Q: Tell us briefly a little about yourself. What are your interests or your hobbies?
J: I’m married to a great guy that understands and accepts my impulsive nature and spontaneous ambitions, especially when it comes to tackling DIY projects on the fly. (Speaking of, I’ve been known to start painting my walls 45 minutes before company was due to arrive for a dinner party we were hosting). Impulsive enough for ya?
Q: Describe your style in three words or less.
J: Curious, collected, inspired
Q: How did you get started in the antique business?
J: I started collecting antiques as a young kiddo. My mom always thought it odd that I preferred old porcelain dolls with fragile heads over soft, plush ones. And I was also buying antique broken clocks when all my friends were asking for plastic Fisher-price toys. I saved up my allowance for my treasures.
Q: Your before and after photos of your home are amazing and have been featured in magazines and many websites. Of all the rooms in your house, which one is your favorite? Why?
J: Thank you. Picking a favorite room is like trying to pick your favorite child. They each have their own personality, their own identity, and they can also be stubborn at times. Each room was designed to have a favorite sitting spot, where I can sit and look out to the view of each room for hours and never feel bored. My favorite? Really? I guess my current favorite room of the moment would be my living room because its finally cold enough outside to start enjoying our beautiful fireplace again.
Q: Do you have a favorite place to find your unique antique treasures?
J: I have many haunts, but my favorites are the flea markets here in SoCal, and the local antique stores.
Q: What was the inspiration behind Cottage of the Month?
J: True story: About seven years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night one night, with the brainstorm of an idea to showcase people’s homes. This was way before the big ‘blog-boom’ hit the internet. I woke my husband and told him my plans, I was going to go knocking on doors and ask people to let me go inside and take pictures of their homes. He told me I was CRAZY and went back to sleep. Seven years later, and it just gets bigger and more popular each month. Always follow your instincts!
Q: Is there a particular style or era of antique furniture that you are drawn to?
J: Not really. My taste changes too often.
Q: Where do you turn to for sources of inspiration for your blog, your online store and your own decorating style?
J: I still love reading magazines. Blogs and websites like Pinterest are great and offer endless inspiration, but I love flipping those glossy pages too much!
Q: Any advice for anyone who is just starting to collect antiques?
J: There’s no right or wrong if its something that makes your heart flutter. More importantly, don’t expect to have an instant collection overnight. Some of my favorite collections have taken me over 10 years to obtain. The thrill of the hunt is the best part of the find!
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