Professional photographs of our home – the keeping room

Hello loves! I’m excited to be sharing the professional photographs I had taken by the very lovely and talented Jennifer Kesler Photography.

I like to think of our home as a collected mix of high and low pieces, a splurge here, with a great flea market find there. A labor of love/launching pad/design lab where I experiment with new ideas, new visions to share with my clients and readers. Jennifer has done a beautiful job of making that all come to life here. I hope you enjoy!

We’ll start with the keeping room and one of my favorite spaces and shots from our session (that light streaming in!). This room was an addition we added in 2005/2006. I designed this nook of windows and worked with Susan Ferrier, prior to starting my own design firm, who designed the custom bench, table and gauze drapes you see here (a definite “splurge”). I have to say those drapes are my top five favorite things in our home. The pillows are a beautiful Scalmandre fabric I scored at a discount and the drum stools, by Lee, are slipcovered in chocolate mohair. Mohair is like armor.

I adore styling bookshelves and this one is no exception. I could tell you a story about every single item here and where and when I found it over the years. The look is collected and carefully curated, the goal for every design project I embark on.

Here is an Instagram I took of all four shelves when I felt like I had FINALLY arrived at the perfect stopping point. The three Italian prints I found for TEN bucks and they camoflauge my stacks of Veranda magazines. They and the crusty books ground the space and then you work in all of your favorite trinkets, like Mom’s pocketwatch necklace. Love seeing it displayed here daily.

Here’s a shot from the outside and where my critical design self starts chirping in…”you know a small martini table would have looked great in front of the chair, softening that corner and WHOA that door needs a new ebony stain stat.” Oh well. I will say I love how the gold garden stool brings out the gold print in the pillows beyond. You were a good addition. 😉

A favorite little niche I recently put together. The pedestal was a cast off from a neighbor’s yard sale, the bust from Zgallerie, ghost chair from Lexington Modern and the flokati pillow from Amazon. I dig the mix of all these different surfaces, height and scale together. The herbariums are part of a group of seventeen I purchased years and years ago at Lakewood flea market. So happy I pulled the trigger. 

Unfortunately that’s all I have time for at the moment. I’ll leave you with a sneak peek of the kitchen, coming up next. Wait until you see what this guy looked like ten years ago when I started my kitchen crusade.

I hope you have a VERY SWEET AND SPECIAL THANKSGIVING! I am very thankful for you, your support and your kind words. It makes my every day feel like turkey day.

Take care and God bless!

A very grateful Jenny from the rock 


  1. I am totally “digging” your beautifully decorated home Jennifer. Not one corner did I think you needed to change. Working with Jennifer tomorrow…..can’t wait!
    Happy Thanksgiving girl!

    1. Those frames and mats have a long tumultuous history…lol…the mats were painted “ethereal mood” by sherwin williams and the IKEA frames were sprayed metallic gold by Rust Oleum. My favorite muted brass spray paint going, just a great soft gold. Thanks for stopping by!

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