Hello all! Here you can find a compilation of a few FAQ’s…and maybe a little something of what you’ve been looking for!

Q: How on earth do you pronounce Jamin’s name? 

A: Yes, this is a very real question that we receive on a regular basis. We know it’s kind of different. We also always know how to gauge a telemarketer by their inability to pronounce it. Not Jammin in Jamaica. But Jay-men. Like the end of the name Benjamin which coincidentally means son-of Jamin. We still argue to this day, the origin of Malone’s first name. {Benjamin Malone was named after my grandfather. Jamin still says that it is literally ‘Son of Jamin,’ and may or may not have lifted him to the heavens a-la the lion king in the hospital pronouncing his name.} I may or may not have reminded him that I’m not lame like that. We kept Malone a surprise, so of course, I swore on my life he was a girl. Jamin {Jay-men} was pleased as punch to be oh so triumphant, and thus the awkward sky lifting of the sleeping, swaddled babe, apparently destined for greatness (even though this was our third.) The nurse was all, congratulations, you are a dork.

Q: I love that blue in your laundry room. What colors do you use in your home? Where can I find a list of those? 

A: You can find a complete list of our colors in our home, here!

Q: I am looking for a few good fabric resources. I also need help picking some out. Can you help, or do you have any tips?

A: There’s nothing quite like a good fabric! You can read all about a few tips and tricks we like to follow when selecting that latest fabric, as well as some great resources, here. We also have a post on mixing patterns, here.

Q: What kind of camera do you use?

A: We recently “upgraded” from a Canon Rebel XTI {still a great, dependable camera we’ve owned for 5 years} to a Canon 60D. And this little beauty is well worth the investment. You’d be proud to know that yes, we do shoot on manual {Perhaps you can probably tell from our shoddy photos but hey…we try!} We alternate between three main lenses that are also well worth the investment: {Sigma=considerably more affordable + same great quality} 17-50mm F2.8 +10-20mm F4-5.6. We also use a Canon 50mm fixed lens. Oh, and buy a tripod if you’re going to be shooting interiors. You can thank us later. ;}

Q: I’m thinking of upgrading to my first ‘non-kit’ lens. Have any recommendations?

A: Actually, and we had a dear friend recommend this one: if you’re just getting the hang of things, have children, and want to practice with something fun and affordable, go for the Canon 50mm fixed lens. It doesn’t zoom, thus the “fixed” but It’s a great, non expensive lens upgrade, and is fun to play with in ways of that oh so coveted blurry background for those up close, detailed shots. It’s a great place to begin.

Q: Do you paint the things we see in your home? Do you sell them?

A: Everything you see on our walls, frames included, {with the exception of a few} have been made by us. Ashley began as an art major and graphic designer. She loves oil painting, and hopes to delve back into it in the future. It’s probably her number one passion in terms of all things creative. But in the (much loved) harried constrictions of life with three young kids, she only dabbles occasionally. We just recently began reproducing high quality prints of some of her paintings, you can read more about that here. You can also score some fun designs per us, for free, here!

Q: I want to paint our fridge like yours. The husband says it would chip and look bad. How’s it holding up?

A: We say go for it. Read an update on our fridge situation, here. We love it and while people call it brave we simply call it rational. It was ugly. So we painted. What’s the worst that could happen? Just go for it!

Q: Are you currently taking anyone on as clients?

A: We are currently taking on clients for online and local redo’s. For more information either email Jamin or check out this post.


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Responses to FAQs

  1. Pat says:

    Are you selling the design for Emerson’s 4th birthday invite?

  2. Carolina says:

    How can I buy the stencils from Spain.

  3. Rachel says:

    I love your website! Wondering if you could tell me where you purchased the wooden trunk in your living room. Its beautiful! Thanks!

    • Hey Rachel! I actually scored that little beaut at Rescued Relics in Downtown Montgomery Alabama. It was a find that I snatched right up- It’s a salvage place for old homes being demolitioned…. or redone. They save as much as they can!

  4. Juliette Mariano-Carlson says:

    Hi, I am a new blog follower! I love your blogs!! I love the playhouse you designed and decorated. It’s so adorable. I am showing my hubby your directions so we can complete the roof on our son’s playhouse asap. Thank you for sharing the directions in an easy to understand way. Your home is beautiful. Please tell me if you primed the kitchen cabinets before painting them white and if yes, what kind of primer did you use? I’m about to embark on a project to paint my mahogany stained kitchen cabinets white. I’m excited!!

  5. Julie Shepherd says:

    I have a nephew and an uncle named Jamin. I have always loved the name and thought it was very unique.

    Love you blog. Great job!

  6. Mandy says:

    I love your projects! You guys have amazing taste and I especially love your choice of colors! Your back yard projects are AMAZING! I noticed that you did not anchor your deck for the playhouse in cement footers. How is the wood holding up? And do you have any stability issues? I ask because the location I want to build the playhouse is around a gigantic old maple with that has tons of roots on the ground surface. It would be great to avoid having to dig footers! What do you think? Do you wish you used footer or are you A-ok without them?

    Thanks! Mandy

    • Hey Mandy! Where we live, the soil is super hard. So it just made more sense for us to do it that way. We have had zero issues, and it’s holding up wonderfully. We will reassess every year and keep our eye on it, but it’s been just fine and perfectly stable. I think a lot of it has to do with the soil. I hope that helps, and let us know if you have any more questions!

  7. Tonya Talone says:

    Hi there – I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now & love it! I recently got new windows put in our house & need help with new window treatments. Can you point me in the right direction? I’m looking for flat, fabric roman shades that aren’t as expensive as Smith & Noble, but a better quality then say, Lowe’s or Home Depot. I honestly don’t know where to look. Any ideas?? Thanks so much for any input!

  8. Sara says:

    I’ve just come upon your site- it’s wonderfully inspiring. I have a question for you, Can cream colored fabric couches and kids mix? Or am I living in a dream world? I’m just about to reupholster my couch and I could go dark steel grey or a creamy white. I should also mention that because I live in Morocco, there is no guarantee of getting dirt proof, anything proof fabric, but my reupholster-er said he can create it so that I take off all the fabric from the pillows and wash them. I saw your remorse of the dark couch and I’m now suddenly very perplexed. Your thoughts? Thanks!

    • Hey Sara! Have you seen the rest of our sofa saga? We started out with a white sofa after we replaced the dark ones, and it was just too much work. As in, freak me out, keep the kids off of it, work. Some people swear by them because you can put them in the wash, but for us, it was too much. So when those shrunk by accident, I swore to never go white again. A creamy color is actually much easier than stark white, in my little opinion. ;} I hope that post helps a little!

      • Sara says:

        I hadn’t seen the rest of your saga. Thank you for sharing the link. I greatly appreciate it! I’m going to research if they have anything similar to scotch guard here and if they do, it’s a cream couch for me! Thank you! And thank you for all your inspiration- I’m full of new ideas for the house just looking at yours! Yay!

  9. Cheryl says:

    Hi! My name is Cheryl and I am a vet from Australia, now living in NC.
    I absolutely love your beautiful site and your free-to-print calendars are helping me study for some very big and scary exams.
    I am in the process of trying to organise my diet and exercise better and wondered if there was a meal and exercise chart in the works at all. I would love to be able to plan my three meals a day and my work outs and then look it in the eye everyday to keep me on track.
    Thank you so much!

  10. Deanne says:

    Hi Guys, I love your blog on chevron back in your archives about it being used in the Taj Mahal. We have recently made some luxury silver and gold chevron bean bags which are very popular, so I guess whilst you wrote your blog on chevron back a few years ago, it is still going strong!