get over your use of fabric glue to do the decking on your Bergere chairs....I loved that it worked.
However, I miss the room reveals. I still go back and look at your old DR, home office, and your mother's bedroom. Issues...I have issues. I miss seeing a whole room, no one combines colors like you.

Sarah said...

I LOVE your blog and talk to my boyfriend about you ALL the time, so in a way I guess we are girlfriends. :) the more you share, the more I'll have to read so share it all! Thank you for the inspiration.

lifecomposing said...

Forward! Your blog is one of my favorites because your point of view is different and your enjoyment of colour is everywhere. It definitely gets me out of my neutral headspace. I just wish I had your craigslist prowess! And I love SAS in Phoenix. Will miss it when we leave AZ.

Rachael said...

It sounds like you are coming full circle! I first fell in love with your blog during the more simple and open, humble beginnings. I find myself more and more drawn to blogs that celebrate the small things, the everyday lovely, and conversely I find myself feeling more overwhelmed with the constant big reveals and redoing, as though nothing is ever quite good enough and there is endless room for improvement. It's exhausting and daunting. I am more drawn to the little details now, like colorful trim on a lampshade. Thanks for keeping it real. I do admire and appreciate how thoughtful you are about the whole process and how you recognize what works for you and what makes you happy. It's a wonderful example for your young girls!

Natasha said...

My goodness, since this is comment 198 (that should tell you something about how much people do like to hear you share!) I'm not sure you'll see this but I wanted to tell you that it's so nice to hear you say you want to get back to a place of honest, personal, put your heart on the page blogging.

I started my blog about a year after yours & as your blog has expanded I've come think of you as a mentor & inspiration about what could be on the horizon for my blog. It's so refreshing to see that someone can reach blog 'success' (which I totally think you have) & still want to come back to the basics of why we all started these blogs in the first place.

I'm rambling & there's a 4 year old stopping me at just about every sentence I type so I hope that at least one part of this is at least slightly coherent!

Basically thank you. Thank you for who you've been here in blogland and who you've become. This post reminded me why I totally look up to you. (:

PS- it was great seeing you at Alt, it's always nice to get to say hi in real life!

Natasha said...

My goodness, since this is comment 198 (that should tell you something about how much people do like to hear you share!) I'm not sure you'll see this but I wanted to tell you that it's so nice to hear you say you want to get back to a place of honest, personal, put your heart on the page blogging.

I started my blog about a year after yours & as your blog has expanded I've come think of you as a mentor & inspiration about what could be on the horizon for my blog. It's so refreshing to see that someone can reach blog 'success' (which I totally think you have) & still want to come back to the basics of why we all started these blogs in the first place.

I'm rambling & there's a 4 year old stopping me at just about every sentence I type so I hope that at least one part of this is at least slightly coherent!

Basically thank you. Thank you for who you've been here in blogland and who you've become. This post reminded me why I totally look up to you. (:

PS- it was great seeing you at Alt, it's always nice to get to say hi in real life!

Margot Miljanovich said...

You mentioned that there has been a "change in the wind lately"...I completely agree! Something about 2013 just screams change and progress rooted in a true sense of self. I love that you are finding inspiration in where you started. And, as a renter, the little projects are my favorites because they are often more realistic for me.

Thank you for your continued efforts!

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