About Me

I'm Jen. This is where I write about working on our 1980s fixer-upper of a house, and post the occasional book review.

I was raised by an interior designer, and the design bug runs in the family. There are few things I enjoy more than choosing paint colors, browsing fabric, and searching consignment stores for bargains on high-end furniture. I think that one's environment affects the way one feels, and that beautiful surroundings are good for the soul. Is that cheesy? Yeah. But I still believe it.

When it comes to design, I'm drawn to black and white palettes, calm neutrals, and elegance with a sense of humor... or a portrait of Bill Murray. I like mixing newer, more casual pieces with classic antiques and family heirlooms. Most of all, I think that greener design is more beautiful design. Instead of sending things to landfills and consuming more (and more!) new stuff, I use what I own and buy used items whenever possible. I think a good designer can create a beautiful room, even with cabinets and tile that aren't the trendiest, as long as everything is clean and in great condition. Of course, I'm not a pro, so sometimes I make design mistakes. I learn a lot from those mistakes, so I use this blog to document the good and the bad.

Are you wondering, "Where did this blog get its name?" I have a Master's degree in Library Science, and I worked at a public library, in a variety of roles, for six years. When I started the blog, I was  working there. And libraries still hold a huge place in my heart. Every community needs a library to support literacy, education, job seekers, and anyone who needs a place to collaborate, learn, and follow their passions.

Fiction, not design, was my first love. So I write book reviews here, too. I especially like magical realism, sci-fi, and modern re-tellings of fairy tales. Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Lev Grossman are my favorite writers. Rich fantasy worlds with their own cultures and lexicons always suck me in.

I'm married to a handsome, patient man who wooed me with long conversations about his favorite books. Keith is a software developer by day, an inventor by night, and I love that he's always willing to work on the house with me.

I respect his privacy, and the privacy of my family and friends, by mostly limiting my posts to design discussion, book reviews, and my favorite places and things. Personal things are meant to be shared with friends. Want to be friends? Get in touch! 
Contact me at stuffjendid at gmail dot com.