My name is Jessica, I’m so glad you stopped by!
Let me introduce myself and tell you a bit about how this journey all started…
Perfectly Painted Designs has been my business for some time now but the blog came to life as a way to answer questions I was receiving from other DIY’ers and a way to share my knowledge and passions with others who enjoy design!
I had no idea how big a task creating a blog is. There are so many amazing bloggers who make it look so easy but I felt overwhelmed almost instantly (this feeling has yet to go away). After working on the lay out, trying to understand widgets and appearance for a LONG time, I realized if I didn’t just jump in feet first and hit the “publish” button it would never happen. So, all this is to say that I hope you can be the patient with me through the learning process that will inevitably cause a lot of changes and mistakes. I started this blog to help others and share my knowledge & ideas so if you discover errors or glitches please feel free to let me know, advice is always welcome here (on anything, not just blog tech).
What The Blog Is All About:
You’ll find I like to share a lot of information. I have always believed that no matter how far we come in our profession, there is always something more to be learned and those who can teach us. So, I will share as much knowledge as I can in hopes that it may answer some questions you may have or help complete a project you otherwise thought impossible to do. If you have questions or would like to know about something please don’t hesitate to comment or send me an email, I LOVE hearing from all of you!
My hope is to keep most of my posts in the Interior a Design and project niche but life means wearing many hats so I’m not always invol Which means you’ll find a few personal or unrelated posts here and there but for the most part I’ll try and keep them to a minimum.
Interior design consumes my life and brain on a daily basis, the first things I notice when entering a shop, hotel, restaurant, or really any place are the light fixtures and finishes. I assume those I’m with are just as excited and amazed as I am but often receive blank stares or knowing smiles. My friends and family humor my obsession quite often and I love them dearly for it.
I love anything antique or vintage! My heart has a soft spot for chippy, old, stained, beaten up, or discarded things. The charm is never lost on me. I’ve been known to dig through friends donation or trash piles if I spy any old wood or things that spark ideas. Without any of shame I’ll load them into my 4runner (aka ‘Pickabee’) to take home and “make something new out of”. I see it as a way of preventing things from renting space in the landfill, we all have to do our part right? Hehe.
Life means wearing many hats so while I hope to keep most of my posts related to interior design, current projects, or painting life sometimes brings along other ideas of what’s important. So, you’ll probably find a few personal and/or unrelated posts but I’ll mostly stick to the awesome topics listed above!
I started my creative journey at a young age encouraged by the MANY creative women in my family to express myself through art. When I was six years old my mom and I moved to Chicago after she was accepted into the master degree program for Art History at the University of Chicago. I spent A LOT of my younger years at gallery openings, in art studios, and entertaining myself in the slide room at the back of lecture halls while she taught undergrads. This created an environment in which I got to play around with any type of medium my little heart desired. I loved to create my own children’s books using homemade pulp paper, twin, and cardboard and paper bags as the cover. My mom entered one of my projects into the Chicago children’s art contest, and I was lucky enough to win first place and be featured in a gallery opening. Being only seven years old at the time, I felt as if I’d won an academy award for simply being a kid and doing something I loved! This was the start of a life long passion for creating things and an obsession with the idea that we can do something we love and enjoy for a living!
It wasn’t until my late 20’s that my creative niche really started to form. It was around that time I discovered my love for interior design is based around how elements work together and speak to one another.
After I signed the lease for my first apartment after college was the time when I really started playing around with color and its ability to completely change everything. I most specifically discovered that I love how decorative finishes feel like the merging of art beautiful enough to be on a canvas but within a form of practicality or limitations.
Everyday I fall in love with the smallest things from the color of the sky, the vividness of painting, or the texture of upholstery and fabric.
About 6 years ago I moved into the Mr.’s 1970s ranch house in San Diego and was able to spread my wings in the process of making space that reflected who we are as couple and a place we happily call home (aka The Farmhouse).
He is the rock behind most of my projects (and life), he graciously allows me to do just about anything to our house “As long as that doesn’t entail pink or flowers” and I’m more than happy to oblige these simple requests.
Amazingly he never said a word when I started changing everything about the way he had been living as a bachelor for many years. My design addled brain went into overdrive the day I moved in, it was if all the things I’d looked past while we were dating suddenly became unbearable now that I was calling this place home.
Being the manly man he is, he doesn’t care about the esthetics of an interior. Owning a house that has enough land to park his trucks, house a garden and space for the animals, and store all his tools are his biggest requirments. Next in line comes a good place to sit while watching TV before bed, a fridge to store beer and sandwich meat, and a comfortable bed to fall asleep in at night. As it is with many men these are basically the only things he requires to be happy. Oh, and good coffee beans and a quality coffee maker…he doesn’t joke about coffee!
I’m not so easily pleased.
To give you an idea of what it looked like when I moved in; A very faded green sheet was nailed (yes nailed) across the living room windows, the entire house from base board to ceiling was painted a yellowing shade of white, and the difficult retangular living room with its multiple doorways and windows meant 2 sofas (one white faux leather and the other green microfiber) pushed into the farthest corners of the room with the TV over the fireplace at the other end.
My favorite parts were the full size weight bench and drum set in the middle between the sofas and TV (the only logical place in a 3 bedroom house). Moving these items out of the living room was our first argument as a cohabiting couple. I won after pointing out they both had layers of dust on them so thick it could serve as kindeling. Had I known this argument would serve as a preface to the many arguments that come when a couple chooses to remodel together I would have paid closer attention. It’s important to know which elements matter to someone and which ones you can push against, that’s a lesson for another time though =).
I wish the idea of taking ‘before’ pictures had crossed my mind but nothing was more important to me than painting the walls, getting proper window coverings, and some furniture in a layout that better suited the room and how it’s used. I wanted to create a comfortable place for us to enjoy as a new couple and I wanted it NOW.
Now that its been our home together for over 6 years I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t trade any of it away for the drum set & weight bench days, and I wouldn’t trade a single argument or compromise because of how close it brought us in the process.
As I mentioned, we have taken on the remodel together which is progressing VERY slowly because we are doing most of the work ourselves. We both own businesses that are very physical as well as a vacation rental property so between the busy schedules and exhaustion at the end of the day we don’t have a lot of energy left for remodel projects.
I’m constantly amazed at some of my favorite bloggers ability to complete amazing remodel projects while also managing careers, family, and making time for their relationships! It constantly makes me feel lazy but we do what we can and I try not to compare us to others (even though social media makes this hard to do).
One of the benefits of our slow progress is I’ve watched trends come and go and along with them our plans for rooms. I’ve realized there are basic elements which are classic and can withstand the test of time, so hopefully by the time we have completed our house it will as well!
In 2015 we took on a full remodel of a vacation rental property. The most amazing part of that adventure was having a blank canvas to create whatever I wanted (within reason and budget). I will share as much of the process as I can but the thought of a blog haven’t even crossed my mind at that point so I don’t have as many photos of the process as I’d like. I’ll share what I can though and hopefully you can ask any questions you might have and we’ll fill in the rest!
Please, grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax, explore the blog & don’t forget to say hello!
I hope you’ll stick around and join us for the house remodel! I recommend subscribing so you be sure to get notified when those posts happen, being slow progress and all there’s no telling when the updates will come along… 😉