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Monday, January 9, 2017

My Master Bedroom Refresh

I have a love affair with grasscloth wallpaper. Like a true, deep, abiding love. Two years ago, I made my dreams of having grasscloth wallpaper in my own home, a reality, when I backed my office bookcase with a gorgeous aqua grasscloth wallpaper. It was, and still is, glorious. That little addition to my office only fueled my fire for grasscloth, and since then, I have been consumed with the idea of wrapping all 4 walls of my master bedroom in the perfect texture and beauty of grasscloth wallpaper. It took many months of convincing my husband, but he finally conceded to let me take my dream and make it a reality. In true designer fashion, it wasn't enough to simply change the walls. I decided that a with the new wallpaper a bit more of a bedroom refresh was in order. By switching out some furniture pieces, like a new bed, and adding new lighting, window coverings, bedding and gorgeous art, I was able to give my bedroom a little update and create a space that is truly reflective of me at this juncture of my design life.  

As I mentioned, the grasscloth wallpaper was the jumping off point for the design of the room. After looking at numerous wallpaper samples, I settled on Haruki Sisal in Silver from Schumacher. The photos do not do the beauty of this wall covering justice. The subtle texture and metallic sheen create an envelope of warmth of elegance.

After selecting the wallpaper, I needed to find the perfect bed.  As soon as I saw this bed on, I knew it was the perfect one. Hayneedle has an incredible selection of beds and other furniture and accessories. Truthfully, you can find pretty much anything you would need for your home on Hayneedle. I placed my order and was informed when it shipped. The bed arrived via a freight company who delivered it right to my bedroom. Hayneedle's customer service was great about communicating the status of my order, every step of the way. The bed is a beautiful centerpiece for my room. The dark gray upholstery of the headboard surrounded by a gray washed wood frame is exactly what I was looking for in my new bed. 

White bedding is always a winner. I selected a Belgian Linen duvet cover and shams from Malouf and paired them with a white coverlet and griege herringbone bed blanket.

A new rug was also in order. I chose a rug with a neutral ivory background washed gray/green pattern. The fiber content of this rug gives it that washed vintage look, but also has a great sheen, which gives it a luxe feeling. It's so pretty in person!

New custom pillows made by my fabricator, with gorgeous new fabrics from Robert Allen, finish off the white bedding. This moss green color might be my new favorite. PS - Moss is the new Sage. :)

These nightstands still have my heart, so I decided to keep them. I replaced the mercury glass lamps with these fabulous new lamps from Gabby Home. Gabby Home is literally my "go to" for furniture and home decor, when designing a room. I have used so many of their products in my projects and have my own home. Their pieces are exceptionally crafted and have style and personality for days. The details in this uniquely designed table lamp, with it's gold finish, lucite base and hanging shade, is a signature of Gabby's style. 

If you've been following me for a while, you know, in my eyes, no room is complete without the perfect window coverings. While I loved the drapes, previously hung in my bedroom, I wanted a cleaner look this time around. I also didn't want to cover up any of the grass cloth wallpaper. I knew roman shades would be the right option. Choosing the right style and fabric for window coverings can be a daunting task. Couple that with the fact that most "off the shelf" styles don't fit many window sizes and it's enough to make you want to forget about the windows all together. That's where Barn & Willow comes in. Barn & Willow was created to allow everyone, not just designers, get the perfect custom window coverings, roman shades and/or drapery panels, for their home, at an affordable price!! The genius behind Barn & Willow is how easy, convenient and risk free they make the whole process. If you visit their website, you will see that you can order FREE swatches of all the fabrics they offer! When you are investing in dressing your windows you don't want to rely on your computer monitor to find the right color of fabric. On top of that, Barn & Willow has a Try Before You Buy Program, where they will send you a Roman Shade or Drapery Panel to try in your home before you buy. Seriously?!?! Who does that? So awesome! 

I chose a few different fabric swatches to have delivered to my home. Once I received them, I decided the Off White Belgian Flax fabric was the right choice. Barn & Willow has numerous premium quality fabrics available. All the samples I received were divine! I chose a flat fold style roman shade, with a black out lining. Ordering online was a breeze and in 10 days, I had gorgeous, custom Roman Shades for my Bedroom, at 1/3 of the cost of traditional custom shades. The quality of my shades is superb and I am thrilled with how they look in my bedroom! 

Barn & Willow is offering all of my lovely readers 10% off right now. Just use the code BW&SITA at checkout. :) 

Another design rule I live by is that every well designed space should have a wall or 2 adorned with pretty art. Well, if you are looking for the most, insanely stunning, pick your jaw up off the floor, fine art prints, you need look no Further than KT Merry Fine Art Print Shop. People, run, don't walk to KT's website and get ready to fall in love with the masterful work of this talented photographer. Her photography is unmatched. From architecture to landscapes to horses and more. KT's ability to capture the beauty that surrounds us, through her lens, is unrivaled. I literally spent hours on her website, in awe of everything I saw, but when I laid my eyes on Wanderlust from her Vita Collection, I died. Done. I had to make it mine. 

I ordered a print of Wanderlust in the 40" x 52" size and framed in Antique Gold. 
I get to wake up every morning and see this scene from my bed, and boy does it make me happy. If you love photography, or art in general, a KT Merry Fine Art Print needs to part of your collection. You can find more of KT's work on her website and Instagram feed

This little corner of my room not only got new art, but also a new little stool from Safavieh and lovely cabinet from Gabby Home. The detail of this cabinet makes it truly special. The carved wood front, white washed finish and gold details are outstanding. I appreciate the extra storage it provides, while also upping the style factor in my room. Functional and beautiful is always a winning combination!

I hope you enjoyed my little Master Bedroom refresh! A big thanks to Gabby Home, Hayneedle, Barn & Willow and KT Merry Fine Art Print Shop for helping make my bedroom dreams come true! 

You can find all source information below. Click on the item to be taken to the source.

Bed - Hayneedle c/o

Pillows (Custom)

Table Lamps - Gabby Home c/o

Cabinet  - Gabby Home c/o

Roman Shades - Barn & Willow c/o

Art - KT Merry Fine Art Print Shop c/o


Monday, December 12, 2016

My Christmas Home 2016

Hello Everyone! Today I am thrilled to be sharing my home all decked out for Christmas with each of you. If you are visiting here from, Jennifer Rizzo Designs, WELCOME! I am so glad you are here. 

A big thanks to Decor Gold Designs and Randi Garrett Design for asking me to be part of their "Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour." Be sure to check out all the other talented participants at the end of my post. You won't want to miss all of their gorgeous Christmas spaces. 

Now, on to my tour!

As you can see, I kept my color scheme and overall design pretty similar to last year's Christmas decor. I normally really change things up, but I loved it so much last year, I decided I should enjoy it for one more Christmas. :) 

The biggest change is that I added some natural greenery this year. I love the combination of the my flocked tree and garland and the fresh cedar garlands in my home. The smell of the fresh cedar is to die for and the brightness and texture it adds to the space is really beautiful!

I changed up my mantel from last year by using this cascading garland, which I bought a few years ago. I wanted a flocked garland, and since it wasn't I decided to flock it myself. I used this flocking kit. It was super easy, and I love the end result.

I kept the decor in my tree relatively the same, but this year I added some beautiful aqua glittered ribbon. I love the way it shines when the lights are on. 

My dining area is adjacent to my living room, so I continued my Christmas decor into that area by tying some sweet iced wreaths to the back of my dining chairs with some sating ribbon.

A tiered glass jar, some pretty mercury glass candlesticks and some more fresh greens adorn the center of my dining table.

Thank you for visiting my Christmas home! Next, be sure to head over to see the gorgeous Christmas living room of the talented duo of CC and Mike, at CC and Mike Creative. :) I promise, it will not disappoint! Also, check out the full list of participants, below. Happy Holidays!

Jen Rizzo
I Don't Know How She Does It


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Men

Help the men in your life have a "holly jolly" Christmas and throw something under the tree that they will love!


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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gift Guides for Kids

Looking for ideas on what to give your kids, nieces, or nephews for Christmas? Here are some great ideas that won't break the bank and are all under $75!


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Sale Picks

I can't let the biggest online shopping day of the year go by without sharing some of my favorite finds from today's Cyber Monday sales. I've rounded up everything from cozy pajamas to my favorite ever Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, all for up to 60% off. Take a look!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Sale Picks

I've scoured the internet and rounded up some of the best Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales around. My picks come from places and brands that rarely have sales this good, so you will want to take advantage of them, while you can. Christmas shopping just got chicer and more affordable! Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for Her - Under $50

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your Mom, Daughter, Girlfriends or maybe even yourself? We've got you covered! Check out my Gift Guide for Her, below. I've rounded up some of my favorite gifts from fashion, jewelry, beauty and more! The best part...all my picks are UNDER $50. Great gifts that won't break the bank = holiday happiness! Take a look!


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Happy Shopping!