Welcome, So glad you stopped by!
My name is Jessica, let me tell you a bit about myself and how this all came about…
Perfectly Painted Designs Blog came to life after receiving questions from other DIY’er about my projects.
I had no idea just how big a task creating a blog can be, all the amazing blogs make it look so easy! I instaltly felt overwhelmed after purchasing my domain and platform. After working on the lay out, understanding widgets, and appearance for a LONG time I finally decided it was time to just press “publish” and learn as I go. I hope you can be patient with me through this process & please let me know if you discover any errors or glitches–advice is always a welcome help.
My hope is to keep the blog situated snuggly in this niche of DIY projects and knowledge on my favorite subjects but I’m sure there will be some branching out since conforming to rules has never been one of my strong suits.
Interior design consumes my life and brain on a daily bases, the first things I notice when entering a shop, hotel, restaurant, or any area that has been designed is the light fixtures and finishes throughout.
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 dump piles and pull out old wood, metal pieces, and paintings–load them into my 4runner (nicknamed Pickabee) to “make something new out of” them.
You will find that I’m obsessive about research and learning new things, no matter how far I’ve come I believe there is always something more to learn and I’ll try and share as much of it as I can!
I started my creative journey at a young age encouraged by the MANY creative women in my family to express myself through art forms. At the young age of 7 I lived in Chicago with my mom who was completing her masters degree in Art History. While she taught undergrads, I sat in the back slide room creating children’s books from scratch using paper bags, handmade paper, and string as the binding. My mom entered me into the children’s art contest that year for the city of Chicago and I actually won and was featured in a gallery opening. This felt like something extremely special to my little heart since I was so often at gallery openings or museums with my mom. Little did I know it was the start of a life long passion for creating and meeting other kindled souls that enjoy it too.
It wasn’t until my late 20’s that my creative avenue really started to form. It was around that time I discovered my love for design was based around how elements work together and speak to one another. Playing around with color and its ability to change everything and most specifically decorative finishes merging the beauty of custom art within a form of practicality. Everyday I fall in love with the smallest things and can easily become distracted with the color of the sky, the vividness of painting, or the texture of upholstery and fabric.
About 6 years ago I moved in to the Mr.’s 1970s ranch house in San Diego and felt able to spread my wings and do whatever I wanted to make our home a space that reflected who we are a couple and how we live our lives.
He is the rock behind most of my projects (and life), he graciously allows me to do just about anything “As long as that doesn’t entail pink or flowers” which I am more than happy to agree with! Although he never said a word, I have a feeling he was overwhelmed when I moved in and took over like a tornado. Being the manly-man he is, he doesn’t care about the esthetics of an interior. Having a home to call his own, 1/4 of an acre of land, and a place to watch TV and sleep at night make him happy enough. I’m not quite as easy to please….
To give you an idea of what it looked like prior to when I moved in; an old green sheet was nailed (yes nailed) across the living rooms picture window, the entire house (baseboards to ceiling) was painted a yellowing shade of white, and the living rooms rectangular shape with multiple doorways caused him to place 2 large sofas (in various colors and textures) in the back corners as far from the fireplace/TV as possible with a weight AND drum set in the middle of the room.
While this all worked out well for a bachelor, my design addled brain went into overdrive. I wish there were pictures to show how drasticly it screamed bachelor pad, but alas I just jumped in feet first (which is a common theme of mine) to create a comfortable space for us to enjoy and relax in.
We have since taken on a complete house remodel, doing most of the work ourselves which has been moving along slowly but surely. 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 left for remodel projects most days. I’m constantly amazed at some bloggers ability to work full time jobs, manage family lives, and still complete amazing projects…we seem extremely lazy compared to them but we do what we can 🙂 I do hope that you’ll stick around (and maybe even subscribe) for the journey which I’ll share along the way!
In 2015 we took on a full interior & exterior remodel of a vacation rental house. The most amazing part of that adventure was having a blank canvas to create whatever I wanted (within reason of course). I will share some blog posts about that process but since the idea of a blog wasn’t even a thought I don’t have as much before/after info as I would like.
We are ready to get back to work on our own house again & I’m so excited to have a platform to share the process and projects along the way. I hope that it inspires some of you to also take on projects or spark a conversation, you’ll notice I love to give advice or any information I can that may help!
Please, grab a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax, explore the blog & don’t forget to say hello!